ASHIATSU BAREFOOT MASSAGE

INSTRUCTORS

Brenda Blakesley
Brenda BlakesleyTucson, Las Vegas, On-site
After graduating from massage school in 2003, Brenda experienced the massage therapy field in a wellness center and gym format. Soon the spa format became an opportunity. In Las Vegas, at Spa Bellagio, Brenda’s true passion for Ashiatsu was born. Working ten hour days and feeling every minute in her shoulders and arms, barefoot massage quickly became her go-to modality. Since the spa days, she’s gained moore experience working in additional formats including physical therapy and chiropractic offices, as well as yoga studios and salons . Within these varied formats, Brenda began developing more techniques and methods to prevent injury or burn out for any therapist wanting to provide barefoot massage. The past decade has been dedicated to resolving every and any reason a therapist has had to not provide Ashiatsu.
Aimee Phillips
Aimee PhillipsSan Clemente, CA
Up until 2015 Aimee had spent her 13-year massage career in the luxury spa industry. Seeing multiple clients every day eventually caused repetitive motion injuries to her shoulder bringing her to the conclusion that she was going to have to end her career. “It was at that time that I received an Ashiatsu massage and fell in love with how amazing it felt. I came to learn that not only could I extend my career by using my feet instead of my hands, but that I could also introduce this technique to clients who loved deep tissue work.” She jumped feet first into learning Ashiatsu and opened her own business specializing in the barefoot technique. Seeing the reaction and results her clients got, her passion continued to grow leading her down the path of becoming an Ashiatsu Instructor. Being a part of the SAMBA team has fulfilled yet another dream. It is her hope and desire that teaching Ashiatsu in a safe and effective way, has as big of an impact on your career as it has hers.
Nathan Gardner
Nathan GardnerSalt Lake City, UT
Nathan graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2013. He has worked as a massage therapist at various spas including Hotel Park City and Brick Canvas Spa at Thanksgiving Point where he learned Ashiatsu in 2014. Nathan has specialized in Ashiatsu ever since and has taken many advance courses through SAMBA.

The simple efficiency and effectiveness of Ashiatsu caused Nathan’s passion for Ashiatsu to grow. More than one client reported that they no longer need a cane to walk. Other deep tissue clients said for the first time they got the pressure they needed. All the positive feedback from client after client ultimately lead him to become an Ashiatsu instructor.

How we got here. 

Why Ashiatsu? 

This is an amazingly comfortable, significantly effective modality to provide and receive. It deserves the research and development SAMBA, LLC is committed to offer. We hope to meet you in this wonderful world of barefoot massage and share the passion with you!

“In the early 2000’s, I began practicing barefoot massage techniques through a training with a former employer. Immediately, I fell in love with the grace and gravity of the modality, and I found the challenge of learning it motivating. 

After experiencing first-hand that while Ashiatsu can save hands, arms, and overall energy of the therapist, if providing more than one a day, it could also be more exerting than traditional hand-delivered modalities. Due to the love of this new work, research of how to resolve all issues arising from providing it for all of my colleagues and myself became my goal. 

Several years after providing this work, I was asked to become an instructor of it. Hesitant but excited, I began my own teacher-training program by flying to different classes across the states, and eventually going over-seas to gather a deeper understanding of the origin and evolution of the work. During the years of teaching under a more commercial umbrella, it was clear this modality deserved the honor of sharing facts, truth, and resolutions in order for it to grow and truly add longevity to therapists’ careers. Because of the restrictions I was under, I felt the need to step out from under the umbrella and share the discoveries that were helping many therapists keep safe and happy while developing their skills. That’s when SAMBA first got to bare its sole, and we’re still learning and growing ourselves.”
-Brenda Blakesley

Today, we have shared details and techniques that have saved not only therapists from leaving the modality, but converted many prior recipients of the modality to return to it, all reaping the benefits of it. Sharing “secrets” of the work and the set up required to keep providing it without injury to therapist or client, have become a passion that continues to grow.

 

Step into the next level of your career today!

Ashiatsu Courses

Southwest Ashiatsu Massage & Bodywork Academy Videos

LOCATIONS

TUCSON, ARIZONA
TUCSON, ARIZONALocation Instructor: Brenda Blakesley
ADDRESS:
Address and directions will be disclosed upon registration and deposit.

TRANSPORTATION:
Uber, Lyft, Rental Car

HOTELS & LODGING:
Airbnb, Vrbo

Other near-by properties for rent include:
7612 E Carlisto Circle, Tucson, AZ 85715 — Natalie Hua (on Airbnb)
Tucson AirBnB Eastside Serenity — Jennifer McCain (520)730-1239
Tucson Bamboo Retreat (also listed on Airbnb)
Shared home across the street: Casa Blanca de Elvin

Hotels:
Ramada Inn (520) 886-9595 Comfort Suites Sabino Canyon (520)298-2300

El Rancho Merlita (520) 495-0071 Radisson Suites Tucson (520)721-7100

FOOD:
Everyone is required to bring food to class. There are delis, markets, fast and not-so-fast restaurants all within a mile of class.

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIALocation Instructor: Aimee Phillips
ADDRESS:
111 W Avenida Palizada, Suite 111, San Clemente, CA 92675

Classes are held within the business of Barefoot Bliss Massage located in the beautiful beachside community of San Clemente.

TRANSPORTATION:
Uber, Lyft, Rental Car

HOTELS & LODGING:
Airbnb, Vrbo

The Volare Hotel (walking distance to class)
111 S Avenida De La Estrella, San Clemente
949-361-3000

Comfort Suites (2 miles from class)
3701 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-361-6600

Holiday Inn Express
35 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-498-8800

Hotel Miramar
2222 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-492-4992

FOOD:
There are many restaurants and grocery stores located within the center and walking distance.

PARKING:
There is street parking and a parking lot available adjacent to the shopping center.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAHLocation Instructor: Nathan Gardner
ADDRESS:
4444 South 700 East Salt Lake City, UT 84107

TRANSPORTATION:
Uber, Lyft, Rental Car

HOTELS & LODGING:
Airbnb, Vrbo

Home2 Suites, By Hilton
Murray, UT (801)288-1234
Residence Inn, by Marriott
SLC (801)262-4800
Hampton Inn, SLC Murray, UT
(801)294-1300

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
LAS VEGAS, NEVADASpa Group Lessons Only
ADDRESS:
The crossroads of the class location are: Buffalo Drive & Beltway 215 West

TRANSPORTATION:
Uber, Lyft, Rental Car, Share Rides

HOTELS & LODGING:
Airbnb, Vrbo

Holiday Inn Express
(877) 863-4780
Ask for the hotel on South Rainbow at Patrick Lane

What Our Students Say

“Brenda and this class was absolutely wonderful! I am very thankful that I was able to take this class and learn as much as I did. Not only was she great at teaching Ashiatsu but also made me very excited to start incorporating this massage in my work. If you are a therapist wanting to expand your modalities this would be a perfect class to take. Thank you so much!”

NICOLE ARNAIZ

“See! Feel! Do! Repeat! Is not just Brenda’s motto, it is her mantra. This is one of the best trainings I’ve ever attended. The best part is my clients love the modality and my body is stronger and more at peace as a result. I will attend ongoing training with Southwest Ashiatsu whenever possible. I’m so grateful to Brenda for all the coaching and resources. She continues to follow up and provide support across state lines.”

MARIA KILGO

“Brenda is a fantastic teacher. She is very thorough and explains in a variety of ways that work for every type of learner. In addition to learning the modality, you will get all the info you need in order to practice ashi on your own (proper equipment set up, tips for marketing yourself, logistics, etc.) Ashiatsu is an amazing modality and Brenda is THE person to learn it from. You can tell she is very passionate about ashi and truly wants everyone to be the best therapist they can. I can not recommend her enough!”

MELISSA LEE

“Brenda is my super hero! I am so appreciative of her flawless integrity and commitment to teaching this work. I have taken several Ashiatsu courses from other providers, but Brenda’s course really framed the technique for me in a way that is light years beyond what I have previously experienced. If you are on the fence about where to start, look no further. The massage profession is changing rapidly in content and approach with the current research pointing us in a more therapeutic direction. The science is catching up with the “magic” of what we do and Southwest Ashiatsu is on the leading edge of this exciting trend. Experiencing Ashiatsu this way is like Christmas for 3 days in a row, don’t waste your time settling for anything else. Mahalo nui loa Brenda from Maui Academy of Healing Arts!”

CARMEL ANDREWS

“I took the introductory ashiatsu class from Brenda at Southwest Ashiatsu almost exactly a year ago now. As a full time massage therapist at a thriving country club I cannot count the number of times I’ve looked at my schedule and thought “Thank god for ashiatsu!” Not only do I love receiving ashiatsu, but I absolutely love how it has helped me to grow as a practitioner. Brenda’s focus on body mechanics and form has enabled me to safely incorporate ashiatsu into my practice and continue to be successful over time. Her instruction was concise, focused, and practical and her wisdom was invaluable. The instruction I received at SAMBA has been invaluable to my health and growth in my bodywork career!”

JULIANA ROSE

“I found learning this artistic, effective modality (Ashiatsu) was akin to riding a motorcycle: it takes time to evolve and commands deep commitment to develop the necessary skills to progress safely through levels of expertise. It’s also akin to figure skating–using both an inside & outside edge to glide with integrity. Being a motorcyclist, as well as a figure skater, it was a perfect fit for me. My soles were born!”

BRENDA BLAKESLEY, FOUNDER, SOUTHWEST ASHIATSU MASSAGE & BODYWORK ACADEMY

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