Southwest Ashiatsu Massage & Bodywork Academy 


Brenda Blakesley
Brenda BlakesleyTucson, On-Site at your Studio/Spa
After graduating from massage school in 2003, Brenda experienced the field of massage therapy 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 more experience working in additional formats including physical therapy and chiropractic offices, as well as yoga studios and salons . Within these varied formats and previous experience with personal training, Brenda began developing more techniques and methods to prevent injury and burn out for any therapist wanting to provide barefoot massage.

In 2007, Brenda began teaching Ashiatsu. She has taught nearly every week over the past fifteen years and is still as passionate as the day she started. The past decade has been dedicated to resolving every and any reason a therapist has had to not provide Ashiatsu, and to gain as much feedback as possible to share with other therapists.

Brenda’s number one goal is to keep Ashiatsu growing in popularity for both clients and therapists, which largely depends on fine tuning body mechanics and the set up for therapists. Her students say that she has provided many details to keep them in the field and modality longer, happier, and busier than they ever imagined.

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.
Alison Seaton
Alison SeatonFranklin, TN, The Wellness & Bodywork Studio
Alison Seaton graduated in 1999 from Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. She graduated certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger Point Release as well as a traditional massage therapy certification. After honing her skills in a clinical setting and feeling every bit of burn out from deep tissue medical massage, she moved to Las Vegas in 2005. Where she spent 10 years working in 5 Star/5 Diamond resorts. Although spa work helped take down the stressors on her body, she still felt the fatigue and burn out. She met Brenda in 2009 where she was introduced to Ashiatsu, and immediately saw the beneficial ways it can be more effective for the client, and less invasive for the massage therapist. She got certified immediately!

After moving to TN, and getting her massage license, she dove right back into the modality to help save her aging joints. She is proud and excited to have joined SAMBA as a teacher trainer in this method. She looks forward to helping coach other massage therapists on how to add this approach to their already thriving practice.


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


TUCSON, ARIZONALocation Instructor: Brenda Blakesley
Address and directions for group classes will be dislcosed upon registration.
The address for One-to-One and 2-LMT learning is:
6522 E Carondelet Dr Tucson, AZ 85710; BLDG C SUITE A

Uber, Lyft, Rental Car

Airbnb, Vrbo are highlty recommended in this area

Nearest hotel to the Carondelet studio is the La Quinta Inn East+1(520)747-1414

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

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

Uber, Lyft, Rental Car, Share Rides

Airbnb, Vrbo

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

FRANKLIN, TNLocation Instructor: Alison Seaton

106 Mission Court
Suite 904
Franklin TN 37067

Uber, Lyft, Rental Car

Airbnb, Vrbo

Drury Plaza Hotel
1874 West McEwen
Franklin TN 37067
(615) 771-6778

ALoft Franklin
7109 Springs Drive
Franklin TN 37067
(615) 435-8700

Embassy Suites
820 Crescent Center Drive
Franklin TN 37067
(615) 515-5151

Everyone is required to bring food to class.
There are many restaurants around the Cool Springs area to choose from.

On Site parking.

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!”


“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.”


“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!”


“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!”


“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!”


“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!”


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