Southwest ASHIATSU?

Innovative Solutions.

That's what makes Southwest Ashiatsu and Brenda so different. Through years of listening to every student, colleague, and Ashiatsu provider, Brenda has been able to dissect this modality and find solutions for even the most hindering reason anyone had for not practicing Ashiatsu. From issues with shoulder and knee pain to sheets and pillows, Brenda has teamed up with other therapists, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, as well as eastern based practitioners of Ayurvedic & Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists to create solutions for each of them. Thorough research & development among these peers, the knowledge of how and why these same injuries, frustrations, and issues were happening among Ashiatsu practitioners was determined. Using a process of elimination, trial and error, and experimentation, each issue has been resolved. Many therapists who have tried practicing Ashiatsu in the past without satisfaction agree that these changes in equipment and body mechanics along with the addition of the many new techniques offered by Southwest Ashiatsu has vastly changed their mind about providing this modality to their clients. These courses and techniques are not based upon one groups' opinions. They are based on many, many opinions over the years - literally hundreds - with harmonious agreement in the discoveries and results the SAMBA courses and techniques offer.

If you’re a massage therapist & serious about learning barefoot massage, then you’re ready to Bare Your Sole! These courses are the most up-to-date & informative classes in the world of barefoot effleurage. The content in Southwest Ashiatsu courses is not offered anywhere else in the country. Southwest Ashiatsu Courses are structured to offer plenty of practice time and focus generously on body mechanics. These courses contain easy to understand instructions for everything from bar installation to draping methods to keep you working safely, happily, & injury free for years to come.

"Building a strong foundation for your safety & success is my passion."

"There is so much more to this artistic & creative therapy than just going deep. I am passionate about sharing the evolution from basic, deep work, to working with ease while offering more effective therapy to your clients. I am dedicated to continuing & evolving my own education & practice to provide you with the highest level of education."

-Brenda Blakesley


These priorities are the very core of Southwest Ashiatsu. My goal is to instill knowledge in every therapist to be confident incorporating Ashiatsu into their practice.


The techniques from the ancient art barefoot bodywork are so plentiful, there’s no way to put them all in one course. New courses and information will be available to you and are currently in the works. There is always something more to learn whether you're a beginner or a skilled Ashiatsu therapist.


The content in these courses is suitable to be taken from the classroom to the 5-Star spa, private practice, Chiropractor’s office, Wellness Center, or wherever professional, skilled, & licensed therapists seek to provide it.


  • Provides more consistent, fluid, satisfactory & desired pressure
  • The broad pressure from the whole sole increases blood & lymph flow
  • Soft, padded soles are able to create changes in chronic soft tissue damage faster than hands/arms
  • More comfortable to receive than bony compression from hands, fists, forearms, and elbows
  • Elongates the spine; creates space in the vertebral column
  • Deepens relaxation for clients by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Enables therapists to use less time to complete areas of work than using hands
  • Comfortably releases trigger points in tissue –effortlessly for therapists
  • A more gentle deep tissue; a more relaxing experience with longer lasting results and greater effectiveness than hand work
  • Alleviates pressure/pain in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area
  • Relieves sciatic pain