All deposits are non-refundable. If you need to withdraw from a class your deposit can be held and applied to another class held at Blue Buddha Bodyworks within one year of the originally scheduled class. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule class up to two weeks prior to the start date.
Kate Freese, LMT, Associate Instructor
After taking the class as an LMT in private practice who was looking for “something more”, I am happy to report that 5 years later... I have a thriving practice based around Ashiatsu that is solid every day with clients. It is a “game changing” modality and it saved my career, not only because of the attention to proper body mechanics but also because it’s just fun! I’m super excited that team barefoot needed a location in this region to help facilitate learning this amazing barefoot technique. Our classroom is comfortably nestled in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania. Just a quick car or train ride from Wilmington, Philadelphia and surrounding cities.
To Register: Please call (484) 341-8106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The therapist should be able to step up onto a 24" stool (a short step stool may be used). The therapist must also have the strength and flexibility required to get on and off the stool in a seated position with the client lying down on the table in front of them. You can practice this by putting 24 and 29” stool to the head of your massage table so that the headrest is a few inches away from the top of the stool while the stool rests next to the wall.
Hips and Legs: work on your flexibility! The hip flexors and adductors tend to be tight on most therapists. Start stretching them each day. Strengthening your core by doing yoga or Pilates will help you when you learn this new technique. Also, you'll need some fluid and expressive hips for this work. The motion of your feet starts with your hips. Practice hula hooping, do some Zumba or go salsa dancing to get your hips rolling and moving! Planks are great for core strength.
Upper body: try to do some pushups each day. Doing a chin up and holding your body weight up for 10 seconds or more several times a day will get your arms in shape for class.
Your feet: they are as important as your hands, and as they are now your money makers, you must begin treating them that way That means you'll need to go get a pedicure or give yourself one before the seminar. Pedicures are essential for this work. Anybody you work on will feel every nook and cranny of your feet. Each student will get feedback on their feet from their working partner. Nails must be VERY short and heels soft and smooth. You may paint your nails if you wish (although chipped nail polish does NOT look good). Bring some cozy socks and/or slide-on slippers to wear in class. Start remembering to protect your feet now!
Comfortable clothing is a must. You'll probably be most comfortable if you dress in layers (like a tank top or T-shirt under a sweatshirt) as you may get hot while working. Long leggings or capri type leggings are perfect for this type of work. You may wear stretchy yoga type pants or jogging pants as long as you can roll them up to you knees. Make sure you wear pants with a flexible waist band.
Male therapists- you don't have to shave your legs! Longer hair on legs is not typically uncomfortable to those clients receiving barefoot work. You may wear long basketball type shorts or running pants with shorts over top if you wish.
How to get here and where to stay...
Blue Buddha is located at 622 Wharton Blvd. Exton, PA 19341. We are just off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it’s 40 miles from the Philadelphia Airport. For Philly locals, just head West on 76 and take exit 312 for Pottstown Pike... its that easy. For those who come from out of town, Philadelphia is a great city to visit, there are loads of museums, shopping, the zoo and a great night life.
The studio itself is in a small town center with lots of food options and a nice courtyard to decompress in. We have four Ashi-equipped massage rooms in our main location and a yoga/ training room a couple doors down. We have a water cooler, refrigerator and microwave on-site, so feel free to pack snacks and lunch. If you’re not a packer, there are plenty of options within walking distance. We have a negotiated rate at the Comfort Suites in Exton , PA (610) 594-4770.
What to Bring...
- Linen List:
2 fitted sheets, 2 flat sheets, 2 face cradle covers, 2 wash cloths or
kitchen sized towels, 3 king pillow cases, 1 king pillow, 1 blanket
* Linen rentals are available for $10/set. 1 set for you,
1 for guest client.
- Slippers or flip flops
- Foot sanitizer (diluted witch hazel, wintergreen alcohol or
tea tree/ Thieves’ oil in a spray bottle (pick one!)
- Pens, highlighters, etc.
- Snacks (Water, Fridge & Microwave available onsite)
- Massage Crème/ lotion/oil of choice
- Soft pedicured feet!
- Anterior/Side-lying: please bring running shorts, a sheet set,
2 pillows and a king pillowcase.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Courses
Barefoot Basics® | 25 CE Credits
Tuition $649 | $300 deposit
A three day course from 9 AM - 6 PM daily. Therapists will learn 1 footed posterior strokes. Each therapist taking the class must feel comfortable standing on a massage table. Weight of the student is not as important as grace and flexibility while performing Deepfeet Bar Therapy. You will receive 25 credit hours, which you can apply to your NCBTMB certification, AMTA or ABMP renewal.
Anterior/Side-Lying® | 8 CE Credits
Tuition $215 | $100
This course is a single day from 9 AM - 6 PM. The anterior approach to Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy is a wonderful complement to the posterior strokes learned in Barefoot Basics. All strokes are one footed, and the shoulder and neck work is done from a seated position. The side lying portion of the class will teach the therapist to work with the clients in a more clinical application to massage muscles that tend to be more difficult to access from a supine or prone position.
Ashi-Thai© | 16 CE Credits
Tuition $429 | $200
This course is a two day course from 9 AM - 6 PM. Ashi-Thai is an expression of traditional Thai stretches/exercises that have been modified to use with bars on the ceiling so no heavy lifting occurs. The sessions are performed fully clothed without any oil or cream. The combinations of techniques have been arranged following traditional energy lines and stretches for elongating and relieving tightness in commonly used muscles groups.
DeepFeet 2 Advanced Ashiatsu© | 24 CE Credits
Tuition $649/300 deposit
After you've completed Barefoot Basics, Anterior Side-lying and preferably Ashi-Thai, come back to class and discover how to use your body to its fullest on your bigger clients! Our 2 footed strokes class offers high quality continuing education for the massage therapists wanting effective deep tissue massage training!
Feeling a little rusty on your Ashiatsu Strokes? A refresher course might be the answer. Attend a one day refresher to give and receive a barefoot massage, brush up on your skills & meet new Ashi friends.
Call Us: (484) 341-8106
Barefoot Basics Refresher
March 30-April 1
Code of Ethics...
All graduates of our program are held to a high ethical standard and must agree and adhere to this Ashiatsu Training and Use Agreement, AKA our Code of Ethics. The information and materials presented in class are not to be shared or taught without proper Instructor training from our company, or permission from our founder.
Click here to read the Training & Use Agreement that all graduates are held to