February 23, 2010

Buyer Beware - not all Ashiatsu's are created equal

The Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® family and its thousands of satisfied graduates would like to say thank you to the massage and spa industries for letting our company provide a wellness program that has changed so many therapists lives.

Our method of deep tissue barefoot massage using an over head support system has improved the quality of life for many that would have naturally left the massage industry had it not been for our educational curriculum.

The proven massage techniques and innovative teaching methodologies in which we developed to teach therapists how to be safe & proficient in a short amount of time is our greatest achievement. The art of allowing each therapist to build a relationship with our instructors prior to class as well as continued instructor support throughout the graduates career is the reason why we produce genially expert body-workers.

We are honored to be the first to have a nationally approved “barefoot-bar dedicated” course study of which others now try to imitate. Our research on compression massage and development of safe and efficient bar construction is unsurpassed. We are committed to being the best at providing quality educational seminars in the field of barefoot massage. The techniques have been developed with integrity and attention to detail. Our mission is to create a superb experience for every therapist who walks into our classrooms.

This world leading treatment “stands” above any other with a trusted reputation for being the original. Because we have made Barefoot Bar Therapy world famous, we must warn you of imitation knock-off educators trying to duplicate our famous footprints. Beware of any group who may use the founder’s or authorized instructor names, or similarly-sounded trade names to confuse the public into believing they are associated with our program. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (AOBT) and our courses are recognized by the NCBTMB, AMTA, ABMP as well as other state and massage liability insurances as an approved modality - so feel confident and safe knowing that the credits that you take with us and the Certification that you earn are real. Choose how you spend educational dollars wisely and don’t settle for less than the best.

We hope unsuspecting students will be on their toes when weighing out their options for continuing education. Unfortunately there are some who have studied with us, boldly repackage our material as their own and will happily confuse you to think they created our work. This in return prompts body-workers to contact us for clarification as they “sense” we are the pioneers just from one conversation. Be duly noted that if they are not currently listed as an instructor on our website, chances are they do not have honest innovation. Study from the source, train with the original, and learn it for real. You can view the list of approved AOBT instructors HERE.

We do however, have the greatest respect and admiration for those “barefoot massage entrepreneurs” who have honest innovation and documentation to prove their development of an original concept, and we happily endorse them.

We appreciate those who recognize hard earned respect and goodwill and we welcome those who work with therapists and companies with integrity.


  1. Well said!
    Sadly, every industry has copycats... they usually don't last very long, though.

  2. Honestly this information is directly from our founder. If anyone has any questions about any form of barefoot massage out there, I recommend to just take some time to research the modality, instructor, school, credentials, affiliated associations, its graduates, media coverage, ratings and its history to see if it is what you are looking for. I personally went to a massage class once that I was entirely disappointed with, mostly because once I was there I realized that they were teaching word for word out of a book that I already owned, a book that this class was not affiliated with. So I was learning an exact copy of the application, but with no education on theory or technique. Bummer, right? I wished I had just saved up the extra money and went to the class with the instructor that my book was written by.