~Offering CE continuing education classes for massage therapists~
Mary-Claire (Brinkman) Fredette
It's my goal to help clients feel better through awesome massage and to
empower massage therapists to transform their careers.
With my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film, you may wonder why I chose to become a massage therapist. Well, I like to eat (most actors don't make so much). And I wanted to help people.
Massage therapy makes my clients feel better through not only due to my massage skills, but also because I listen. Sometimes, that helps people heal just by getting things off their chest. Add to that my awesome ninja barefoot massage skills, and people say it's a winning combination.
About a year after I learned Ashiatsu (in 2002), I was practicing massage at a both a day spa (hands on only) and a chiropractor's office (primarily Ashiatsu) when I had a eureka moment. I realized that although I had been performing Ashiatsu barefoot massage at the chiropractor's office, I hadn't done any hands on massage for about a week. My first hands-on massage at the day spa on a busy Saturday, and my wrists started to bother me.
I realized they hadn't hurt in a week. It was at that moment when I knew I had to teach other massage therapists who suffered the same issues that there were other options, and Ashiatsu was an excellent choice.
Ashiatsu barefoot massage enabled me to work through 3 pregnancies, one of which was with twins.
Since 2004, I have been fortunate enough to help transform the careers of other massage therapists like me, those who were in pain or wanted to work deeper or were burnt out. Acting as the Senior Training Instructor for an Ashiatsu company, I have been able to pass these skills on to other instructors in training. With my husband Paul and friend Jeni Spring, we've opened the Center for Barefoot Massage, a continuing education program that focuses on - you guessed it! - barefoot masssage.
In 2008, I began training therapists in the art of Bamboo-fusion, a delightful massage that induces deep relaxation with many therapeutic uses. In fact, this massage fixed my neck after a 4 car collision.
Having trained 100s of therapists throughout the US and into Canada, my home training studio in Cincinnati is my permanent location. It is here at Affinity Massage Studio that I both teach therapists and maintain my personal client base.
My husband Paul helps me run the back side of the business (and blogs at PaulFredette.com), and we are filled with love and laughter from our 8 children. We also run a website together on improving family life at MaryClaireAndPaul.com. And because I have so much free time, I also specialize in conceptual photography-you can find my photos at MaryClaireFredette.Photography.