Ashiatsu Barefoot Training Testimonials
What do therapists think about learning barefoot massage?
I loved my fijian barefoot class with Mary-Claire in Cincinnati!
I have taken two classes with Mary-Claire and it was the best investment I've made for my career. Her instruction is very clear and detailed. And always fun!
With my ashiatsu and thai massage skills, I can give my clients the therapy and pressure they need without exhausting my body! I love her classes!
I don’t even know where to start.
The fundamentals class alone has rocked my massage game.
One of the best decisions I've made was taking barefoot massage with Mary-Claire. I really feel like barefoot massage has taken my career to the next level. I'm excited to take more!
As a passionate 'hands on' deep tissue massage therapist for 20 years, I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I fell in love with Ashiatsu!
Mary-Claire is one incredible individual who has developed her craft thoughtfully with loads of evolved technique.
I've always jumped at the opportunity to take continuing education classes with Mary-Claire. She goes above and beyond to help each student understand the material, provides tips to make it easier, and is overall just pleasant to be around. I started barefoot in 2004, and these new classes look amazing. I'm excited to see some new material from well established therapists. These classes will certainly be in my near future!
Quality. In a country that is churning out thousands of ill-equipped, unsatisfactory therapists every year, the quality of the work and the instruction is as high as you can find. It will be the difference between truly helping your clients and enjoying a long and healthy career, and burning out quickly. Training with Jeni Spring and Mary-Claire Fredette was the best decision I’ve ever made. I do more effective work now than ever, and it costs me less physically. Studying at CBM will be your game-changer!
As a new LMT, I'm slowly learning that there are a lot of junk CEU courses out there. The Center for Barefoot Massage is the opposite--they are a real treasure! Studying with Jeni Spring, Mary-Claire Brinkman Fredette, and Julie Hunt Marciniak has given me the skills to deliver an amazing deep tissue massage without wrecking my body. Their deep knowledge of anatomy and attention to detail are incredible. I can't wait to see what additional courses they come up with!
The reminder emails and communication were great. I think you have a well rounded selection of classes.
I truly think the class went amazing. The instructors went above and beyond to make sure that we were learning at a good pace, and took the time to answer any questions that we had. We all had the chance to get to know one another before any of us even "stepped foot" on anyone! :)
I would maybe advise everyone (who is not already an ashi therapist) to get pedicures and to start using a pumice leading up to the class...and just suggestions of things we can do to keep our feet as ashi-awesome as we can.
Other than that, the leading up to class, class itself, and post-class was all amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
"Thank you again for the most amazingly awesome seminar I have ever been to! You rock as a teacher!" - Eden P, MN
Mary-Claire was experienced, knowledgeable. Lighthearted yet specific corrections when needed. Hands on assistance from the instructor and lots of table time were great as well as attention to detail, which helped so much! Very prompt with communication and I can't think of anything that I would change!
I loved the "hands on (feet on!)" work to help retain the new techniques.
The pace of the Basics + Anterior combo class was my favorite part. Light bulb: "Better than a foam roller"...do you know how many clients I have hooked on those? The pressure a lot of people want that they feel they can't get without tools or pain! :D
My favorite part was the feet on work and getting to work on the table. Watching Mary-Claire do the work and using a lot of pressure was very helpful. Great class, good instructions!
My favorite part was that I got to feel each stroke from the instructor and that Mary-Claire was so funny. :) I liked her fun attitude toward teaching and very supportive instructions. I'm extremely glad I decided to take this course. Looking forward to 2 feet and more barefoot massage!
Mary-Claire was great and down to earth; it was a great class.
I enjoyed everything and being able to learn something new, and Mary-Claire is a doll! Great personality and great instructor.
--When I worked on Mary-Claire, it was very helpful with the corrections and being able to allow me to do the movements correctly!! Everything was wonderful. Very informative and a great learning experience.
My favorite part of the workshop? Mary-Claire's personality! She's awesome.
Performing the stroke on the instructors--there is no better confirmation in the world! The course organization, content and structure were perfect! Lots of "feet on" practice. The instructors were superb! .
Favorite part of the workshop: Working on the instructor and having her give feedback!
The class was so much more/better than I expected. Well organized. Relaxed atmosphere but efficient. Info was well presented for learning-demo, practice, reinforce.
My favorite part of class was the practice on the outside clients with teacher and client feedback. Mary-Claire actually came and moved my feet to help me get the motion and rhythm down.
I took your class early June and want to send you an email saying thank you for being a wonderful teacher. My bars are up and I have been practicing on some friends... I love it! Thank you so much! This rocks!
--Michelle Reed (the Zack Morris of class...lol)
I liked working hands on and watching others do the modality. Nice atomosphere. When doing hands on, she came and guided me through the strokes.
My favorite part was quality hands on and the patience of the instructor.
Pre-registering online worked great! Mary-Claire has great patience! I was never bored. Material and presentation was interesting. My favorite part was the hands on, especially with the guest clients. It was fresh input.
My favorite part was the instructor's lectures and hands-on learning. Learning all about Ashiatsu--Mary-Claire did an excellent job explaining the history and how it evolved into the current workshops.
Thank you from the bottom of hearts, the soles of our Ashi feet and the top of our spirits for bringing your beautiful smile and energy to us! Your time and dedication are not in vain! You've made this class exhaustingly fun!
I love your easy teaching style!
This was a great course- a nice balance of information and hands on!
My favorite part of class was learning the new moves for the deepest most luxurious massage on the planet! I cannot wait to take all the classes with Mary-Claire!
Mary-Claire made it a relaxing and enjoyable to do!!! Had to have a great sense of humor to be with all of us! She is awesome!
Mary-Claire is very knowledgeable about Ashiatsu and communicates her knowledge very effectively. I feel I could not have had a better instructor!
Great experience! I look forward to other classes. Mary-Claire is a teacher in the truest sense--knowledgeable, patient and caring.
I absolutely LOVED this class! Mary-Claire was great. She has a wonderful personality and did an excellent job of teaching Barefoot Massage.
--Sincerely remembering you fondly,
Peggy Scrogum, LMT
Thank you. Last week's workshop was, by far, one of the best I have ever attended. You are a delightful soul and a true pleasure to be with and learn from.
--Nancy Bloemer; Cincinnati, OH
My favorite part of the workshop was individualized feedback from the instructor and performing the moves on me.
--Sharon Bryant; Hartselle, AL
I liked the honest feedback! Correspondence was fast and efficient.
--Bee Erb; Huntsville, AL
My favorite part was all the tips Mary-Claire gave during practice sessions. If one of us didn't do the stroke perfectly, she showed us the right way, and if we still didn't get it, she gave us a tip to make the stroke perfect. Mary-Claire is awesome, patient, and a knowledgeable instructor. I am already planning on taking bamboo massage and two footed strokes!
I am very glad I took this workshop. Interesting and fun!
Mary-Claire has a relaxed, friendly, fun format of teaching.
I loved this class. Staying for the 4th day (Anterior and Side-lying) was invaluable. You are so patient too!
Dear Mary-Claire, I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks for a great workshop. I had occasion to use some of the anterior techniques already--on Friday!
I was able to give deep compression at the insertions (I think, groin region) and it obviously hurt good. He felt like his pain was really being addressed. For my part, it was much more comfortable for me to work with my foot in such an intimate area. When the massage was over, he said he was pain-free and hadn't felt that good for a LONG time. And he had seen his regular therapist the day before.
Since we started using Barefoot Massage in our office, we have had some breakthroughs that no other type of massage has been able to accomplish.
Just a note to let you know my shoulder is feeling great!! Not only did my golf score drop 8 strokes this week end, my softball hitting produced 2 singles in two at bats.. Feeling good!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Mary Claire.. Rick
Thank you for your great work yesterday! I feel great today.
That was a great massage, and I am very picky! I will definitely be back.
No more elbows and thumbs for me. When I need deep tissue, I'm getting Ashiatsu.
When you die, you'll become the patron saint of massage therapists. I love Ashiatsu!
What I like about Ashiatsu is that it's so smooth and yet deep. I'll never get a hands on massage!
Just wanted to say thank you again. My legs felt really great Friday and Saturday. They have not felt this good for a long time. Barefoot Massage must agree with me. Thank you, Clark
This was the most effective I've ever had. Amazing.
--Ron B.; Fairfield, OH