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New Massage Therapist

by altm425

Active Life Therapeutic Massage would like to welcome our newest team members Justin Hodai and Anna Goss. Click on the  to take you to their bios, both are very talented massage therapist and we are very excited for them to join the team!


Ashiatsu – Barefoot Massage

by altm425

Have you heard of Ashiatsu? It is a barefoot massage technique that uses deep compression effleurage strokes that glide over the body. The massage therapist has bars above the massage table which are secured into the ceiling, and the therapist uses their feet to apply deep broad massage strokes. The bars are used to allow the therapist to hold on to for balance. Ashiatsu allows the therapist to utilize their feet and body weight to provide a deep yet broad massage strokes. This massage modality provides deep relaxation, stimulates the lymphatic system, increases circulation, elongates the spine, stretches shortened muscles, relieves muscular discomfort and pain, relieves tight muscles and stress, and improves postural deviations.

It is great for all clients in that the therapist can still adjust the amount of pressure. Clients that may not like the deep pressure can still receive a very effective and relaxing massage with this modality because the pressure is broad, not pointy such as an elbow. Clients that enjoy the deep pressure can benefit from the deep pressure of the bodyweight of the therapist, gravity allows the pressure to be deeper than with hands-on. It is great modality for all types of massage.

The history of Ashiatsu comes from the pioneer of the modality Ruthie Hardee, it is a western modality with roots from the Philippines and then from India. The name Ashiatsu comes from “ashi” meaning foot and “atsu” means pressure so that together it is foot pressure.

I use a combination of Ashiatsu and traditional massage with hands and forearms. I enjoy using the Ashiatsu to help assess the tissue and warm up the muscles. Then if necessary I will do more specific work with stripping the muscle, cross friction fiber strokes and Chinese fire cupping.

Try it! Once you do you won’t want to go back!! Book your massage today at!


Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy/Deepfeet Bar Therapy. Presented by Health & Bodyworks Ruthie Piper Hardee





All Moved In

by altm425

We have moved into a new studio! It was a tough and challenging transition, but I couldn’t be happier!! The Ashiatsu bars are installed and perfect! The hydraulic table will be in next week!  Everything is coming together wonderfully and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my amazing team behind me!  Welcome to the new location!!!