Ruthie Piper Hardee created the first nationally approved course-study for a western barefoot effleurage technique using bars on the ceiling. After graduating from massage school in 1990 and beginning her practice, Ruthie felt that the repetitive compressive techniques from providing deep tissue bodywork started to take a toll on her hands, wrists, and low back. So Ruthie began exploring a combination of deep tissue and effleurage techniques employing the feet instead of the hands. She created what we know today as Ashiatsu Bar Therapy.
Although Ruthie has retired from running DeepFeet Bar Therapy, she instructs Ashiatsu out of her home training studio in Denver, CO. Her dedicated team of instructors currently teach her methodologies to promote long-lasting massage therapy careers.