To BareFoot Bodyworks

My name is Missy and I’m the owner. I started my training in 1998 at The Acupressure Institute in Berkeley CA. It was there that I first learned about Ashiatsu massage and fell in love! I later continued my education on the Central coast at Hirudaya Holistic Life Center and California Holistic Institute. I began my career in 2002, working and honing my skills practicing in spa settings and then in Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Medical Offices. In 2009 I began my training as an Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist, opening Barefoot Bodyworks in 2010. I continued my love for Ashiatsu by taking more advanced classes in the modality and learning variations including Barefoot Massage, Fijian among others. My passion for Ashiatsu has only grown as I've learned. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to learn more about me and the benefits of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy!

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New Location

We’ve moved to a new office!. I am currently taking appointments at my new location: 1170 Johnson Ave, in San Luis Obispo (Between Marsh & Higuera)


What Is Ashiatsu?

The Ashiatsu Massage technique we use today at BareFoot BodyWorks in San Luis Obispo, utilizes an integration of various styles and methods.


Bare Foot Massage Outside

The pandemic has been extremely hard on the practice of massage therapy. As a solution I’ve created a Covid Safe Environment that follows the latest health guidelines.


Deep Tissue Massage

Ashiatsu is a form of Deep Tissue massage utilizing the weight of the body, gravity and the feet as massage tools.

Experience The Benefits of Ashiatsu/Barefoot Massage

Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the massage therapists’ feet, utilizing gravity assisted depth, and compression, to deliver a deep massage like no other. The style is a combination of western and eastern forms of deep tissue technique and ancient forms of barefoot bodywork dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim.


  • Myofascial stretching with vertebral traction elongate the spine, improving movement and posture while relieving chronic pain and spasm.
  • Deep, broad pressure improves flexibility and range of motion.
  • Hypertonic muscles soften and lengthen.
  • Muscles are flushed with interstitial stasis reduced.
  • Stretching muscle fibers increases capillarization.
  • Fascia is rejuvenated and enlivened.
  • Stimulates Lymphatic & parasympathetic Nervous System
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Reaches Deeper Than Deep Tissue
  • Stretches The Hips.


Myofascial pain and secondary autonomic phenomena caused by trigger points are released along with chronic holding patterns, while encouraging your body’s natural healing potential. Centripetal and Centrifugal movements in our technique increase circulation bringing more oxygenated blood to the area being treated facilitating the bodies natural healing mechanisms.