My first class teaching Ashiatsu was so much fun!
By Hillary Arrieta
This year I joined the teaching crew at the Center for barefoot massage!
I've been in a teacher training program since January and I've learned SO MUCH this year.
Even though I've already trained for years in this technique, I can see how I've barely scratched the surface. There's so much to know, refine, and refresh. I think that is why I am so drawn to this massage - and massage therapy in general. I've been truly lucky to have such amazing mentors and now students who teach me so much about my work. Yes, I'm the one teaching but it's incredible how much I also learn.
September was my final teacher evaluation in the teacher training program and I had it in my brand new teaching studio. It's small but MIGHTY!!
I'm so grateful to the students who challenged themselves physically and mentally through this three day workshop to learn or fine tune their skills. Also, I'm so thankful for my teacher, Jeni Spring who flew up here from San Antonio to make me first class a success. I couldn't have done it without her guidance.
I'll be teaching a semi-monthly FUNdamentals class for 2018 and I'll be adding some new barefoot massage modalities and workshops to the training schedule in 2019.
I've been wanting to bring more barefoot massage to Dallas and to the North Texas area for a long time and it's finally happening.
Trainings are open to any licensed massage therapist. Find out more at on our Texas Ashiatsu training website.
Enjoy some pictures from the workshop!
Are you traveling to Dallas to take your Barefoot Ashiatsu massage class with Hillary? Consider this your "insiders guide" to the Big D.
Gaia Bodywork is considered the Dallas, TX campus for the Center for Barefoot Massage. Yes, it's true that we are not "technically" located in Dallas but we are close enough. (Seriously, It's like two exits South on Central Expressway. )
So without further ado, I, Hillary Arrieta, your FasciAshi instructor, welcome local massage therapists and travelers alike with open arms and Texas hospitality.
Take a mini vacation to Dallas, Texas and earn your CE credits from a nationally recognized advanced massage education company.
If you are traveling or are taking a "staycation" to attend your workshop, I've got some suggestions to help make it a smooth and enjoyable time here in Dallas.
I'm located in a one story office building at
2060 N. Collins Blvd. Suite #102
Richardson, Texas 75080
There's an East and West entrance to the building. I'm closest to the East door in suite 102.
I ask that you don't arrive any earlier than 8:45 AM the mornings of the training, but don't be late! Class starts on time at 9:00 AM each morning and ends at 6:00 PM. We have so much to cover during our time together so don't be late and don't plan to leave early!
All these places are very close to the studio.
Double Tree (Richardson)
Hyatt Regency North Dallas
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
Airbnb is a great option too. Just search for places in the 75080 zip code or the Canyon Creek/Prairie creek neighborhoods to get close. This one has been tried and tested by students - give it a try!
Coffee + eats
Richardson prides itself on the vast array of ethnic food options in the city!
We have two of everything within walking distance from the workshop studio.
Pizza, Tacos, Sub sandwiches, Indian, Thai, Mediterranean...it’s crazy! If you like to eat light, snappy salads and smoothie king are both a two minute walk away.
For coffee try the Pearl Cup or Cafe Brazil ( a Dallas favorite.)
Also, Starbucks is across the street next to the Double Tree.
See the sights
Take a nature hike at Prairie Creek Park. There's a lovely neighborhood within a short walk that has a creek and waterfall that runs through a wooded, linear park with trails & picnic tables.
Check out South Fork Ranch. It’s about 20 minutes East of us in Parker, Texas.
Play a game of darts or pool at Fox and Hound (Just over in the next parking lot) or head out to Free Play for some old school arcading.
Take the nearby DART rail to Downtown Dallas, Klyde Warren Park, Uptown, Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum for city night life.
Directions to the studio.
If you're flying, I suggest using Southwest Air and flying in to Love Field. It is possible to take the DART light rail from a nearby station to a nearby station in Richardson but it may take a long time. I'll do a test run and update this blog but for now just keep that in mind. From Love Field, take Central Expressway (75) North and exit Campbell Rd. Go West under the overpass at Campbell and we are in the North West corner directly behind FreeBirds Burritos. The studio is located in a brown, one story building. There's an East and West entrance. We are closest to the East door in suite 102.
2060 N. Collins #102
Richardson, Texas 75080