Founder & Instructor
Justin Michaud is the founder and instructor for Barefoot Trainer’s® Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage® program. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 2011. Immediately upon graduating from massage therapy school Justin learned and became certified in Ashiatsu massage. While learning deep tissue techniques in school he could tell performing these techniques on a regular basis could not be good for a therapist’s body long term. This lead him, along with his best friend and business partner Rita, to search for other deep tissue massage techniques and the discovery of Ashiatsu massage. Deciding to become certified in Ashiatsu is the best thing he could have done for his massage career and everyday he massages client’s he is thankful he learned this technique.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Justin practiced as a Registered Nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. While working as an RN Justin became tired of working in a system focused on treating people with medication and surgery. Justin’s interest lied in preventive health care and treating disease and pain in natural ways when possible (which is possible more often then we think). In searching for ways to improve health outside of practices seen in our healthcare system Justin discovered massage. He has been able to provide clients relief from pain and stress through therapeutic massage. His passion for health, wellness, and helping people has existed his entire life. Justin is also a classically trained Pilates instructor. He teaches clients the original Pilates exercises created by Joseph Pilates. This background in classical Pilates and the controlled strength of movement that comes with it really sets Justin's Ashiatsu body mechanics apart from other Ashiatsu trainers/practitioners.
Justin learned Ashiatsu from Michelle Mace. He was very pleased with the course but as he began practicing Ashiatsu and seeing more clients with different issues he began to come up with his own strokes that made performing Ashiatsu even easier while giving the clients better sustained pressure with less effort from him.
It is to expensive to learn all levels of Ashiatsu from most Ashiatsu trainers. Justin's goal is to bring Ashiatsu to many more LMT which is why he has made his courses much more affordable than others while still providing the highest level of Ashiatsu education. He believes all therapist should learn this wonderful form of massage to benefit the needs of their client’s as well as their own bodies and careers.
Massage therapy has always focused on benefiting the client. Unfortunately, this was at the expense of the therapist’s body. Ashiatsu massage makes performing massage much easier on a therapist’s body while still providing client’s with the best bodywork available. Justin has only experienced positive feedback from client’s after their Ashiatsu sessions. Most client’s were very surprised by how good the massage felt and that they couldn’t tell it was the feet being used.