For well over a decade, Ruthie Piper Hardee has helped improve the massage careers for both men and women all over the world at all levels of ability. Recognized as one of the top instructors and innovative pioneers in the massage industry, Ruthie developed Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® in1995. The trademarked modality became the first ever approved barefoot massage certification course using over head bars in 1998. She and her team of authorized instructors have trained thousands of body workers to respect the art of comfortable and luxurious barefoot compression. She created this unique form of effleurage, combining western science and American ingenuity, for therapists who specialize in deep tissue Swedish techniques.