About

Our Story & Team

 

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From the Owner

I spent the first 40 years of my life carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. All of my stress went straight to my upper back forming two giant knots of pain. Sometimes I didn’t notice it was there at all until all at once it would seize up causing a severe crick in my neck. For years I would come out of massages feeling like nothing happened. I felt bad for the practitioner who was using elbows and brute force and getting nowhere near releasing what I was holding.

In 2008, I had my first ashiatsu massage and I was amazed at the sustained deep work. I felt the thick shell on my shoulders crack open and release! As a Chinese medicine practitioner and deep tissue massage specialist, I am always seeking to expand my knowledge, so I signed up for the first ashiatsu training I could find! At this AOBT weekend course, I learned how to use my feet instead of my hands for a deeper style massage.

And yet, something was still missing. Though the approach was certainly more effective than any deep tissue massage I had ever experienced, the style was very generalized and lacked the nurturing component that is so important when releasing stress.

My answer was to spend the next 7 years developing a therapeutic style of ashiatsu that caters to the client’s specific needs. Our approach includes a blend of deep tissue techniques that are performed with the therapist’s well-trained feet to achieve the highest possible results in a peaceful and nurturing environment.

I started Austin Ashiatsu in 2009 working out of my house. Today, Austin Ashiatsu has grown to employ 5 therapists offering sessions 7 days a week to hundreds of clients across Central Texas and beyond.

Cathy

Cathy R. Walker MA, L.AC, LMT, owns Austin Ashiatsu and is a Life Coach who has been actively working in the healing field for over 15 years. She received her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, and her masters degree in Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine. Cathy is trained in a number of massage styles including Ashiatsu, Shiatsu, Deep tissue, Tuina, and Swedish. She has combined these techniques into the therapeutic style that is currently practiced exclusively at Austin Ashiatsu. Cathy’s Life Coach training is founded in Martha Beck’s Life Coach training, Byron Katie’s “The Work”, and a 20 year meditation and yoga practice. Cathy draws on her experience and knowledge to meet each client where they are and to facilitate the changes they are ready to make in the body, mind and spirit.

Andrea

Andrea is an LMT, PTA and mastery level ashiatsu therapist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and working in the advertising industry in LA and NYC. Upon moving to Austin, Andrea embarked on a career change to the field of Health and Wellness. After experiencing the incredibly positive impact massage and ashiatsu had on her own body, she wanted to share these benefits with others. Andrea seeks to constantly expand her knowledge and advance her skills through continuing education in the healing arts so that she may continue to help her clients achieve their optimal state of well-being. Most recently Andrea completed the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and is now a Licenced PTA. When she is not at Austin Ashiatsu, she is treating patients in the acute care setting. Her attention to detail and caring nature of the health of all those she has the pleasure of working with make her a truly exceptional therapist.

Mandy

Mandy Wolfson LMT has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. After graduatingwith a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, she moved to Austin to pursue a career in therapeutic massage. Mandy’s focus from the beginning has been healing deep tissue work. As an Ashiatsu specialist, she has been able to take her healing results to a whole new level. Specializing in stress and tension release from neck, shoulders and lower back, Mandy has a natural ability to listen and meet the individual needs of her clients. Mandy is a top notch therapist and we are proud to have her exceptional skills serving our clients at Austin Ashiatsu.

Sarah

Sarah Wendtlandt LMT was born and raised in Germany and moved to Austin, Texas fifteen years ago. She brings nine years of healing through massage therapy with her. She is specialized in Ashiatsu and is licensed in many massage techniques including Swedish, Deep-Tissue, Sports, Myofascial Release, NeuromusDSC_0018cular and Lomi Lomi massage. Sarah has a nurturing spirit and a healing touch. She is attentive to her client’s needs and caters the session according to those specific needs. We are are truly blessed to have Sarah as a part of our team!

Jackie

Jackie Trevino LMT is a native Austinite. She has been a bodyworker for seven years and is currently attending St. Edward’s University for her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She specializes in Ashiatsu and is proficient in deep tissue, prenatal, sports, and Thai massage. She has a deep passion for helping others and brings that passion to all areas of her practice.