Julie has been a massage professional for over 15 years and has taken the knowledge and skills she gained from her own training, reading books, watching DVD’s and interviewing other alternative medicine providers to create a Barefoot Massage Continuing Education program. Now, Julie Baxley is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.
Julie is the originator of Barefoot Sports Therapy, a unique a style of massage that uses the therapist’s feet rather than their hands to perform various deep tissue massage techniques.
She became interested in barefoot massage while traveling in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with various stunt show and acting troupes. Julie and her fellow stunt actors frequently needed physical therapy and massage to rehabilitate from stunt related injuries. She was inspired by how effective barefoot massage was in her own recovery process. Julie’s curiosity about the alternative healing treatments she received in Asia sparked her desire to help others by becoming a massage therapist. After earning a certification at Mueller Holistic College she began treating athletes at a Sports Medicine Clinic. Five years later, at the Montage Resort and Spa she was massaging Hollywood celebrities, pro-Athletes, fortune 500 business executives and luxury vacationers.
One key benefit to barefoot massage is that the practitioner does not suffer the same level of fatigue or potential injury when compared to other traditional masseuses. Full time massage therapists often experienced residual pain in their thumbs, wrists and shoulders from performing traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue massage and Julie became determined to see this change. Remembering her barefoot treatments in Asia, she took a course in Barefoot Shiatsu and learned to massage with her feet. This led to Julie starting a private practice specializing in barefoot techniques. From 2007 to 2012 her private practice expanded as she mastered new barefoot skills.