The Edmond Sun


September 9, 2013

Bare feet facilitate healing, wellness, balance

EDMOND — All the senses are touched as one enters the room with low lights, candles flickering, a warming fireplace, the soothing sounds of a water scape and a faint aroma of coconut oil lingering in the air.

The scene is set for one of the most relaxing forms of massage that can be imagined. Deana Rook, owner of Global Massage, is Mastery Level Certified by Health and Bodyworks LLC, for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Barefoot Massage, the main form of massage she practices.

This doesn’t mean massaging the client’s bare feet, but providing the massage by standing on the client’s back.

It was a patient who suggested a barefoot massage and after checking into it Rook was on her way to earning certification to be a barefoot massage therapist practicing Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai.

Although the Japanese term “Ashiatsu” is used in the trade name, the technique Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy and its application are very different. “Ashi” is a Japanese word that means “foot” and “Atsu” means “pressure,” so together they symbolize foot pressure.

Ashi-Thai is an expression of traditional Thai massage techniques, mostly compression and stretching. Ashi-Thai encourages full range of motion for relaxation and functionality.

Foot pressure is completely modified for every individual, men and women alike. Through foot massage Rook provides a wider base for various ways to give consistent, deep, luxurious, Swedish-style compression using her feet.

Parallel bars suspended from the ceiling are used for balance, control and leverage by Rook as she holds on to them while providing foot massage by walking on a client’s back. Rook adjusts her weight for the right pressure for different clients. She has studied physics, anatomy and the movements necessary to ensure safety.

The massage is done according to the client’s level of modesty, and a professional draping method is used by Rook. An organic coconut oil is spread with a brush on the body.

She researched Barefoot Massage and found Ruthie Piper Hardee’s patented modality. She studied Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy under Hardee, and returned with the ability to deliver the “deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet” as the Ashiatsu trademark tagline states.  

Hardee, the founder of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, is the original pioneer of gravity assisted barefoot-bar massage used in the spa and massage industry today. She invented the Hardee-Ashiatsu Portable Bar apparatus, which is utilized worldwide.

“Hardee was the first to bring barefoot Swedish massage using bars on the ceiling into mainstream America, and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is now one of the most popular massage techniques in the country,” Rook said.

It was only natural for Rook to follow in Hardee’s footsteps — literally, and embrace her barefoot modality with passion. Rook is currently the only Mastery Level Certified graduate listed on the website for Oklahoma.

Rook is constantly expanding her education by going to seminars and learning new techniques. Her studies now include advanced studies under Erik Dalton (Myofascial Release) and Gephart Parzer.

“Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet,” Rook said. “Skilled and talented feet provide pressure that is customized for each individual’s comfort to deliver deep relaxation and muscle tension relief faster than can be achieved by hand, in most cases.

“Muscles along the spine, shoulders and pelvic bone are relaxed then stretching techniques allow the spine to slowly nestle into its natural alignment during the session. Work on the rest of your body will be so seamless, it will be hard to tell if it’s by hand or foot.”

GLOBAL MASSAGE is at 700 W. 15th St., Ste. 7, in Edmond. To book an appointment go to or call 458-0562 for more information. In order to learn more about Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Barefoot Massage go to or watch techniques on

Text Only
  • Lankford, James 2011.jpg Lankford, rest of Oklahoma delegation vote to sue president

    A Democratic leader said the House does not have standing to sue the president after members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation voted to do just that.
    At 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, members of the House approved by a 225-201 partisan margin H. Res. 676, which gives House leadership the authority to file a lawsuit challenging actions by President Barack Obam

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • MS_prisons 1.JPG DOC action could save $36.8 million annually

    The Oklahoma Department of Corrections expects to avert more than 2,100 offenders by 2021 saving more than $36.8 million annually, an audit states.
    Tuesday, State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones  released the results of a performance audit of the DOC that was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin. The audit for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2013, distinctly focused on governance, financial management and capacity management.
    Audit recommendations included:

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • food bank.jpg Regional Food Bank receives donation

    At a special celebration event Wednesday, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $30 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma. Additionally, the retailer and its Foundation have partnered with local food banks to provide more than 15 million pounds of food to residents.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • City spends $1.7 million on ITS

    Public safety will benefit by the Intelligent Transportation System with its implementation by the City of Edmond, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager.
    More vehicles are added to traffic volume as Edmond’s population grows. ITS connects all of the city’s traffic signals in order to improve traffic flow in present time with greater efficiency, Commons said Wednesday.
    “Some of that can be done through computer automation that tracks how traffic is changing,” Commons said.

    July 30, 2014

  • Downtown Master Plan accepted by council

    The 2014 Downtown Master Plan Study was accepted by a 3-0 vote Tuesday evening by the Edmond City Council.
    Fort Worth-based consulting group Freese and Nichols presented their final update to the 1998 Downtown Master Plan. The city hired the group at a cost of $300,000 to make recommendations for future development of Broadway in the central business district.
    “There are clearly some short-term (parking) options that we feel should move forward,” said Cody Richardson, of Freese and Nichols consultants of Fort Worth. “Better signage at existing parking lots.”

    July 29, 2014

  • Lambrecht Construction to build office

    The commercial site plan of a physician’s office was approved recently by the Edmond Planning Commission by a vote of 4-0.
    Lambrecht Construction plans to build the office at 3917  E. Covell Road in the Fairfax Business Office, north of Covell and west of Sooner Road, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.

    July 29, 2014

  • jc_ITS map.jpg City to improve traffic flow

    The Edmond City Council this week approved a services agreement with Electronic Technology, Inc. For the  installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems’ video wall system at a cost of $314,620. The vote was 3-0.
    ITS is a fiber optic, wireless or hybrid communication system of monitoring road events and equipment in the field, data archiving and predicting traffic volume, said Kent Kacir, an engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • sales tax holiday.jpg Oklahoma sales tax takes a holiday

    Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ending at midnight Aug. 3, Oklahomans will be able to participate in a sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax.
    Yes, retailers may not charge tax, including state and local sales taxes on items that are tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday weekend. The sales of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 are exempted from sales taxes.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Karan & Rwanda.jpg Peace through Business empowering women entrepreneurs

    Peace Through Business is part of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) based in Oklahoma City. It is a program that connects small business entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda with business owners in Oklahoma. One such entrepreneur found out about the program from a friend, applied, and was accepted to take part in this year’s session.
    Upon earning a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universite de Sciences et Technique de Lille in Belgium, Lyliose Nduhungirehe began her career working for a construction company in Brussels, but she quickly switched paths to Information Technology.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anderson Properties continues to grow

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties recently announced the acquisition of Tulsa-based Prudential Alliance Realty, an eight-office, 150-agent brokerage operating in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Edmond.
    The transaction gives Anderson Properties, a full-service real estate agency a total of 38 offices and more than 600 agents.

    July 28, 2014