Cincinnati, OH massage therapist and continuing education instructor
Mary-Claire (Brinkman) Fredette received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. In 1998, she graduated from SHI Integrative Medical Massage School in Lebanon, OH, and received her Ohio LMT license shortly thereafter. Mary-Claire is a professional member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) and has been a guest speaker at massage schools.
She became certified in TouchPro® chair massage (acupressure) in 1999, Nurturing the Mother® pregnancy massage in 2000, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® (also referred to as Ashiatsu BarefootBar massage) in 2002. Sports massage training, Ashi-Thai, Bamboo-fusion, Pillossage, business and ethics round out her massage education.
After learning Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® in 2002, Mary-Claire realized what a gift it would be to teach others how to give "the deepest most luxurious massage on the planet". This barefoot massage technique has enabled her to work through full term with 3 pregnancies, one of which was with twins. Mary-Claire has been teaching Ashiatsu since 2004, also offering classes in Ashi-Thai under the AOBT umbrella.
Portable bars allow her to instruct therapists all over the Midwest, and she travels periodically to teach at spas in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee as well as Massachusetts.
Teaching Bamboo-fusion since 2008 in a number of cities throughout the U.S as well as in Jamaica, Mary-Claire has been a presenter for the AMTA in Kentucky.
Mary-Claire is the only authorized instructor for Bamboo-fusion in the Midwest and is the senior training instructor for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, responsible for training other instructors in the modality. She and her husband Paul are currently running the Midwest regional headquarters for Ashiatsu BarefootBar massage. Her permanent training facility and massage therapy studio is located in her home city of Cincinnati, OH. Mary-Claire, Paul and their eight (yes, 8!) children reside in Cincinnati. Oh, Mary-Claire is also a professional photographer. (Who needs sleep?)
As of July 2012, Mary-Claire is also a proud "Wing Mom" of United States Air Force Airman Fredette, Zachary M.
You can click here for her Facebook photography page. Affinity Massage Studio can also be found on Facebook.