Al Poliarco, The Philippines

Latest Massage Therapist signing up for the 2024 World Championship in Massage is Al Poliarco from USA and the Philippines. The International Massage Association has asked him to tell about himself:

My name is Al Poliarco, and I am the founder and owner of Barefoot Hands Bodywork. As a certified practitioner and authorized instructor of Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy, I specialize in a unique massage culmination I call Gravity Bodywork+. With years of experience and a graduation from the East West Healing Arts Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (, I offer a range of massage and bodywork services.

Gravity Bodywork+ is my signature approach to healing, blending Eastern and Western modalities. It incorporates a creative methodical fusion of barefoot-oriented massage techniques, including Ashiatsu-Deepfeet Bar Therapy, Ashi Thai Bodywork, Sarga Bodywork, Chavutti Thirumal, Aerial and Restorative Ashiatsu, and Shoshin Shiatsu. To ensure client safety and provide balance and support, I use overhead parallel bars, ropes, and aerial silk fabric attached to the massage table. The “+” symbolizes the integration of additional traditional Eastern and Western massage modalities, such as MediCupping Therapy, Hot and Cold Stone Therapy, Swedish Massage, Tui Na, Guasha, yoga stretches, and adjustments, based on client requests and my professional judgment.

By combining various bodywork techniques and modalities, I cater to the complex and diverse needs of my clients. I firmly believe in addressing the whole self, acknowledging the profound connection between the body, mind, and spirit. While my practice may seem purely physical from an external perspective, an artful flow with gravity; it serves as a conduit for connecting with my clients and students. It allows me to create a space where clients can find stillness and inner healing, and where students can embrace a more dynamic approach to traditional and innovative bodywork techniques.

Originally hailing from the Philippines and now residing in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, I consider both countries my home. If honored with the opportunity to be nominated for the World Championship Massage 2024 in Copenhagen, Denmark, I would proudly represent the Philippines and the United States, which hold deep personal significance for me.

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The International Massage Association look forward watching Al Poliarco skills at the 7th World Championship in Massage in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark.