Massage is a Health Care Tool

Hi, I’m Tiffany Diaz-Linam, Registered Nurse, and Master Massage Therapist, and I am so excited to share information with you about how important massage is in your health and wellness regimen.


Massage helps build and maintain a healthy body (and mind).

Improved Immunity

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count

Stress Relief

Massage promotes endorphins, lowers stress levels and has been shown to lower blood pressure

Improved Sleep

Individuals with sleep issues, including those caused by medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, find that massage encourages restful sleep.

Healthy Body

Current research indicates that massage effects may be as much or more due to neurological response to touch as much as to mechanical effects on the skin, muscles and fascia.

Reduces Inflammation

Massage has been shown to increase circulation as well as boost the function of the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.

Our eBooks

Learn more about the role massage therapy plays in your gut health and combating autoimmune conditions

We had so much interest in our online course topics from clients and colleagues that we revised the textbooks for general reading and released them as ebooks. They are available on for $9.99 each! We are incredibly excited about this because we feel like massage is often overlooked as a way to help with systemic inflammation reduction.

These ebooks explain all the ways massage can enhance your health – from the release of serotonin and dopamine to stimulating positive lymphatic movement which affects your gut health, to promoting good sleep hygiene and rest.


People need to consider regular massage appointments to fight all the stressors we face on a daily basis!

Heal Your Leaky Gut

In Heal Your Leaky Gut, Tiffany Diaz-Linam identifies the cyclical link between inflammation, immunity, and gut health that often leads to chronic illness. She explains how gut microbiota are established, as well as diet and environmental factors that influence their composition and health.

Understanding Autoimmunity

what causes autoimmune disease and what you can do to restore your health: the link between autoimmune disorders and inflammation of your gut microbiome. Millions of people across the globe suffer from autoimmunity, a wide range of diseases that occur when the immune system turns against the body.

How does massage play a role?

Massage is preventative care

Massage therapy is highly effective for pain relief, but it is an amazing preventive therapy as well. Massage helps build and maintain a healthy body (and mind), it combats stress, and it works to keep the immune system strong. In short, massage can keep on working for you, even after the pain is gone.

“My knowledge in holistic therapies of bodywork and the understanding of pathology triggers caused by diet and lifestyle in relation to a person’s overall health are key in my perspective for total wellness.

Experience derived from twenty-two years in the field of massage therapy, combined with the knowledge I’ve attained via continuing education (current graduate student at UAMS), hands-on nursing skills, and my own rigorous fitness training experience, gives me a total understanding of the human body that is not found within either profession independently.”

Tiffany Diaz-Linam

RN, BSN, MMT, Barefoot Bodyworks Owner

Why Choose Us

Designed by a LMT and RN

Massage as a component of health care is just beginning to attract major mainstream attention in the United States, but in most other cultures, it’s very commonplace. Massage has been shown to increase circulation as well as boost the function of the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. And as most people know, massage is a great stress reducer, and we all have some level of stress in our lives.

Massage therapists need to understand the functions of the body to provide their clients with the most useful and safe massages

Our Online Classes

Learn more about the role massage therapy plays in your gut health and combating autoimmune conditions

Advances in understanding the gut microbiome are a hot topic in current literature and research studies.

These online courses are guides for the massage therapist that explains the inflammatory pathway, and how unresolved inflammation leads to chronic inflammation and eventually begins to affect our clients in a multitude of ways. We will uncover the stages of inflammation and the impact of inflammation on the body. The ability to understand our body’s immune systems include knowledge about the innate and adaptive systems and how they function.

What makes this CE course different from others you may find?

  1.  this ebook was written with the massage therapist in mind, I relate all conditions back to massage and explain the effects of bodywork on specific body systems.
  2.  the ebook presents scientific material in easy to understand blocks of information including supplemental videos to further enhance the student’s learning
  3.  The course is 100% online and optimized for the busy massage therapist. You can take this course on your laptop, tablet, even on your phone.

Inflammation, Immunity, and the Gut Microbiome

Chronic inflammatory diseases are on the rise and massage therapists need to have a working knowledge of the causes in order to better serve their clients who may be struggling with a newly diagnosed illness. This course is 100% online, NCBTMB approved for 3CEUs  and only $35.00

Understanding Autoimmunity

This online course offers the massage therapist a closer look into the most prevalent autoimmune diseases and the underlying immune system errors that cause them. This course is 100% online, NCBTMB approved for 4CEUs  and only $35.00

Our Blog

Latest Articles

Massage can play an important role in a good health-care regimen. Just as you eat healthily, exercise regularly, and take your vitamins to ward off illness and maintain a fit body, you should consider making frequent massage a part of your wellness lifestyle.

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