About Me
John B. Ludwig, LMT/cMT, NCTMB, RP, SP, Renshi

I have always had an interest in the healing arts. As a U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant,
during two tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan, I was exposed to Shiatsu and massage as a
method of lessening recovery time from strenuous training in various martial arts,
including Karate, Okinawan weapons, and Iaido (swordsmanship).

I moved to the D.C. metro area (NoVA/ Reston, VA) from California. While
in California,
for five years, I worked both privately and at a fabulous facility in the Lodi wine country:  
The Spa at Wine & Roses.  I loved the opportunity to work with such a diverse collection
of clients: bridal party members, wine connoisseurs, vacationing travelers and local
celebrities who appreciated my therapeutic touch. Of the 30 therapists, I was the "Most
Requested Therapist" in 2010.
I had a solo practice in Reston, VA, for five years, where I
worked on athletes, children, diplomats, people from "3-Letter Agencies," retirees, and
military personnel.  
Now, in 2017, I have moved my private practice to the Virginia area
near Colonial Williamsburg.

I have an excellent grasp of both technique and body mechanics. My training includes
anatomy, kinesiology, conservative draping and safe practices for massage. As a
graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Carrington College California (CCC) [
formerly Western Career College (WCC)], I am fully licensed to practice Massage
Therapy and have been Certified by the states of California and Virginia, as well as
Nationally Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage &
Bodywork (NCBTMB).

As an Expert Level practitioner of John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release
(JFB-MFR), I have
had great successes working with athletes, those recovering from surgery or injuries as
well as people just wanting to feel better or more healthy. A few of my clients have had
Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis, and felt great relief or better day-to-
day quality of life. Some of my clients have also appreciated the Unwinding work to help
with issues related to PTSD in various forms, whether from car crashes, abuse, military
action or other injuries: the body has a way of storing these experiences until we are in a
safe environment and ready to deal with them.

have been able to add horses to my list of clients. Not only are horses wonderful
creatures, but they truly need the work, and will express themselves quite well!
Thoroughbreds, show horses and work horses all have various issues that can be
helped through MFR. These athletes can carry numerous injuries through repetitive
damage or one-time events. Both horse AND rider will benefit from the equine work!

In addition to CCC's rigorous 623-hour program, I have completed training in:

  • CranioSacral Therapy from The Upledger Institute, Inc.®
-CranioSacral I  (24 CEUs): Eric Moya, LMT, CST-D
-CranioSacral  II (24 CEUs): Tim Hutton, PhD, LMP, CST-D

  • Myofascial Release ®, taught by John F. Barnes, PT, NCTMB
-Myofascial Release I  (20 hours) (x2)
-Unwinding (20 hours) (x2)
-Myofascial Release II (20 Hours)
-Rebounding (20 hours) (x2)
-Advanced Unwinding (20 hours) (x2)
-Fascial Pelvis (20 Hours): Joan Miller, PT (x2)
-Womens' Health Seminar (25 hours)
-Skill Enhancement Seminar (40 hours)
-Equine Myofascial Release I (13 CEUs): Cathy Covell, PT
-Cervical-Thoracic (20 Hours) (x2)
-Subtle Energy [Therapeutic Touch] (12 Hours): Dr. Margaret Fuhs, DNSc, RN
-Myofascial Release III (30 Hours)
-Myofascial Healing Seminar
-Pediatric Myofascial Release (12 Hours): Molly McMillian, PT
-Myofascial Mobilization (12 Hours): Dave Frederick, RN
-Subtle Energy II [Therapeutic Touch] (12 Hours): Dr. Margaret Fuhs, DNSc, RN
-Equine Myofascial Release I (13 CEUs): Tamara Thomas, PT
-Quantum Leap (20 Hours) (x2)
-Subtle Energy III [Therapeutic Touch] (12 Hours): Dr. Margaret Fuhs, DNSc, RN

  • Reiki (energy work) from Reiki Master Teacher, Janice I. Kembel
-Reiki I & II (Reiki Practitioner)

  • LaStone ® Therapy, taught by Tonya Bucinell, senior instructor
- Simply Stones (18 CEUs)

  • Core Shamanism, as taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies
              Founded by Michael Harner
-Basic Workshop - The Way of the Shaman (13 FSS CEUs): Nan Moss & Peter Clark
Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing
-Two-Week Shamanic Healing Intensive (60 FSS CEUs): Nan Moss & Elaine Egidio
Extraction Healing, Power Soul Retrieval, Psychopomp, Divination, Advanced Healing
Methods. Granted, "White Level" Certificate.
-Weather Shamanism I & II, (15 FSS CEUs): Nan Moss & Peter Clark

I also practice
Ikenobo Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, and Ura Senke
Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony. I offer lectures and demonstrations of both these
arts, which can be combined with shiatsu massage for an unforgettable cultural

Professional Memberships:

American Massage Therapy Association
International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

Additional Credentials:

- Junkakyo Certificate, Instructor, 3rd Grade, Ikenobo Ikebana (Flower Arranging)

- 4th Degree Black Belt, Ryukyu Hon-Kenpo Kobujutsu (Okinawan Kenpo Karate &
- "
Renshi " Title with Teacher's Certificate

- 2nd Degree Black Belt, Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido (Japanese Swordsmanship)

- 1st Degree Black Belt, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido
John B. Ludwig, LMT/CMT, NCTMB