The Masters: Massage from the Eyes of Icons Who Shaped the Profession

Gain a unique historical perspective of the massage industry with some of the earliest pioneers, including Thomas Myers, Erik Dalton, Leon Chaitow, Judith Aston, and Deane Juhan. Although massage has been around since the beginning of time, the industry as we know it today in North America really only started to blossom in the 1970’s. This presentation will provide you with a deeper appreciation of the rapid evolution of the industry since that time as we talk with influential practitioners involved in the renaissance. They’ll share their personal perspectives, stories and experiences of working with icons like Ida Rolf, Milton Trager and Moshe Feldenkrais.

Hans Axelson
Hans Axelson, is the founder and principal of Axelsons Institute. He is a Physiotherapist and Rosen Method teacher, who co-teaches internationally with founder Marion Rosen. In 1962 when he was 28, he founded the Axelsons Institute. This was 20 years before the interest in alternative medicine and body-work started in Sweden. He is definitely a pioneer! The main course of study at the Axelsons Institute is Massage, but there others such as the Rosenmethod, Acupressure, Reflexology, Animal Massage, Chiropody and 15 other types of courses in the schools programme. Hans has always been interested in new methods. What he has not tried is not worth trying! He lives as he preaches: takes lots of treatments himself, eats well and exercises regularly and loves walking in the Swedish mountains and in the forests.

Erik Dalton

Renowned myoskeletal therapist Erik Dalton, Ph.D., shares a broad therapeutic background in massage, Rolfing, and manipulative osteopathy in his entertaining and innovative pain-management workshops, books, and videos. Dalton is executive director of the Freedom From Pain Institute, developer of the Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, and author of Dynamic Body: Exploring Form, Expanding Function. Visit to read Dalton’s internationally published articles and find information about his workshops


Thomas Myers

Thomas Myers is the author of the best-selling Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001), supporting video programs, and over 50 articles for journals and trade magazines. Tom currently directs Kinesis, Inc. which offers continuing education and certification programs worldwide. Tom studied directly with Drs Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller during the 1970's followed by movement studies with Emilie Conrad, Judith Aston, and various martial arts. Tom's work is influenced by the European approach to cranial and visceral osteopathy. Tom has practiced integrative bodywork for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and cultural settings. He is a founder-member of the International Association of Structural Integrators, and a member of the Rolf Institute, the Guild for Structural Integration, and the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals.


Leon Chaitow
A practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Dr. Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the "Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies." He regularly lectures in the United States as well as Europe where he has instructed physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors as well as massage therapists. He is a senior lecturer by London's University of Westminster on under and postgraduate courses in therapeutic bodywork and naturopathy. In 1993, he became the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed as consultant to a UK government-funded conventional medical practice. He helped organize the First International Fascia Research Congress in 2007 at the Harvard Medical School. He lives and practices in both the UK and Greece. A prolific author, Dr. Chaitow has written over 60 books on natural health and alternative medicine.

Judith Aston
Judith Aston is widely recognized as an award-winning pioneer in the art and science of kinetics for her discovery of the Aston® paradigm and consequent development of Aston Kinetics, an educational system of movement and bodywork that aims to treat each person’s body as unique to that person. Aston is the author of Moving Beyond Posture - In Your Body on The Earth, the Aston Postural Assessment Workbook, and Aston’s Walking The New Body DVD. Today, she designs an array of ergonomic products and continues to teach Aston Kinetics training and certification courses.

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