Meet the Instructor: Brenda Bianchi BS, LMT, MTI

“I am excited to begin this journey with each of my new students.  The importance of touch will be critical as we recover from this time of social distancing.  I applaud the students for adapting to the current situation and for preparing to help the world to recover one massage at a time!” Soon after Brenda received her Massage Therapy License in 2011, she joined the TLC Team as a Teacher's ...
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Reflections on Hybrid Learning at TLC

Lauterstein and Conway teaching Online Massage Therapy
Online learning for massage therapy has unique challenges as well as, at this time, distinct advantages. What is learning, really? Learning is something done by the nervous system, particularly the brain. The brain sorts out information, memorizes it, and eventually gets creative with it. Learning also involves emotions. Ideally, we truly care about the things we are learning. We are also engag...
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LESSONS FROM GROUCHO

By David Lauterstein Whether you are a therapist, an educator, a business person, or, a politician, if you let money be your first priority you are making a mistake. Money does not make us happy. “Love flies out the door when money comes innuendo.” -Groucho Marx As Groucho says, when it’s overvalued or sneakily dominates our consciousness, then love flies out the door. Image courtesy of Tablet ...
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The Possibilities of Massage Therapy in the Health and Wellness Industry

Massage is Often Thought About as a “Part-time Gig,” but For Most Therapists, It’s Not… With massage therapy, you can have a meaningful, part-time side gig or rich, full-time career in the wellness industry. If you are interested in a future in healthcare, massage therapy is a practical option for this reason. Watch this. Massage As A Journey Into the Wellness Industry Though the initial goal m...
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Grad Stories: Touch and the Real Meaning of Life

A Letter From a Massage School Alum, Lori Dupree To all teachers, therapists, present and future students, and clients of massage, we offer this beautiful letter as a tribute to you and to the precious knowledge that this profession is a carrier of. Touch is a miracle. Life itself is a miracle. And it is in these miracles, large and small, some of which we have a hand in, that we rediscover what ...
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HISTORY MATTERS

The Often Overlooked Importance of the Intake Process By David Lauterstein It has become commonplace that massage employers, for the most part, do not allow sufficient time for their therapists to “take a history”. I think this is horrible. It effectively prevents the therapist from being a healthcare professional. You cannot understand a client’s problem without having time to understan...
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NOW IS THE TIME TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” -Marc Anthony By David Lauterstein Studying massage is the deepest form of learning. The reason is, unlike so much schooling, this is a learning and a work that includes your body as well as your mind and it does not leave your heart behind. Don’t we all want work we can really put our hearts into? Since you learn anatomy holistica...
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The Gifts of Teaching

Massage Therapists, You are Educators... by David Lauterstein, TLC Co-Director The most important sentence I’ve ever read about teaching is from Martin Buber in his essay, The Education of Character. “It is not the educational intention, but it is the meeting which is educationally fruitful.” When we teach well, we receive the gift of being able to bring our whole self into relations...
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November 13th: A Day of Massage for Cindy Anderson

The Wellness Community Unites In Support of a Beloved Local Massage Teacher Cindy Anderson, LMT, MTI, a beloved long-time instructor at the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School was recently diagnosed with Stage Four Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) cancer. This is a rare form of cancer for which there is chemotherapy but no dependable cure. Day of Massage for Cindy Anderson Fundraiser ...
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YOUR DIAPHRAGM AND THE ZEN OF BREATHING

By David Lauterstein The diaphragm is the fascinating and unique muscle which is most involved in your breathing. Located about two thirds of the way down your torso, it is the only muscle that attaches to the whole circumference of your body. And most muscles “insert” into bone, but the diaphragm inserts into itself! It originates from the front of your spine, the inner surfaces of the 12th ri...
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