Testimonials About the Program
Testimonials About the Program
Dear Massage School,
I am a manager of a Therapeutic Massage Studio outside of Cambridge, and I have just hired my first Massage School grad (Jeena S.). She will not be my last. She is motivated, informed, and most important, she knew how to give a great deep tissue massage on her first day. I did not need to coddle her or give her time to build up her pressure; she came in ready to work, and after three weeks is already building up a solid clientele. Please send me any resumes you have. If she is an indication of a typical Massage School graduate, then I am excited to hire more.
Manager, Elements Therapeutic Massage, Belmont
Attending The Massage School has changed my life! I love working with the clients and communicating with their bodies with my hands to help them to achieve greater mobility, range of motion and ideally a pain-free life. I think of each client as an intricate puzzle that by identifying and treating the source of their pain, I am helping them to achieve and value optimal wellness.
I am excited everyday about continuing my education and learning more about, well, everything! The Massage School offered such a great cross-section of techniques that I have discovered so many styles of touch therapy that I will definitely be following up with further education. I find that I am now able to “think with my hands” so to speak while I am hands on with the client.
Thank you so much for your and Alexei’s commitment to continuing to offer this program through The Massage School. I have been reminded how necessary therapeutic touch is and how important it is to be able to offer my skills to everyone, rather than just those who can “afford” massage and treat it as a luxury service.
Allison Potter, 2010 graduate of The Massage School
I finished on Saturday! (applause, applause.) Thanks for everything. I had a wonderful experience and probably couldn’t have done it without The Massage School’s flexible schedule and affordable prices. The teachers were all great and I loved the whole thing.
I am so glad I found The Massage School. The curriculum and routine are fantastic. This was my second attempt at massage therapy, and I felt like everything clicked even before I had my first class. Valerie and Alexei were so warm and open during the interview process, and the positive feedback on the website reinforced my desire to become a student at The Massage School. The teachers are some of the best I have encountered. They walk you through everything step by step, and you are doing hands on work from day one. I feel that by doing this you retain more knowledge about technique and are more prepared when you graduate. I would recommend The Massage School to anyone interested in becoming a massage therapist. The program is wonderful and the people you will encounter as classmates, as well as teachers, will teach you so much, not only about different life experiences and walks of life, but also about yourself. This journey that I am on has already changed my life so much. It is therapeutic and enlightening. I am so glad I decided to become a student here at The Massage School. Thank you Valerie and Alexei for making this all possible. You are both great teachers with a fantastic mission and vision. I am so grateful!
I am so happy that The Massage School gave me a chance to start work on my dream. I like the hands-on experience they teach us, very efficient, very effective. I am gaining strength and am always happy. I really enjoy the massage, both giving and receiving. Thanks a lot for giving us a chance to start a massage career.
I like the structure of the program so far. Starting with the massage protocol has been very effective in getting me fully engaged in the program. It is very motivating to begin with the hands-on portion of the program. The program to this point exceeds my expectations.
I really enjoyed the fact that on day one we started to learn about massage and practice on each other’s body. Having three very different teachers go over the same routine was also helpful, as it gave us different perspectives. It taught me that you can interpret things differently but that intention, practice, and perspective matter greatly. I really enjoyed Valerie as a teacher. She is a mentor to me. She has been instrumental in the spiritual journey we are all taking. The opportunity that The Massage School has given this class is priceless. They have placed an enormous amount of confidence on us and have been very generous. I can’t thank them enough. Alexei and Valerie have put a great number of souls together and I feel this class is just great. I am learning from every person everyday. It makes me incredibly happy.
I think the program is excellent. The approach is adult education oriented, for which I am grateful. Starting the program hands-on made it a captivating experience. I truly appreciated that. Knowing that the academics to follow will fill in the gaps, I really liked learning the routine first. It made so much more sense to do it that way. I look forward to the rest of the program and the journey it will take me on. I think the instructors are great. Teeka is an excellent technician, Valerie gives the spiritual side, and Alexei’s leadership brings it all together into a complete package. They form an incredible team, demonstrating the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for us to learn and grow.
The Massage School has been a wonderful experience. What we have learned in a short two month period is amazing, by the teachers who brought a unique balance of approaches. Even though I know that I have so much more to learn, you have all given me a degree of confidence that I can begin to give back. I would have never guessed that this could be possible in 2 months of class. Thank you for this opportunity and hopefully after my completion I will begin my goal of sharing with others what The Massage School has given to me: to get a great massage for a cost that people can afford.
Before coming to this school I was, of course, already interested in massage therapy. But after actually coming to the school I feel like my interest in it grew even more. You can really tell that the instructors have a lot of knowledge on everything they teach and you can tell they really love what they do, which is very inspiring. It’s been a wonderful experience just to be here and learn from great therapists.
My experience with The Massage School of Easthampton was extremely positive. I really enjoyed the different styles of the three teachers. They altogether offered the practical, clinical, spiritual, and healing aspects of what massage as a profession offers. After each class I felt optimistic and excited about what I had learned and was excited to practice. I appreciated how open each instructor was to offer feedback as well as receive feedback or questions from me. I really feel like this program has helped me evolve as a human and has been beneficial to the growth of my body, mind, and spirit. I am extremely encouraged to continue my education in the field of massage therapy.
I would honestly like to say thank you to The Massage School for bringing me one step closer to my ability of healing. You guys are great. I appreciate all your care and compassion. Teeka, your body mechanics and demos have helped me become great. Valerie, without your energy work influence I would never be where I am, and your massage exercise brought all your lessons together. Alexei, I appreciate your sense of touch and for having a place to learn to heal. You have given me a chance that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. So thank you.
I feel that these past eight weeks have gone really well. Just today two other students and I were remembering how difficult it was to work for even 5 or 10 minutes that first night of class. It’s amazing how much we have learned! Each teacher brought a unique perspective and encouraged learning and growth. So far this has been just as great as I hoped and expected. Keep up the good work!
I really enjoyed this program. The teachers were very nice and showed that they enjoyed working with the students. The one on one was great for me to learn the massage. And I feel that once I leave, I will not be nervous and be a great massage therapist.
My experience at The Massage School has been an amazing jumping off point for me and my chosen path as a massage therapist. The balance of Alexei, Teeka, and Valerie as teachers was the perfect blend of mind, body, and spirit, in that order. Through this first section of class I have felt balanced and well-rounded, challenged and nurtured. They say the first steps are the hardest, and it was great to have the beginning of this journey be so well guided. Thanks!
Alexei, Teeka, and Valerie, I really enjoyed the first part of class. It was great to get three different perspectives of each part of the massage routine. I appreciated the spiritual and energy perspective that Valerie brought the class. Teeka, thanks for the focus on body mechanics, as I have problems with my lower back. That will help me in the long-run. Alexei, the Saturday classes were fun, and I enjoy your off-beat sense of humor. The weeks went by real fast. Looking forward to clinic.
Honestly, my experience here so far has been more enjoyable and fulfilling than I had expected. Even when I have had a difficult day and am having trouble getting into the spirit, I always leave feeling much more positive and grounded. The group of people in my class has been, for the most part, very positive and helpful with constructive criticism and good energy. The instructors have been excellent in my opinion, the variety of styles, both massage and teaching, provides a unique opportunity to develop your own personal style going forward. Thank you guys for the positivity!
This was an extremely positive experience for me. Coming into the class I was not sure what to expect, but found myself immediately becoming comfortable with the program and the teachers. I think what I valued the most from the beginning was the different perspectives that each teacher brought to their respective classes. This variety helps us as students find methods and attitudes toward massage that can match our personal feelings and abilities. I enjoyed each teacher equally and took valuable insight from every meeting. I also commend the selection of students…my peers were loving, generous people who were easy to work with and learn from. This was a stellar class and I’m proud to have played a part in it.
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. I have taken away a toolbox filled to the brim that the three of you have given me. It was such a benefit to have three instructors and a class of eighteen students. Thank you for your care, grace, and humor.
I enjoyed the three different teaching styles and personalities of all three teachers. I felt the way each new exercise was introduced and taught repeatedly over the week was extremely helpful. I loved all the different styles and exercises.
The Massage School program is a wonderful program. The teachers are very knowledgeable and were a joy to learn from. Personally, I love learning from multiple teachers. I feel it gives a depth to a subject that is hard to obtain in a classroom setting. The material has been fun to learn and has gone a long way in helping not only my skill and knowledge, but helped further my understanding of myself. As for constructive criticism, I can’t think of much.
Hi Alexei, Valerie, and Teeka,
I can’t begin to tell you what a joy this last year has been for me. You already know the value of what you are doing, but I want to reiterate and remind you that there is nothing in comparison for those of us lucky enough to have found and taken advantage of what you are doing! Your hard work is so worth everything you are struggling to accomplish. Please keep doing this and keep me in the loop of anything I can do to be helpful to you. You all individually and as a team have been such a rock for me. I can’t tell you how much respect and admiration I have for you all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me this gift. That is truly what it is.
For the past two months I have been attending The Massage School in Acton, Massachusetts. It has been an enormous learning experience and a lot of fun. I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started. I had met Alexei and Valerie when I interviewed out in Easthampton, MA for 20 minutes. I wasn’t able to get a clear read in the time there. They seemed like nice people, and of course I was trying to act normal, not like a wacky yoga teacher. So I expected a lot of rubbing but not much spirituality or philosophical depth. I liked what I saw, but I really had no idea how much a part of the new age philosophy they practice. Alexei teaches his protocol with a quiet self-assurance backed by a lot of experience. His corrections are low key and precise and frequent, which is what I really want: an education, a sharing of experience and knowledge. Valerie is fabulous, she is almost deaf and yet it is rarely noticeable. Her love of the Monroe Institute endeared her to me for many incarnations to come. Valerie is looking to produce a legion of light workers to heal the world. She might heal the universe as well. Teeka is the prize pupil. She is the earth mother who brings the practical real world application and modifications needed to make it all work. Her modifications give another perspective on the protocol and keep it strong and adaptable. My classmates are a joy. There are thirteen of us (3 men, 10 women). A very close-knit group. I have learned a great deal from everyone in the class. The group is remarkable non-competitive (non-fearful) and supportive of one another. There is some sort of critical mass with class clowns in this group, which leads to some remarkably funny banter. The cost is exceedingly low compared to the other (big corporate) schools, and the education is excellent and fun.
I heard about the school from a close friend who attended class there. She received a wonderful education and gives a great massage. I’ve looked at a number of schools, and The Massage School seems like the best choice for me because of the hands-on education and the level of mastery the students come away from the program with.
Alexei, Valerie, Teeka, Sage, Robyn,
I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone at The Massage School. Each and every one of you has helped me so much in becoming the Massage Therapist that I am today, and I cannot thank you enough for all your help and guidance.
Dear Valerie and Alexei,
Just a quick note to let you know that I had a great massage from one of your grads, and she loved the school!
Lauren Eckhardt, CISR
Valerie and Alexei,
Bob and I want to thank you both for the opportunity to become Massage Therapists. Your efforts make it possible to change a career while working in another. We have learned so much over the last ten weeks – all because of you! We are looking forward to clinic and advanced classes and can’t thank you both enough! Fondly,
Joan & Bob Luchini
For Valerie and Alexei,
Please accept my drawing as a present for the gratitude of the experience while attending your school. It has been a great opportunity for growth and a wonderful experience. Teeka was a wonderful teacher and Deb, a great Anatomy teacher. Being an older student and talking to Valerie before I started made me comfortable with my decision and I am grateful to her. Thanks Alexei and Valerie for your vision which has allowed me to find a new field of interest, which I probably would not have pursued had you not created such a place. Well I just have been thinking about how brave you guys are for going out and establishing such a great place. I think you two are quite amazing.
Hey Alexei, Valerie, and/or anyone else reading this who may remember me…
I just wanted to drop a line and say massage is treating me quite well! I am now an Independent Contractor licensed in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA. I massage full time, doing 20 hours or so per week. Many of my clients include celebrities, writers, musicians, and professional athletes. I literally never know who is going to end up on my table…I tell people I do the crazy thing (massage) in the crazy place (LA)…but things have been going great. It’s amazing how good you can get when you really work at it all the time. The people here are always interesting, for better or worse…
So yeah, thanks for the education and the job at People’s Massage, which was all a lead up to what I’m doing now. I am grateful for an easy work week and an apartment near Venice Beach…
Website looks great, hope the school is doing well.
For the gift you have given us all, the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to give back. Thank you for giving the world a choice and creating a life-changing school.
In the card:
Thank you so much, you both made it so enjoyable……..You Rock! Thank you for making us laugh, and smile, and forget we are learning!...........Thank you for everything…..Best massage teacher ever!.....Thank you for all you’ve done…….It’s been great! Thanks for sharing your knowledge…….thank you, thank you, thank you…..
The Class of Spring ‘08
I have wanted to be a Massage Therapist for as long as I can remember. Raising kids and working full-time always seemed to keep my dream hopelessly out of reach, both logistically and financially. The Massage School has changed all that. Their affordable course of study and incredibly flexible class schedules has made pursuing my dream a reality…at last. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Alexei, Valerie, and Teeka. I’ll never forget you.
To whom it may concern,
I’ve wanted to enter the massage therapy field for a long time. I’m glad I waited and found The Massage School. I look forward to each and every class. I truly have found my calling. Thank you to Alexei and Valerie. With great thanks,
I looked at several schools with specific attention to the philosophy and curriculum. The Massage School gets right down to the essence of massage from day one with its hands-on approach to learning. It just makes so much sense!
A hands-on learning school that encourages you to step away from the traditional class environment. Flexible class schedule lets me complete this course without losing my full-time job. Thank you, The Massage School!
I am refreshed at the focus of The Massage School. The instructors are truly dedicated to developing top massage therapists who desire to change the world for the better…….one body at a time.
The Massage School is a pleasant educational experience. Their philosophy is that of kindness, love, patience, and understanding. I would whole-heartedly recommend this experience to anyone interested in pursuing a career in massage therapy. It’s affordable, flexible, and encouraging.
The Massage School treats us as capable adults. They immediately incorporate empirical knowledge and allow us to explore what’s most effective for our own practice. I appreciate their ease with working with me through schedule difficulties and nonjudgmental answers to questions I’ve had. I interviewed the directors of several schools in the area before deciding on The Massage School and have no doubt I made the right choice. They are efficient with my and their time, omit unnecessary fluff, and give both guidance and trust to the students.
The Massage School in Easthampton, MA has had a very positive effect on my life. Everyone here has made me feel very welcome and comfortable while learning the skills of massage. They are non-judging people helping you on your journey towards a new career.
The Easthampton School of Massage has given me the opportunity to continue working forty hours a week and be able to attend school. The teachers are great and the atmosphere is very relaxing. I would recommend the course to those interested in the holistic field of Massage Therapy.
The Massage School in Easthampton has re-affirmed my interest in massage therapy. In only two weeks I’ve learned so much about what a good massage means and feels like. The instructors are helpful and I can’t wait to learn more from them!
I fell in love in that school. Instructors are just wonderful. I didn’t expect that we would laugh in the classroom so much. The instructors are so patient and they are always there to explain everything with patience and huge smiles on their faces. The whole class is so relaxing. To be honest, I was a little bit scared before I started the program. Now I’m excited to be here and gladly come to ever class to learn.
The school has been such a great experience. Since the first day, it was hands on and very full of knowledge from massage to proper body mechanics. Everyday is a new venture. Each class day for the beginning class is 1 of 3 great instructors each that bring their unique way of teaching. I feel fortunate to be part of this wonderful school.
The Massage School is the one school I found that is more interested on what each individual takes from the program instead of how much they get from each student. They are understanding and flexible to everyday issues. They make you feel very comfortable and make the environment enjoyable and easy to learn in. It is hard to find schools that are dedicated to producing well-trained and educated students and not just being another number on a check. Thank you!
A great environment for learning. Able to bring human anatomy to life under our hands. Instructors who are sensitive to each student. Creating a relaxed, but focused curriculum.
I’m so very happy with my choice of attending The Massage School. I’ve been looking at school for the last 9 years and finally found one that fits my schedule at a price I can afford. The integrity of the people running and instructing the school represents truly what I believe in and are wonderful examples of what the trade of massage is all about. I am a small business owner and feel the quality of training I am receiving goes above and beyond what is out there with the corporate schools as the setting is appropriate for me and my learning needs. Truly a fabulous choice!
Anne Marie Iannelli
I researched all of the schools in the area and The Massage School had all of the things I was looking for. The amount of hands on experience I am getting and the knowledge and support of the instructors make me feel confident that I will graduate with the skills necessary to begin a career as a Massage Therapist.
So far my experience here has been incredible. I never really had researched anything about massage therapy. I just thought it would be something interesting to try. On the very first day I found out what the effects of massage therapy could do for someone and it was amazing to know how something so far could help so much. I’m also a very hands-on learner and we immediately started working on people. The teachers are also very attentive whenever someone needs help.
Alexei and Valerie,
Just a quick note to say thank you.
Thank you for opening The Massage School in Acton. Without that, I
would not pursue this opportunity to start this new career that I have
been thinking for #%$# years. I am so happy about the whole thing;
flexible schedule, reasonable tuition, outstanding teachers, nice
classmates, etc… I am walking around with this chronic, silly smile
on my face. :D
Thank you so much for the opportunity to learn from you! You made
Saturday morning classes fun with your great sense of humor and
realized teaching style. You made it easy to learn. I hope I make
you proud and I will always recommend your school to anyone interested
in learning massage.
When I asked my very first client in student clinic for feedback after
her massage she said, “That was the best massage I have had since I
left California.” And then she booked another massage with me. It
was amazing! I couldn’t help but smile, since our instructors had
explained to us throughout the semester that the massage style and
techniques they were teaching us consistently elicited very positive
comments from clients. And there it was – living proof!
Hi Alexei, Val and Teeka,
I hope you are well and want you to know we all miss seeing you and
being in class….but are, for my part, loving clinic hours a lot!
Take care and much love,
You truly are a beautiful flower! Your philosophy of giving back is
so very apparent in your teaching style. Thank you for giving me the
opportunity to learn from you. You have created such a beautiful
learning environment. I have especially enjoyed that you bring the
learning beyond the body to the spirit of massage.
Dear Alexei and valerie,
Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am really grateful! It feels great to have this new skill; it has helped me build confidence and it has opened a window in my professional life. And this is such a big help being a single mom! I am really looking forward to building a practice and serving others. Your generosity will be extending and reaching out to many others in this way! May you receive many blessings this new year!
Testimonials From Clients in the Student Clinic
Testimonials From Clients in the Student Clinic
“The student is really perfect. I can’t think of anything that needs improvement.”
“The student was phenomenal! One of the best massage therapists I’ve had in a long time. Paid attention to the areas that needed some extra help. Definitely will be back again. Thanks!”
“The student always exceeds my expectations! Thanks!”
“The student is a dedicated student and serious. I can feel her intensity. She will be a great success!”
“Your young hands have the strength that my arthritic ones used to have! Good pace, good rhythm, great pressure, good scouting-out the tension- you kneaded out knots I’ve had since seventh grade! Gratitude! You’ve fixed me.”
“The pressure was just right! He knew when it was approaching the limit. The student knows more about my trouble spots than I did! Right on!”
“The student is so good! The variation of her strokes and pressure is so relaxing and feels so good. Your work is far from robotic. It is a dance. I am very grateful.”
“I thought the massage was great! Did a very good job getting out all the kinks in my back without it being very painful. This was a good experience.”
“I asked for firm pressure and she was great! The flow was nice and slow and relaxing. She has a great calming presence.”
“Thank you. The student found some tight-tensioned areas I didn’t know about. I will definitely consider future massages again.”
“I have had massages at very high-end spas, and tonight’s massage was equal if not better.”
“Thank you. That was a great massage. Perfect amount of pressure and I really enjoyed the light touch around the scalp and face at the end.”
“The student did a wonderful job. I will definitely be back to see him. He found knots and got them out!”
“The student was awesome! Worked everything I asked, and was the perfect pressure I needed. She talked to me after about some problem areas, which is something no other massage therapist has done! Great job.”
“The student is excellent and I’ve had many massages with which to compare.”
“Thank you so much! It was fantastic. My shoulders feel great. They actually feel like they move better. I have such poor posture, and I think this will help a lot!”
“I have had many massages, and this may have been the best one yet! I really appreciated the way you greeted me and asked about what I’d like in my massage today. The pressure was perfect. I loved the mix of the elbow, etc… Thank you!”
“It was awesome! Just what I needed. Can’t wait to come back.”
“The student was excellent. She knew just how to touch. She has healing hands and therapeutic healing energy. She has chosen her art well.”
“The pressure was awesome. He knew what I wanted more than I did! The flow was very good. Everything felt relaxed when it was done. Overall, very happy. Definitely would get a massage from him again. Best massage I’ve ever had!”
“Perfect from start to finish. He keeps hard flow, very good. Smooth and consistent. He was right with me the whole way. The student’s ability to find problem areas and treat were well above student level.”
“It was a really good flow. The student focused on my problem areas and was thorough on the rest of my body as well. It was hard when it needed to be and relaxed at others. Good balance. I love when she used her elbows on my back. Also, she was really thorough on the rest of my body, focusing on my heels to my ears. She definitely used her time well.”
“It was a really amazing massage experience.”
“The pressure was perfect, strong, but she has a natural ability to tell when to ease up. I thought the student was great. She has a calming energy. I loved how it felt like she never took her hands off.”
“Wonderful job. Best in a long time. Great routine.”
“The student has a gift. She is adept at making the client feel safe and nurtured. Will definitely be back!”
“The student is a natural. I’ve had many massages over the years and hers ranks high. Lovely energy!”
“Although I gave no indication of any specific area I would like the student to focus on, (I forgot to even though she asked) she seemed to focus on exactly where I needed it. Very good massage. Best yet.”
“I have had a lot of massages in my life. This one was by far the best!”
“This student possesses special attributes. He is especially sensitive and intuitive to areas needing special attention without neglecting or “shorting” the entire body massage. His flow from one area to another is smooth and consistent. Very therapeutic! (as I suffer from Fybromyalgia). The student is a real professional-early in the game and, no, I am not being paid to compliment a job well done!”
“I told the student and will again, that he gave me one of the best massages I have had. Very few people have found all of the areas which are tense and knotted in my trapezius muscle, and he did. He did a fabulous job and I am requesting him in the future.”
“The student was great-one of the best massages I’ve had. Honestly! I do a lot of sports and she was great.”
“The student was fantastic-one of the best massages I’ve ever had. I’ll be back. Also, I appreciate the heated bed. Some spas don’t do that, and it makes a big difference.”
“The student is a professional-would have NEVER known she was a student. Great job!”
“The student is by far the best massage therapist I have ever seen. What makes it all the better is that she’s a really, really nice person.”
“I have had many massages and the student came across as experienced.”
“The student did an excellent job overall, especially on my quads where I asked for special treatment due to a 125 mile bike ride yesterday. Now my whole body feels awesome. It was terrible earlier!”
“Both the student today and the other day gave as enjoyable massages as I’ve had at several professional salons. Thanks!”
“I asked for a little more of a sports massage and they did a great job. The student’s demeanor was also great. He was relaxing and seemed to have a great body awareness and understanding of the interconnections of the body. Thank you.”
“The student addressed my back issues better than any other massage I have had. She was magnificent!”
“The student applied pressure perfectly where needed. She had different moves and pressures that I never had. Just great.”
“The student was as good, if not better, than the high-priced Licensed Neurotherapist I have used this past year for my shoulder.”
“The pressure was just right. The student remembered from the last visit without having to tell her, which was very personable. She has a beautiful and calming presence! She was able to find spots that were tense (didn’t have to tell her) and effectively work them out. I liked her massage even more than the one I just had at the spa!”