MASSAGE Magazine All-Stars are a group of body therapy masters and experts who have dedicated their lives to empowering and informing massage professionals.
These innovative therapists and teachers are lined up to educate MASSAGE Magazine’s community of massage therapists. Get to know them below!
Featured All Stars
Issue 267 • August 2018
Til Luchau developed Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and presents his trainings in workshops held all over the world. He has worked in manual therapy, post-secondary education and somatic psychology, as well as organizational and leadership development. He became certified in massage at the Esalen Institute and is a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and a former Rolf Institute instructor. His private practice is based in the Boulder-Denver area, and includes myofascial work, practitioner supervision and professional coaching.
Erik Dalton, PhD
Issue 269 • October 2018
Renowned myoskeletal therapist Erik Dalton, PhD, has a broad therapeutic background in massage, Rolfing and manipulative osteopathy. He is widely regarded for his innovative and entertaining pain-management workshops, books, and videos. He is the executive director of the Freedom From Pain Institute, developer of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, and author of Dynamic Body: Exploring Form, Expanding Function.
Whitney Lowe, LMT
Issue 270 • November 2018
Whitney Lowe, LMT, directs the Academy of Clinical Massage, through which he offers continuing education and advanced clinical massage. He also offers an online training program in orthopedic massage, and he authored the books, Orthopedic Assessment and Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Theory and Technique.
Anatomy Trains' Thomas Myers
Issue 271 • December 2018
Thomas Myers is the founder and creator of Anatomy Trains, a method rooted in structural integration that provides a system of understanding the fascia and how the human body negotiates between stability and mobility. He has practiced bodywork for more than 40 years in Europe, the UK and the U.S., and has presented frequently at the prestigious International Fascia Research Congress and many other bodywork and massage conferences.
Issue 273 • February 2019
Anita Shannon is the founder and creator of ACE Massage Cupping & MediCupping, a company she began in 2001 to provide education on a distinctive approach to bodywork using vacuum cups. Anita has been in the cosmetology and massage field since the early 1980s, and she has worked as a therapist in spa settings, psychological facilities, functional medicine practices and private practice. She continues her studies to develop ACE techniques, tools and applications.
Issue 275 • April 2019
Gael Wood has more than 20 years of experience in the massage and spa industry, including day spas, resorts and office settings; owning a therapeutic massage office and day spa; and currently, in an outcall practice. Gael specializes in educating massage and spa therapists in marketing, business start-up, customer service and spa services through her business, Gael Wood Massage and Spa Success.
Issue 289 • August 2019
James Waslaski, LMT, CPT, teaches orthopedic and sports massage to practitioners including massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, osteopaths and athletic trainers. His integrated manual therapy program was developed to bridge the gap between all health care professionals who specialize in eliminating chronic pain and sports injuries and to help optimize performance potential. James has created numerous training materials, including lessons on DVD and in written form. He teaches about 40 seminars around the world every year and authored the book Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management.
Issue 283 • December 2019
Joe Yoon is a massage therapist, personal trainer and founder of Joe Therapy, a company that provides massage therapy at his clinic in Orlando, Florida, and through which he teaches stretching and self-massage techniques online. Joe is an expert in developing reach on social media, and has one of the top stretching accounts, with 1.2 million followers on Instagram and more than 25,000 subscribers of his YouTube channel. Joe has worked with many well-known athletes as their massage therapist, including NFL Super Bowl champions, NFL Pro Bowlers, multiple Olympic gold medal winners, and world champions. Joe also wrote a book, Better Stretching: 9 Minutes a Day to Greater Flexibility, Less Pain and Enhanced Performance, which will be released in early 2020.
Issue 287 • April 2020
Irene Diamond calls herself a pain reliever and improver for bodies and businesses. She is an expert business coach, business investor, consultant and continuing education instructor, sharing best business and client retention practices for wellness professionals. Irene has coached owners of more than 500 businesses, including wellness centers, physical therapy clinics, spas, fitness centers, and chiropractic, acupuncture and massage practices around the U.S. and internationally. She supports them in creating their precise, private practice for easy client acquisition and retention, customer service and more. A bodyworker since 1988, Irene is the developer of The Diamond Method, which encompasses Active Modulation Therapy and Active Muscle Massage.
Issue 291 • August 2020
Cherie Sohnen-Moe is a recognized expert in the area of massage, business and marketing. She has worked in the massage field since 1978 and is the author of the textbook “Business Mastery” and co-author of “The Ethics of Touch” and “Retail Mastery,” among other titles. Cherie offers continuing education, practice-building tools, consulting services, and more through the company she founded, Sohnen-Moe Associates, at sohnen-moe.com. Cherie is also a founding member and former president of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.
Issue 297 • February 2021
For more than four decades, Benny Vaughn has set the standard in the U.S. for massage therapy and sports. Benny Vaughn, LMT, BCTMB, ATC, LAT, CSCS, MTI, has participated in four Olympic Games with the USA Track & Field team, including in 1996 when he served as manager for Athletic Medical Services and the Medical Liaison at Olympic Stadium. In 2014, he opened the Benny Vaughn Athletic Therapy Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where he sees professional and other high-level athletes. His experience and dedication to learning have made him a leader in orthopedic sports massage therapy.
Issue 301 • June 2021
Mark Volkmann has contributed much to the massage industry, first running his own massage practice, then with the founding of Massage Warehouse in the 1990s and now as founder and CEO of MassageBook, a company that provides small-business assistance to massage therapists and bodyworkers in the form of scheduling software, SOAP notes and marketing support. Volkmann is also a MASSAGE Magazine All-Star, one of a group of body therapy masters and teachers who are educating MASSAGE Magazine’s community of therapists in print, on social media channels and on massagemag.com.
Issue 307 • December 2021
Diane Matkowski is the founder and owner of The Massage Mentor Institute, offering business classes and mentoring services to massage therapists. She describes her business as a space for practicing massage therapists to learn different approaches and varying philosophies on what works for bodywork. Matkowski created The Shoulder Jam, The Hip Jam and the Neck Jam online CE seminars, featuring top industry educators. She has been a massage therapist since 1996 and runs her massage practice, Freedom Massage, in the Philadelphia area.