About Dr. Mally
Dr. James Mally is a massage teacher, educational content producer, and creator of MassageLibrary.com. He has been doing massage professionally since 1976 and teaching massage classes since 1979. His initial training was a 1000-hour massage program at Lindsey Hopkins School in Miami. He later attended Bastyr University in Seattle where he graduated as a Naturopathic Doctor in 1984.
In 1990 he founded Healing Arts Institute, a California state-approved massage therapy school. He owned and directed the school until 2011, and graduated over 3000 massage therapists during that time.
He produced his first massage video, Deep Tissue Massage, in 1996. The video employed a 3-D computer skeleton and is believed to be the first massage video to use 3-D computer graphics. He went on to produce other videos (now DVDs) and workbooks on Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Side Lying Massage, and Massage Cupping. These DVDs and workbooks are being used in massage schools worldwide. His Side Lying Massage DVD has been translated into Japanese and is very popular in Japan.
Dr. Mally sold his massage school in 2011 so he could have more time to see massage clients and to develop, practice, and refine massage techniques. He operates a teaching practice where he works with massage therapists and their problem clients, sharing assessment techniques and strategies to help the clients. Selling the school also allowed Dr. Mally to travel more to teach his workshops internationally, do more DVD production, and to develop an online massage library at www.massagelibrary.com.
Dr. Mally was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2018.
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Functional Bodywork – Upper Body – Anamosa, Iowa
September 18@9:00 am-September 19@6:00 pm$320.00
Functional bodywork utilizes an understanding of physiology to help your clients relieve pain and achieve a greater pain-free range of motion.
This class features integration of various techniques into a treatment strategy to help your clients. Techniques that we will use include facilitated stretching, soft tissue release, trigger point and counterstrain, arthrokinetic work, cupping, and nerve glides.
We start with the assessment and treatment of common postural patterns. To help with the postural balance we will work with muscles and connective tissue to relieve tension in tight, facilitated muscles and to activate weak, inhibited muscles. When there is muscle pain we will differentiate whether it is from muscle strain or from trigger points and treat it accordingly. For nerve pain, we will work with nerve glide techniques. With each technique, we’ll focus on proper body mechanics to make the work easier for you.
After working with the muscles and nerves, we can work with the joints offering alternating compression and traction to encourage the production of synovial fluid to improve the health and mobility of the joints.
Explore Treatment Options for Common Conditions
You’ll learn specialized techniques to treat a variety of conditions, including:
• Thoracic Outlet & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Rotator Cuff issues
• Slipped Bicipital Tendon
• Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
• Wrist and Hand problems
• And much more
A lower body class will be offered in 2022.
Please wear athletic attire for this workshop.
Register online at
or by calling 319-462-3402
$300 + $20 materials