Workshops with Dr James Mally

About Dr. Mally

Dr. James Mally is a massage teacher, educational content producer, and creator of 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

Dr. Mally was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Nerve Glide Techniques – Arcata, California

November 4@9:00 am-6:00 pm


Nerve impingement issues can mimic musculoskeletal problems. Some examples are tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) which may be from entrapment of the radial nerve, or Iliotibial band tightness or pain from an impingement of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.

In this workshop, you will learn ways to assess if a problem is from nerve impingement and easy and effective ways to relieve nerve impingement by using movement to tension and glide the nerve along its path.

For the upper extremity, we will cover the assessment of nerve impingement problems, differentiating between median, ulnar, and radial nerve impingement syndromes. We will then work with impingement areas for the brachial plexus, including the nerve roots, scalenes, first rib and clavicle, and pectoralis minor. This will be followed by specific work for impingement areas in the upper extremity for the median, ulnar and radial nerves. We will follow with neurodynamic work, or nerve gliding, to move the affected nerves through their channels to help improve nerve function, then reassess to note what improvement has occurred.

We will do similar work for the lower extremity, assessing impingement problems with the sciatic, tibial, peroneal, femoral, and obturator nerves. We will work with the low back, piriformis, psoas, and iliacus before working with specific areas of impingement for the nerves in the lower extremity. We will follow this with neurodynamic work and assessment.

We will also assess and treat cutaneous nerve impingement with specific pain patterns, including the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, cluneal nerves, and pudendal nerve.

Extensive notes will be given in this class. After completing the class, you should be able to help your clients with nerve impingement problems.

Please bring shorts and a sports bra for women.

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Call 707-630-3407 to register. Space is limited!


November 4
9:00 am-6:00 pm


Loving Hands Institute
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Loving Hands Institute
32 Sunnybrae Center
Arcata, CA 95521
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