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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Soft Tissue Release – Des Moines, Iowa

April 20@9:00 am-6:00 pm


Soft Tissue Release is a very effective technique to help clients in pain. It involves client movement to enhance the effectiveness of the work.

There are many variations to this work. We can work with muscles while stretching them, either actively or passively, or while the client contracts them using either concentric or eccentric contraction.

We will explore these variations and the rationales for using them. Once the principles are understood, applying these techniques anywhere in the body is easy. Tips and tricks for body mechanics and positioning will be shown to make it easy for the therapist.

Extensive notes will be provided with this class. Please bring shorts and a sports bra or swim suit top for women.

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Click here or call 916-847-9304 to register for the class


April 20
9:00 am-6:00 pm


Hands On Healing
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Franklin Junior High School
4801 Franklin Ave., Room 108
Des Moines, IA 50310 United States
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