Thursday, July 31, 2014

A WARM WELCOME to our new Adjunct Instructor of Polarity, Shakti Smith, LMT

Shakti has been studying Bodywork and Energy Healing since 1990 and has been professionally licensed and nationally certified in Massage since 1998. She is a Registered Polarity Therapist and and certified advanced Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner—with training at The Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Swedish Institute and SomaPsyche Institutes in New York City, and The Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage in Montreal. Her sessions and classes are also influenced by her Somatic Movement Therapy and Yoga background. With Dr. Martha Eddy, she is currently researching and writing on how Yoga practice can improve the health of the chakra and endocrine systems.

Shakti has taught Massage and Movement at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts for CEU credits, Reiki and Self Care Skills at the NYC Boys Club, Thai Yoga Bodywork at Dance New England and at Shambhala Yoga and Dance.

Shakti has experience working with populations with AIDS/HIV, Cancer, and Parkinson’s Disease. She has also worked with pregnant women since 1997; and delights in introducing children to Bodywork and Energywork. Shakti lives in Brooklyn with her husband Stewart where she maintains a private practice in Prospect Heights since 2003: PremaSoma.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A DEPARTURE NOTE: Goodbye to Dante

Longtime Massage Therapy instructor, Dante Mele, will be leaving his teaching position to move to Palm Springs, California. (But Dante, it’s too hot there and getting hotter--reconsider!!) Dante has taught at Swedish Institute for 17 years. During those years he has showered his many gifts as a teacher in Swedish I, Swedish II, Professional Development, and Palpation classes, and in each course, Dante has inspired a new group of students.  Because of his grace, ease, knowledge, and experience, he has been a much sought after instructor—students  literally beg to be put in his classes. Dante’s teaching joins genuine passion for massage therapy with compassion and high standards. As one student puts it “he is nurturing and demanding at the same time”.  His focus is on how his students will learn best, and on how to create an environment that is comfortable and invites student learning and creativity. As one student put it:  “He explains things and I just get it—he knows how people learn” Or as another exclaimed: “Dante--you are the example of professionalism, enthusiasm, and charisma that made this class so educational”.  And another: “I leave here exhausted from thinking”. Dante, you will be truly missed by your students and colleagues, and we thank you for giving so much and enlightening and exhausting so many during your 17 years here. We wish you all good things in hot! and sunny Palm Springs, and hope you’ll come back to visit (and cool off)  often.

Dante’s farewell:
“For the last 17 3/4 years the Swedish Institute has been a place of daily learning, sharing, growth and joy for me. i am grateful to teachers, staff and students for an experience that will enrich every day hence. i wish at least the same for you. may our lives be our meditation.    happy trails...indeed!”