New England School of Therapeutics

650 Hour State (MA) Licensed Massage Therapy School (LMT)

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The New England School of Therapeutics is the culmination of a more than 15 year vision based on the experiences of students, teachers, and practitioners of massage therapies, as well as working administrators of massage institutions and yoga schools and acting board members and liaisons to the profession. These experiences have provided us with a unique perspective on the many ways in which therapeutics can be taught, learned, and practiced.

Massage Therapy is an ever growing and expanding profession drawing interests from people who are looking for a more balanced way of living. We see massage therapists as cornerstones in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) movement, as more and more people are looking to these professionals for guidance towards balanced holistic health. We look forward to sharing the art, history, theory and practice of manual therapeutics, as well as real-world expectations of what the profession has to offer, and we invite you to join us in our efforts to bring these ancient healing modalities to as many people as possible.


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David Vendetti

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David began his journey into movement and transformation as a dancer at SUNY Purchase in New York. He begin taking yoga classes with Patricia Walden and Baron Baptiste to gain in flexibility for dance and felt a dramatic energetic change right away. After graduation he danced for different people, took yoga classes and taught Pilates moving from New York, to Chicago, to San Fransisco and finally back to Boston.

During his time in Chicago he met Heidi Massa, a Rolfer (Rolfing is a technique of deep tissue manipulation aimed at the release and realignment of the body.) At this point his life trajectory charted a new course bound for how to shift both the physical and the mental bodies to reduce pain, increase efficiency and unravel trauma from the system.

He travelled leaping between his illustrious career as a waiter and immearsing himself in meditation and yoga retreats and certifications. Eventually spending 5 months in India to get his ashtanga yoga certification in 2002 and then going on to get certifications from O2 Yoga, Rolf Gates, Glenn Black and Ana Forrest. He opened South Boston Yoga in 2008 with Todd Skoglund. David won best of Boston Yoga Teacher in 2009 and 2011. South Boston won Best yoga studio in Boston in 2017.

Coinciding with his advancement in Yoga was his development as a bodyworker. While trying to decide who to study with he heard about a cutting edge teacher, a renegade and a mystic. He went to study Structural Integration with Tom Myers. After graduating in 2006 he went back to assist a full program to let the knowledge sink in further. He will forever be grateful for this life changing time.

After many years of practice and in order to prepare for the opening of the New England School of Therapeutics with Richmond Dickson he went through foundation massage training at the Cortiva Institute in Watertown.

What David brings to the table is an unbridled enthusiasm and a spirit of open mindedness and inquiry that makes learning an adventure and every session a riddle and an inspiration. This massage school is a long awaited dream to created smarter, safer, stronger massage therapists in the world and is only the beginning of incredible good things to come!

Richmond Dickson

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Richmond Dickson began his formal study of the human body at The CORE Institute School of Massage Therapy and Bodywork in Tallahassee, Florida, in the Fall of 2002. Upon completion of their 650 hour course of study, Richmond was admitted into a 2-year Graduate Assistant program at CORE which developed his skills as a teacher of massage therapy. Richmond began teaching at CORE in the spring of 2005 with a primary focus on the science and wellness programs. Richmond received a Bachelor’s Degree in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University in 2007, traveling to India along the way, where he was introduced first hand to the power and simplicity of Ayurvedic Medicine. After being in private practice for a few years, Richmond began working with Titus Sports Academy of Tallahassee, FL, where he further developed his understanding of the conditions associated with soft-tissue injury, and the postural and movement dysfunctions resulting from acute and chronic pain patterns. In 2010 Richmond, again, returned to the CORE Institute to advance his study in the science of Structural Integration, known by many as Rolfing. He studied the original 10-session protocols under the guidance of his primary teacher, George Kousaleous.

Richmond began the study and practice of yoga with his oldest sister, Robyn Ceballos and began teaching classes at her studio in 2003. Richmond studies the teachings of Hatha Yoga, Ayurvedic Medicine, Buddhism, Chinese Medicine, and Eastern and Western anatomy & physiology with teachers Scott Blossom, Matt Pesendian, Andy Matinog, and James Bailey. Richmond's ongoing study and practice of yoga and ayurveda led him to complete the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist trainings at Kripalu School of Ayurveda in the summer of 2012.

Richmond continues his work as a manual therapist, a teacher of musculoskeletal and myofascial anatomy and kenesiology to yoga teacher training programs and leads yoga and lifestyle trainings, retreats and workshops. In his professional practice, Richmond has worked with a variety of clients including professional and Olympic athletes, dancers, yoga and martial arts practitioners, and the every-day seekers of life - "My ultimate goal is to provide a safe and sacred space where teachers, students, and clients can interact, grow, heal, and learn from one another ... and find freedom in movement and posture, and a rhythm that brings balance and peace to their day-to-day lives."

Richmond C. Dickson is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to practice Massage Therapy and is certified by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist.