Bright IDEAs | Michael McGillicuddy's Massage Hero

Published: April 14, 2014

Who's your hero? Michael McGillicuddy tells us who his hero is and why. Read on to find out and be on the lookout for more of our Bright IDEAs blog series as we provide insight and insider information on our IDEA 2015 Conference educators right up to May 1!

Q. What or who inspired you to teach? Do you have a massage hero? This may include someone who inspired you, instructed you, or perhaps even a recipient who may have taught you through “experiential education”.

A. In 1984, I was in massage school less than a month when I attend a sports massage workshop with Benny Vaughn. Benny has been a source of constant inspiration in how a massage therapist should conduct themselves professionally. He is a certified athletic trainer but he always promotes the value of soft tissue manipulation.


Michael McGillicuddy is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is the President of USA Pro-Sports, a continuing education company, which conducts workshops throughout the world. Michael is also an internationally recognized speaker and has presented in the USA, Europe, and Australia. In 1986 Michael became the owner and administrator of the Central Florida School of Massage Therapy in Winter Park, Florida, where he teaches and practices massage therapy. Michael designed and conducts a Sports Internship Program at the University of Central Florida for graduate students of massage therapy. In 1996 Michael was selected as an Athletes Medical Service Volunteer working in the Atlanta Olympic Village Athletic Training Room. In 2005, Michael completed Kinesio Taping Instructor training and offers Kinesio Taping Certification workshops several times each year. Michael is an International educator and has conducted sports, recovery and pain management massage trainings at conferences throughout the United States. The World Massage Festival inducted Michael into their Hall of Fame in 2011 and awarded him Teacher of the Year in 2012.