Bright IDEAs | Waslaski Wednesday: My Heroes

Published: April 1, 2015

Who's your hero? James Waslaski tells us who his heroes are and why. 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. Benny Vaughn had a huge impact on my career when he taught me clinical sports massage in the early 90s. Lately, my career has been highly influenced by industry leaders like Erik Dalton in Myoskeletal Alignment, Paul St. John in Posturology, Aaron Mattes in AIS (Active Isolated Stretching), Tom Myers in Anatomy Trains, and Whitney Lowe’s Orthopedic Assessment. Blending these many manual therapy disciplines has greatly influenced my teaching!

Here's a sneak peak on just how James integrates all of these influential educators.

Stay tuned next week for more from James Waslaski, including his favorite Super Hero! We're calling this series, Waslaski Wednesdays!


James Waslaski, began his healthcare career as a paramedic in a trauma center and taught emergency medical courses. James served as Professional Relations Chair for Florida and received the 1998 FSMTA outstanding state service award. He also served as AMTA Sports Massage Education Council Chair from 1993-1997 receiving the AMTA National Officer Award. James was the 1999 recipient of the FSMTA International Achievement Award. James was inducted into The Massage Hall of Fame in 2008.

Currently, he is vying for the “Globetrotter Award” with his plethora of worldwide workshops! James’ courses specialize in sports massage therapy and complicated orthopedic conditions. His new book, Clinical Massage Therapy; a Structured Approach to Pain Management, is now available. Visit his website at