Bright IDEAs | Who Inspires Dale Grust?

Published: April 20, 2015

Who has inspired you? Dale Grust tells us who her 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. My earliest memories of continuing education classes are sitting in a class with Elaine Calenda at the Swedish Institute in NYC. The depth of her knowledge was inspiring to m. I wish I could have connected a cable from her brain to mine to transfer all the information. I loved that she had fun in her classes – she didn’t take herself too seriously – and she taught in a way that was absorbable. Even though she was brilliant, she was able to teach at a level that was comprehensible to all. We lost a true massage legend when we lost Elaine.


Dale Grust is the co-founder of CoreStones, Inc., and a NY Licensed Massage Therapist. She began her career in 1981 in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she studied at Dr. Scherer’s Academy of Massage and Natural Healing. Dale has been a member of AMTA since 1989 and served on the board of AMTA-NY Chapter in many capacities. She is a nationally approved provider of continuing education through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).