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.


Our curriculum meets all the standards set forth by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Division of Professional Licensure to become a licensed massage therapist. It includes 550 classroom hours of instruction in the required subjects of Massage Theory and Technique, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, and Ethics, Professionalism and Business Practices. In addition, 100 hours of supervised clinical internship or externship will be completed prior to graduation and licensure.

Massage Theory and Technique - 300 hours

This class provides a complete overview of the theoretical and practical basis for massage and its modalities. This is primarily a "hands-on" class in which fundamental massage approaches will be thoroughly practiced, and the development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning will be emphasized.

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Anatomy and Physiology - 100 hours

This lecture based class offers an overview of the systems of the human body and how they are necessarily affected by massage therapy. Specific attention will be paid to the muscular, skeletal, endocrine, nervous, and fascial systems. Some pathologies will be discussed here.

Pathology - 45 hours

This lecture based class will review the major systems of the body, with an emphasis on their common pathologies.Class discussion and critical thinking will help determine the appropriateness for massage in each case.

Kinesiology - 45 hours

Part lecture, part experiential, this class will look deeper into musculoskeletal anatomy and how the muscles leverage the bones to move the body in a field of gravity.

Ethics, Professionalism and Business - 60 hours

Client-therapist relationships, moral misconduct, scheduling and retaining clients, business promotion, and proper dress-code are just a few of the topics that will be covered in this class. Students will work together in groups to problem solve ethical issues, and brainstorm business ideas for formal presentation.

Student Clinic / Community Outreach

Massachusetts law requires 100 hours of training to be committed to supervised clinical internship or externship. Working on the general public in clinical and casual settings will help refine the student by offering "real-world" experiences while still under the protective blanket of the school. In house student clinics as well as off-site outreach, such as sporting events and working with underserved populations will constitute the majority of this class. Client intake and proper treatment plan development will also be covered.

Weekend LMT Program Schedule

The program begins with a Sat & Sun weekend, then continues through MOST Friday evenings through January, and alternating(ish) Saturdays & Sundays.


Daily hours for the week intensive are 9am-4pm, for Friday evenings 6pm-9pm, Saturdays 11-7pm, Sundays 11am-6pm.

Dates 2018/19

  • Sat & Sun: Sept 15 & 16
  • Fri-Sun: Sept 28-30
  • Fri: Oct 5
  • Fri-Sun: Oct 12-14
  • Fri: Oct 19
  • Fri-Sun: Oct 26-28
  • Fri: Nov 2
  • Fri-Sun: Nov 9-11
  • Fri: Nov 16
  • Fri: Nov 30
  • Fri-Sun: Dec 7-9
  • Fri: Dec 14
  • Fri: Dec 21
  • Fri-Sun: Dec 28-30
  • Fri: Jan 4
  • Fri-Sun: Jan 11-13
  • Fri: Jan 18
  • Fri-Sun: Jan 25-27
  • Fri-Sun: Feb 1-3
  • Fri-Sun: Feb 8-10
  • Fri-Sun: Feb 22-24
  • Fri-Sun: Mar 1-3
  • Fri-Sun: Mar 15-17
  • Fri-Sun: Mar 22-24
  • Fri-Sun: Apr 5-7
  • Fri-Sun: Apr 12-14
  • Fri-Sun: Apr 19-21
  • Fri-Sun: May 3-5
  • Fri-Sun: May 10-12
  • Fri-Sun: May 17-19
  • Fri-Sun: May 31- Jun 2
  • Fri-Sun: Jun 7-9
  • Fri-Sun: Jun 14-16
  • Fri-Sun: Jun 28-30
  • Fri-Sun: Jul 5-7
  • Fri-Sun: Jul 12-14
  • Fri-Sun: Jul 26-28
  • Fri-Sun: Aug 2-4
  • Fri-Sun: Aug 9-11
  • Fri-Sun: Aug 23-25
  • Fri-Sun: Aug 30 - Sep 1
  • Fri-Sun: Sep 6-8



The minimum requirements for consideration are:

Request Application & Interview

To begin the application process, follow the link above to request an application or email with your name, contact phone number, and a brief introduction about your interest in the program. In addition to a written application, you will be given an interview either in person or via the phone with one of the directors of the program.

Books and Supplies

Students should expect to spend approximately $550 on books and supplies.Textbooks are available for purchase through the school, and many can be found through online booksellers. It is not necessary to buy all textbooks at once as some will not be used until later in the program. Below you will find a list of textbooks used by the school and their suggested retail prices. For those with the capability, some texts are available as E-Books. This is a totally acceptable medium to purchase textbooks, and is often less expensive.

Our textbooks are as follows:

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The New England School of Therapeutics is committed to maintaining a safe, nourishing, and healthy learning environment for all students, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, disability, ethnicity, or political, social, or religious views.

*Cancellation and Refund Policy

The total cost of tuition includes a $500 non-refundable deposit. This deposit includes a space in the program guaranteed up to the first day of the program, the cost of a massage table that will be the student's personal property and administrative fees. If the student fails to appear on the first day of the program, the deposit is forfeited in full to South Boston Yoga Center. All payments are to be made to South Boston Yoga Center. Certification from this program is dependent upon the student satisfactorily fulfilling all coursework and exams as well as making full payment of all tuition and fees.


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.