Iris Burman, L.M.T. Home: 305/759-2177
9362 N.E. 9 Place Office: 305/285-6991
Miami, Florida 33138 Fax: 786-522-0605
2006- Co-author of TouchAbilities®: Essential Connections, a basic textbook for Massage Therapy
Education, published by Thomson Delmar, a national publishing house. Thomson Delmar
has changed its name to Cengage and recently spun off our division of their company so
we are now published by Milady.
1983-present Co-founded Educating Hands School of Massage, Miami, Florida. The school was
licensed by the State of Florida, Department of Postsecondary Independent
Vocational, Technical, Trade and Business Schools, May 18, 1983. Approved by the
American Massage Therapy Association in 1985. Accredited by COMTA in 1999. I
became the sole owner of Educating Hands in 1987 and currently serve as
Administrator, Director and instructor at the school.
1990-2005 Consultant to the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami. I create
massage protocols for the various studies on touch held by the TRI.
1981-present Private massage practice at the Educating Hands Professional Massage Therapy Clinic.
1981 Co-founded Educating Hands Center for the Sharing of Massage Skills, Miami, Florida.
1978-1980 Doral Hotel Health Spa, Miami Beach, Florida. Worked as a Massage Therapist with
Sol Rosenkranz, a Massage Therapist and Physical Therapist.
1980-1981 Worked at the Eastern Sun, a “new age” old age home as a massage therapist and
assistant for social activities. For the last 6 months there, I ran the kitchen,
overseeing healthy food preparation.
1976-present Private house-call practice in Massage Therapy.
2006- Co-Author textbook, TouchAbilities®: Essential Connections, published by Cengage.
2002- Co-Author of TouchAbilities™ Essential Connections, 3 rd Edition
2001- Contributing author to Principles and Practice of Manual Therapies
1976 Lindsey Hopkins, Miami, Florida. 1,000 hour Massage Therapy certification
1969 University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. Major: Psychology.
1967-1969 Baltimore Junior College, Baltimore, Maryland. Major: Psychology.
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS
1995-2007 Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork #02764200
1985-1987 Neuromuscular Therapy, St. John Method training and certification.
1. Two weekend intensives (2 1/2 days each) in basic NMT skills.
2. One weekend intensive (3 days) in advanced NMT skills including a certification exam.
3. Five day Comprehensive in advanced NMT skills- 1986 and 1987.
1985 Sports Massage training and certification. Five weekend intensive courses, two taught
by Jack Meagher (in Philadelphia, Pa. and Tampa, Fla.) and three taught by Benny Vaughn
(in Miami, Fl.) followed by testing and certification by the American Massage Therapy
Association at their annual convention in New York.
1982-1986 Trager Therapy training and certification, Miami, Florida. Taught by the Trager
1. Six-day beginning level- 1982. 3. Three day advanced class- 1983
2. Three day intermediate class- 1983 4. Certification examination- 1985
1977-present Massage Licensure by the Florida Department of Professional Regulation, license
number MA 0003168.
1976-Present Various workshops including: Shiatsu, Touch for Health, Gems, Reflexology,
Iridology, N.M.T., counseling skills, Thai Massage I, Kinetic Awareness, Somatics,
Reiki, Body Logic, Lomi Lomi, HIV, Ethics and other various workshops to upgrade and
enhance professional skills.
More focused and in-depth trainings:
Dec. 2000 Active Isolated Stretching, with Aaron Mattes
Nov. 2000 Introduction to MDMA, Water Version, Level 1. MDMA (Multi Dimensional Movement
Arts), a course in body therapy in the water medium, 7 hours
Jan. 2000 Bioharmonics- 5-day workshop on voice analysis and tone formulation for healing
Oct. 1999 Deep Tissue/ Connective Tissue Massage, a 28-hour class with John Latz focused on
myofascial release techniques and its related body mechanics
June 1999 6-Day Intensive Human Dissection Workshop, Complete dissection seminar from skin
to bones with cadavers taught in 42 hours by Gil Hedley of Somanautics
Feb. 1999 Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury, with Joanie Heart
Jan. 1999 The Anatomy Trains, A look at the fascial planes in the body with Tom Meyers
Oct. 1998 JBMT Multidisciplinary Approaches to Myofascial Pain, Two-Day symposium with
presentations by Tom Meyers, Leon Chaitow, Judith Walker Delaney, Benny Vaughn and
Oct. 1998 Muscles & Soft Tissue Influences on Cranial Function, with Leon Chaitow
Oct. 1997 Whole Body Assessment and Soft Tissue Manipulation, with Leon Chaitow
May 1997 Touch Symposium, 12-hour symposium held by the Touch Research Institute of the
University of Miami, with Tiffany Field, Ashley Montague, Dr. Brazelton, and others.
June 1995 European Thallassotherapy Studies, a 10 day intensive in the use of Seawater and
Seaweeds, taught by Spa Technologies International at two spas in France, one in
Roscoff on the northwest coast and the other in Versailles.
May 1994 The Broad Reach of Bodywork, a 200-hour residential intensive taught in Portland,
Maine covering biomechanics, biochemistry and movement as adjunct and supportive
information for the practice of Massage Therapy. Taught by Tom Meyers, Dean Juhan,
Jim Oshman, and Caryn McHose.
1990-1993 Anatomiken System, a hands on anatomy course in which the muscles of the body are
built from clay and placed on a 1/4 size plastic model. Included were courses using the
Maniken (human model), the Equiniken (horse model) and the Craniken (human skull model)
1989 China Cultural Exchange, a three-week professional diplomatic tour of China with the
American Massage Therapy Association. Nine hospitals in four cities were visited were
the use of massage therapy in the mainstream medical services was shown. Daily lectures
and demonstrations allowed the American massage therapists and the Chinese to
exchange therapeutic approaches and techniques.
1986 Counseling Skills training, a 6-month program with Dorothy Leonard and Elyse
Rapaport, Miami, Florida.
1984 Rhythmical Massage, a seven-day residential intensive of techniques from the teachings
of Rudolph Steiner, Detroit, Michigan.
1981-1986 Vipassana Meditation, a ten-day residential intensive in meditation attended yearly,
Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts.
1981 Five Phase Nutrition, a three week intensive on diet and nutrition by Jack Garvy, held in
1980 Gestalt Therapy training, a 10 day residential intensive sponsored by the
Gestalt Institute of Miami, held in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
1979-1980 Gestalt Therapy training, a nine-month course taught through the Gestalt Institute of
Miami, Miami, Florida.
1979 Herbology and Iridology with William LeSassier, a one-month residential intensive.
1979 Developmental Play, with Viola Brody. A one-week intensive study of this physical
approach to mental health care of children. St. Petersburg, Florida.
1978 Holistic Health, a two-week residential conference with John Christopher, Victor
Kulvinskas, Ted Kapchuk, Devaki Bersten and other presenters focusing on iridology,
herbology, reflexology, and diet. Portland, Oregon.
2009-present Founding Board Member and Vice President of Alliance for Massage Therapy Education,
1997-present Member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
1996-1998 Advisory Board Member of the AMTA Foundation
1993-present Participant in the Leadership 2000 Campaign of the AMTA Foundation
1990-1997 Member of COMTA, the Commission on Massage Accreditation/Approval of the AMTA
1989 Member of the Canyon Ranch Think Tank- Independent Report on Professional
Bodywork Terminology and Definitions
1981-present Member of FLAME, Florida Association of Massage Educators
1986-1990 Secretary/Treasurer for the Council of Schools of the American Massage Therapy
1985-1987 Sports Massage Coordinator for the Dade County Chapter of the Florida State Massage
1985-present Member of the Sports Massage Team of the American Massage Therapy Association.
1985-present Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
1980-present Member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association