About Dede

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Dede Dancing, AA, LMT

Associate of the Arts -- Human Services
Licensed Massage Therapist
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Graduated in August of 2001
Carlson College of Massage Therapy
Licensed since 10/1/01

2001-present: Practicing massage therapy       

September 2011-Present: Instructor at East-West School of Integrative Healing Arts and Massage College, teaching:

   Western (Swedish) Massage--Core Curriculum;                 

   Massage for Pain Relief--Elective course or Continuing Education-14 hrs

   Thermal (Hot and Cold) Stone Massage--Elective/Continuing Ed-14 hrs

My desire to promote health and comfort for ourselves and future generations leads me not to use pesticides or harsh chemicals of any kind around my home or business.  

1992-2008: Owned a trucking co. in NY
1988-1999 Truck driver--USPS contractor
1976-1987 Human services--youth and family counseling
1972-1976 College and fun
1972 Graduate-Iowa City High School

Now living in the second half of my life with my partner of 25 yrs, my mother, our cat and two adorable dog friends.

In gratitude

As I was preparing this website I spent a weekend attending my AMTA fall convention, with James Waslaski -- world-renowned orthopedic massage therapist -- providing our continuing education. At the end of his 2 day presentation, he shared a musical and photo dedication he had made in tribute to those who have lifted him up. I was moved and inspired.

The next day I came across a note I wrote to my mom a couple years before. When I wrote it, I had just come home from a week long seminar with Mr. Waslaski, Aaron Mattes, and some other well-respected bodyworkers. The week was very affirming of me and the work I do.

I began the note describing some of the wonderful experiences I had enjoyed, including so much respect and encouragement from fellow practitioners, then i wrote...

"It's pretty clear--you instilled and supported qualities in me that have allowed me to imagine, then try to become my own person. It is often easier for me to see the things I still struggle to overcome. Today I can see how far I've walked down this 'road less traveled' toward the woman I want to be.
Today I see reflections of you."

To her and to all -- here and gone -- who support my journey through thick and thin: Bree, Robin, Ron, Kim, Sheri, Harmony, Alicia, Terry, Geno, Seth, Diana, Marcy, Roy, Jean, Brian, Kevin, Yvonne, Lauren, Auntie Faye, Mary, Carol... I'm grateful everyday.

My teachers at Carlson College -- especially Mario Castro, Wayne Pakulis, and Susie Blank -- gave me the tools I needed in ways that made sense to me. They also walked with me through a dangerous and difficult time of my life. Chris Rider has been an excellent mentor and sounding board since graduation. Thanks again folks.

To those bodyworkers past and present who honor our profession with their work -- including, but certainly not limited to: Dr. Ida Rolf, Dr. Janet Travell, Aaron Mattes, James Waslaski, Whitney Lowe, Kate Potter. My work rests on yours. Thank you.

My students at East-West push me to do and be my best. I am honored and humbled by the task. They are amazing.

Finally, to my massage therapist Cathy. Namaste.


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Dede Dancing

Licensed Massage Therapist
Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Massage Therapy in Iowa City


M-F 8:30 to 6:30
Call or email for your appointment
319-471-7543 or dede@dreamdancing.com

M-F 8:30 to 6:30
Call or email for your appointment
319-471-7543 or dede@dreamdancing.com