About The Author

Jeffrey Forman Ph.D. NCTMB was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his BS and M.ED from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In August 1976 he traveled west to work as a Certified Corrective Therapist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California. At the VA he ran a Physical Restoration Clinic until April 1978 when he left to become the Executive Head of the De Anza College Adapted Physical Education Program.

In 1981 he founded his consulting business, Stress Reduction Systems, where he specialized in designing corporate and individual stress reduction programs and his private massage therapy practice. He received his Ph.D. from United States International University in San Diego in 1982. His doctoral research focused on “The Effects a Workday Relaxation Program on the Stress Levels of Management Personnel”. He has been a stress reduction consultant for many multinational corporations and has lectured at many conferences and at colleges and universities in the United States, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In 1987 his book “The Personal Stress Reduction Program”, was published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. in Englewood Cliffs New Jersey.

In 1991 he founded the first massage therapy program at a public community college in the State of California. In 1992 he received his National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He developed the first massage therapy associates degree program that was approved by the State of California’s Community College Chancellors’ office and had massage therapy listed as a legitimate vocation in the state community college system. In 2007 his book “Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage”, was published by Thomson Delmar (Cengage) Learning Clifton Park, New York.

An experienced speaker at state and national conferences, his most recent presentations were in September 2009 at the AMTA national convention where he presented self care strategies for massage therapists for the Kick Start Program and a four hour Managing Physical Stress Workshop. He also has been frequently called upon by other state colleges for consultations on curriculum development and how to design and implement professional massage therapy training programs at their institutions.

In addition he is currently the Vice President in charge of Research and Development of the nonprofit World Skin Project; whose mission is to educate the public about the skin and how to prevent and recognize skin cancer and how to ethically refer someone to a dermatologist. He is also currently a steward representing the AMTA Council of Schools for the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Project

Dr Forman is also qualified and experienced as an expert witness in massage therapy criminal and civil lawsuits. He is a tenured professor, classroom innovator and the massage therapy program coordinator at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.


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