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Iris Burman, LMT, is co-founder, owner, and the director of Educating Hands School of Massage since 1981. A founder and former board member of the AFMTE (Alliance For Massage Therapy Education), Iris was on the committee that developed COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation) and served as a founding member of the COMTA commission. She was on the executive committee of the AMTA Council of Schools for four years and received a distinguished service awarded from the Massage Therapy Foundation for service as a pioneer member of the advisory committee for the AMTA Foundation. Iris, a practicing BodyWorker for over 38 years and an educator for more than 34, has studied many modalities and has specialty certifications in advanced Swedish Techniques, Sports Massage, Milton Trager’s Psychophysical Integration and Neuromuscular Therapy.


Sandy Friedland, a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice in her hometown, Miami Beach, Florida, teaches BodyWork at Educating Hands School of Massage. She is a creator of the new water modality MDMA, Multi-Dimensional Movement Arts®. Her approach is spiritual, holistic and eclectic with a specific focus on energetic flow, vibratory frequency and dynamic balancing. She “plays” holographically at a table … on the floor … in the water … using sound, light, oil, color, crystals, essences, balls, magnets, rollers, intention, movement, verbalization and visualization. Her work and teaching explores the mystery of the body and reflects a background in anthropology, philosophy, psychology and the wisdom of Cranial Sacral Therapy, Connective Tissue Unwinding, Polarity, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Oriental medicine.

Iris and Sandy co-created TouchAbilities — the Text, the Curriculum, the Teacher Training program and the Teacher Training Manual. They also designed and co-teach a BodyWork Mastery Course which specifically focuses on developing and refining a practitioner’s unique signature touch; and co-teach a Working Body Seminar which focuses on the dynamic mechanics of movement … the art of integrating posture, balance, direction, locomotion, angle, intention, stillness and strength. The ladies are contributing authors to the book: Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics, part of a series of medical guides that focuses on complementary and alternative medicine. They are featured on a  Primal Pictures, LTD. DVD titled “3D Anatomy for Manual Therapies”, and have developed webinars for Cengage Learning, Inc., their TouchAbilities publisher.