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Howard RontalChris MorakisScott Dobbins
Tracey MorrisKrissy Viccione

Howard RontalHoward Rontal


Howard has been a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner since 1985 and began teaching what would evolve into the Myofascial Release Massage in 1991. Over 3,800 massage professionals and students have taken the Part I, Upper Body course since its inception. From a single two-day course the Myofascial Release Massage has grown to three 2 1/2 day courses.

From offering the Myofascial Release Massage at a single school, the seminars are currently available in the eastern half of the United States at ten schools as well as several clinics and spas, and are taught by Howard and four other instructors he trained and certified.

Howard continues to maintain a private practice because he loves doing bodywork and because, as Joseph Heller once told him, "You can't teach well what you don't practice."

Howard specializes in traditional Hellerwork with its emphasis on postural correction, as well as relieving clients of the effects of physical trauma. He is also a Certified Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist (developed by Erik Dalton). Howard is a member of the American Hellerwork Association, the International Society of Structural Integrators, the American Massage Therapy Association, and the International Massage Association.

Chris MorakisChris Morakis


Chris was the first person to become certified in the Myofascial Release Massage.

He took the Upper and Lower Body courses while a student at the Ohio College of Massotherapy from which he graduated in 1994 and immediately after completing these seminars was asked to serve Howard as a teaching assistant. He has assisted Howard over 40 times.

Chris is licensed by the State of Ohio as an LMT. In addition to his private massage practice Chris is responsible for massage therapy, rehabilitation, exercise, and some physical therapy at a Chiropractic Clinic in Ohio.

He was the massage therapist for the 2000 Hewlett Packard Women's Bicycle Challenge in Boise, Idaho as well as for the LPGA in Warren, Ohio from 1998 through 2000. Chris is also certified as a fitness trainer by the International Sports Sciences Association, and is also an instructor of T'ai Chi and Chi Cong. From 2000-2003 Chris was also an instructor at the Ohio College of Massotherapy.

In addition, Chris, with his wife, own The Focal Point in Poland Ohio, where they are redefining preventative health care. Chris has worked for the Pro-Am PGA in Pittsburgh PA as a massage therapist. He is dedicated to educating students to the healing art of Myofascial Release Massage!

Scott DobbinsScott Dobbins


Scott was awarded a A.A.S by the Ohio College of Massotherapy "with honors" in 2004.

His excellence as a student was recognized by Howard when he was chosen to be a Teaching Assistant for the Myofascial Release seminars while still in his third semester at The Ohio College of Massotherapy (OCM).

After being awarded his Limited Branch Practitioner License by the State of Ohio Medical Board, he was hired to develop and author the Associate Degree Program for the Massage Therapy Department of Tri-State Business Institute in Erie, PA where he also taught Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology and Clinical Massage Skills.

In addition to being certified in the Myofascial Release Massage, Scott is also certified in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and has served as a teaching assistant for those courses at OCM. In addition, Scott practices Craniosacral Therapy. He served Howard as a teaching assistant in over 20 Myofascial Release Massage seminars.

Scott is currently on a leave of absence for health reasons.

Tracey MorrisTracey Morris


Tracey has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland since 1998. In addition to her certification in the Myofascial Release Massage she also trained in Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger Institute), Hot Stone Therapy, and Deep Tissue Massage.

Tracey has a thriving clinical practice and has been an instructor of Massage Therapy at The College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata Campus for five years. She is also the owner of the Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Spa in LaPlata, MD.

While Tracey specialized in Deep Tissue for many years her study of the Myofascial Release Massage completely reoriented her approach to deep bodywork, because, she says, of its immediate effectiveness and long lasting results. In her clinical practice she specializes in orthopedic problems like frozen shoulder, post surgical rehabilitation and working with athletes, both to mend injuries and prevent them, as well as improve athletic performance.

Her relationship to the Myofascial Release Massage began not as a student but as Howard's client. She enrolled in Howard's Part I seminar before she had completed her initial course of treatment.

Her enthusiasm for the work was so great that she asked to be trained as an instructor even before she completed the three courses and certification examination. She served as Howard's teaching assistant over 20 times before leading her first Myofascial Release Massage seminar. Students report that her enthusiasm for the work is contagious.

Krissy ViccioneKrissy Viccione


Krissy graduated from the Bancroft School of Massage and has been a licensed and certified massage practitioner in Rhode Island for over 17 years. In addition to be being certified in the Myofascial Release Massage she is also certified in pre and neri-natal massage and hot stone massage.

Krissy was instrumental in the establishment of the first Massage Envy franchise in Rhode Island. Remarkably, in the midst a heavy administrative schedule, she also performed so well as a massage therapist that she was named Massage Therapist of the Year for the Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Westchester County Region in 2009. She continued to work for Massage Envy for six years, doing thousands of sessions and helping to create another three regional franchises. She left the company to give more of her time to her husband and four children and to teaching the Myofascial Release Massage.

Krissy says that the Myofascial Release Massage revolutionized her approach to treating clients and that this has led to a specialization in chronic pain and injury treatment. She has a thriving practice in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Perhaps her greatest strength as an instructor of the Myofascial Release Massage is the sheer volume of people she's worked with. Calling on her wealth of experience she is an indispensable resource for the student who wants to know if and how the Myofascial Release Massage can be used to help their clients.

More about Courses & Certification

I. Upper Body
II. Lower Body
III. Advanced Strokes
IV. Introductory Course
V. Certification

Howard Rontal demonstrates MRM Massage

"As a manual physical therapist with over 19 years of clinical practice, I have taken numerous continuing education courses throughout my career.

"I must say that your techniques have added "a breath of fresh air" to my practice which focuses on patients with complex and often times chronic postural pain, dysfunction and movement impairments.

"I will highly recommend your work to my colleagues and am deeply appreciative that I have the fortune to experience it myself."

Jacueline Shakar
Worcester, MA

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