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Background Information

Employment History


Massage Therapist

Senior Member of the Faculty

Swedish Institute


Swedish Institute

Massage Therapy Program

Massage Therapy





Asian History and Dance

California State University , Long Beach

Swedish Institute

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Swedish Institute - Massage Therapy - Faculty Biographies [cached]

Russ Beasley, B.A., L.M.T. (Senior Practitioner)

Russ Beasley has been teaching at the Swedish Institute for over 15 years. He is currently part of the adjunct faculty, teaching Self Care for the Massage Therapist .
Russ has a private practice with a special focus on massage therapy for dancers. He has been the full-time backstage massage therapist for the spectacular, physically-challenging dance musical Movin' Out since its start on Broadway. He has also worked with leading dancers from American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Eliot Feld, Martha Graham Company, Twyla Tharp and others. For the last ten years he has been part of a massage staff for the U.S. Open tennis tournament, providing on-site massage for players during the three-week event.
Before becoming a massage therapist, Russ had a career for 20 years as a dancer, performing with ballet and modern dance companies and in Broadway shows and national tours. He also was on the dance faculty for several major colleges, either as a full-time instructor or guest artist.
Russ is a graduate of the Swedish Institute Massage Therapy Program. He has certifications in Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Sports Massage. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in Asian History and Dance.

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Swedish Institute - Community Education - Acupuncture Graduates [cached]

Russ Beasley, L.M.T., ('89) is an in-demand therapist with elite athletes and Broadway performers. What makes his work unique?

Russ admits that his massage work was more forceful when he was first out of school.
With private clients, Russ tends to allow 75 to 90 minutes for a session. However, when he is working backstage, the pace picks up considerably. "During a show I can generally spend only 15 or 20 minutes for each performer," he says, "so I have to be adept at editing my choice of techniques all the time."
If a dancer comes to him complaining about pain in the back, knees and shoulder, Russ will ask which area feels most important and start there. "An injury may not be bad enough to keep a dancer from performing," Russ points out, "but it may affect the performance, or it could get worse if ignored. That's why it's important to have therapists on hand for shows where there is a lot of physical exertion."
Russ has worked with the cast of three Broadway shows. While Russ was the massage therapist for the spectacular dance musical Movin' Out, the producers and cast held him in such high esteem that he had a credit in the show's Playbill!
Russ, a senior member of the faculty for the Swedish Institute's Massage Therapy Program, offers his expertise in this area to students and graduates through private tutorials.

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Russ Beasley

Russ Beasley Russ Beasley has been a NY State licensed massage therapist since 1990. Upon graduation from the Swedish Institute in Manhattan, he was hired as an instructor and has been a faculty member ever since. In 2002, he was named the Senior Clinical Practitioner for the Western Massage Division of the Institute. His classes at the Swedish Institute have covered all aspects of Western Technique levels as well as Pathology and Assessment of Soft Tissue Conditions. Additionally, he was also a supervisor in the PH LING Medical Clinic of the Swedish Institute for 12 years and has taught workshops for the college's Continuing Education program. His professional massage career reflects work in health clubs, the 4 Seasons Hotel, physical therapy and Chriopractic offices, and he has a 20 year association as a Senior Therapist with the US OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT where he provides sports-based treatments for the players throughout the 3 weeks of the event. He has been the backstage cast massage therapist for 25 Broadway productions as well as working with the legendary Mariiknsky (aka Kirov) Ballet Company of St Petersburg, Russia when it appears at the Kennedy Center and in New York City.

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