The Downeast School of Massage held commencement exercises for 8 new massage therapists from the 47th graduation class and approximately 50 guests on Saturday, July 16 at the school in Waldoboro.

Director Nancy Dail BA, nationally-certified massage therapist, gave a profound speech about the meaning of success, its application to massage therapy and all the students accomplished at DSM. Dail offered congratulations and best wishes to the graduates.

Melanie Burns represented their class by speaking to the audience at graduation. Memories surfaced with laughter, gratitude, and tears representing the deep bonding shared by this class over the course of this year. Tess Zardus with the Plaid Dragonflies, performed multiple songs to an appreciative audience. Nancy Dail and Emily Waltz, director of admissions and faculty member passed out the diplomas to the graduates. A reception followed the ceremony.

Graduating were: Dane Boutin, Shawnut; Melanie Burns, Wiscasset; Sharon Cash, Veazie; Ivan Gordon, Portsmouth, N.H.; Heather Goulette, Topsham; Miranda Struk, Rockland; Shannon Warren, New Gloucester; and Teresa Zardus, Hallowell.

In business for more than 30 years now, the more than 600-hour curriculum at DSM is licensed by the state of Maine and is considered to be one of the best schools, not only in Maine but in the country. Completion of the state-approved program is required for students to become Licensed Massage Therapists in the state of Maine. The 10-month program includes extensive instruction in anatomy, physiology, massage, clinic, kinesiology, pathology, reflexology, deep tissue therapy, hydrotherapy, to name a few, and, depending on the student’s major, intensely-focused course work in sports massage, shiatsu, or energy courses.

The Downeast School of Massage is accepting applications for the September 2011 program and the next open house is Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Please call 832-5531 for a catalog or more information about their frequent open houses or visit their websites at: downeastschoolofmassage.net and the supply store at dsmstore.net.