The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors.


Q&A with Kazuko DeVirgilio

Q: When did you start your career in Massage Therapy?

A: 2006

Q: Why did you decide to become a Massage Therapist?

A: I wanted a career where I could see what I was doing and how it affected people. Also, I wanted to work around my family’s schedule, and I did not want a desk job.

11.01.FacultyHeadshotKazukoQ: What training and experience do you have in Massage Therapy?

A: I attended TLC for 550 hours of basic training and later returned to learn more in the Advanced Clinical Training Program. I have attended Shiatsu workshops and assisted over 100 hours of workshops. I learned Zero Balancing from Fritz Smith, MD and David Lauterstein, and it has been a gift in my life! I have received education in Oncology massage from Tracy Walton and Carolyn Tague. I am a member of Oncology Massage Alliance, and I give hand and foot massages to cancer patients in the infusion room while they are receiving chemotherapy. I work with many cancer patients, people with a history of cancer, and their caregivers.

 I have had great experiences with receiving many different modalities such as Craniosacral work, Lomi Lomi massage, Watsu, and Ashiatsu.

Q: What was your favorite aspect of Massage School?

A: Giving and getting massages with people from different parts of world, backgrounds, generations and cultures brings all of us together like one big family. I found many lifelong friendships here.

Q: Do you have a favorite Modality? If so, what is it?

A: The high quality of touch that the person needs at that moment.

Q: What is your approach to massage therapy?

A: Taking care of the whole person. Massage can touch the person’s physical body, memories in the past, and possibly the future.

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: Sorry, I really can’t pick one.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Rice (Short grain)

Q: What kind of movies do you like?

A: Nothing violent. I like quiet movies with a message. My recent favorite is “The Lunch Box.”

Q: Why do you think massage therapy is important?

A: Because it feels good. It is extremely important to feel “good.” That’s a fundamental of a healthy life.