Wendy S Bolognesi
Sensei & Guest Lecturer
Wendy S Bolognesi sensei has been a passionate proponent of Asian bodywork since her introduction to Shiatsu in 1978. She studied at the Ohashi Institute, where she was certified as a Shiatsu therapist in 1990 and as an Ohashiatsu instructor in 1992. She has been teaching, practicing, and studying Shiatsu ever since.
At the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy (BSMT), where she has been a faculty member since 1993, Wendy created and taught a course in Asian Massage Techniques, which focuses on Shiatsu as well as Acupressure and Thai Massage. It is one of many courses she has developed and taught, on her own or in collaboration, at Bancroft and in other settings.
Along with teaching numerous courses in Shiatsu and other forms of Asian bodywork, Wendy has extensive experience in teaching Swedish, deep tissue, sports, seated chair massage, and Reiki, anatomy and physiology, first aid CPR, and spa treatments. She is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education to teach a wide range of massage therapy and Asian bodywork courses.
In nearly twenty-six years at BSMT, Wendy has worked intensively with and for students: teaching a wide variety of courses, working with students with varied learning styles, advising, tutoring in specific subjects as well as in preparation for certification exams, supervising internships and student clinics for the public, developing and supervising student volunteer projects, and developing new courses and curricula.
In a multifaceted career, Wendy has gained experience in managing a variety of sometimes competing responsibilities, heading a department, and enhancing academic programs. Wendy’s practice of massage and her teaching has deep roots in the community and at BSMT. She treats clients in Worcester, Barre, and Hardwick, MA, and she often presents or co-presents workshops and continuing education classes in community settings.
Among Wendy’s particular interests is the self-application of acupressure for treating PTSD & addiction, a subject she continues to explore. She has engaged her students in volunteer work, such as providing massage for veterans at a local shelter. In 2001, she began teaching canine massage, and she looks forward to expanding her work in this area.