LOVED the entire class. LOVE Rhonda. SO glad I took it as my first course. I'm going to do a lot of self-study in the area of acupressure... it's definitely my jam. I don't want class to end. Phenomenal. It exceeded my expectations.Jessica Leo, Ankeny, IA – 7-15-21
I had a wonderful experience at Body Wisdom and enjoyed the people and my different courses, like Maternity & Infant Massage, but also clinics, which thought me to be professional and gave me a major boost for my confidence in myself and my practice.
Bridget and Sarah (instructors) were so passionate about their work, and very kind and helpful. The school exceeded my expectations and I recommend it in a heartbeat: Please go to this school, it was the best decision of my life and it really shapes you to who you can truly be!Teonna Taylor, Ankeny, IA – 7-7-21
The energy at the school is unmatched - best teachers and really good people!
I loved all my experiences, especially the Maternity & Infant Massage course. It’s a beautiful thing to massage two people at the same time …
Everyone was great and supportive. Annie was my favorite instructor. Right from the first class, she made me feel completely comfortable while teaching and explaining the process of things. The Student Clinic Course helped me get over the fear of massaging strangers.
You guys are the best. I appreciate all that you did for me; I grew so much at your school and recommend to others all the time.Aubrey Newman, Ankeny, IA – 7-6-21
The Body Wisdom experience is everything you want it to be, but it's also what you need it to be. The curriculum is organized, motivating and scheduling is flexible. ‘G’ is knowledgeable and always approachable, but also an impressive powerhouse, helping you hold steady throughout the process. Getting through the classes and clinic hours is challenging but incredibly empowering.
The teachers are masters at their craft and encourage creativity and curiosity. The environment and spirit of the place holds everyone to the highest standards while nurturing each individual journey.
You get a great opportunity to connect with the other students and I personally feel like I finally found my tribe.
The work you do in this school is more than learning this wonderful skill set, you somehow also find the courage to transform into your authentic self.Kelda Ramsey, West Des Moines, IA – 7-2-21
TAnnie was great at explaining Neuromuscular Massage and helping students. Her personality is amazing; always positive and professional, with a healthy dose of humor. She offers great examples of real-life situations to relate to the material, and always answers questions with great expertise.Rachel Stogdill, Ankeny, IA – 4-4-21
Teaching at Body Wisdom has been an amazing experience. The students have all been professional and committed to their learning and promoting a healthy learning environment. The support from administration (Ali and G) is wonderful. I have never worked with someone that said to contact them with my needs at any time and truly mean it like the administration at Body Wisdom does!Leslie Cook, Des Moines, IA – 3-12-21
I didn't realize how much I would learn in the 52 hours. Sarah did an awesome job. She took extra time to go over material if needed. She has high energy and it came off she cared about every individual.
Sarah was great. Always on time, had high energy, and comprised with some unforeseen situations. I felt like she knew all the content and was professional from the start. Which made us be professional. (Therapeutic Massage Level 1)Mychal Sheridan, Ames, IA – February 12, 2021
Sarah is kind, compassionate, and straightforward. You can tell she really cares about our schooling and future. I was very impressed with Sarah's body of knowledge and I appreciate her style of teaching. (Therapeutic Massage Level 1Cassandra Anderson, Grimes, IA – February 12, 2021
It's the best thing I've ever done! (Massage Certification Program)
I really found myself and reaffirmed my passions here. What an incredible experience, I'm so excited to get out into the field.Alison Sokolov, Des Moines, IA – January 1, 2021
Sadie is amazing. I really enjoyed her as an instructor. She is very knowledgeable and up-beat. Her very calm yet bubbly demeanor made for a relaxed, supportive, and happy learning environment, which made it easy to understand the course content (Ayurvedic Shirodhara). Sadie ’s demonstrations were very thorough and she never hesitated to help. I’m looking forward to my future class(es)…Cassandra Anderson, Grimes, Iowa, December 20, 2020
Loved my experience at Body wisdom. They made me be a better me.Chrissy Adams-Brown, Indianola, Iowa, November 13th, 2020
I’m so thankful for my experience at Body Wisdom. I loved how teachers fostered a welcoming, relaxed learning environment, and appreciate the accommodations the school made during my pregnancy. Emily Bauler's passion for science and the human body were contagious. Sarah Hybels was amazing. She’s kind and nurturing, and an excellent instructor for Maternity & Infant Massage.Katherine Ward, Des Moines, Iowa, November 27, 2020
The Reflexology course exceeded my expectations. Dianna is absolutely amazing! I love her style, she is so easy going and helpful. She has a sweet personality, a great outlook; and she is such a good teacher: very knowledgeable and definitely an expert. I love her classes! As to the course materials, the charts were exceptional and the handouts were good too.Tori Carter, Knoxville, Iowa, October 29, 2020
This class (Therapeutic Massage Level 1) exceeded my expectations. In a week and a half I went from thinking *I* was good at massage, to *other people* thinking I was good at massage!
I became confident in touching strangers, keeping them covered appropriately, assessing concerns of previous accidents and injuries so as to do no harm, learned many kinds of strokes and ways to use my body in good healthy form, gained muscle myself and lost a few pounds from the wonderful physical nature of being a massage therapist.
I was inspired to go forward to learn many more ways to heal people and promote good heath.
The teacher was incredible - so knowledgeable and gave consistently energetic and engaging lectures with humor that didn't even seem like lectures. If the rest of the classes at Body Wisdom are of this caliber, I'm in the right place.Kristin Wilson, Des Moines, Iowa, September 28, 2020
My time at Body Wisdom (Massage Certification Program) has and will continue to change my life. The friends I've met and the lessons I've learned will be carried with me everyday into my new career. I can not wait to see what lies ahead and it all started at Body Wisdom.Tabbatha Miller, Des Moines, Iowa, February 4, 2020
Crazy Good Neckwork – Version II * Letter from course participant to Instructor:
I worked on a friend yesterday for the sole purpose of using the techniques from Monday’s class. She has a stutter and we have discovered that massage helps it a lot. So I was curious what this even more specific work would do to her. I worked on her neck for an hour. Longer than I planned, but that’s what happened. She gave me feedback throughout and I noticed immediately that her stutter faded away.
I received a message from her a moment ago. “My neck is sore and the ice felt great on it. I can move my neck more than I have been able to in years!! I didn’t stutter last night or today. Love it!!!”
Thanks for a great class!Sherry Ross, Newton, Iowa, January 27, 2020
Super knowledgeable teacher (Leisa Geerdes) and wonderful class to take (Craniosacral Therapy).Natasha Smith, Centerville, Iowa, October 28, 2019
The instructor (Leisa Geerdes) was amazing and great at giving instruction (Craniosacral Therapy).Che’rie Russo, Des Moines, Iowa, October 28, 2019
Loved the course (Craniosacral Therapy)! And I loved receiving this type of body work-it's very different then anything I've experience before!Natalie Nease, Des Moines, Iowa, October 28, 2019
Body Wisdom has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Not just educationally but also personally.Tiffany Dunagan, Des Moines, Iowa, October 02, 2019
I loved my experience at Body Wisdom! Body Wisdom can be transformational if you let it – I felt like it changed my whole being. The instructors are amazing and taught me techniques that are effective, utilize many parts of the body as tools, and keep me safe and aligned. They also emphasized the importance of taking care of myself mentally and physically, inspired me to be a better human -- to be grounded and intuitive and to dream big, and also were able to teach me anatomy/kinesiology/etc. in a way that FINALLY made sense and made me WANT to understand and learn more. I was inspired to take a more clinical route and ground my self and my practice in both science AND intuition, and for that I am grateful.
Clinic was a wonderful experience, the staff are incredibly supportive and encouraging, and I made some fantastic new friends. I would say choosing Body Wisdom elevated my skills as a therapist and as a human, and I would definitely recommend it to others. :)Chelsey Mykleby, Des Moines, Iowa
I have never taken a course like this one (Orthopedic/Sports Massage 96 Hours); and that is very much a good thing. The methods of approach to bodywork outlined in this course is very applicable in my practice and has been well received by my clients. Thank you, Body Wisdom for your outstanding training!Jillian Peet, Omaha, Nebraska, August 10, 2019
The orthopedic program at Body Wisdom will change the way you think about massage and increase your value as a practioner. This program should be a requirement for an LMT because it really is that valuable!Brandon Arnold, Des Moines, Iowa, August 5, 2019
I’m thankful I chose Body Wisdom for the depth of knowledge I gained from the instructors and the support I received along the way from all the staff and my fellow students.Jennifer Mavin, Carlisle, Iowa, June 19, 2019
Hot Stone Lomi Lomi is incredible. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to incorporate stone work.Tabbatha Miller, Des Moines, Iowa, April 22, 2019
The staff is awesome! They seemed just as eager as I was to start learning. When I started my journey to become a massage therapist I knew absolutely nothing. Body Wisdom far exceeded my expectations. I left with so much knowledge and skills, not to mention the amount of new friendships made. I’d recommend this school to anyone.Amy Stevens, Des Moines, Iowa, April 14, 2019
Body Wisdom is not only a place to learn about healing through the art of massage (Massage Certification Program) but also this school has been a place of healing and inspiration to my soul. You are supported and encouraged to be you as you embark on the journey. The instructors, staff, clients, and classmates have been pillars of guidance along the way.Jessica Baier, Cumming, Iowa, March 26, 2019
This class is a great addition to my massage "toolbox". Soothing Belly Work helps me feel more confident in the techniques I can use for abdominal massage.Cammie Dudney, Des Moines, Iowa, March 25, 2019
My instructor, Faith, really cared about me as a person, and set me up for success.
She makes the class. Anyone who has taken a college semester can agree. Faith honed in on my brain and started to give me visuals in words to help me learn, it was amazing!! She is just really fantastic; what a great find in a human!! She is a lymphatic role model. I want to become Lymph certified now!Paige Fisher, Des Moines, Iowa, March 23, 2019
This (Lymphatic Drainage) was by far one of the most challenging yet rewarding courses I’ve taken through Body Wisdom. Faith’s passion for this modality is contagious and her teaching style is phenomenalMichelle DeMarie, Ames, Iowa, March 23, 2019
Good evening, G.
I want to say thank you for a wonderful experience Monday in Crazy Good Neck Work; and while the content wasn't what I expected, the experience was beyond my expectations in many ways.
The Body Wisdom facility was fantastic to support learning with a beautiful class room and natural light.
Rae, the instructor, was phenomenal to promote our learning as she encouraged questions and took the time to ensure we understand the content.
Ali, the director, stopped in during our class to greet everyone and encouraged communication between herself and the students.
The structure of the class to focus on experience through hands-on work and receiving was a priceless opportunity; it not only let us practice technique, but also reminded us what massage felt like through a client's perspective.
As a class, we also noticed your presence during a demonstration; we were impressed that you took time to observe and further understand one of the classes Body Wisdom offers.
The course that day was what I needed professionally and personally as it fed my spirit, encouraged my growth as an individual, and empowered me to be a better practitioner.
Body Wisdom resonated a quality learning experience, and this was consistent through every interaction before and during class. The certificate of completion was also beautifully presented and perfectly wrapped up the sublime experience of that day.
I appreciated the opportunity to experience Body Wisdom again, as it had been twelve years since I graduated, and I look forward to the next opportunity to return for continuing education.
Sincerely,Rachel Freeseman, Des Moines, Iowa, February 20, 2019
I always love coming back to Body Wisdom for Continuing Education. They keep adding more courses to keep it fresh and exciting.Sherry Ross, Newton, Iowa, February 18, 2019
I loved my schooling here and this – 11 years later: it’s just as good.Teri Riley, Des Moines, Iowa, February 18, 2019
I like taking CEU’s here & referred my husband to come here for education.Katelyn Dorland, Iowa, February 18, 2019
I enjoyed the class today and the instructor was fabulous.Amber Schubert, Iowa, February 18, 2019
Loved the class and am wanting to take Crazy Good Neckwork Version II soon.Abbey Rhoads, Iowa, February 18, 2019
I have attended courses over the last decade and a half, and am as happy with the school now as when I first started.James Kozuki, Earlam, Iowa, February 18, 2019
It feels so nice to finally find my purpose.Paige Fisher, Iowa, February 15, 2019
At Body Wisdom, the instructors took a piece of their heart and hands and gave them to me. Because of that I’ve become a great massage therapist. I’ve learned to give touch as a service with significance, using massage therapy to give back to the world. Body Wisdom has helped me learn that I want excellence t be my brand.
Thank you Body Wisdom – I am grateful to you!Deann F. Kluss, Iowa, January 2019
I found my home here. The classrooms become a safe space where you learn about massage, and about yourself. Honestly it’s hard to put my experience into words. It’s like finding a new favorite hoodie and never taking it off; or how do you know if the pear is sweet? Just taste it. Simply just experience Body Wisdom, and you will know what I mean.Trevor Grefe, Des Moines, Iowa, January 2019
Body Wisdom is the “Harvard” of Massage Schools in the Des Moines area. The school consistently has the best-trained massage therapists graduate. Once I see that the therapists applying went to Body Wisdom, they automatically are on the top of my list. The ownership & staff are top-notch, and the fact that they truly care about their students – not just their school/career, but their whole selves and their happiness – is what I think makes them stand out above the rest.Trish McFadden, Regional Developer Massage Heights Midwest and Owner of Ingersoll DSM Location, September 2018
So far this school has been an awesome experience. This has only been my first class but I love it. Staff & fellow students are so helpful & wonderful.Leslie Brownfield, Massage Student, August 2018
Body Wisdom School of Massage: Very experienced and professional instructors with focused specialties. I have multiple degrees (seriously) though several universities. The level of experience and professionalism is outstanding!Kathy Byars, LMT, September 2018
Body Wisdom sets the bar higher. Being a Body Wisdom Graduate is comparable with having an ivy league school versus standard schools. The instructors are awesome. Ali and G are wonderful people who work with you. If you are interested to be a massage therapist - this is the place!
I passed the national exam first time and completed my licensure efficiently. I’m proud to have been a graduate of the establishment and encourage anyone seeking a career in massage: Trust in yourself with Body Wisdom!Ysa Morrigan, LMT - Owner of Utopias Dawn, Private Massage Practice, September 2018
I love Body Wisdom! I had so many reasons that lead me to this amazing school. My family was in need of massage, & I knew I wanted to be a therapist of some kind, and finding massage therapy has been such a blessing from God. I prayed so hard to be in a profession that wasn’t a regular 9-5, but one that would make people relax and come back for more! I knew no one would turn down a massage, and I could fulfill my dreams of traveling with this job.
I can say I go to work every day & love my job.Gabriella Leanhart, LMT, August 2018
It seems clear to us here at Massage Envy in Clive that Body Wisdom goes the extra mile to ensure that a student comes away with a strong education, but just as importantly they concentrate on the therapists’ health, self-care, character, customer service ‘listening’, and teamwork.
I have always made it clear at our clinic that I thrive on a great person that gives a good massage, rather than an ok person that does a great job.Mike Earp, Owner of Massage Envy, Clive, Iowa, August 2018
I recently took the 8-hrs Crazy Good Neck Work course, and I had been excited about it to begin with, but it was truly wonderful! The instructor was so knowledgeable and had us diving in immediately to get hands on practice for each new technique we learned- and there were many! I love that she taught the techniques in a method that made it easy to incorporate any or all of them. I have been using these new techniques on my clients for the past month or so, and I am getting the most incredible feedback! One client stated that no one had ever worked on her neck that way before, and she felt amazing!! Since that course I am not only able to help my clients so much more, but they are that much more appreciative and loyal to me as their provider- a win-win! Crazy Good Neck Work is worth every penny and then some!!Kaara Mernka, LMT, October 2017
My father was a massage therapist and I grew up knowing the endless benefits of healing touch. I knew the moment I sat in on a class that Body Wisdom was where I wanted to develop my healing hands and heart. From the variety of courses offered, the kind and wise direction provided and family atmosphere Body Wisdom is the place to go if you truly want to help others heal.
While I am not a full time therapist at this time I use the techniques I learned on a daily basis with myself, family and friends. You are taught how to use different techniques to get to the same goal, providing comfort and healing. It's always exciting to be able to assure someone nervous about getting bodywork that they don't have to get undressed to get bodywork. I love that I have been taught/shown so many different techniques and modalities in my healing toolbox.
I always recommend Body Wisdom to others interested in practicing massage or even getting one. The student clinic is awesome!
Thank you and I can't wait to come back for more classes.S. Laila Jepson, LMT, October 2017
Attending Body Wisdom was a life changing event. I can’t imagine that any other massage school could be so supportive of their students. The teachers are professionals, carefully chosen, to teach each specific class, instead of one person teaching every modality, like I have seen at other schools. Each teacher is also a mentor, sharing their vast knowledge of not only the course subject, but also their experience as a massage therapist in general. I quickly viewed Body Wisdom as a second home and created strong bonds with my classmates, who became like family. I know I can always return to Body Wisdom for even more amazing and new skills to add to my business. Choosing Body Wisdom for my massage education was the single most important decision of my life. I will never regret it.Sherry Ross, 2017
Body Wisdom was a blessing in disguise for me. My journey into this career that drives my life began with a simple idea of wanting to be in a profession that helps those in need; and an injury I received prior to enrolling. I didn't want to go to an average school that pumps their students out in 3 months. I wanted, no, needed something authentic and true to the trade, that wasn't worried about pushing people out as soon as they got in. This school is faculty driven, staff driven, and also student driven. The teachers are personal and professional at the same time, and they are driven to help you to succeed in your career path. All in all, my path through the school is the reason I am who I am today. It has changed me and shaped me into someone I never thought I would be. And that is a good thing. Words will never bring justice to the thanks I have for my Body Wisdom family.
Since I began school my career has slowly been gaining momentum and truly gained full force when Ali and G set me up with my mentor, who I currently work with in Atlanta, Georgia. Like I said before, Body Wisdom isn't concerned with pushing you out, they are concerned with getting you where you need to be, and that's the most important thing of all.
This career has truly changed my life and opened my mind to new things and new people. I help/fix people for a living, seriously - what could be better than that?! Massage, specifically Sports Massage, is my passion, it's the driving force in my life. It has taught me how to love, to live, to fight, and to look ahead to better days.
In a career that requires proper etiquette, a caring nature, and a persistent and puzzle solving mind set, there's no place I would have rather gone to than Body Wisdom. Without it, I really don't know where I would be in life, but certainly not as happy as I am today in my career.Parker T. Ferguson, 2017
I graduated from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in 2015. It was a major life change for me, coming from 25 years in the medical field, going into massage therapy. Body Wisdom prepared me for being a professional licensed massage therapist. In class I was able to share my concerns and felt that the instructors, G, Rhett and Ali, listened to me, and helped guide me. I met several other people that were in the same shoes as me, such as instructors Ann Wallace, Diana Berry, Diane Baker, James Kozuki, Cassie Sampson, and several students, that were coming from a corporate or traditional medical field into the massage field. It was a life changing experience! I have never looked back and now have a massage therapy practice that has been full since I started! I am able to have a stable income doing something I love, and to serve others. I also learned that businesses seek out Body Wisdom graduates for hire, due to the quality of their education.Sherry Luedtke R.N., LMT, 2017
The first time I walked into Body Wisdom I knew this was where I wanted to be. Since my mom got sick and the only thing that was helping her was massage, I knew deep in my heart I wanted to become a massage therapist Never in my dreams did I ever think I would find an amazing/unique school like Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School. Our school, and I will always call myself a student, even after 6 years of owning my own practice, makes you feel like a family; and a bond with other students carries on for years, even after graduating. I take all my CE classes at Body Wisdom, and every time class is starting, I am like a kid back in high school, full of excitement. Massage Therapy is what saved my mom’s life, as she would say, and I wanted to do the same to help others help themselves. Body Wisdom did that for me. I have worked with hospice massage 4 out of the 6 years of my practice, and taking the Geriatric Massage class made me realize the need to help the elderly. I have a class next month, and I am very excited to be a student again. There just is no other comparison to Body Wisdom for your education. When I get a massage I can tell if it’s a Body Wisdom graduate or someone from another school. We are just unique, and Rhett & Ali are always, and I mean always, there when you call them on their phones, and not all schools would have that availability. They are always there for their students. I love when Rhett coms home from another country and will show us on the computer how he studied new modalities in those countries and then teach us. That is rare! You are not just taught a sequence; you are taught modalities, even from another country, and you will never find that anywhere else. Thank you Body Wisdom/Rhett and Ali for providing us a family oriented unique school. Forever love Body Wisdom!Maria Dukes, 2017
A lot of people, when they think of getting CEU’s to renew their license, try to think of the cheapest class with the most CEU’s, and don’t really care about what it is - unfortunately, and it is hard to find classes that you actually want to learn for reasonable prices. But Ali has made it possible at Body Wisdom to have access to learning a variety of modalities that are unique, fun, affordable, and offer board certified CEU’s. The instructors are skilled and knowledgable and make the classes fun and easy to learn. Body Wisdom makes you want to continue learning, even if you don’t need more CEU’s to renew your license. I am grateful to have met Ali and had the opportunity to learn in one of her classes. The hard work and love that goes into everything that’s been created and offered is incredible, and you can feel and see it when you experience the classes. I can’t wait until I am able to take another class, and it’s hard to pick just one, because they offer so much, and it’s all incredible!Samantha Scott, 2017Body Wisdom:
B - Because massage and touch are key to mind body and soul at Body Wisdom.
O - Opportunity abounds both educationally and professionally at Body Wisdom.
D - Diversity in courses and curriculum are what you’ll find at Body Wisdom.
Y - You get one-on-one attention as well as collaborative experiences at Body Wisdom.
W - Wonder-work will be the product of all the things you’ll learn at Body Wisdom.
I - Insatiable hunger for bodywork knowledge is what you’ll have at Body Wisdom.
S - Soulful are the students, instructors, and administrators at Body Wisdom.
D - Diversity in your craft is what you’ll learn at Body Wisdom.
O - On-going education is a cornerstone at Body Wisdom.
M - Mountaintop is where you’ll stand after graduating from Body Wisdom.
Bob Skidmore, 2017
I love Body Wisdom School - every class I have taken, all of the teachers, all the people that work behind the scenes to make everything work smoothly!! This place is not only a fantastic learning environment, but everyone makes you feel very welcomed and safe! This is the ONLY place I look to for my continuing education!! I know when I’m there, I will be learning in-depth structure and have something to add to my tool belt of modalities! I am always looking for new ways to grow!!Kaci Page Topp - 2017
Body Wisdom to me was a life changer. It made me happy and proud to go down this path of my life. Even after all these years, I think 10 plus, I am still proud to tell people how great Body Wisdom is. I have given my number out to potential students, and I have explained why they need to go there. I love when people ask me about the school/program. So thankful where life has taken me, and for what I have learned at Body Wisdom.Mary Wagner DeStefano, 2017
I never intended to go to massage school when I laid out my career plan fifteen years ago; massage wasn’t even on the radar. However, circumstances change in life, and when I decided to make a change, I wanted to get the best training and education I could. I was not disappointed by Body Wisdom’s program and approach. There is definitely something for every temperament and personality in the curriculum; and all the teachers do their very best to approach their area of expertise from many angles, to present information to all types of students. I think I was very well received at Body Wisdom, and I really can’t say enough good things about the program and faculty there. Thank, Body Wisdom!Jillian Mahl, 2017