In Memory of Elaine Calenda

Author, educator, practitioner, and researcher Elaine Calenda passed away the evening of Friday, August 24, surrounded by friends and family. Elaine has been an integral part of Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) since she joined the faculty in January 1992. Prior, she graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1978 and gained clinical work experience at the Center of Osteopathic & Sports Medicine in New York City.

In June, BCMT honored Elaine with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In announcing her passing, her BCMT family wrote, “…our lives and the profession we all love will not be the same without Elaine. Her incredible presence in the massage therapy field, and her unparalleled commitment to the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, will never be forgotten.”

At BCMT she taught sports and orthopedic massage with infectious joy and humor, and served as academic dean until she stepped back to fight an aggressive form of cancer. Elaine contributed to the development of the Associate of Occupational Studies Program at BCMT and participated in multiple research projects.

Dedicated to the advancement of the massage profession, Elaine wrote for massage and CAM publications. She is a contributing author to the textbook Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, published by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Elaine’s legacy and passion live on through her fellow instructors and the thousands of therapists she touched and inspired over the years.

A celebration of Elaine’s life is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, from noon to 3 pm at BCMT, 6255 Longbow Drive, Boulder, Colorado. Any condolences may be sent to