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A Dream Come True: Working with Olympic Athletes

Category(ies): Massage Therapy

massage therapy training program, massage therapy schoolMassage therapy graduate David Silvia excels in his career

If you have ever wondered how far a Salter School education can take you, look at the impressive career of David Silvia, a 2006 graduate of the Massage Therapy training program at our Fall River campus. This man can’t be stopped!

David has always been athletic, and throughout his adult life, he particularly enjoyed archery as his main hobby. When a sports injury led him to receive massage treatments at age 54, he became interested in the field, and decided it was time for a career change. He enrolled in the Massage Therapy program and hasn’t looked back since. We know it takes a lot of courage to go back to school when you’re in your 50’s, but courage isn’t a problem for David!

In the 10 years since graduation, his career has taken off. First, he runs his own massage therapy spa. He and a fellow massage practitioner Lori Noel run Active Health Massage Therapy and Fitness, in Taunton, Massachusetts. They offer three separate treatment rooms, with appointments available six days per week. They specialize in sports, deep tissue, therapeutic, and relaxation massages. 

But opening his own clinic was not enough for David. He is the type of person who wants to share the benefits of massage wherever help is needed. Check out his accomplishments:

  • Earned his national certification from NCBMTB
  • Became a Level III Reiki Practitioner in 1998, specializing in sports, deep tissue, and therapeutic massages
  • Worked as a therapist for the Newport Volleyball Club weekly beach tournaments
  • Became a member of the Ultimate Sports Massage Team in 2005
  • Serves as a volunteer massage therapist at many marathons, including the Boston Marathon, Rhode Island Marathon, Amica Triathlon, Revolution3 Triathlon, Run for the Warriors, and the Marine Corps Marathon
  • Works with Team Semper Fi, a charity organization for disabled veterans and their families
  • Provides massages for the Warrior Games, where more than 200 wounded service members and veterans compete in 7 different sporting events.

A massage therapist for the Olympians!

On top of David’s charity work within his community, he is probably most known for being selected as 1 of 18 massage therapists to work at the Olympics in 2012. He served on the Team USA Medical Staff at the 2012 London Olympics, working at the High Performance Training Center in East London. By 2015, he was working with the USA Women’s National Hockey Team in Lake Placid. And just last September he continued his work with USA Basketball, Women’s National Team.

“Being invited by the United States Olympic Committee to be a member of the Team USA Medical Staff was an honor and privilege and a dream come true. Years of hard work made me realize what I really needed to do in life. Massage Therapy has been a rewarding and fulfilling career and I am looking forward to providing many more years of service,” David explains.

We can’t emphasize enough how proud we are to have helped David get his career off the ground! Best of luck to you, David, as you continue as a stellar representative of the field of Massage Therapy!

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