Farewell to our dear Friend, Teacher and Mentor: Elaine Calenda

  • SumoMe

We want to share that our dear friend Elaine Calenda has passed away. We will always remember her as an extraordinary person who gave a lot to our wonderful field of Massage Therapy.

I give you this one thought to keep –
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone –
I am with you still in each new dawn.

 Thank you for sharing the last part of your journey with us.  Dawn & Jorge

  • Susansalvo

    What a lovely lady. Lots of great times with her.

  • Jorge and Dawn, I am so thankful that I have these Podcasts to come back to and listen to Elaine.  Whenever I listened to her she invigorated me, motivated me and renewed my passion for this work.  My condolences to you both during this very difficult time. 

    • jorcis67

      Matthew, I agree that she would motivate & inspire anyone regardless of the time you’ve been doing massage. We do appreciate your kind words.

  • Mojojomo1

    I remember Elaine as a funny, knowledgeable educator …who had a desire to further the profession –in terms of education and care.  Who always tried to teach “us”/students..that our field of work was worthy of the trust & knowledge we received. When I was a student w/ her…she was involved in the developing National Certification program and the exams NCTMB developed.  A promoter of healing and wisdom…She BELIEVED in Massage Therapy & all the benefits and helped show us how to become  qualified, confident professionals w/in our field of work.  
    I had her as an instructor for “Swedish Massage” back in 1996…She made the instruction fun/serious/fact-filled.  She was an amazing teacher and there are still things, today, that I remember about anatomy-from her silly ways to associate …ie, The “Scalenie Brothers”…regarding the scalene sets of muscles.  She was amazing! Teacher and advocate for BSMT/BCMT and our Profession…and care for Ourselves.  God has Her..i pray! =)

    • jorcis67

      Thank you for sharing your experience and comments. You are right on the way you describe all of her efforts to help our profession and how fun it was for us to learn from her.

    • Vincent Calenda

      thank you for sharing that i am her nephew Vinny my brother is Joseph and we miss her very much today my brother and dad are going to bury her ashes sadly another thing i can not attend because of my medical problems but she did inspire me very much even though my official education i was unable to finish i gave a lot of time studying medical as well as history to try and help the world as she did, I love you Aunt Elaine and always will

      with love from her Nephews Vincent Calenda and Joseph Calenda

      • jorcis67

        Vincent, thank you for sharing this. We all certainly miss her. I’ll light a candle today to honor her spirit.

  • Stacy Schrier

    I’m so sad, but grateful this is here. Thank you much.

  • I have been so blessed to stumble upon Elaine’s podcasts. I live in California and have never attended her school… with walls. However, I feel enriched by attending her instruction “online.” I listened to every single podcast and was sad when there were no more to listen to. Now I know why. If your school ever decides to continue with the podcasts I will surely listen. Thank you Elaine and everyone else who contributed to your excellent contribution to the field. Blessings~ Tracy

    • jorcis67

      Tracy, You have no idea how amazing it was to have a one on one with Elaine, you would learn in 1 hour more than almost a couple of months with other teachers. She was my mentor and miss her for sure. We decided to keep all audios up as part of her legacy in this amazing world of massage. Unfortunately BCMT had to close its doors back on 2013 due to financial issues. Thank you for your words.

  • Kyle Putnam

    I stumbled across these podcasts just this week and I see, in many ways, four years too late. I am glad you have kept them up and hope you will continue to do so for future LMTs who will stumble across them like I did.

    • jorcis67

      Thank you Kyle, comments like yours motivate us to keep these podcasts online. Glad to know they were helpful. regards, Jorge