Barry L. Bailey,
BA, MS, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
STAR Tech Healing Developer and Practitioner
Teacher of Workshops and Classes
Pain Management Consultant
Active Stretching Instructor & Coach
Speaker and Lecturer
Managing Director STAR Tech Healing
and Learning Center
Photo courtesy Turner Photography
(C) 2008 Joe Turner
Barry L. Bailey is a teacher, Massage Therapist, Active Stretching
Instructor/Coach, Pain Management Consultant, published writer and the developer of
Soft Tissue Active Recovery Technique - STAR Tech®.
Barry has been practicing massage professionally since 1992,
when he opened his private practice on Nason Street in downtown
Barry is Licensed to practice Massage Therapy by the
State of Massachusetts.
Barry's massage practice serves the Boston Metro West
communities of Maynard, Acton, Sudbury, Stow, Concord, Hudson, Marlborough,
Bolton, Boxborough, Lincoln, Wayland, Littleton, Clinton, Harvard, Sterling and Carlisle.
Barry is a graduate of, and is
certified as a Massage Therapist by The Massage Institute of New England (MINE)(1993), in Somerville, MA.
Barry chose MINE after very carefully interviewing the other massage schools
that were available at the time. The MINE philosophy appealed to him in that it
did not turn out "cookie cutter" Massage Therapists, but rather encouraged each
student to develop a unique style that they could call their own. His education
at MINE has served him well as he continues to develop new
approaches to pain relief.
In 1967 Barry earned a bachelors degree
in Theatre Education with a minor in Speech from Emerson College, Boston,
Massachusetts. His excellent training at Emerson has served him well in his
teaching and communication skills.
He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Theatre Design from
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois in 1969.
Barry taught college level courses
from 1970 to 1980 at Northeastern University, Newbury Junior College, Mass
College of Art and The School Of Fashion Design (SFD) in Boston. He currently
serves on the Board of Advisors at SFD. He also taught at The University
of South Carolina in Columbia and Hilton Head, SC 1969-1970.
At the various schools he taught a wide variety of
history, technical, practical, creative and hands-on courses including scenic,
lighting and costume design, costume history, scene painting, set building and
As a writer in 1969, Barry had an article published in
Theatre Crafts magazine describing the history of and process of
constructing cut drops for the stage.
From 1976 until 1999 "BB" designed
and built scenery and costumes for the New England Film and Television Industry,
as well as for Regional Theatre, Opera and Dance Productions. He also worked
with print photographers.
As the owner of Bailey Designs, he did scenery and costume design and
construction projects for hundreds of clients including New
England Telephone, Mass Mutual Insurance (Springfield), PBS (Springfield), Wang
Computers, Lotus, Polaroid, Prudential Insurance, Disney, Marshall’s and the
Harvard Business School. He designed and styled nearly a hundred White Sale commercials for Filene’s
and Jordan Marsh Department Stores between 1976 and 1982. He designed and built
over 100 video projects for Digital Equipment Company including the world-wide
televised announcement of their PC in 1982.
Barry worked on projects for all of Boston’s commercial TV stations and was
honored with a New England Emmy Nomination for costumes he designed for WBZ TV
4’s Emmy Award Winning Children’s Show, Catch a Rainbow.
specialty was historic re-creation.
Bailey Therapeutic Massage
Barry and his wife Nancy opened their Bailey Therapeutic Massage office in 1992.
At Bailey Therapeutic Massage, Barry now offers gentle Relaxation Massage,
Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Work, Rehabilitation Massage for
overuse and other injuries, Energy Balancing/Energy Healing, Pain Management
plus Stretching Instruction and Coaching.
He offers Sports Massage for Athletes of all varieties
including treatments that are specific for dancers. Barry has first hand experience in this area,
as his daughter Miranda Ariel Bailey https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miranda-Bailey/142255145849658
was a professional ballet
dancer with the Columbia City Ballet (CCB) from 2001 until 2012, performing as a
soloist in the CCB season. She currently serves as the Ballet Mistress for CCB
and Assistant to the Artistic Director. Miranda also continues to dance with, and choreograph
for Dance Prism
https://www.danceprism.com/ of Concord, MA where she also serves as
Bailey Therapeutic Massage has been the winner
of the Community Newspapers' Readers Choice Awards - Best Massage in Maynard,
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and
Honorable Mention 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015 and 2017.
Barry has been teaching
STAR Tech, Active Isolated Stretching
and Pain Management Workshops since 1998.
For a number of years Barry taught classes for the
Acton/Boxborough Community Education Program.
In April 2006, Barry began teaching Full Body Active
Stretching classes at the SWYMFIT/Harvard Ridge Fitness Center in Boxborough, MA
and taught at Swymfit until October 2011.
Barry has also Guest Lectured in Sports
Massage at The Massage Institute of New England (MINE).
Barry has presented free mini workshops, talks and
demonstrations of massage, pain relief and stretching techniques at many events
and gatherings that he has attended over the years.
Barry has appeared on local cable television where he and
other therapists discussed massage and
demonstrated their individual massage techniques and specialties.
Barry has taught select stretching
workshops with Jack Casey, a tri-athlete and fitness
instructor. Together, in 2003 they were
guest speakers and lecturers for the Maynard High School Boys’ and Girls’
Track teams and also led corporate lectures and classes.
Barry has also spoken about Massage as a Career at the Maynard
High School Career Day. He has offered stretching workshops for dancers at
studios and has done Active Stretching demonstrations for running and triathlon
Barry has given Active Stretching instruction
and demonstrations to students in the Health Classes at Acton-Boxborough
High School. Barry's daughter, Miranda has accompanied him, demonstrating
stretches as he lectured.
(Soft Tissue Active Recovery Technique) is Barry's creation. It consists of constantly
developing individual techniques that he has revised and personalized from the
Active Isolated Stretching techniques of Aaron Mattes, together with the
teachings of numerous other teachers.
Starting out as a treatment intended to be done only by
professional therapists, the STAR Techniques have evolved and been simplified
and refined so
that individuals with no medical or anatomy training can apply the healing
effects of STAR Tech® to themselves with modest effectiveness. These
self-help techniques are included in the Self-Help Pain Relief and
Stretching Workshops he teaches to the public
Clients have come to Barry from far reaches of the country
to be treated for conditions including headaches, "frozen shoulder", "sciatica",
carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic back pain. STAR Tech has been
effectively used to speed the recovery of stroke victims.
Barry also teaches STAR Tech Workshops for Massage
Therapists and other Body Workers who want to add STAR Tech to their tool box of
offerings for their clients.
Barry is an active volunteer. He
began by volunteering his massage services for the James Joyce Ramble Road Race (1994,
1995, 1996, 1998) in Dedham, MA. He has also
volunteered at the Boston Marathon for the Dana Farber Foundation Team (2002) and the
Leukemia Ice Skating Fundraiser at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA
He has set up a booth at
numerous Health Fairs, Music Festivals and Town Events and Celebrations over the
1992 until 1996 he and his Massage Therapist wife Nancy were the official Massage Therapists for the
Commonwealth Civic Ballet Company and Acton School of Ballet in Acton
He has himself organized and led Volunteer Massage Teams for
local charity events since 1997. Each September he put together a Volunteer
Massage Team for the Maynard Maynard Road Race that benefits the Maynard Boys
and Girls Club.
For a number of Decembers he organized and led a Volunteer Massage Team
for the WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon at the Maynard High School. The fund-raiser,
run by Community Newspapers, raises money for individuals and
families who are in need during the holidays. The massage team offered free
massage treatments to the students running the telethon, and gave dollar a
minute massages to the public with all proceeds adding to the telethon total.
In 2001 The New England Chapter of
The American Massage Therapy Association honored Barry with its Annual
Humanitarian Award for the volunteer work he has done.
Barry has studied massage with
Hedley, Aaron Mattes,
Jim & Phil Wharton,
Gordon, Mantak Chia, Ming Wu
Ruth Werner, Stew Wild and Stuart Tawes.
Recently he has also been studying computer application, Web site design,
Power Point and video filming and editing.
He has also done intensive self-study to learn the philosophy
and techniques of Mary
Sanderson, Bonnie Prudden, Ralph Stevens, Gordon Inkeles,
Aaron Star and
James Mally, ND
Wise, Ph.D. & Rodney Anderson, MD. through their videos, DVDs and books.
Book and CD
In 2008 Barry released an audio CD of his ongoing Full Body Active Stretching 4
EveryBODY class and immediately followed the CD with an illustrated
Companion Handbook that supports the CD or can be used alone. Information on
these two items, as well as on official Active Stretching Ropes, can be viewed
on the Products page.
Barry's appearances on Barbara Cappadona's Cable TV Show "The Healing Space" aired on a number of
Boston Metro West Public Access Cable TV Channels. Barry appeared as a Guest on the
show three times. He explains how and why Active Stretching works in one show,
and then leads an Upper Body Active Stretching Class and a Lower Body Stretching
Class on two additional half hour shows.
Barry was a member of the American Massage
Therapy Association from 1992 to 2012.
Barry has been a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals from
2012 to the present.
You can contact Barry at
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Masters Class Tri-athlete
Co-Teacher of select Public Workshops
Jack Casey is an
Engineer in the high tech industry, working full time as a Manager for
Jack is a fitness and recreational enthusiast, participating in many
activities. He is a well-rounded athlete who competes in running, triathlon and
He is an avid runner, swimmer and cyclist - (road and mountain) and also
spends time in his canoe and kayak as well as in his snowshoes.
Some of his accomplishments include running Marathons, doing the Prudential
Stair climb, the Cape Breton Relay, and running Mount Washington.
Jack is a Certified
Spinning Instructor and has taught Spinning Classes at the Lowell YMCA.
Jack is a strong believer in stretching and uses it as an important part of
his athletic training routine. Jack has studied Active Isolated Stretching with
Barry and with Jim and Phil Wharton.
When he is not involved in one of the many competitions in which he
participates each year, Jack teaches Active Stretching Workshops for the public with Barry.
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Marcia L. Puryear
Co-Teacher of select Public Workshops
Veterans Class Runner
Marcia has been a
competitive runner for the past 25 years. Living in Concord, MA, she is an
active member of The Concord Runners, and Liberty Athletic Club, the oldest
all-women’s running club in the country. She has worked with well known coaches
such as Bill Squires and Jack Fultz, and has placed 1st in her age
category in races of a variety of distances, numerous times, in various parts of
the country. Most recently she won the San Francisco Marathon recently
qualified for her 3rd Boston Marathon this April. Boston 2007 will
be her 10th Marathon.
She continues to pursue her own personal goal to run a
race in every state, and to complete two marathons in Europe.
After joining the ongoing STAR Tech Full Body Active
Stretching Class this past fall, Marcia noticed specific improvements in her
running as a result of an increased range of motion, a keener awareness of
correct stretching techniques, and a lack of injury.
The STAR Tech Active Stretching Classes have enriched
her as an athlete and have interested her to gain a better knowledge of muscles
and their actions. She now consistently includes regular Active Stretching as an
integral part of her cross training program.
Marcia is a teacher in the Concord, MA Public School System, and hopes to expand
her teaching experience to include working with other adults who are interested
in starting a running program, or in reaching their own personal running goals.
Marcia brings her own extensive experience as a veteran
athlete to the STAR Tech classroom, and will generously share her own insights
as to the value of the techniques that are being offered.
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Angel Therapy Practitioner
Integrated Energy Therapist
Usui Reiki master Teacher
Lightarian Reiki Master/Teacher
Elizabeth J. Foley, EdM, MPH
is an international Angelologist, teacher, Reiki Master, Integrated Energy
Therapist and author. She holds Master Degrees in Counseling and Public Health
and is a doctoral candidate in Metaphysics at the American Institute of Holistic
Theology. She has appeared on various radio and television shows including the
Liz Walker Show-WBZ 4-Boston and conducts private angel sessions and facilitates
unique spiritual workshops on angels, psychic development and Soul Therapy. She
makes her home in Nashua, NH.
Visit Elizabeth's website at
http://www.divinehealing.us for other
information and offerings.
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This page was updated October 29, 2023