Interviewed by Terri Brandt
Where did you go to school?
I did 2 years of home study, mostly anatomy and Kinesiology, then 2 years in Chicago at the Swanson School of Massage. Where I learned “Treatments and Feet”. I would take the train up on Sunday, go to school all week then take the train back on Friday. The train took over 24 hours each way so I was actually home for less than a day every week.
What did you do before you were a massage therapist?
My family were all farmers. I started helping on the farm at age 4. I always used to get new overalls for my birthday in December. By the time spring and farming season came around they would be comfortable enough to work in.
Were you involved at the National level?
I was National Vice President.
"Elwin is an amazing gentleman. At 97 years old he is still doing what he loves, helping people."
What about your wife?
She [Clarell Nadine Graham] was on the national board of schools for several years. She helped write the requirements for membership. She died in July of 2011 at the age of 70 years and 7 months.
How long were you a school owner?
How do you think massage has changed in the last 50 years?
Basically massage is the same. The business is different.
How do you see Massage Therapy evolving in the next several years?
It is becoming less instinctive and more medical