massagemag.com – Mark F. Beck, born to Leonard and Vivian Beck on July 17, 1947, in Illinois, passed away on Nov. 17, 2016.
Mark was an adventurous, kind and patient spirit who inspired all he touched. Mark’s passions included family, massage therapy, peace-making, music, dance, love and hemp awareness.
Starting his career as the one of the first massage therapists in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1975, he went on to create a business and then went on to massage school in Twin Falls, Idaho.
The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage
In 1988, he authored The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, a comprehensive and contemporary textbook for massage therapy, for which he recently completed the sixth edition (Cengage Learning, 2017). This edition was also translated into Spanish.
By 1990, he was developing a bodywork healing modality called Structural Muscular Balancing, which he believed could have greatly impacted the massage industry, both for the practitioner and recipient.
But due to an accident on the ski slopes, it wouldn’t come to be. He always regretted not getting to share this knowledge and passion with the world.