George Peter Kousaleos has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1978, specializing in the disciplines of Structural Integration, Myofascial Therapy and Sports & Performance Bodywork.
Raised in Miami, Florida by his Greek American family, George was very active in his community through music, sports and academics. George played football for Miami Senior High and was named to the Florida All-State team in 1967. He received a full scholarship to Harvard University in 1968, where he studied Social Psychology and played football and rugby. After graduation he worked as a substance abuse counselor in Miami, and then moved to Tallahassee, FL where he worked for Florida State University as a Faculty Research Associate. At FSU he joined the Rugby Club and during his second season he sustained a serious cervical injury that led him to a massage therapist that introduced him to the theory and science of manual therapies.
After three years of self-study and focusing on his practice of Hatha Yoga, George moved to Gainesville, FL to study massage therapy with Benny Vaughn at the American Institute of Holistic Health (later the Florida School of Massage). George then enrolled in the charter class of the SOMA Institute of Neuromuscular Integration, where he studied under Bill M. Williams, one of the early instructors of the Rolf Institute. George started his clinical practice in SOMA Structural Integration in 1979 and by 1980 he established practices in a chiropractic office in New York City and in a psychological center in Munich, Germany. At the same time he worked with the SOMA Institute developing and teaching seminar courses in the basic concepts and strategies of Structural Integration.
George married Patricia DiGirolamo in 1982 and moved back to Tallahassee, where he opened a treatment center at Forestmeadows Athletic Center. His work focused on improving athletic stamina and performance. Patty and George raised two daughters and in 1990 opened the CORE Institute School of Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork. During these early years of the CORE Institute George also served as a member of the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and also as the Chair of the first National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. In 1992 George became an officer and trustee of the Massage Therapy Foundation, raising awareness for massage-based research, scholarship and community outreach. He continued teaching seminars in the US, Canada and Europe and was asked to develop a Sports Massage Team for the British Olympic Association during their warm-weather preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. George assisted in the development of Olympic massage therapy standards and was asked to coordinate an international team of massage therapists for the 2004 Athens Olympics. He later taught massage therapists in England, Scotland and Ireland the myofascial therapy techniques and strategies that support athletic performance, with many of those therapists becoming a part of the Sports Massage Team of the 2012 London Olympics.
In the summer of 2011 George was asked to develop a Sports Bodywork Therapy team that would work with the athletes of the Florida State University Football Team. From their success in helping to significantly lower the soft-tissue injury rate, the CORE Sports Bodywork Team has worked during the Spring and Summer training camps and during the regular seasons on the majority of athletes who see significant playing time. Over 30 of these athletes are currently playing in the NFL.
George and Patty have travelled to 11 countries and 37 US states to teach CORE Myofascial Therapy and CORE Sports & Performance Bodywork. In 2014 they added Australia to that list and will return to Sydney and Brisbane in 2015. George will continue to teach the CORE Structural Integration classes in Tallahassee, where Patty is a professional photographer. They help raise their four grandchildren and enjoy the beautiful nature and wildlife of North Florida.