Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

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The Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, was founded in 1950 by Henry LaFleur, proprietor of the Bancroft Health Center, a facility specializing in Swedish massage and sports massage since 1938. He purchased the George School of Massage in Boston, Massachusetts, moved it to Worcester, and renamed it Bancroft School of Massage.

Modernization and accreditation[edit]

In April 1980, Steve Tankanow, a student apprentice and friend of Henry's[according to whom?], purchased the health center and the school, allowing Henry to devote his time to teaching. Under Steve's guidance, Bancroft moved to modern quarters in the same building, officially becoming BSMT in November 1981.

Tanakow then began work on gaining academic recognition for the school, and for the profession of massage therapy as a whole. In November 1985, BSMT became the first "massage therapy" school to be licensed by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an allied health school offering massage training.

In 1996, the school purchased its own building on Shrewsbury Street and designed an 18,000 square foot (1,700 m²) training facility.[1]

Complementary health[edit]

In February 2002, Bancroft signed an alliance with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) to give Bancroft graduates an opportunity to apply their credits from Bancroft towards completion of the Complementary Health associate degree program at Quinsigamond.


  1. ^ "Bancroft School of Massage Will Relocate". Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA). August 6, 1996. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 

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Coordinates: 42°16′08″N 71°46′40″W / 42.269°N 71.7779°W / 42.269; -71.7779