Our Mission

The mission of American Institute of Medical Massage is to provide our students with quality instruction in medical massage procedures, related topics and tools for success in the work force, to produce an elite caliber of successful medical massage professionals.

Our Philosophy

We believe that a state-of-the-art curriculum and peaceful environment is essential in producing excellent Medical Massage professionals. At American Institute of Medical Massage (AIMM), we are constantly scrutinizing and polishing our curriculum to provide the best possible education for our students. Our Director and instructors are available by appointment to help students with any hardships or counseling needed. We provide a peaceful and healing environment for our students to learn in.


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Medical Massage

We believe, that for practitioners to be effective in the science of Medical Massage, they must have a balance of body, mind and spirit. To help our students achieve this balance, we teach techniques in quiet meditation, stretches and encourage having a balanced diet and receive regular massage.

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“I am a professional massage therapist. I attended the California Medical School of Shiatsu from 1991 to 1992, my instructor was Alla Mia Basaldua. I remember massage school very clearly. Alla Mia taught out of the Namikoshi book, very thorough and detailed it was, just like her method of teaching. One thing that stuck out, to me, about Alla Mia was the fact that she wouldn’t pass anyone just to pass them, she invested the time and effort into you to make sure that everyone in the class had the proper skills to become a successful massage therapist. I am very grateful to have had Alla Mia as my instructor during my time of schooling. I learned so much from this amazing, talented, and gifted woman. Today, I am a professional massage therapist specializing in Shiatsu, massage is my passion, and Alla Mia is the reason I have this gift.”

Ofelia Ware

The Crew at AIMM

A team you can rely on and who is committed to their student’s success.

Alla Mia Basaldua

Alla Mia Basaldua, CMT

Founder, Director, & Instructor

Alla Mia, daughter of a shiatsu master from the Namikoshi school in Japan, started her career in shiatsu and bodywork in 1971. She assisted her mother in the shiatsu clinic and later worked as a teacher in the family school, California School of Shiatsu. She furthered her studies in Swedish massage, bio-integration therapy (deep tissue), medical shiatsu, aromatherapy, psychology, biology, human anatomy, meditation, guided imagery, yoga, Tao healing, Chinese medicine, the science of mind, and has a degree in business. Alla Mia not only taught at the institute but has taught numerous workshops in medical massage and other healing techniques. She is the former Director of Operations of the California Medical School of Shiatsu a nationally accredited school, where she was responsible for not only the daily operations of the school, but also the curriculum development. She also taught at the National Holistic Institute in Berkeley, a nationally accredited school. Amongst her accomplishments, Alla Mia is the founder of “Angelic Hands” a group of volunteer massage therapists that donate massage to the terminally ill, and the founder of the “Educational Consortium on Alternative Medicine” that educates the public on alternative medicine. She founded Anatomical Shiatsu Institute in 1999 in Bakersfield, CA and now is opening American Institute of Medical Massage in Capitola, CA in 2021.

 Amongst her hobbies are photography, playing with her grandchildren and religious studies.


Sandrah Overton

Sandrah Overton, CMT


Sandrah Overton, CMT, started her career in massage by attending Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz California in 1989. There she received a certificate of completion for Swedish massage. She also has a degree from San Jose State University in Therapeutic Recreation Service. Sandrah also took classes in Ayurvedic massage, Deep Tissue massage, and Sports Massage.

A seasoned Massage Therapist, Sandrah has worked giving massages since 1990 to the present, and has experience teaching massage workshops. She also brings in her experience as a gymnast and teaches stretching and traction, that are optimum in releasing muscle tension.

Sandrah Overton is knowledgeable in the study of massage and her character is kind. You will enjoy learning the basics from her in the first six months of the medical massage program at American Institute of Medical Massage.

Dr. David Love, DC

Dr. David Love, DC


Dr. David Love attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated in 1982 and licensed to practice in 1983. He also obtained, from the California Department of Public Health, an x-ray supervisor and operator license in 1983. That same year, he opened a full time practice in Chiropractic in Santa Cruz, California and has been in practice since. Some of his post graduate training has been the following: Rehab protocols and case management, Standard of therapeutic Exercise Physiology, Exercise Biomechanics and Prevention of Spinal Problems, Soft Tissue Rehab- Emergency Procedure, Lumbar Spine Rehab, Rehabilitation following Vehicular Trauma, Radiology and Protocols of Trauma, and Adjunctive Procedure Protocols for Soft-tissue Rehabilitation. He is a Board Eligible Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist.

Dr. Love will be teaching in the beginning of the 2nd half of the AIMM program on how to read x-ray and the physiology behind the indications on the x-ray film. The student will then be able to see what is going on in the skeletal structure of the client and how that affects the soft tissue around it. He will also be educating the students on what Chiropractors look for in a medical massage professional.

A father of two and a happy grandfather, he loves spending time with his family. He has an easy going and caring personality, yet, very professional. You will enjoy him teaching you about how to read x-rays.