With Sadness, But Respect: Leon Chaitow 1937-2018

By Editorial Staff
2018-9-26

With Sadness, But Respect: Leon Chaitow 1937-2018

By Editorial Staff
2018-9-26

After months of declining health Dr. Leon Chaitow—clinician, author, and teacher passed away on September 20, 2018. Earlier this year, at his request, Massage Today put pause to his long-time column, Integrated Bodywork. His last article, "Axillary Myofascial Release: A Guide to Lymphatic Drainage" appeared in the September 2017 issue.

Chaitow's remarkable career began after graduating from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1960. In the '80s he began traveling the globe (U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia) as a lecturer offering his expertise to various massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathic, and naturopathic schools.

He was a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, authored/edited over 70 books, and was the first naturopath/osteopath appointed as a consultant by the U.K. government to a medical practice. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University for "services to Complementary and Osteopathic medicine." Until the end of 2017 he continued to teach and practice part-time in London. Most importantly he was a husband to his wife Alkmini of 47 years, and a father.

Even in failing health Dr. Chaitow was able to complete his final book, Fascial Dysfunction 2e, pending release by Handspring Publishers. He also made arrangements for editorial succession of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT) in which he was the founding editor-in-chief. Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, PhD has been named acting editor-in-chief and will be supported by a team of associate editors.

His website remains active and will be managed by his daughter Dr. Sasha Chaitow. In her address to visitors she said, "In truth Leon is not gone. His legacy lives on in his many books and articles, in the students he taught, in the patients he treated, and in the family to whom he was a most beloved husband and father whose loss will never fade."

For more information about the life and work of Dr. Leon Chaitow please visit leonchaitow.com.