1. To provide an intricate, well-rounded education in both Eastern and Western hands-on bodywork, clinical based case studies and somatic awareness from a mind/body/spirit approach that prepares graduates for a professional and effective practice.
2. To provide graduates with a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology and an introduction to business practices, including marketing, finances, legal issues, and business planning.
3. To provide the necessary training to become a licensed massage therapist in the state of Georgia and to qualify graduates to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
4. To provide graduates with tools to effectively communicate with their clients, assess client needs, and design safe, effective sessions.
5. To provide graduates with superior bodywork skills, personal motivation, ethical awareness, and sustainable body mechanics in order to support a positive career, continued education, and an appreciation of lifelong learning.
Licensure is defined as: official or legal permission to perform a craft, trade or service recognized by national, state or international laws and guidelines. Upon completion of the training at the School and the required exit formalities, students will be eligible to sit for the state board exam to receive an massage therapist license. This license is issued by state authorities and is recognized in the United States. Although the hour requirements may vary from state to state this is a transferrable license. Students must be licensed to work as a massage therapist in the State of Georgia (500 hours). Students are required to take a written, after graduation, and pass successfully before applying for licensure. The school teaches the program as a 675-hour program to ensure students are well versed in all areas of massage therapy.
At the completion of the training at the School students are awarded certificates for completion of certain subjects, and practical skills as well as a diploma. These certificates and diploma will be awarded to students providing:
1. Academic and financial standing is maintained throughout the program
2. Students have satisfactorily completed the required course material
3. The instructor has approved of your performance in order to receive the certificate
These may be “certificates of completion” under the School’s guidelines for our specific classes and equipment use. They are important for a career resume as accolades and accomplishments. However, they should not be compared to or considered “licensure” or advanced certification as a final means for a particular aspect of training.
Certification is defined as an official document that gives proof and details regarding educational achievements and authenticity of training. There are also many manufacturers and individual an Skin Care firms offer “certification” for their product and equipment training, however this is not recognized as license to perform medical procedures or operate machines deemed as clinical that may require a medical or nursing license.