About August School of Massage
Because massage therapy is essential to good health, the massage therapist must be well-trained and have the over-all knowledge needed to care for each client as necessary. Since clients’ needs vary, Augusta School of Massage, Inc. teaches many different massage theories, techniques, and methods so that our therapists are thoroughly prepared to care for their clients as effectively as possible. We do not believe there is only one way to help a client. Hence, Augusta school of Massage, Inc. promotes an open learning environment for its students, making sure that the newest and most effective techniques are taught.
Smaller class sizes and dedicated instruction allows Augusta School of Massage students better access to the massage therapy instruction and makes the time spent in class more effective.
Full time classes are as follows:
Day Classes - Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Evening Classes - Monday through Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
In addition to the weekday classes you are also required to attend class on a Friday or Saturday approximately once a month and complete 65 clinic massages. Students are allowed the flexibility to sign up for clinics to fit their schedule.
Augusta School of Massage
608 Ponder Place Drive
Evans, Georgia 30809
History of School
Leigh Ann Keels, a licensed Massage therapist, and Jackie King, a Physical therapist, began Augusta school of Massage, Inc. in January of 2000 at 3512 1/2 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Georgia, because they believed that almost everyone can benefit from massage therapy; physically, mentally, and emotionally. Due in large part to Leigh Ann’s commitment to the quality of education for the students of Augusta school of Massage, the school has grown significantly since its inception.
Leigh Ann’s faith in the success of the school led her, in June of 2001, to purchase Jackie’s interest in the school.
With the school experiencing growing pains, it was evident that it was time for expansion. So in July, 2003, construction began on a new building to house the school. However, Leigh Ann’s vision did not stop there! In addition to Augusta school of Massage, her vision included a new luxurious spa. Thus, Tuscany, A Classic Italian Spa was born. So our new location houses Tuscany on the upper level and Augusta school of Massage on the lower level. Classes were first held in our beautiful new building on April 12, 2004. ASM now has modern classrooms and is housed in a beautiful Italian setting.
Augusta School of Massage is an authorized massage school in Georgia by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, and a member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, Augusta School of Massage has been recognized by ACCSC as a 2005 school of Distinction.
Augusta School of Massage, Inc. will enroll a maximum of 25 students per class. When each massage class is full, registration ends and prospective massage therapy students will be referred to the next start date. Please be sure to contact us to begin your admission process as soon as possible to ensure you have a place in the next massage class.
The following items must be received before starting class:
• High School Diploma, Completed High School Transcript, College Transcript or GED.
• Copy of Driver’s license or Birth certificate verifying student is at least 18 years old.
• Student Health Affidavit to certify that the student is in good health and physically able to both perform and receive massage therapy.
• Current Photo
• $25 Application Fee
• Signed Enrollment Agreement
Late registration is considered on a case-by-case basis and results in $100 late fee, plus requirement to make up any and all missed work. No late enrollment will be accepted past the second missed week of class. Students who are physically challenged through vision or hearing impairments or other physical disabilities, and students with learning disabilities must be responsible for providing their own assistants or tutors needed to complete the massage therapy program. A potential student is not eligible for registration if he or she has been convicted of, entered a plea of nolo contender or guilty to, or received deferred adjudication to crimes of offense involving prostitution or sexual offenses, or if convicted of a violation of the Act within the past five years.
Augusta School of Massage, Inc. does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, nationality, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
To apply for admission, applicants should contact an admissions representative at the school to schedule an appointment for a personal interview and tour of the school facilities. At this time, applicants will complete the application for enrollment. Also at this time, applicants must provide a copy of a high school diploma or transcript, or a copy of their GED certificate, and a copy of their driver’s license or birth certificate, along with a $25 application fee. School officials will review the application for enrollment and notify the applicant as to the status of his/her admission to the school in writing
Tuition and Fees
It is suggested that students be prepared financially for their education at Augusta School of Massage. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Augusta School of Massage also offers payment options as follows: Full-time students may pay a minimum of $500 due at time to enrollment and pay the balance (plus 10%) in six equal monthly payments. For students' convenience, the school accepts most major credit cards.
The curriculum at Augusta school of Massage is a teaching format that includes intensive massage therapy training as well as business education to prepare the student for success after completion of our program.
The massage therapy student is educated in several necessary areas, the first of which includes the basics of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, and allied modalities. These basics are needed to support the student and lead to a versatile and resourceful massage therapist. The student is also trained in hands-on traditional Swedish massage, which is the basis for a variety of other body therapies. Their training is rounded out with supervised clinics to ensure the student is prepared to take their craft to the public. Graduates will also be qualified in CPR certification, first aid, and educated in AIDS/HIV awareness.
An important focus for students preparing for a career in massage therapy is the business aspect of the profession. Augusta School of Massage will provide students with essential information to help them smoothly transfer from student to professional massage therapist, whether they plan to open their own practice, become an independent contractor, or work as an employee in a medical facility, spa, fitness club, or other health-related setting.
After completing the course with a satisfactory grade and meeting all other requirements, Augusta school of Massage provides the student with a certificate of completion. This certificate enables them to take the National certification exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing exam (MBLEx).
Both Georgia and South Carolina accept the National exam or MBLEx. Other states’ requirements may vary. We believe that all professional massage therapists should pass one of the two available licensing exams.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is a nationally accredited credentialing body formed to set high standards for those who practice therapeutic massage and bodywork. The Georgia Massage Therapy Board requires 24 hours of continuing education each renewal period and the South Carolina board requires 12 hours . Other states’ requirements may vary. We are proud to host presenters for workshops for continuing education. As a therapeutic massage and bodywork professional, you want to increase your skills and your knowledge. If you are looking for ways to do this, please join us for a week-end workshop with nationally and internationally known presenters. We have enjoyed such presenters as Claire Marie Miller with Nurturing the Mother and Bring the feet to life, and Dwight Byers with International Institute of Reflexology, along with George Kousaleuos with the core Institute, Stuart Taws (www.softtissuerelease.com), and Erik Dalton (www.erikdalton.com), James Waslaski, David Kent and many others
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