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Sarasota School Of Massage Therapy

Overview

Sarasota School of Massage Therapy (SSMT), located in Sarasota, Florida, provides training for careers in massage therapy. The school's mission is train students to become skillful, sensitive and responsible massage therapists. School management considers massage to be an intimate blend of art and science.

The classrooms include, cork floors, tubular skylights, and windows for plenty of natural light. The classrooms include a high-end audio system and ceiling mounted projectors. In addition, the school offers day and evening classes and full and part-time classes.

Sarasota School of Massage Therapy has been accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. SSMT is a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools.

Points of Distinction

  • Providing training for more than 30 years
  • Small classes allow teachers to offer personalized attention
  • Students work with the general public in the student clinic and gain valuable experience
  • School reports many local and out-of-state employers contact the school when hiring massage therapists
  • Students are prepared to take the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Body
  • Graduates are eligible for Florida licensure as a massage therapist
  • School donates more than 10% of its annual net profit to charitable organizations involved in environmental and peace and social justice issues

Areas of Study

The 730 hour massage therapy program provides comprehensive training and places an emphasis on experimental learning. The students receive plenty of hands-on training. The massage therapy program includes thorough training in Swedish massage and neuromuscular therapy. A survey course in bodywork introduces students to a wide range of touch therapies. In addition, students gain valuable experience in the supervised student clinic by providing Swedish massage to the general public and by preparing treatment plans.

Classes are provided in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, first aid, CPR, hydrotherapy and pathology. The program also provides business skills. Many of the classes include Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga and Feldenkrais in order provide students a range of movement practices intended to increase self-awareness. In addition, some of the classes are held on the beach.

Community outreach is a vital part of the massage therapy program. Under the supervision of staff members, the students volunteer at the Senior Friendship Center, Hospice House and at a variety of charitable events.

Admissions

Students are required to have a high school diploma or a GED credential. They also need to submit a SSMT physician's statement, signed by a licensed physician. Applicants also need to partake in an enrollment interview with an admissions representative. The school management recommends that prospective students visit their facility, sit in on a class and have a massage in the student clinic.

SSMT offers interest free payment plans. School representatives are available to assist students with applying for federal aid. SSMT also offers need-based scholarships. The school also has been approved by the State Approving Agency for financial assistance for eligible veterans.

Faculty

All the instructors have extensive experience in the bodywork field.

Student Body

Sarasota School of Massage Therapy has students from all over the nation.

Student Life

School representatives provide ongoing placement assistance to graduates. School administrators and faculty members are available to assist and counsel students regarding coursework and technique issues.

Sarasota School of Massage Therapy provides holiday parties. The student break-room includes outdoor seating that faces undeveloped wooded land. The students have recreational opportunities at the area's beautiful beaches. Sarasota has a vibrant nightlife scene.

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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