Co-Founder of Georgia Massage School Receives Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s President’s Award

Rick Garbowski of Metro Atlanta Massage School Accepts FSMTA Service Award for Participation in National Entry-Level Massage Education Project

Atlanta, Ga. – Sept. 4, 2013 – Co-founder of Georgia Massage School Rick Garbowski recently received the Florida State Massage Therapy’s (FSMTA) President’s Award for his exceptional service in massage therapy and education. The Atlanta massage school founder was presented with the award at the FSMTA’s Massage Convention and Trade Show on June 27, 2013, at the Omni Orlando Resort in ChampionsGate, FL

“I’m thrilled to receive the President’s Award from the Florida State Massage Therapy Association,” said Garbowski. “FSMTA is the oldest professional massage therapy association in the nation, and I’m deeply grateful for this recognition of my service efforts to better our industry. It has been my privilege to help foster the foundation and processes upon which early massage therapists will grow, and I hope to continue contributing many more years of service.”

As owner and director of the metropolitan Atlanta massage school, Garbowski has more than 20 years of experience with massage therapy, training under numerous well-known massage experts, with a wide variety of advanced certifications in areas such as manual lymphatic drainage, orthopedic massage and neuromuscular therapy. For the past 14 years, Garbowski has been responsible for crafting and overseeing the curriculum of massage programs, as well as training and managing staff. In 2012, Garbowski was chosen to lend his expertise to a national Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP), which determines key learning outcomes that massage schools should utilize to ensure massage is safely and effectively applied during a student’s career. Garbowski and three other educators worked with a psychometrician to craft specific massage education survey questions that will determine which elements of study beginning massage therapists should learn and master to best meet clients’ needs. In December 2013, the group will present their discovery to national massage therapy leadership groups.

The President’s Award recipient is selected by the State President of the FSMTA to recognize an individual who has provided exceptional service to the industry. This year, Leiah Kerns Carr, FSMTA’s State President, chose Garbowksi due to his vast experience and recent participation in the national ELAP.

The 2013 President’s Award was sponsored by CRYODERM™, a company that provides high-quality, effective topical pain relievers to help individuals manage pain and live productive, healthy lives. The CEO of CRYODERM™, Lloyd List, attended the presentation of the award and prefaced its presentation by commending the FSMTA, explaining that it was an honor for a local Florida company to provide the sponsorship for the prestigious President’s Award.

Garbowski founded Georgia Massage School in Atlanta with co-founder Laurie Craig, who has been recognized by the American Massage Therapy Association as their Teacher of the Year (2007) and by the American Massage Conference as the Educator of the Year (2011). The school provides a flexible 500-hour massage education program with half-day classes to provide students with the highest-quality education at affordable tuition costs. For more information about the FSMTA’s President’s Award or to sign up for one of the massage therapy programs at the metropolitan Atlanta massage school, visit www.georgiamassageschool.com or read the latest Atlanta massage news.

About Georgia Massage School

Lifetime massage educators Rick Garbowski and Laurie Craig founded Georgia Massage School, a metropolitan Atlanta massage school, with the premise that “Balancing ~ Learning ~ Life” are key elements for happy, well-educated and fulfilled massage students. With a collective 40 years of experience, the school’s founders combine a state-approved curriculum with their own personal educational experiences to offer students unique insights into the industry. Offering a core 500-hour curriculum and a full range of accredited continuing education courses, the school provides learning options for beginning and experienced therapists. The school provides half-day massage therapy courses and is state approved and nationally credentialed by the NCBTMB. For more information about the school, classes or enrollment, please call 678-482-1100.

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