At Georgia Massage School, awards are just one of the reasons that our instructors are a cut above the rest. From maintaining individual and massage school certifications, to frequently being recognized in the local and national massage industry for our teaching style, we’re proud to showcase our awards and achievements.
- Laurie has been a subject matter expert and item writer for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) since they were founded in 2005, and continues to serve on their Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) committee. She also serves as an item writer with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for their exam that governs NCBTMB massage certifications.
- In 2007, Laurie was awarded the Jerome Perlinski American Massage Therapy Association National Teacher of the Year award that the AMTA gives to a nominee who "manifest[s] unquestionable dedication and commitment to the future and excellence of massage education."
- In 2011, co-owner Laurie Craig was awarded the American Massage Conference Educator of the Year award for her work as an exemplary instructor. This makes Laurie the only massage educator to receive two nationally recognized massage awards for instruction.
- Rick Garbowski, co-owner of Georgia Massage School, holds advanced massage certifications in clinical sports massage, manual lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, and orthopedic massage. He is a Senior Instructor at the national level with the Whitney Lowe Orthopedic Massage Education Research Institute (OMERI). He has been a State Licensed massage therapist for 20 years , and has been involved in massage school management for over 14 years.
- In 2012, Rick was one of only four curriculum design experts in the United States invited to join the Entry Level Analysis Project (ELAP) work group. The ELAP is a national project designed to delineate key learning outcomes schools can be encouraged to address in their core instructional programs to ensure attainment of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary for competent and safe application of massage in an early massage career.
- In 2013, Rick was awarded the Jerome Perlinski American Massage Therapy Association National Teacher of the Year award that the AMTA gives to a nominee who "manifest[s] unquestionable dedication and commitment to the future and excellence of massage education." This makes Georgia Massage School the ONLY SCHOOL IN THE NATION where you are taught by two AMTA National teachers of the year!
National and State Massage School Certifications
In addition to our instructors’ massage awards and recognition, we are proud of our national and state massage certifications. Georgia Massage School is recognized as an Assigned School by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a School Member with the American Massage Therapy Association, a National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Member of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, and is authorized by the Georgia Non-public Postsecondary Education Commission.