Touch For Healing:
“Touch, with love, For intentional Healing”
Touch For Healing School of Reiki Massage Therapy
Thank you for your interest in Touch For Healing. We are excited to prepare you for your new career as a licensed massage therapist. The better your training and preparation, the more possibilities will open for you moving toward your future.
We offer a 520 hour program.
The 520 hour program fulfils the requirements necessary under Georgia Law and provides you with all the basic tools you need to begin your career in Massage Therapy. You will take classes studying Massage Theory & Practice, Anatomy & Physiology, Business, and Ethics, Allied Modalities such as reflexology and polarity, and participate in Student Clinics. Under this program you are attuned to Reiki Level I and taught how to perform massage with the basics in energy work.
We are proud to be an NCBTMB Assigned School. Students graduating from our program may take the National Certification Exam.
We are always glad to provide additional hours for our students. Many students find that additional class and clinical time allows for more confidence in taking exams, as well as confidence in practicing once professional status is obtained.
Touch For Healing has been a name synonymous with health and well-being for over 17 years in the Jasper, GA area. Barbara Moore, owner of Touch For Healing, is an experienced Reiki Master (over 25 years) and Medical Massage Therapist. Incorporating Reiki with Massage Therapy has yielded terrific results in her clients. She has used her natural abilities to help in the healing and balancing of countless individuals.
Understanding how healing works within self teaches compassion and greater understanding with clients. Touch For Healing works from the premise that everyone has a natural healing ability and with Barbara at the helm has helped hundreds of people enhance and enrich these abilities. Teaching her knowledge has become her focus with the intention of creating a healthy world community, one person at a time.
By assembling a team of faculty and staff trained in Reiki and various healing modalities, Touch For Healing raises the bar with the intention of not only helping others to create health and wholeness in their own lives in a one on one facilitator/client basis, but now to teach others to do the same. This is accomplished by teaching our students to massage with Unconditional Love; the Source of God in all of us.
Touch For Healing is committed to creating Health Maintenance and Balance one student at a time by developing compassionate, conscious individuals working together towards personal and global well-being to enhance the awareness and health of the world community.
First and foremost our mission is to teach our students to live healthy, rich, fulfilling lives by giving them the tools to create the opportunities and make the choices that will bring them joy. This includes the skills that will prepare each student for a successful career as a massage therapist from massage technique, positive thinking skills, business and marketing plans as well as ethical decision making and the knowledge to pass required exams. We, the faculty and staff, make every effort to provide an environment of wellness, personal healing, learning and compassion so each student is nurtured to their full potential. This in turn teaches each individual, after leaving here, to bring that belief into the world, creating a greater and more compassionate world environment.
Health Maintenance and Balance is core to our teaching. The human body is only one aspect of the beautiful being that lives within it. The whole being is physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All of these aspects of self must work together in harmony for perfect balance of the whole – for well-being. What affects each of these bodies affects the whole and therefore massage and “touch, with love, for intentional healing” will influence the whole, positively. The intention of healing has just as much bearing on the whole as the touch itself. This is energy work and is central to our instruction. All students are required to be attuned to Reiki Level I or greater as part of the curriculum. Health Maintenance and Balance would appear to be more effective and economical than treating symptoms of illness.
Learn to think with intention to heal – “Thoughts are things”
Involving the community – We encourage our students to use the skills they learn here to provide loving and nurturing care to others by involving themselves with nursing homes and other organizations where they can begin to understand the needs of others and prepare for the career path they have set before themselves. We also enlist the aid of people who have experience in the field of body work to come and share their experiences with the students. This sharing helps the student to see a greater view of the world and the environment in which they will be working after receiving licensure.
The more contributors and constructive feedback to the program, the more beneficial to the students, the instructors, as well as the community…This introduces the students more effectively to working within a community and learning to establish and work with a client base as well as future colleagues and employers.
Massage Curriculum 520 hours:
An hour is defined as 60 minutes which includes a 10 minute break each hour.
Massage Theory and Practice – 200 hours:
This course begins with the study of the history of massage. It is here that we begin to learn the basic principles and fundamentals of massage therapy. We learn how to create a positive massage environment and how to properly prepare our client, including draping and positioning. We learn good body mechanics to protect our own health. We study the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of massage therapy on the client and the practitioner. We then learn Chair Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Postural Analysis, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and Asian Theory.
Anatomy and Physiology – 125 hours:
Your A & P course will probably be the most difficult to master, but this knowledge is important for safe and effective massage. We begin with the study of cells, tissues, organs and systems. The more in depth coverage comes with the skeletal and musculoskeletal system. We also study the circulatory, respiratory, digestive/excretory, nervous and glandular systems.
Pathology/Contraindications – 40 hours:
It is important for massage therapists to have a working knowledge of the illness and disease they will sometimes be faced with. Several hours are devoted to AIDS/HIV education. This course teaches students to identify – not diagnose – common problems and helps determine when massage therapy is not appropriate treatment.
Allied Modalities – 75 hours:
In this course we explore different forms of massage therapy and complimentary work. We will touch on the basics of Reflexology, Polarity, Reiki, and Stretching for the 520 hour program. For additional study, we will get more in depth with each of the previous listed modalities as well as Aromatherapy, Active Isolated Stretching, Sports Massage, Medical Massage, Acupressure, Surgical Massage, Yoga, Intuitive Therapies, Nutrition, and Meditation. We also spend some time discussing Hydrotherapy and Spa Treatments, such as hot stone massage and body wraps.
Business – 22 hours/Ethics – 8 hours:
This course covers all topics related to our commitment to professionalism. The students learn how to make ethical decisions and how important that is to their careers. We cover licensing, insurance, marketing, business plans, loans, etc. We study record keeping, assessment forms, and SOAP notes. We discuss sanitation, client relations and maintaining appropriate boundaries. We pinpoint ways to help students manage the mental and physical challenges of being a massage therapist.
Student Clinics – 50 hours:
This course allows students to put the knowledge they have learned into practice. Students have the opportunity to complete a minimum of 50 supervised practice massages on clients that the school provides. During these hours we practice client assessment skills, massage techniques, body mechanics, and overall professionalism. Much of this course takes place outside of normal class time and it is the most important and rewarding segment of your massage education.
Touch For Healing School of Reiki Massage can only serve up to 20 students per class, so when each class is full, we must close registration. Please let us know you are interested as soon as possible to ensure you have a place in our class. These are our admission requirements:
- Eligible students are at least 18 years of age
- Application and $50 non-refundable application fee
- Two letters of recommendation – one professional and one personal
- A copy of your driver’s license or official photo ID
- A one page typed essay stating the reasons you want to be a massage therapist and your expectations of Touch For Healing
- A letter from a physician stating you are free from communicable diseases
- Interview with an massage teacher or director
* Transcripts from other massage schools, colleges or universities will be evaluated and appropriate credits allowed.
We are not equipped to supply any special assistance or tutors for those students who are physically or mentally challenged. We will not accept anyone who has a felony offense or any record of sexual misconduct. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, physical disability, or marital or parental status.
Facilities – Touch For Healing is a former residential home that has been modified for business purposes. The cozy feel of the small class rooms and clinics create the ideal environment for learning. Our long term goal is to create a larger facility on the property so we may reach more students at a time, but our intention is to always have small teacher/student ratios of 4-10 students per teacher.
Barbara Moore – Owner/Massage Instructor – Touch For Healing has been a name synonymous with health and well-being for over 17 years in the Jasper, GA area because of Barbara Moore, owner of Touch For Healing. She is an experienced Reiki Master (over 25 years) and Medical Massage Therapist. Incorporating Reiki with Massage Therapy has yielded terrific results in her clients. She has used her natural abilities to help in the healing and balancing of countless individuals.
As an intuitive, Barbara will lead her students through their healing process to help clear their own dis-ease and discomfort. Understanding how healing works within self teaches compassion and greater understanding with clients. Barbara believes that everyone has a natural healing ability and as a Reiki Master has helped hundreds of people enhance and enrich these abilities. Her commitment and dedication extends far beyond her work.
Valerie McClimon – Director/Allied Modalities Instructor – Valerie, an experienced Reiki Master Teacher & Certified Reflexologist, enjoys using her skills to help others heal as well as teaching them to heal themselves. She has been practicing and teaching for over 10 years and has been working and developing tandem techniques with Barbara for over 4 years at Touch For Healing.
Before moving into the field of bodywork full time, her experience in retail management and customer service has prepared her for working effectively with individuals and groups.
John Ormrod, BA.MA. – Anatomy/Pathology Instructor – John has over 25 years of experience ranging from hospital cardiology work to teaching at the college level. His expertise is in Anatomy and Physiology instruction applies specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Health field. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector with experience in public health issues, regulations and laws. He provides the key basic skills associated with the body’s structural and functional components along with how these can relate to pathology and energy flow in the body. He will also provide the students with advice in their career path and choices.
Terri Phillips – Massage/Allied Modalities Instructor – Terri Phillips is a Nationally Certified/State Licensed Neuromuscular/Massage Therapist and a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Ms. Phillips is a 1997 graduate of the esteemed Atlanta School of Massage, one of the top massage schools in the U. S. Her Continuing Education is ongoing, maintaining 50 hours every four years. She maintains a successful full time private practice in Cartersville, GA with an emphasis in Geriatric Massage. Her massage studies include but are not limited to: Swedish, Sports, Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, Pre/Post Natal, Pre/Post Surgical, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Polarity Therapies. She is a level II Reiki practitioner, Certified Energy Practitioner and Certified Bellanina ™ Facelift Massage Provider.
In addition, she holds a degree in Business Management and has earned a Bachelors Degree in Natural Health from Clayton College of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated as a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor in 2007.
Terri began giving massage at the age of 4 to family members and animals. She believes in the power of safe touch and its ability to help heal the mind, body and spirit. Terri acknowledges massage as a form of wellness care and not a luxury. She is excited to share her knowledge and experiences in a learning environment.
Djuna A. Roberts – Allied Modalities Instructor – Djuna Roberts has an undergraduate degree in Management and a graduate degree in Health Services Management. She has professional certifications from Langevin Learning Services as a Training Generalist and Training Manager and has been designing and delivering education and training on a corporate level with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2005. She led the efforts of creating a corporate university for training staff on a national level in the area of healthcare reimbursement and collections.
She holds professional certifications from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Meditation and the Art of Self Mastery, Meditation Instructor, Energy Healing for Practioners and Advanced Energy Healing. She completed the Professional Training Program and is qualified as a Certified Emotional Clearing Therapist with the Institute for Integrating Processing and is a Reiki Master Practitioner. Drawing on her diverse private and public sector experience in education along with her own formal education and certifications will enrich the students’ experiences.
Melanie Dallas, L.P.C. – Allied Modalities Instructor – Melanie is a Reiki Level II practioner and a licensed therapist in the State of Georgia. With 20 years of clinical experience, Melanie brings the unique gifts of compassion, clarity and a grounded sense of self-responsibility. In her practice, Melanie uses a combination of traditional psychotherapy, depth psychology and subtle energy bodywork to serve individuals seeking deep healing. Additionally, Melanie provided Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and support for our military families on issues of deployment and reintegration. Melanie has experience with local as well as national conference facilitation and is a well respected, sought after trainer who actively engages her audience.
Camille Hammond – Allied Modalities Instructor – Camille Hammond has been practicing Polarity Therapy and teaching Yoga in the North Georgia Mountains for 13 years. She is constantly expanding her education in Alternative health and wellness and happy to share her knowledge with others. This training will bring you in touch with energy healing which can be integrated into any Massage session.
Rose Ann Malloy – Allied Modalities Instructor – With over 30 years as a licensed massage therapist, Rose Ann has taken steps on the path to holistic healing therapies as well as being recognized as holding Advanced Certification of Soma Interrogation, Bodywork Advanced Certification of CranioSacral, and a Master Reiki Teacher. Rose Ann also has experience with Reflexology, Acupressure, Qi Gong and Facial Expression.
Employment Assistance for Graduates:
Finding employment after finishing school is the top priority of most massage students. We recognize this and do everything we can to ensure that our graduates will be successful. The massage instructors at Touch For Healing are all currently licensed and working in their communities with many connections. They will be teaching students how to market themselves, as well as keeping track of any job openings in the area. The greatest employment assistance we give our graduates is top notch training in all aspects of the field – not just superior massage technique.
Touch For Healing offers courses in continuing education to assist graduates and other massage professionals in meeting the CE Hour requirements for their National Certification and State Licensure.
Touch For Healing is staffed by knowledgeable and caring instructors who will be advising our students throughout their program of study. We practice an open door policy and encourage students to discuss concerns and offer feedback with all faculty and staff. We are also available to help with any extra guidance or support that may be needed.
Housing is available on a first come, first served basis. Each student requiring housing will be interviewed by the owner and director. Determinations will be made case by case.
Touch For Healing does have an excellent collection of resources available for student research and information. Students may use these materials onsite or check them out for use at home.
Touch For Healing provides textbooks needed for the course. Supplemental books can also be purchased in the bookstore. We carry massage cream, essential oils, books, CD’s and massage tools as well.
Students will receive a copy of their transcripts at graduation, but may view their records anytime by scheduling an appointment with the school director. TFH will keep a copy of each student’s records permanently on file. Copies may be received upon issuing a written request and a fee of $5. All student records are confidential.
In order to graduate from Touch For Healing, students must have completed all assignments, participated to their fullest extent in all classes, attended a minimum of 97% of the clock hours of each class, performed 50 practice massages, and made a 70 or above in each class. Students must be in compliance with all financial agreements with the school and complete the program within 1.5 years of starting for the 520 hour program.
Consistent attendance is of the utmost importance for students of Touch For Healing, as our courses cover a lot of information in a short period of time and so much of the learning is hands on. Attendance is based on “clock hours” which are 50 minutes. A student can miss no more than 3% of any course and it is his/her responsibility to arrange for any makeup time and work. Any missed tests or quizzes must be made up during office hours within 7 days of the absence. Any missed hours may be made up with private classes offered at $25/hour. If a student is absent 4 days without notifying the school, he/she is considered withdrawn on the fourth day. If a student wants to re-enroll, they must have withdrawn in good academic and financial standing and must interview with the director. Credits are only transferrable one time.
All students are expected to be prepared for class and on time. A student is considered late 10 minutes after class begins and will lose credit for that hour. Likewise, a student leaving more than 10 minutes early will lose credit for that hour.
Leave of Absence:
A student may take a leave of absence only if he/she is in good academic standing at the time. If the student must be gone for more than 3% of any class, he/she may be required to start over at the same time during the next term, or pay an instructor for make up classes at $25/hour.
If a student is failing a class, the instructor will notify the director who will put the student on academic probation. There will be a four week probationary period where the student must maintain a C (70 or above) in the class. If the student is able to meet these criteria, he/she will be taken off of probation by the director. If the student is unable to do so, he/she will have to drop the class. The student will be allowed to re-enroll in the class the following term at no additional charge, but a charge of $10/hour of class time will be required if the student re-enrolls after the following term.
F 69 or below
Dropping a Class:
If a student chooses to drop a class, they may do so, after consulting with the instructor and the director. He/she may re-enroll in the class the following term at no additional charge, but a charge of $10/hour of class time will be required if the student re-enrolls after the following term.
For a student to be reinstated after a voluntary withdrawal, he/she must meet with the director to arrange for the best course of action. Together they will decide how to make up missing hours and work. A student who was involuntarily withdrawn due to failure to pay tuition can only be reinstated if their tuition and fees are paid in full.
All students of Touch For Healing must dress in an appropriate manner at all times. They are expected to treat themselves, their classmates, their teachers, their clients, and everyone else they come into contact with during their course of study with respect and kindness. They are to adhere to all rules and regulations, and to act responsibly and safely. Any use of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited. If a student comes to class or clinic under any influence he/she will be immediately withdrawn.
Because of the close proximity with which we work with each other and the practice clients, all students are requested to be aware of personal hygiene. Many people are sensitive to perfumes and colognes; please refrain from wearing scents while you are in class/clinic. If a student contracts a highly-contagious infectious disease (such as chicken pox, strep-throat, etc.) while attending Touch For Healing; he/she shall not participate in class/clinic until the illness is past the infectious stage. Appropriate measures will be taken to help the student to make up class time.
Smoking or Tobacco Use:
Smoking or tobacco use on school/spa premises is strictly prohibited except in the designated smoking area. We sincerely hope that none of our students use these substances, but if they do, we ask that they please avoid the smell of smoke or tobacco on their breath, body, clothing, or sheets.
Schedule of Fees:
In addition to a non-refundable $50 application fee, students of Touch For Healing must be prepared to invest in their massage education. While we do not offer any grants or scholarships at this time, we would be glad to refer you to a student loan company and we offer in-house financing. For our in-house financing, full time students are asked to put down at least $1000 at the time of enrollment and cover the balance with 5 equal monthly payments (due on the 1st) plus $25. Part time students are asked to put down at least $1000 at the time of enrollment and cover the balance with 11 equal monthly payments (due on the 1st) plus $25. If any payment is more than 3 days late, there will be an additional $25 late fee. Returned checks warrant a $30 fee, and more than one results in mandatory cash payment. If tuition is paid in full one week before class begins, the student will receive a free massage table.
In addition to the above cost, students will have to receive 3 professional massages at approximately $60-$75 each (one before class starts). They will have to purchase their own massage table, linens and oils following graduation, but are permitted to use the ones provided by Touch For Healing on the premises for practice.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
All monies are refundable if Touch For Healing receives written notice of cancellation within 3 business days of signing contract.
If a student withdraws with or without notification before half of the term is completed, he/she is eligible to receive a prorated refund of their tuition.
For applicant requesting cancellation more than 3 business days after signing the contract and completing no more than five percent of instructional time, no less than ninety-five percent of tuition is refunded.
For a student completing more than five percent and less than ten percent of instructional time, no less than ninety percent of tuition is refunded.
For a student completing more than ten percent and less than twenty-five percent of instructional time, no less than seventy-five percent of tuition is refunded.
For a student completing more than twenty-five percent and less than fifty percent, no less than fifty percent of tuition is refunded.
After the official midpoint, no monies will be refunded.
Refunds shall be made in full within 30 days of the date of withdrawal as determined by Touch For Healing.
In the case of injury, illness or other extenuating circumstance that make completing the program immediately impossible, Touch For Healing will allow the student to finish classes when released from the doctor with a doctor’s letter with no financial penalty.
Students will not receive refunds on books and supplies.
The following actions are grounds for dismissal. Re-enrollment will be at the school’s discretion.
- Cheating on an exam
- Accepting money for massage while a student
- Attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failure to comply with school policies
- Failure to attend class
- Failure to participate in class
- Failure to progress academically and/or technically
- Damaging or taking school property, instructor property, or classmate property
- Abusive, inappropriate or disruptive behavior
- Poor sexual conduct
- Inappropriate dress
- Failure to pay tuition
We do not anticipate any concerns that can not be easily resolved, but in the event that a problem occurs, the following guidelines should be used in this order. If the situation is not resolved at each step, move to the next:
1) Discuss your concerns with your instructor.
2) Discuss your concerns with the educational supervisor.
3) Discuss your concerns with the school director.
4) Write to GNPC (Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission of the State of Georgia)
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084