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Successful Graduate Shares Her Story

by Dar Mikula

IMG_2669.27181619_largeIt was 1996, I was 21 years old, I had left my hometown Pittsburgh, PA to attend the University of Florida. After my second year of undergrad, I was still uncertain as to what I wanted to do with my future.  I thought perhaps psychology, for I was keen on helping and listening to others, but it was after coming down to FSM for a massage where I found my true calling.  I was immediately hooked on both the curriculum, and the healing energy that was abundant throughout.  After sitting in on a class, I decided to leave UF after that semester and attend FSM.  I went home for six months to save up enough for tuition.  I worked as a server in a restaurant and did catering jobs on the side.  I had no idea that my life was about to be completely changed.

Is Thai Foot Reflexology Really Reflexology?

by Karen Ball

KarenAwhile back I got into a conversation on a Facebook reflexology group page I follow. The exchange started with a woman’s struggle (her word) around the term Thai Reflexology. She wondered how someone practicing this age-old therapy could call it “reflexology” when the techniques were so different from what she knew.reflexology

Her comments sent me back to an earlier time in my reflexology career. Back in 1983, I learned what is now referred to in the United States and Canada as “conventional” reflexology, based on the theories and techniques developed by Eunice Ingham, known fondly as the “grandmother” of modern reflexology. For more than 10 years, I just assumed that reflexologists all over the world practiced reflexology as I was taught, happily thumb and finger-walking their way around an ancient map of foot and hand reflexes corresponding to other parts of the body. And then…

FSM Announces Special Events to Celebrate 40-Year Anniversary

By Dar Mikula

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Our History:

In 1974, the Florida School of Massage graduated its first students. The American Institute of Natural Health, Inc. and the Florida School of Massage, Inc. merged their programs of massage therapy and allied holistic health training in September 1979. The merger of these two Gainesville schools produced a vocational training center with outstanding instructional faculty and equipment resources for expanded and advanced programs of massage therapy and natural health care.