Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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keeplouisvilleweird.com 14 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 LIBA Partner Pages louisvilleschoolofmassage.org Anyone looking for a relaxing massage without a hefty price needs to discover Louisville School of Massage. For $40, a person can enjoy 60 minutes of traditional Swedish massage bliss complete with ambient lighting and soft music. The professional-quality massages are part of students' required coursework to earn their licenses. "It rivals any professional massage experience," says Donald Taylor, director of the school. "Our students must complete their professional development and practicum." The school, launched in 1986, has 45 to 60 students enrolled at any given time. As part of their education, they complete 750 clock hours and four strenuous courses, including instruction in anatomy and physiology, massage theory, business and marketing and other topics. Students typically complete classes and earn their licenses in 11 to 22 months. As part of the school's process of learning, massage clients are asked to complete a survey after their experience to offer students suggestions and kudos. "A client gives feedback so that they can be part of the education process," Taylor says. "Our students can only be their best if they get feedback to grow. It's that wonderful cycle of helping each other." Each student is required to provide 30 A conversation with Donald Taylor, director of Louisville School of Massage By Rachel Reynolds massage sessions, just for the first level of coursework, so that a student receives a wide variety of experiences and feedback. They then go on to complete over 100 more practice sessions along with further studies before graduating. Massages are offered Monday through Saturday during regular business hours. Anyone wanting to schedule a massage can call (502) 429-5765. Students also volunteer their time to provide massages once a week for 12 weeks to residents at non-profits such as House of Ruth and Ronald McDonald House. "By touching people we're changing lives," Taylor says. "We look at how we can help people who are hurting both physically and emotionally. When people are hurting less, we're able to be better partners, parents and neighbors." Most of the teachers and instructors on site are graduates of the school. The anatomy and physiology teacher is a local chiropractor. The school's flat tuition is $7,500 and payment plans are available for as little as $100 a month per class. Students are able to get their transcripts and licenses and begin professional jobs before their tuition is paid off if they need to. Prospective students can schedule a tour by calling the school. "Through massage we are able to help build a better world," Taylor says.

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