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Great Lakes School of Massage

Now Enrolling:

September 2024 Day Class September 2024 Evening Class
Meets on-site 2 days/week

Exclusive Accelerated Hybrid Program

Our students graduate with the skills to empower others on their own path of wellbeing through outcome-based, professional therapeutic massage


Welcome to Great Lakes School of Massage,
where you will experience personal and professional transformation

Hybrid Class Set-Up

This course is a combination of online and on-site teaching, maximizing time spent on-site for hands-on learning

Unique & Productive Approach

We strive to create an unstifled environment, clear from busywork, and focused on applying the skills you're learning

Experienced & Professional Instructors

Our instructors are hand-selected for their knowledge, skill, and experience in the field of massage

Foundation of Practical Skills

Hands-on application of what you're learning is a priority, and you'll graduate fully prepared and confident to enter the workforce

The goals Great Lakes School of Massage has for you are to provide students the knowledge and skills to:

1. Prepare you to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx)
2. Enter the workforce and secure a job in the Massage & Bodywork profession
3. Move onto more advanced bodywork and/or specialize in a particular modality


 There are over 200 recognized massage therapy modalities/methods 

The Great Lakes School of Massage Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork program is clinically based with a strong focus on:

Deep Tissue Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
Myofascial Release
Neuromuscular Therapy
Sports Massage

We also have segments dedicated to:

Spa Massage
Non-Traditional Therapies


Specialties attained after licensure:

Oncology Massage
Pre/Post Natal
Mercier Therapy (visceral manipulation used for female issues)
Sports Massage
Fascial Stretch Therapy
Thai Massage
Orthopedic Massage
CranioSacral Therapy (TMJ, Migraines, etc.)


 Any of these could be for you, take the next step in your career! 

Our Accelerated & Hybrid Program

Great Lakes School of Massage prides itself on delivering a contemporary approach to outcome-based learning.

Our 625-hour Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Program, licensed by the State of Michigan.

Curriculum is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Students complete their 100-hour clinic requirement with their onsite internship through Michigan Optimal Movement Center as a student-run clinic experience at GLSM.

Our students will graduate with an entry-level Diploma in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, (MBLEx).  


Meet Our Staff


Kathy Richards-Allen

Campus Director &

Lead Instructor

Kathy has been a LMT for over 27 years and will continue to work in the profession she teaches. She has experience in the field of massage therapy as a therapist, and also as an instructor for over 17 years.

She is well-versed and diversified in all that massage can offer.

As our Lead Instructor, you can count on her to boost the group dynamic - and snacks are always welcome!


Sonya "Sunny" Young


As the owner of Harmonious Health and Home, Sunny has an extensive background in everything from Bodywork to Aromatherapy.

She is a natural- born teacher that brings a thorough and loving touch to the classroom, and has over 30 years of teaching experience.


Zoey Sandahl

Administrative Director

& Instructor

Zoey is the support for organizing what's needed for our staff and students as our Administrative Director. She has a background in personal training, Fascial Stretch Therapy, and became a LMT in 2023. She is the owner of Michigan Optimal Movement Center, and as our Clinic Instructor, you can count on her to steward student confidence and skill as they complete their onsite internship. 

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