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Great Lakes School of Massage

Ready to elevate your life and career to new heights?

Enroll in our massage therapy program and step into a world where you feel valued, appreciated, and empowered to make a difference.

At Great Lakes School of Massage, we offer more than just a program – we provide a pathway to a fulfilling career where you can expand your skills, opportunities, and impact on others. Join us and embark on a journey of personal and professional growth that will leave you feeling inspired and fulfilled every day while making a spectacular living!


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

Join us and immerse yourself in a nurturing environment where you'll feel truly seen, heard, and appreciated as you embark on your journey toward a rewarding career in massage therapy

Hybrid Class Set-Up

This course is a combination of off-site 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 Path of Passion to Profession

At Great Lakes School of Massage, our central goal is to partner with you on your path to turn your passion into a thriving profession.


One of the pillars of how we help you achieve that is by preparing you to successfully pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), but you are so much more than an exam.

We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workforce and secure a fulfilling career in the Massage & Bodywork profession. Additionally, we support your growth towards advanced bodywork techniques and specialization in specific modalities, ensuring you excel in your chosen field.

With over 200 recognized massage therapy modalities/methods, our program lays the foundation for your future career. Upon licensure, you have the opportunity to specialize in these modalities introduced in our program, or explore many others available in the field.

  • The Great Lakes School of Massage Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Program is clinically based with a strong focus on techniques such as Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Sports Massage. Additionally, our curriculum includes dedicated segments on modalities such as Spa Massage, Aromatherapy, and Non-Traditional Therapies, etc. - providing a well-rounded education in a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques.

  • Following licensure, you have the opportunity to specialize in fields such as:

    • 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.)

White Sand and Stone

Job Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics;

“Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.”

Our Accelerated & Hybrid-Modular 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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