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College Profile: Florida School of Massage

 
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The mission of the Florida School of Massage is to improve the quality of life through the vehicles of touch and awareness offering education and therapy for the whole person.

For over 30 years we have been affording personal growth and development through massage therapy with a focus on assisting students and clients to become happy and functional beings. We invite you to join us in the magic that occurs when individuals agree to touch with healing intention and consciousness.

We focus on touch that is available without being intrusive. The only way to develop this skill is to touch and be touched with awareness and sensitivity. In this way we create a safe space for personal awareness. This safe space leads to mutual caring and a sense of community. The potential for your own growth and transformation is great. As an FSM student you may leave changed.

Our campus is immediately adjacent to the 21,000-acre Payne’s Prairie wildlife preserve. The prairie is a wetland that hosts an array of creatures ranging from baby gators and otters to night heron and wood storks. It is one of the largest wintering grounds for sand hill cranes in North America.

We are located on ten acres in the raised hammock area that surrounds the prairie. The hardwood canopy is home to bard owls and red-tailed hawks, peacocks and armadillos. There are vegetable and herb gardens, a quarter mile of wooded walking paths, a fire pit in an open field, and picnic tables under Spanish moss draped live oaks.

We have a Chikee, a traditional Seminole structure hand thatched with palmetto. You will also find a sweat lodge ribbed with cedar with a live oak spine. There is a kitchen and counseling center located in a little "cracker" house in the middle of it all.

Students enjoy dancing and drum circles around the fire and volleyball in the open field. Introspection and meditation along the trails nourish the sense of community that is the ground for awareness and transformation.

Our students come from as far away as Ireland, India, and Zimbabwe. We invite you to make us part of your personal path. We hope you will join us in our process together as sensitive, caring, and whole human beings subject to the magic that can occur when individuals agree to touch with healing intention and consciousness.
 
6421 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL
32608