Atlanta – Respected health science educator Laurie Craig, co-founder of Georgia Massage School–a massage therapy school and continuing education provider in Suwanee, Georgia–will receive the 2011 Educator of the Year Award from the American Massage Conference at its national massage therapy convention in Atlanta, Georgia on May 21, 2011. The American Massage Conference will be held from May 20 through 22 at the Capitol Conference Center at the Downtown Atlanta Holiday Inn.

At North America’s newest annual exhibition of massage products, business opportunities and continuing education, The American Massage Conference (AMC) will recognize Craig’s accomplishments, gained throughout her extensive 25-year career and work as a co-founder of a massage therapy school in Atlanta. Due to her role as a primary investigator studying the efficacy of massage therapy–a study that was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health–to co-founding Georgia Massage School and developing the first college-level anatomy and physiology course for massage therapists in the state of Georgia, Craig was selected for recognition for her ongoing work as a massage educator and subject matter expert, as well as for her unique and effective teaching style. In 2007, she was the recipient of the prestigious Jerome Perlinski American Massage Therapy Association National Teacher of the Year Award.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to receive the Educator of the Year award from the American Massage Conference,” said Craig. “For over 25 years, I have worked as a health science educator and it has been my privilege to guide students in their learning process. I thank all of my students for their contributions to my life.”

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About Georgia Massage School

Lifetime massage teachers Rick Garbowski and Laurie Craig founded Georgia Massage School with the premise that “Balancing ~ Learning ~ Life” are key elements for happy, well-educated and fulfilled massage students. With a collective 40 years of experience, the school’s founders combine a state-approved curriculum with their own personal educational experiences to offer students unique insights into the industry. Offering a core 500-hour curriculum and a full range of accredited continuing education units, the school provides learning options for beginning and experienced therapists. The school provides half-day massage therapy courses and is state approved and nationally credentialed by the NCBTMB.