06/07/2012 (press release: GeorgiaMassageSchool) // Atlanta, GA, USA // Laurie Craig. Rick Garbowski, co-founder of Georgia Massage School, was recently chosen to participate in a national entry-level massage education analysis project to help identify the essential elements of massage therapy that are required to create a comprehensive entry-level curriculum.

Garbowski, co-owner and director of the metropolitan Atlanta massage school, was one of four massage therapy educators chosen from a nationally compiled list of nominees, all of whom were chosen by one of seven national massage therapy organizations. Garbowski and the team of national massage education project participants recently met in Chicago, Illinois, to begin working on identifying the minimum number of training and/or credit hours and key learning outcomes that schools should teach to ensure the safe application of massage in an early massage career.

The national massage education work group will collaborate with a psychometrician to write survey questions to help identify what entry-level massage therapists need to know and should be able to accomplish in order to meet the needs of clients. They will meet twice more in 2012, once in August and once in December, to present the survey findings to the national massage therapy leadership group.

Garbowski has 20 years of professional massage therapy experience and years of training from leading massage instructors, with a variety of advanced certifications in such areas as clinical sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, manual lymphatic drainage and orthopedic massage. In the past 14 years, he has created and managed massage education curriculums and has helped to hire, train and manage personnel at the Atlanta-area Georgia Massage School. His major accomplishments include teaching massage therapy to a student who suffered a closed-head injury by creating a special treatment sequence for the student, and designing and building a custom tool which allowed the student to track his progress during each massage therapy session.

“I am honored to be chosen for this national entry-level analysis project,” said Garbowski. “I hope to be able to utilize my training and experience in early massage education to help establish essential curriculum components to create greater consistency, safer application and a stronger foundation of massage therapy knowledge, as these essential components will help students establish successful careers.”

Learn more about the massage program at Georgia Massage School. For more information about the school, visit www.georgiamassageschool.com.

About Georgia Massage School

Lifetime massage teachers Rick Garbowski and Laurie Craig founded Georgia Massage School, a metropolitan Atlanta 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 courses, 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. For more information about the school, classes or enrollment, call (678) 482-1100.