Massage therapy has widely been gaining acceptance in today’s health-conscious society as a method for reducing stress, relieving pain, correcting postural imbalances, and helping to heal certain injuries. It is a rapidly growing, satisfying profession for both those who wish to be self-employed and those who prefer employment with health care organizations, athletic clubs, resorts and spas, physicians and rehabilitation facilities.
The Mission of our school:
To offer high-quality education and hands-on training in the background, theory and practice of massage therapy; to teach and train a small select group in a tutorial-style setting so that each of the graduating students will have the skills, proficiency and knowledge to become licensed and successful in the field of massage therapy.
Since 2000, the Springs Bath House School of Massage Therapy has grown into a recognized school of massage in the state of South Dakota. Molly Rae, the founder and proprietor of the school, trained by the Cottonwood School of Massage Therapy, teaches, practices and lives massage. Molly’s many graduates over the last decade have successful massage therapy careers. In 2011 Molly's two daughters, Olawa and Mele-Ann Rae-Bruhjell, took over teaching classes and moved the school to Mitchell, SD, and are currently operating the school at 1111 S Miller Avenue in Mitchell, SD 57301, right alongside the New Leaf Body Spa..
Over a few decades now, our school has successfully trained more than 80 students. We do our best to utilize multiple learning techniques in the classroom and strive to help students to improve their study habits, comprehension, and test-taking skills. As a result, our students have earned better test scores and grades, and grown in self-esteem and confidence. We love celebrating those victories with our students. Currently, our first-time test takers of the MBLEx (the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam) have a passing rate of over 89% since 2011 when it became recognized as the approved licensing exam.
At this time most of the states in the United States have set requirements for licensure of massage therapists. The State of South Dakota requires a minimum of 500 hours of training. Here at the Springs Bath House School of Massage Therapy we have chosen to offer a 650 hour program for our basic curriculum, which we feel will better prepare our students for passing their state licensing exams, as well as for building a successful massage therapy career. To see the rules and regulations regarding massage therapy in South Dakota, please see the South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy's website at http://www.state.sd.us/doh/massage.
Our goal is to teach our students to become professional massage therapists, good enough to help our profession grow. 650 hours is the minimum amount that we feel is necessary to teach the basics of massage therapy. We take pride in knowing that we teach a strict curriculum that rivals other states’ education levels.
We are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Provider. We are also an NCBTMB Assigned School. For more information, see the NCBTMB's website. If a student wants to pursue becoming a Board Certified Therapist of Massage, our program meets the criteria and is approved to teach hours that will count towards this "advanced, voluntary credential." Board Certification is not mandatory in any state, but is meant to "distinguish massage therapists who have superior massage therapy skills and knowledge." See the NCBTMB's website for more information on this.
The Springs Bath House School of Massage Therapy has been a member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2007 and is currently a member in good standing.