About Our School
HISTORY AND GOALS OF THE INSTITUTE
OF MASSAGE THERAPIES
The Institute of Massage
Therapies (IMT) was founded in the fall of 2001 as both a
massage clinic and school. Our intent is to provide the community
with the highest quality care in the art and science of massage
therapy. We seek always to be focused on the highest good
of our clients and the highest achievement for our students.
Our goal is to provide
our students with superior quality instruction and experiences
in our massage therapy certification programs. The course
work is founded in up-to-date techniques and current research.
Our instructors are highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals
who are passionate about teaching. Our program has been certified
to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
The educational program of IMT is specifically
designed to facilitate the development and professional growth
of every massage therapy student. Textbook knowledge, physical
senses, and intuition are integrated and blended together
to bring into action caring techniques to assist each client
in self-healing of body, mind, and spirit. Class size is limited
to 14 students. More than 50% of the training program incorporates
hands-on learning and skills development. Instruction in advanced
Medical Massage techniques comprises the last 30% of massage
We are regulated and certified to operate by the State Council
of Higher Education for Virginia. Our graduation rate is 100%
for those who complete the program and the pass rate for first
time test takers for the National Certification Board Exam
Director, Pamela Loutzenhiser, is a Nationally Certified Massage
Therapist with over 1500 hours of advanced education. She
has a Master's Certification in Medical Massage, is certified
in Reflexology, certified in manual lymphatic drainage, and
is one of the instructors at IMT. She is a lifetime member
of the National Education Association, Pennsylvania State
Education Association, and a professional member of the Associated
Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She has been teaching
in massage certification training programs in the Richmond
area since 1996.
Most students choose to complete their
tuition payments by graduation. This allows for monthly payments
without any interest charges. We also have a financing plan
available that can extend your payments to 22 months with
1. To provide each student with high quality
professional education for their mind, hands, and heart.
2. To prepare students to perform massage procedures competently
and safely within the scope of massage therapy with an advanced
level of awareness of the physiological, psychological and
ethical aspects relating to this profession.
3. To prepare students to utilize the principles of massage
therapy to bring relief from pain, relaxation of muscles,
encourage healing, and maintain optimum health for the human
4. To prepare students to have the knowledge and skills for
managing a private practice, to work with other healthcare
professionals, and to work in a resort or spa facility.
5. To prepare students to further develop their knowledge
and skills as a means for professional and personal growth.
6. To prepare students for the National Certification Board
for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam.
Why the Institute of Massage Therapies?
- When the quality of your education matters
- When you desire training and skills that
set you apart from the average massage therapist
- When you want to learn from passionate teachers
who actually practice what they teach every day....
- When you need teachers who really love to
teach and are committed to our students success
- When you want assurance that your education
will prepare you to pass the National Certification Exam
- the first time...
- When you are looking for a profession, but
not a college degree with student loans to repay
- When you want to be proud of where you attended
- ...THEN seriously take a close look at the
Institute of Massage Therapies.
The Institute of Massage
Therapies was a presenter for VCU Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation for a Pain Management Symposium
held Oct. 15, 2011. Director Pam Loutzenhiser and Instructor
Gary Graham presented an educational talk on the role
of Therapeutic and Medical Massage in pain management.
Approximately 200 primary care physicians, pain specialists,
physiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other health
care professionals from Virginia and the East Coast
attended the symposium.
of Massage Therapies
Best of Richmond Award
NY, December 5, 2011 -- Institute of Massage Therapies
has been selected for the 2011 Best of Richmond Award
in the Massage Therapy Schools category by the U.S.
Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local
Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding
local businesses throughout the country. Each year,
the USCA identifies companies that they believe have
achieved exceptional marketing success in their local
community and business category. These are local companies
that enhance the positive image of small business through
service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information
were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in
each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on
quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based
on the information gathered both internally by the USCA
and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a
New York City based organization funded by local businesses
operating in towns, large and small, across America.
The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through
public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize
the best of local businesses in their community. Our
organization works exclusively with local business owners,
trade groups, professional associations, chambers of
commerce and other business advertising and marketing
groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and
medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across
October 11, 2012
Award Presented to: Institute of Massage Therapies,
New 2012 Star Rating: 5
Institute of Massage Therapies, Inc
Scores Another Victory with the 2012 Talk of the
Town Customer Satisfaction Award!
We would like to extend our congratulations to
you and your staff for reaching another milestone
in overall customer satisfaction. As you recall,
in 2011 your business received the Talk of the
Town Customer Satisfaction Award, and through
hard work and commitment, the Institute of Massage
Therapies, Inc team has achieved a consecutive
win with 5 stars for 2012!
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