Serenity Now Massage & Bodywork, LLC
Serenity Now School of Massage
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Serenity Now School of Massage
d/b/a Serenity Now Massage & Bodywork, LLC

613 5th Street

Wausau, WI  54403

Tel: 715-842-1772 (842-1SPA)

E-mail: Serenity_Now_School_of_Massage@yahoo.com

 
 
Now enrolling for our Summer, 2014 class (July 26th).  Please call for date information.
 
SCHOOL CATALOG
Publishing Date: 12/31/13
 
Serenity Now School of Massage

Massage Therapy Program

WELCOME!

Begin your career path at Serenity Now School of Massage because our experienced massage therapy instructors are prepared to lead you to a meaningful and successful massage therapy career.

At Serenity Now School of Massage you will receive a start to a new career in less than one year!  In addition to your massage therapy education, Serenity Now School of Massage will supply the necessary business education, along with innovative project based learning techniques, so that you can develop into a successful massage therapist.

Project based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that provides students with tasks based on challenging questions or problems that involve students’ problem solving, decision making, investigative skills, and reflection that includes teacher facilitation, but not direction.  PBL students learn from experiences, take them into account, apply them to the world outside their classroom and take ownership of their own success.

There are no excuses!   Enroll today in our massage therapy school to set in motion your new massage therapist career and live the lifestyle that you have always dreamed of!


Letter from the Director

Dear Student, 

Welcome to Serenity Now School of Massage, an Educational Approval Board approved school, that is dedicated to quality learning through our one-year, innovative, project based training (PBL).

We are committed to providing the most complete education available. To assist learning, we use small classes, modern equipment, and qualified instructors including licensed doctors and nurses. Our objective is to offer you the quality instruction; competencies required by employers; standards of ethical behaviors; and successful business practices.  Our graduates will set up a private practice or work with other healthcare specialists for the benefit of the community.  Tuition includes state and national application fees along with your first massage table to help jump start your career

At Serenity Now School of Massage, you will get a balance of hands-on experience and education that employers require. You can benefit from our innovative curriculum and class schedules that are designed to help you shorten the time from education to career.  

My assurance to you is that you will find my 24 years of experience as a massage therapist, practice management coach, and successful business owner beneficial and most valuable.  I have had the advantage and pleasure of working with many healthcare professionals over the years that have inspired me, but a special thank you goes to Scott Bautch D.C.  His years of dedication to the chiropractic profession, compassion and knowledge, without a doubt, saved my daughter’s life.  His love of holistic healthcare and education has motivated me to share my passion for massage therapy with others. 

Sincerely,

Dennise Pagel

Director

Mission Statement

Serenity Now School of Massage is dedicated to providing a Massage Therapy program based on up-to-date material, knowledge, training, and best practices used in the field. Its all-inclusive approach to the art and science of massage, balances professional skill with personal development in a caring environment.

Philosophy

Our educational method is holistic. The holistic methodology integrates an understanding that there are physical, psychological and emotional/spiritual components that influence client treatment. 

This provides Serenity Now School of Massage the conceptual structure for the business and structure of the massage therapy program, balancing practical studies and fundamentals in massage theory with the development of each student’s creativity, flowing movement and capacity for compassionate touch.

This philosophy has resulted in a curriculum that highlights the connection between the practitioner and client, as well as building knowledge and skill through deliberate, progressive educational activities. Students advance from simple to more complex techniques, gaining technical ability, knowledge of legal and ethical accountabilities, and critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Students get ready for the clinical participation by understanding the skills and knowledge considered vital according to current practice and as mandated by state and local law. Our highly qualified and experienced faculty and staff work collectively to provide a learning atmosphere intended to train students according to the utmost professional principles in the massage therapy field.  

Approvals

This program is approved by:

Educational Approval Board

201 West Washington Ave

PO Box 8996

Madison, WI 53708-8696

608-266-1996

Massage Therapy

Modern massage therapy combines classical techniques together with advances in the field of therapeutic massage and soft-tissue manipulation. Its techniques are widely recognized as an effective means of reducing the incidence of stress-related disorders and relieving soft-tissue pain and dysfunction. 

Educational Goals

By enrolling in Serenity Now School of Massage’s massage therapy program, students will become proficient in a range of application and treatment strategies. They will acquire a strong understanding of the structure and functions of the body relevant to massage, the basic techniques of therapeutic massage, and the factors inherent in the operation of a successful massage business.  A variety of specialized massage techniques will also be mastered; e.g., relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, ashiatsu, reflexology, sports massage, pregnancy massage and chair massage. 

Educational Objectives

Serenity Now School of Massage will deliver the quality education and experience needed for students to: 

• Acquire an understanding of the body and its functions; master a variety of techniques and skills in order to address the client’s treatment needs and goals.

• Become proficient with the location, appearance, and role of the major systems and anatomical structures of the human body and their functions including major muscles, bones and tissue with the emphasis on preventive and corrective therapies.

• Be able to perform various massage techniques targeted for muscular relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, rehabilitation procedures, etc.

• Be able to perform CPR and First Aid, rehabilitation procedures, rehabilitation exercise, proper usage of cold/hot packs, as well as daily body maintenance for overall wellness.

• Be able to perform a proper assessment, identify signs and symptoms and design a proper massage plan or refer to another healthcare professional.

• Understand medical terminology used in massage therapy applications and be able to communicate with other health care professionals and clients.

• Distinguish nutrition techniques and methods in wellness and healing, emphasizing a well-balanced diet as a major component of alternative medicine.

• Be able to represent the massage therapy profession with a high level of professionalism, integrity and compassion.

• Be ready for successful entry into the field of massage and bodywork healthcare through the application of contemporary practice management skills.

• Be able to enhance their education by taking continuing education courses to further career growth.

Program duration: 624 Clock Hours

Length in Weeks: 52 weeks minimum / 54 week maximum

Hours per week: 12 classroom/practical

*Program Tuition: $5,500 *State and National application fees included

Credential: Certificate

Program Outline

Each term runs 26 weeks for a total of 52 weeks.  Our fast-tracked program is offered to meet the needs of our students with full-time jobs, families, and other obligations.  Our current program is scheduled to start July 26, 2013.  Classes are scheduled for Friday 5:30-9:30 and Saturday 9:00-5:00.  Application deadline for the 2013 program is July 12, 2013.

Term

Course Name

Lecture Hours

Hands on

Clinical Hours

1

Introduction to Massage Therapy *Relaxation/Swedish Massage

16

136

1

Chair Massage

0

24

1

Anatomy & Physiology

66

0

1

Business, Law & Ethics

24

0

1

Professionalism

4

0

1

Practice Management

24

0

1

Medical Terminology

4

0

1

(Young Living) Raindrop Therapy (doTerra) Aroma Touch Therapy

8

16

TOTAL TERM 1

146

176

Term

Course Name

Lecture Hours

Hands on

Clinical Hours

2

Reiki

8

16

2

CranioSacral Therapy

8

16

2

Myofacial Therapy

4

8

2

Pathology

24

0

2

Oncology Massage

4

8

2

Kinesiology

42

0

2

Reflexology

8

16

2

Ashiatsu

4

16

2

Sports Massage

2

24

2

Deep Tissue Massage

2

24

2

Pregnancy Massage

4

24

2

Clinical Rotation

0

40

TOTAL TERM 2

110

192

Total

624

*Adult CPR/AED & First Aid

*5

*Students must complete a CPR/AED & First Aid Certification class, not available through the school, in addition to classroom hours necessary for graduation.

Wisconsin/School Curriculum Comparison

Wisconsin *Required Clock Hours

Serenity Now School of Massage Clock Hours

  1. Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology

125

132

  1. Business, Law & Ethics

50

52

  1. Massage Therapy or Bodywork Theory, Technique & Practice

300

300

  1. Student Clinic

20

40

  1. Adult CPR & Standard First Aid/AED

5

*Students must complete a CPR/AED & First Aid Certification class, not available through the school, in addition to classroom hours necessary for graduation.

  1. Additional Course Offerings

100

100

600

624

Student Massage Therapy Clinic

Our student massage therapy clinic provides the public with an opportunity to receive low-cost massage and bodywork services from our senior students.  The clinic gives our students real-world experience providing the kinds of treatments and services they will encounter in their profession before they even graduate.  The clinic is supervised by faculty to ensure that students are applying and perfecting the techniques they are being taught. 

Student clinic is open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. within our Term 2 schedule.  Students will be expected to provide the following number of massages within the 40 hours provided for clinical rotation.  Each open box on the recording sheet below will be filled in with the date the service was provided.  Faculty will keep record of student therapies provided, but we welcome the student to record as well.  Students will be given 2 hours to complete each one-hour service.  This provides ample time for the following:

  1.  Set-up / Take-down
  2. Interview with health history form
  3. Service requested
  4. Client education
  5. Instructor evaluation

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Swedish (relaxation) massage

Ashiatsu (barefoot) massage

Aromatherapy with massage

Hot stone massage

Deep tissue massage

Our prices are approximately 50% of what is charged at a professional facility.  These prices cover administrative and overhead costs.  Tips may be graciously accepted by students, but not expected.

Services

Price (includes tax)

Swedish (relaxation) massage

$25

Ashiatsu (barefoot) massage

$35

Raindrop therapy (aromatherapy with massage)

$35

Hot stone massage

$35

Deep tissue massage

$35

Student massage therapy clinic is located at our School within the YWCA.  Student massages will not be for the very private clientele.  Please be assured that we make every effort to secure our clients’ privacy by separating our massage tables with privacy curtains as well as individual portable changing rooms.  We will offer robes to our clients to use going to and from their individual changing room.  We also will protect their confidentiality by speaking in hushed tones and only behind the privacy curtains.

Students are not expected to bring clients to the clinic for services.  The school will advertise accordingly and schedule all appointments for the students.  Student massage therapy clinic appointments can be booked online or by phone.

Course Descriptions

Anatomy and Physiology

This course will cover the structure and function of the human body and its parts. Content includes: anatomy, structure and function of body systems and special senses, fundamental concepts and principles of body organization, and basics of histology and hematology. It also includes the study of cells, tissues, and integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. 

Practice Management

Practice management course allows students to understand the differences between having their own practice and working for someone else.  They learn how to market their businesses, write a business plan, set goals, and network with others from health related fields. 

Professionalism

Professionalism outlines effective communication skills needed to manage the therapeutic relationship and to work with colleagues in the health care community.  Emphasis is placed on supporting the emerging therapist to create a successful career.

Business, Law & Ethics

Ethics course discusses the awesome responsibility of the massage therapist to provide a safe and comfortable practice with regard to client care.

Medical Terminology

An understanding of basic medical terminology is necessary for any education in the health sciences.  Students will learn general medical terminology related to anatomy, physiology, pathology, treatments and medical specialties, including basic Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes. 

Relaxation/Swedish Massage

Students learn techniques for a full-body massage, including palpation skills. Students are introduced to correct body mechanics, injury prevention, table management and draping methods. Students are introduced to principles of documentation for the health care setting including charting using the SOAP format.

Chair Massage

Students learn techniques for a seated, on-site, massage. 

Reiki

Students are offered knowledge and experience in practicing the natural healing system of Reiki.

CranioSacral Therapy

Students learn how to use CranioSacral Therapy to improve the movement of Cerebrospinal fluid and reduce tension through gentle manipulation of the head and spine.

Myofacial Therapy

Students learn the techniques of myofascial release and master forms of stretching and holistic treatment.

Raindrop Therapy/Aroma Touch Therapy

Students learn a powerful, non-invasive, technique for assisting the body in correcting defects.  Raindrop Therapy uses a sequence of essential oils that are immune-enhancing, support the body’s natural defenses, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, nervous, and other body systems.  These oils, which are high in antioxidants, are also mood elevating and antiseptic, creating an unfavorable environment for harmful viruses and bacteria. 

Pathology

An introductory course in the concepts of pathology, which includes causes, prognosis, medical treatment, signs and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems.  

Oncology Massage

This course will cover cancer related pathology, treatment side effects, massage contraindications and precautions. The benefits of massage and session adaptations for the patient with cancer are discussed. Students will learn to design a massage treatment plan based on the presentation of the patient, whether in active cancer treatment, in the advanced stages or later in survivorship.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the study of movement of muscle in the body, through an emphasis on origins, insertions, and actions of muscles. This portion of the course curriculum provides a greater understanding of what behaviors create the problems massage clients might bring to a session. Weekly quizzes are given to assure competence.

Reflexology

Students will learn how to integrate Reflexology with a massage therapy session or to use it as an independent modality. Students will learn the history, philosophy and principles of Reflexology, a reflex map of the feet related to reflexology, specific reflexology techniques, as well as pathology and contraindication as they relate to the technique.

Ashiatsu Massage

Students will learn the technique of using barefoot massage.  Course consists of theory and hands-on-training.

Sports Massage

  Students will learn the technique of using sports massage.  Consists of theory and hands-   on-training.

Deep Tissue Massage

 Students will learn the technique of using deep tissue massage.  Class consists of theory      and hands-on-training.

Pregnancy Massage

  Students will learn the technique of administering a massage to pre-natal and post-natal   clients.  Class consists of theory and hands-on-training.

Clinical Rotation

Experience is achieved through supervised massage sessions with members of the general public.  Students will work with clients who are asked to critique the work received and offer constructive criticism. Supervisor provides an environment of open communication to allow students the chance to review their experience and to improve their skills at each session.

Faculty

            Serenity Now School of Massage faculty is experienced professionals with extensive teaching and consulting expertise in their field. Instructors are chosen based on the optimum combination of prior teaching experience, subject knowledge, and employment experience in their field.  

            Faculty not only teaches you the knowledge required to be successful in your field, but also how to apply your newly acquired knowledge to real life practice. Our instructors are licensed massage therapists and health professionals who continually update their skills to keep in step with the changing demands of the massage and bodywork field. Instructors are encouraged to become a registered member of a professional organization related to their teaching specialty.

Faculty/Staff Directory

Dennise Pagel, LMT#4386-146

Licensed Massage Therapist

Chief School Administrator, Director, Instructor, Co-Owner

           

Dan Throm, DC #4176-12

Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic

Instructor, Science (Kinesiology, Anatomy & Physiology)

 
Jennifer Havel, DDS #5619-15

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Instructor, Science (Pathology)

 
Sandra Krueger, MSW, LCSW #7553-123, SAS, CS-IT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Guest Lecturer, Ethics

 
Randy Pagel

Compliance Officer, Student services, Co-owner

 
Facilities

All classes are taught at 613 5th Street, Wausau, WI  54403. 

Serenity Now School of Massage is conveniently located at the Wausau YWCA, which has been opening doors for women, children and families since 1920.  Throughout its history, the YWCA has unlocked the potential of our community with initiatives that reflect the ever-changing needs of those they serve.  We have ample, free parking as well as well-lit and air-conditioned/heated classrooms.

The building complies with all Wisconsin commercial property Safety and Buildings Division Administrative Codes as well as ADA Accessibility for needs of individuals with or without disabilities.  ADA amenities include first level entrance access, elevators, restroom accessible facilities, and other "reasonable" accommodations upon request.

This institution, the facilities it occupies, and the equipment it utilizes fully comply with any and all federal, state, and local ordinances and regulations, including those requirements as to fire safety, building safety, and health.

Administrative Hours

Serenity Now School of Massage administration office is open, by appointment only, for student services.

Admission Information

General Admission Requirements

Serenity Now School of Massage advises students of the criteria required under the Wisconsin ACT 355 for a license to practice as a massage therapist in Wisconsin. http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/acts/09Act355.pdf

The admission process takes into consideration academic history and career objectives. To enroll into the Massage Therapy program applicants must be at least 18 years of age, of good moral character, and provide proof of a high school diploma or GED. 

Since massage therapy is an occupation licensed through the Wisconsin Department of

Safety and Professional Services, applicants considering a career as a massage therapist, are advised of the State’s criteria:

  1. Application for massage or bodywork therapist
  2. Successful completion of required examinations
  3. Proof of approved CPR/AED training
  4. Proof of liability insurance coverage

Admission and Registration

Acceptance is contingent on the applicant meeting the following prerequisites:

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  2. High school diploma or GED
  3. Applicant must receive 1 professional massage

All applicants must send in an Application along with $100 application fee.  A personal interview with the program director or chief school administrator will be scheduled after receipt of Application.  During the interview, the following topics will be discussed:

• Applicant's career goals and interests;

• General admissions requirements;

• Contents of School Catalog;

• Career opportunities and Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services licensing requirements;

• Licensing requirements and massage regulatory agencies of all other states in the USA;

• Highlights of the program's academic performance; e.g., numbers enrolled, numbers completed, numbers achieving licensing, numbers employed, and so forth;

• Description of program, including hours of class instruction and of homework as applicable.

• Total cost, including books and fees and the applicant's right to cancel;

• Serenity Now School of Massage’s tuition payment plans and refund policy;

• Serenity Now School of Massage’s complaint and conduct policies; and

• Availability of employment assistance.

Following the interview, the prospective student must also submit any documentation requested for verification of the admissions requirements, such as high school diploma or equivalent. Following the evaluation of the submitted documentation, applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial.

Transfer and Re-Admitted Students

The program does not accept transfer of credits and offers no advanced standing.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

*Textbook

*State exam fee $195

*National exam fee $185

*Massage table  *Materials

Application Fee

Total Cost for Course

$5400

Included in Tuition

$100

$5500

The $100 application fee is required with application.

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, money order, personal check, cashier's check, or credit card.  

Checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a fee of $35.00.

Tuition Payment Policy

A $250 deposit is required three weeks after receiving notification of acceptance to secure your place on the class roster.  The full deposit will be applied to the first term tuition.

Total cost for the course is $5500. The remaining balance, after the deposit is applied, is $5250. 

Three weeks after acceptance                                                             $250

Three weeks before the first day of Term 1                                         $2500

Three weeks before the first day of Term 2                                         $2500

Total                                                                                                  $5250

Delinquent Tuition

If tuition is not paid as scheduled, a reminder will be e-mailed to the student on the 2nd day of class as well as personally served. If the tuition remains unpaid, a second and final reminder will be e-mailed to the student on the 10th day of class. If the balance remains unpaid, the student shall be administratively withdrawn from the program.

No student will receive a certificate of completion until full payment is made.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 

The student will receive a full refund of all money paid if the student:

  1. Cancels within the three-business-day cancellation period under EAB 6.04;
  2. Accepted, was unqualified, and the school did not secure a disclaimer under EAB 9.04;
  3. Enrollment was procured as the result of any misrepresentation in the written materials used by school or in oral representations made by or on behalf of the school.

Refunds will be made within 10 business days of cancellation.

A student who withdraws or is dismissed after attending at least one class, but before completing 60% of the instruction in the current enrollment period, is entitled to a pro rata refund as follows:

At Least                                   But Less Than             Refund of Tuition

1 unit/class                              10%                             90%

10%                                         20%                             80%

20%                                         30%                             70%

30%                                         40%                             60%

40%                                         50%                             50%

50%                                         60%                             40%

60%                                         no                                no refund

As part of this policy, the school may retain a one-time application fee of no more than $100.  The school will make every effort to refund prepaid amounts for books, supplies and other charges.  A student will receive the refund within 40 days of termination date.  If a student withdraws after completing 60% of the instruction, and withdrawal is due to mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control. The school may refund a pro rata amount.

A written notice of withdrawal is not required.

Students missing 5 consecutive days of instruction will be administratively withdrawn.

Transcript Policy 

Transcripts are available to students who have completed at least term and have met all financial obligations to the school. A student must request a copy of their transcript with a written request. 

The student must allow five business days for processing, and may choose to pick up the transcript in person, or have it mailed or e-mailed to them. The first requested transcript is free of charge, and $10 fee is assessed for each additional copy of the transcript.

Graduation

Serenity Now School of Massage awards a certificate of completion confirming that all educational and administrative requirements have been met to those students who complete the Massage Therapy Program. 

A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the end of the normal program.  In addition, students must also maintain a cumulative minimum attendance of 100% of the total scheduled hours. Students must also meet their financial obligations to the school. 

Employment Assistance

Serenity Now School of Massage is committed to a proactive strategy for assisting students to secure employment.

The Director coordinates all employment assistance activities, which includes self-directed job search and job readiness preparation on a one-on-one or group basis. These services include: 

1. Assistance with resume writing; 

2. Practice with completing job applications; 

3. Development of interviewing skills;

4. Help with completing licensing applications; and 

5. Issuing letters of recommendations.

Serenity Now School of Massage has ties with numerous companies that are always looking for qualified massage therapists. Notices of job openings are posted to alert students to available opportunities.

Although every effort is made to help graduates find jobs, Serenity Now School of Massage does not guarantee that students will obtain employment following successful completion of classes and state licensing.

Code of Student Conduct 

All students are expected to observe standards of social conduct, courtesy, and appropriate attire such as scrubs. Any behavior disrupting classroom activities or interfering with other students’ studies may be grounds for suspension or termination. The use of profanity, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or violence on school property is not permitted. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the school. All forms of academic misconduct including but not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, forgery, alteration, or providing false information for official Serenity Now School of Massage documents is prohibited. Each student is held responsible for compliance with the rules and regulations contained in this catalog or risk withdrawal from program.

Any student, except those dismissed for conduct violations, may apply for re-admission. The student must execute a new enrollment agreement and pay an enrollment fee. Students dismissed for non-payment must pay the balance owed before being allowed readmission.

Sexual and Other Harassment

Harassment may be, but is not limited to: words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical contact, violence or threat of violence, and racial, gender or ethnic slurs.  Harassment is not always sexual in nature.  Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature when such conduct creates an intimidating environment, prevents an individual from effectively performing his/her duties.  Faculty, staff and students may not engage in any form of verbal, physical, or emotional abuse, harassment, intimidation, violence, or threat of violence, toward any student, clinic, client, instructor or staff member.  Penalty includes termination or withdrawal from program.

Individuals wishing to report a complaint of this nature should request a copy of the Student or Employee Complaint Policy and Complaint Forms. Submit the written complaint directly to the Director, Dennise Pagel. 

 Student Grievances/Complaint Procedure/Regulatory Agencies

Serenity Now School of Massage has established complaint procedures for grievances pertaining to grades, treatment by faculty, and academic action, as well as appeals of decisions concerning these matters. Examples of the kinds of matters that can be appealed include: 

• Admission to Serenity Now School of Massage program.

• Certification decisions.

• Course requirements/satisfactory progress.

• Course grades.

• Academic or other involuntary drops.

• Code of Conduct violations.

• Harassment violations.

Complaint and Grievance Procedure 

Serenity Now School of Massage encourages informal resolution of grievances as a first step.  We suggest that the student try conflict resolution with the individual involved.  If the matter cannot be resolved, we recommend contacting the chief school administrator.

If no resolution, a written complaint can be registered by contacting:

Educational Approval Board

201 West Washington Ave / PO Box 8996, Madison, WI 53708-8696

Phone: 608-266-1996 Fax: 608-264-8477

E-mail: eabmail@eab.wisconsin.gov

http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/contact.asp

Student Appeal Process

The student may submit a written appeal of his/her dismissal within five calendar days of their receipt of the dismissal notice.  The appeal should be addressed to the Director.  The appeal must be accompanied by documentation of the mitigating circumstances that have prevented the student from attaining satisfactory academic progress. 

Only extraordinary circumstances will be considered, such as a death or severe illness in the immediate family.

The Director will assess all appeals, and determine whether the student may be permitted to continue in school on a probationary status, despite not meeting the satisfactory progress requirements.  The student will be sent the written decision within ten days of the school’s receipt of the appeal.  The decision of the Director is final.

Students reinstated on appeal are on a 60 day probationary status during which time they must meet the terms and conditions set out in the Director’s letter granting the appeal. At the end of the 60 day probationary period, the student’s academic status will be reviewed. 

General Academic Information

Program Duration is 624 hours over a 52 week period.

Serenity Now School of Massage uses clock hours to measure instructional (contact) time.  A minimum of 624 clock hours, over a 52 week period, will be the basis against which attendance will be measured. The instructor determines when a class shall break.

Grading Policy, Assessments, and Evaluations

The following example of a rubric outlines scoring tools for assessment of core competencies:

Performance

Value

Performance Rating

Quality

Criteria

5

Proficient

In command of stroke

Effectively accesses and mobilizes tissues, identifies areas of restriction

3

Developing

Some hesitation

Effectively accesses tissues with some mobilization; unsure of areas of restriction

1

Emerging

Tentative

Accesses tissue with no attempt to move or mobilize

0

Not present

Unskilled

Did not perform; does not know technique

Course evaluations will be made with quizzes and exams. 

Practical course work will be evaluated with hands on application, rubrics for core competencies, and instructor comments.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Minimum Requirements

Serenity Now School of Massage expects students to attend every scheduled class session. Full-time enrollment constitutes a minimum of 12 hours per week classroom instruction/practical as well as home study/project work throughout the academic year.  

A student must attend 100% of the scheduled class hours during each term in order to meet satisfactory academic progress and graduation requirements. If a student is unable to attend a class due to illness or emergency, make-up hours are available at a cost of $40 per scheduled hour.  If a student does not complete the 341 hours prior to the end of term one and the 283 hours prior to the end of term two, the student risks withdrawal.  If a student has more than 3 absences in a term, the student risks withdrawal.

Absences, Tardiness and Early Departure

Serenity Now School of Massage uses the following definitions when evaluating student attendance:

Absence: The student does not attend the assigned class session.

Tardiness: A student enters the class more than 15 minutes after the designated start time.

Early departure: A student leaves the class 15 minutes or more prior to the class being dismissed.

Unexcused absence: A student misses a class without contacting the school, or has two tardies, which equal an unexcused absence.

Absences, tardiness and early departures will be recorded by the instructor, along with sign-in attendance sheets, with times noted as appropriate. Arriving late and leaving early affects the determination of a student’s attendance requirement. Students are required to make-up missed hours.

Attendance is taken in every class period by the instructor, to the nearest quarter hour. Each day the class rosters are recorded in the student’s electronic records. The cumulative attendance information is contained in student progress reports for each term.

Excused absences, or leave of absence, may be arranged in emergency situations, such as death in family or illness, with the director, not to exceed 6 days.  Students are expected to call the school or e-mail prior to the start of class.  Unexcused absences need to be made up and arranged with director within 7 days.

Attendance Probation and Termination

Students are placed on a 30 day probation period and are sent probation letters if they fail to meet the attendance benchmark at the end of each term, which is 341 hours prior to the end of term one and the 283 hours prior to the end of term two. Students who fail to raise the attendance requirement to 100% at the end of the probationary period will be dismissed. A student who misses 3 consecutive days of classes will be terminated.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be making satisfactory academic progress, a student must attend 100% of the scheduled class hours during each term and to have a minimum performance value of 3 (Developing). 

For the purpose of determining overall satisfactory progress, and completion of the program, each program is divided into two terms. To be considered satisfactory, a student must achieve a minimum performance value of 3 (Developing), by the end of each term.

Students not meeting satisfactory progress will be placed on a 30 day probation period and are sent probation letters.  Students who fail to raise the progress to a satisfactory level at the end of the probationary period will be dismissed.

If the student is determined by the director to have raised academic progress to the satisfactory progress, the student will be informed, in writing, of the re-admittance from probation.

Review of Student Records

The Director, in conjunction with the instructor, will review student performance with the student at the end of each weekend. This review is conducted to identify individual and group difficulties and to initiate appropriate action to address the problem of unexcused absences or lack of satisfactory academic performance.  All student records will remain the property of the school and will be stored for a minimum of six years.  All student transcripts are kept permanently.  All student records are kept confidential on a secure server electronically.

Methods of Teaching

The massage therapy program is an integrated curriculum that enables students to develop the complex behavior patterns required of professional massage therapists. Specific skill sets (e.g., legal responsibilities, massage process, technical competencies) form threads that are learned and reinforced throughout the program. By linking previous and current sessions, students are able to acquire a comprehensive understanding of industry requirements as well as specific skills.

Theoretical content is presented in lecture, textbook assignments, group discussions, study handouts, website referents, and enhanced materials such as videos. 

The hands-on clinical components, as well the theory components, move from simple to complex.  Clinical learning is an essential part of the curriculum. Students prepare for the clinical experience by mastering essential skills related to specific massage techniques. Guidance from the instructor, skill demonstrations, hands-on practical training and roleplaying using another student as the client are the primary experiential learning methods. Every effort is made to coordinate theory and clinical experience.

Project-based learning (PBL) uses classroom projects to facilitate learning and assess student competence.  PBL is an instructional method that provides students with complex tasks based on challenging questions or problems that involve the students’ problem solving, decision making, investigative skills, and reflection that includes teacher facilitation, but not direction. 

Class Size and Equipment 

Serenity Now School of Massage is located on the second floor of the YWCA 613 5th Street in Wausau, WI 54403. Classes are held in a large room that is able to hold up to 20 students. There are two restrooms, which both have hand dispensers of antibacterial soap. Restrooms are located in public common hallway near the hands-on classroom. Changing areas are utilized by massage students; these are located near the hands-on classroom within the suite.

Serenity Now School of Massage can provide the following accommodations at the school location for students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified: wheelchair entrance ramp access, elevators, restroom accessible facilities, special testing accommodations (e.g., extended time for tests), and other "reasonable" accommodations.

Serenity Now School of Massage will maintain a maximum student to instructor ratio of 10:1 for all components of the program. 

Job Settings

Because massage therapy is practiced in a wide variety of settings, a single job description is not sufficient. Massage therapists generally work one-on-one with clients in a quiet setting. Depending on the depth of his or her training, a massage therapist's purpose may vary from providing stress reduction/ health enhancement to working cooperatively with other health care providers in pain management and injury rehabilitation. Massage therapists may see as few as one or two clients a day in private practice, to as many as ten or more in a health club or spa. Sessions may range from fifteen minutes to two hours in length, depending on the purpose of the massage.

Due to the physical and emotional demands of massage therapy, massage therapists commonly work less than 35 hours a week – though each individual’s capacity will vary. Thus, a large percentage of therapists practice part-time, generally less than 10 hours a week.

National statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicate that almost 70 percent of all massage therapists are self-employed, either in an office or in the home. About 10 percent of those in private practice are on a part time basis.  About 13 percent work in the personal care services field, which includes health clubs, hotels, YWCAs and YMCAs, fitness centers, massage centers, sports clinics, resorts and spas, and beauty salons. Another 8 percent work in nursing homes, chiropractic offices, or with physicians and physical therapists. Other locations may be airports, malls, and as a corporate benefit in many small and large businesses.

Salaries

Earnings vary with geographic location, type of practice, work situation (self-employed, own business, employee), size of clientele, and experience. 

Locally, according to salary.com, massage therapists earn a median wage of $38,748 per year. Self-employed massage therapists typically charge $25-$50 per hour in rural communities and $50-$70 in urban areas. More than two-thirds of all massage therapists are normally self-employed. Some work as contract employees for health practitioners or fitness clubs and earn 40-80% of the massage fees charged. 

Training and Other Qualifications and Advancement

Requirements for education and training vary among states that license massage therapy, and unlicensed states, which regulate massage through municipal ordinances. Most massage therapists learn their skills in schools that teach massage. These vary in length from 600 to 2,200 hour curricula taught over a period of six to twenty-four months. 

Massage practitioners do not have the classic career ladder, in that advancements are not achieved through promotion to positions of higher responsibilities. Instead, a therapist can take additional courses to add additional specialization and enhance competencies. By expanding skills, the therapist is usually able to increase clientele and fees. 

Licensing Requirements

In accordance with the Massage Therapist and Bodywork Therapist ACT of Wisconsin (ACT355) persons engaged in massage therapy for compensation must be licensed by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

http://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=014ac1de-1329-4f2d-b4c9-50bd3771442e

The Department shall issue licenses to individuals who have successfully completed a minimum of 600 clock hours of supervised classroom and supervised hands-on instruction and passed a massage therapist licensing examination.

http://dsps.wi.gov/Documents/Credentialing%20Forms/Health%20Application%20Forms/fm2961.pdf

2013/2014 Academic Calendar

School - designated holidays 2013

1-Jan

 New Year's Day

27-May

 Memorial Day

4-Jul  

Independence Day

2-Sep  

Labor Day

28-Nov

 Thanksgiving Day

29-Nov

 Day after Thanksgiving

24-Dec

 Christmas Eve

25-Dec

 Christmas

School - designated holidays 2014

1-Jan

 New Year's Day

26-May

 Memorial Day

4-Jul

Independence Day

1-Sep

 Labor Day

27-Nov

 Thanksgiving Day

28-Nov

 Day after Thanksgiving 

24-Dec

 Christmas Eve

25-Dec

 Christmas

Serenity Now School of Massage

613 5th Street, Wausau, WI  54403 Tel: 715-842-1772

Email: Serenity_Now_School_of_Massage@yahoo.com

After completing and returning this application, the school administration will contact you for a personal interview.  After your personal interview, you will be notified as to your acceptance within 3 business days.

$5500 tuition includes the following:

  • Books
  • State application fee
  • National application fee
  • Your own personal massage table
  • Classroom materials

Required supplies not provided by the school:

  • Scrubs (approx. $30)
  • Linens (approx. $20)

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

1. PERSONAL DETAILS

Title: □Mr  □Miss  □Mrs  □Other:

Date of Birth:

Last Name:

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First Name:

Gender:

Other Names:

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2.  CONTACT DETAILS

Email Address:

Home Telephone Number:

Work/Cell Number:

Residential Address:

Mailing Address:

City:

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State/Zip:

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3.  ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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4.  STUDENT DECLARATION

I hereby certify that information entered above is correct and complete.  I understand that false information will invalidate this application.  I have read and understand the school catalog.  I understand the refund policy and that I may cancel my application by notifying the school within 3 business days of submission for a full refund of all tuition paid.

This application for admissions must be accompanied by:

  • $100 application fee
  • Copy of your high school diploma, GED, etc.
  • Statement from a medical professional that you can safely participate in this massage therapy course. 
  • Resume or short statement including your educational and employment history
  • Cover letter introducing yourself and your reason(s) for choosing to enter a massage therapy program.

*All class dates and times are subject to modification depending on enrollment.

X________________________________________  Date: ___________________

  Applicant’s Signature

Buyer’s Right to Cancel:

The student has the right to cancel the initial application agreement until midnight of the fifth business day after the student has been accepted into the program (i.e., the date the school has co-signed the enrollment agreement).  If the information about the Buyer’s Right to Cancel is not provided in writing to the prospective student, the applicant has the right to cancel enrollment at any time and receive a refund of all monies paid to date within 10 days of cancellation.  The “Buyer’s Right to Cancel” information is stated on the back of the enrollment agreement.

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Serenity Now Massage & Bodywork, LLC
110 Jefferson Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 842-1SPA