Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, Appoints Atlanta School Of Massage Faculty Member And Former Graduate To The First Massage Therapy Board In Georgia

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Local Massage School Continues To Influence the Massage Therapy Industry Though Involvement In The Newly Formed Georgia Massage Therapy Board.

Atlanta School of Massage is once again helping to shape the future of the massage industry through its involvement in the newly formed Massage Therapy Board. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Melony Phillips-Gorin, faculty supervisor and instructor, Atlanta School of Massage, and Jane H. Johnson, Atlanta School of Massage graduate, to the newly formed Massage Therapy Board. These individuals will represent the consumer, massage therapy community and massage therapy schools as two of the five members of the state massage board.

Melony Phillips-Gorin is serving her second term as vice president of the governing board of the American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools and previously chaired its ethics committee. Jane H. Johnson, former government relations’ chairperson for the Georgia Chapter of The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), spearheaded the massage therapy board legislative efforts and has worked tirelessly in support of the Georgia Massage Therapy Practice Act, Bill SB110.

This important inaugural board will be responsible for upholding the legislation approved by the Georgia legislature for regulation of the therapeutic massage industry. The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy will set the tone for ethical, professional massage in the state and makes Georgia the 35th state to regulate massage therapy. Consumers will now have assurance that any licensed massage therapist has met the educational requirements posed by the state. Massage therapists should refer to the state website for important timelines regarding individual licensure -

A long time advocate of creating a regulatory body for the Massage Industry, Atlanta School of Massage has supported the effort to achieve this important milestone. Atlanta School of Massage is very proud to be associated with such dedicated individuals and will continue to be supportive of them in their new roles.

About the Massage School Atlanta School of Massage:

The Atlanta School of Massage, a pioneer and international leader among massage therapy schools is celebrating 25 successful years in massage therapy education. In keeping with their pioneering tradition, they continue to grow their long history of accomplishments:

  • First Massage Therapy school to open in the state of Georgia
  • First Massage Therapy school in Georgia to be Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)
  • Named a 2004 School of Distinction by the ACCSCT
  • First Massage Therapy school in Georgia to be approved by the US Department of Education to offer Title IV funding
  • First to partner with Emory University on research into the beneficial effects of neuromuscular therapy on patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • The first Massage Therapy school in Georgia to open a skin care division, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics

Atlanta School of Massage is located at 2 Dunwoody Park, Atlanta Georgia 30338. For more information, call 1-888-276-6277 or visit For more information on our skin care division, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, one of the premier esthetician schools, visit


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