There are four major questions that need to be addressed when choosing a quality massage therapy program.
Question 1) Is the core curriculum pertinent and up to date with the growing, evolution of the massage therapy profession?
We focus our curriculum on functional anatomy, the application of modalities that are relevant in the job market and incorporate very strong business skills. The job market has expanded into the spa industry and we teach modalities such as Swedish massage, hot stone massage, pre- and post-natal massage, reflexology, and other spa related techniques to separate our graduates from other therapists.
Medical massage has become very relevant in the massage job market and our medical massage modalities are the finest in delivery and content. Assessment skills are under-appreciated in most programs and we make this our strong point and top priority. Orthopedic assessment and muscle testing, corrective exercise and functional movement screenings are thoroughly covered and our students incorporate these techniques in the student clinic aspect of our program. The student clinic reinforces these techniques and builds confidence in their assessment skills. Neuromuscular therapy or trigger point therapy consists of 3 months of our core curriculum. Our manuals and books are the most thorough and provide digital color images of each step. Mark Carangelo, LMT has been teaching neuromuscular therapy for over 18 years and has written many manuals on the subject of medical massage, Active Isolated Stretching and Orthopedic assessment. Mark also formulated a revolutionary protocol called Functional Integeted Therapy (FIT) which utilized many modalities to allow the therapist to pin point the cause of a clients pain and just shase around the symptoms of pain.
Our modalities and topics consist of: anatomy, physiology, pathology, swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone massage, chair massage, myofascial release, active isolated stretching, sports massage, orthopedic assessment, neuromuscular therapy, pre and post natal massage, rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries, successful business skills and New Jersey law.
Combining the aspects of the spa experience and the medical massage experience elevates AIAM into the forefront of massage therapy education.
Question 2) What are the qualifications of the educational staff?
AIAM's chief educator is Mark Carangelo, LMT. Mark has over 18 years of teaching experience and has achieved thousands of hours of clinical experience which he brings to the classroom. Mark's knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for education radiate from every lecture and demonstration he teaches. Mark is and has worked for the New York Jets strength and condtioning staff UFC cage fighters and other elite athletes, Mark is the past treasurer of the AMTANJ and is a featured writer in the AMTANJ publication. His column is called the Flexibility Forum. Most of the books and manuals AIAM utilizes Mark has developed and written. For example the hot stone manual is very clear and has digital color imagery so every step is spelled out clearly.
Experience, knowledge of topics and teaching style are imperative when choosing a quality school.
Question 3) What is the class size, and graduation rate?
This is a very important question that needs to be addressed for every person looking for individual attention. Classes are often too big and the teachers have difficultly providing individual attention for which you are paying for. Retention of information is also limited and you should never feel like a number or overlooked in school. We believe 6-8 students in class translates into a higher quality education. Our graduation rate is among the highest in New Jersey and we are proud of this fact. Graduating students with confidence and integrity is a major goal for AIAM.
Question 4) What is the tuition rate and payment plans?
AIAM has very affordable tuition under $6,500 and has many payment plans to suit everyone's budget Including a 24 month payment plan. We also do not charge interest and the cost of books are low because we only provide books the student will utilize in their educational experience at AIAM.
If you are looking for outstanding education, experienced, compassionate and enthusiastic staff to go along with small class size and affordable tuition, the choice is clear that AIAM will provide you with all of these qualities. Please come visit and receive a complimentary massage and also speak with our student body. The experience at AIAM is enjoyable and will aid you in your choice of a quality massage therapy school.