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Hurricane Irma Notice

Update Saturday September 9, 10:15 AM

It looks like we are likely to end up in the worst-case scenario, or close to it. If you have a place to go, there is still time to leave. If you are staying, and the forecast continues to be this bad by this evening, go to a shelter. Please be safe SSMT community! We love you!

The school will be closed Monday, and may be closed for longer. We will continue to post updates here.

Original Post – Sept. 6 2:43 PM

SSMT will be closed Friday and Saturday, September 8th & 9th. Though the storm is still more than 5 days out, everyone should make preparations in case it’s needed.

The school and clinic will remain open through Thursday evening.

At this point there is better than a 50% chance that we will experience no severe weather at all. There is a 15% chance that we will experience hurricane force winds, and a small – but not insignificant – chance that we experience a direct hit from a major hurricane. We encourage the entire SSMT community to make preparations to be out of harms way in the event that becomes necessary over the weekend.

This post will be updated throughout the weekend. At this point the plan is to have class Monday, but students can check this post for updates as conditions change.

Stay safe!

Our Website is now Complete on Mobile

In 2015 we unveiled a new mobile site that contained some of the most important information about the school. Last year we launched a full new desktop site, and quickly realized that the more limited mobile site needed to include everything the desktop site did.

Today we are pleased to announce that everything works everywhere. The complete website, including this blog, continuing education registration, the online application, student/alum login area, and every other feature of the desktop site is now available and optimized for every device.

We hope you like it!

A Special Message For Heritage Institute Students

Welcome sign with rose hanging on doorThe faculty and staff of Sarasota School of Massage Therapy extend our heartfelt support to Heritage Institute’s students and staff during this time of transition. Community is important to us at SSMT. We have a deep passion for the massage therapy field and are saddened to see so many affected by this closure.

We invite Heritage students to a caring and supportive phone call (941-957-0577) to explore the possibility of completing their education.  You can also schedule a tour or complete an online application.

How Life Changes May Affect Financial Aid

Have you recently been laid off?  Changed jobs?  Got divorced?  If any of these life events (or a few others) have happened since you filed your 2015 tax return, then your real-world financial picture may be different than what appears on your financial aid application (FAFSA).  Maybe you’re only making half of what you did in 2015.  Maybe you’re unemployed.  Maybe you’re now separated or divorced which has resulted in a loss of income for your household.  Whatever the situation, your financial aid office might be able to help you. Continue reading

A Highly Recommended Read!

Forward Facing Trauma Therapy by Eric Gentry, PhD

trauma-homeStress is a physiological phenomenon, and trauma is stress that hasn’t been worked through. This is for everyone. Robert Scare taught us that trauma is a spectrum. From PTSD at one end to the mild unresolved stress we all experience that can lead to reactivity and misery, this fabulous book by Dr. Eric Gentry takes a somatic approach to healing trauma along the entire spectrum. It is an amazing book; I can’t recommend it highly enough!

How to Learn Anything – Part 1: An Introduction

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”                                            –Mahatma Gandhi

There is nothing in life quite like the “eureka moment;” that instant when something that previously made no sense comes into perfect focus: “I’ve got it!”

How do we prepare ourselves to have more of those moments? Continue reading

SSMT Website Has A New Design!

It’s been an absurdly long time coming. We admit it. We’ve been working on this (slowly) for years.

The old site was designed in 2002 and has been showing it’s age for some time. We hope you find the new site more informative, easier to navigate, and more pleasant to look at.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid Just Got Simpler!

There are two new important changes to the 2017-2018 application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Both should make filling out the application easier and give you the ability to see your entire financial aid package sooner!

Student Aid ApplicationFirst, the 2017-2018 financial aid award year doesn’t start until July 1, 2017, but now you can fill out your FAFSA as soon as October 1, 2016.  We used to have to wait until January!  This means you can see your entire financial aid picture sooner.

The second change is that you’ll use your 2015 tax return Continue reading

Hello World

Welcome to the SSMT Blog!

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This will be the place for announcements, musings, and general sharing of ideas by the staff at SSMT. Our intention is for some entries to be informative, others to be practical.  and many  to be thought provoking.

Whether you are a student, graduate, fan of massage therapy, or someone exploring the possibility of becoming a massage therapist, we hope you will find something interesting in these pages.

Want to Know More?

A chat with one of the SSMT Admissions Guides, Autumn Lopez or Sue Toscano, is the best way to get your questions answered. Call 877-613-7768 - or click below to request a caring and supportive conversation.

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