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2076 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
In 1987 Karen E. Craig opened The Massage Institute of Memphis in the Harrison Fitness Center on New York Street with a 100 hour massage program. In 1988 the school extended its program to 200 hours and in 1991 the program was again extended to 300 hours. The next year The Massage Institute of Memphis (MIM) moved to Cooper Street and became a 500 hour program. Also in 1992 MIM became the first massage school authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In the Cooper Street location, several graduates rented studio space from the school, developed their clientele and named themselves The Massage Professionals of Memphis. In 1995, Beverly Chumbley left her Nursing instructor's position at The University of Tennessee to join our faculty as the science instructor, increasing the faculty to six. Steadily outgrowing Cooper Street, MIM relocated to Poplar and Highland. By 1998, MIM's faculty consisted of fourteen instructors and the program was 600 hours. In 2007, MIM took temporary residence in the Greystone Center at Poplar and Holmes until moving into its current location on Union Avenue. After many years as instructors, Julie and Dan Wood became the owners of MIM in January 2009.
Committed to educational excellence, The Massage Institute of Memphis remains abreast of state laws, requirements, and national trends and continuously incorporates appropriate changes necessary to prepare students for licensure and registration in the Tri-State area. The school currently has a faculty of eleven instructors and three staff. It has grown to a 700 hour program that meets requirements for registration in Mississippi, licensure in Arkansas, and licensure in Tennessee.
MIM's dedication to continuing education and higher standards has brought awareness of massage to the community.