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Rising Spirit was founded in 1994 by Drs. Bruce and Martha Costello, and was originally known as the New Life Institute School of Massage Excellence. Drs. Costello felt that there was a growing demand for a quality Massage Therapy school in Atlanta that offered more than the traditional massage program. In January 2001, the name was changed to reflect the expanding vision the founders had for the school. In June 2006, Rising Spirit went through another transformation with the acquisition of Rising Spirit by Gwinnett College, and Michael Davis was named President. We are excited by the expansion of our student body as well as the different options available to our students as well as those of Gwinnett College. We see this as a giant leap forward for Metro-Atlantans, as it creates many new educational and career opportunities.
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I Just Had To Write A Review

I just had to write a review because I really think that people should know that there is a school in Atlanta that will teach you everything you need to know and some.
Gwinnett College Sandy Springs has the most awesome teachers, Crewes, Carl, Irwin, and Jason to name a few will make sure that what you learn sticks!
Talk about interactive, I am learning sometimes and don't even realize it because their classes are so engaging, current, and relevant.
The staff are always very helpful, and yes Ty to be a young man with sooooo many hats never makes you feel like an outcast or that you are bothering him. He gets the job done.
I am currently in the MT program, and I would recommend this school to anyone who is serious about learning and want the best school in town to learn it.

Rising Spirit Grad


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Boy are you guys in for a suprise

Look i have been in the field for a while and i will be the first to tell anyone that this is the school to go to. I have worked and received massages from other grads and they do not compare!!! They usually don't know what they are doing!!! Rising Spirit students have a far better education than any other student coming from other schools. Hands down!

Now ASM students are usually taught how to talk the talk. They take specialized courses that do not focus on modality but more on how to behave and what to expect. How ever they do not know NMT and other massage modalities that are in my oppinion what you need to know to help manage pain in medical settings.

Clock hour schools are very stressful. When you punch a clock, like every other machine it will mess you up if you rely on it. I am currently enrolled in a clock hour school and it sucks!!!! I am constantly hearing complaints about hours not being counted and classes having to be taken over and credits not getting counted!!! It is a stress i never had to worry about!! I personally have had a hard time with it and I work my but off!!!

News FLASH NO TRADE SCHOOL TRANSFERS!!!! They want you to do things there way! and want your full money! if you went to another community collage that offers it, they probably will!

DON""T PLAN ON DOING MASSAGE FOR A LIVING!!! Yes i said it. Right now we are being priced out by Massage Envy and Groupon nuts!! It is slowly becoming a minimum wage job no matter what school you go to or what your back ground is. Most places offer Swedish and deep tissue any other modality is not offered or heard of. Nobody right now wants to pay a lot for a massage and specials are everywhere. I do not know one therapist making over $35 a year and that is the hustlers. Don’t expect steady money. Half the year you will starve.

Doctors do not respect you because of all the BS out there!!!

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!! You will be nationally certified, not just state certified is what you want!!!!



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No Good

I asked before I started if my credits would transfer to another school, because my husband and I were planning on moving in the next year, and I wanted to make sure that my time here would not be wasted. ""Yes, your credits will transfer, as long as it's to another Massage School,"" is what I was told. Well, apparently they will tell you whatever they can to get you in the door and take your money, because this is not true. I tried 3 different Massage Schools in the area I now live in, and none of them would accept transferred credits. So here I am, with 6 months of massage therapy training, yet I've had to start over at square 1. Not to mention the $5,000 that I wasted. And the time that I did spend here, was not satisfactory at all :( The ""small, one-on-one"" classes had 20+ people in them, and one of my instructors was simply the worst teacher I had ever had. I've learned more in 4 weeks from the instructors that i have now, than I did in 6 months at Gwinnett College. I would not recommend this place to anyone.



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Gwinnett College - Sandy Springs is an outstanding place!!!!

The instructors are literally amazing, like for real. I learned more than I ever thought possible. Carl Christie is extremely knowledgeable and fun to learn with. Scott Crewes is perhaps one of the most interactive, engaging teachers I have ever been in the classroom with. Dr. Ellis really takes education to the next level, I still have notes taken from his class that I will forever keep, his information is golden, priceless.

Gwinnett has a great, small campus environment with caring administrative staff that want you to succeed. Ty Davis, one of the upper level administrators, is the BEST, I literally have never met a person with such charisma, passion for education, and a love for the students. I felt like a member of his family from day one.

The President of the school is a man of true integrity and compassion. He is also one of the most approachable people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. He is more like a good neighbor than the president of a college.

I have nothing but positive things to say about the rest of the Administrative staff as well. Bob in job placement was diligent and professional in getting me job interviews, he even helped me fine tune my resume to help my chances. Nick in admissions was so helpful and nice, he even helped me find apartments in the area so I could be closer to school. Miss Myra at the front desk is one of the sweetest human beings I have ever met.

I have nothing but good things to say about my time at Gwinnett College - Sandy Springs and will always have fond memories. My education was second to none, the skills and knowledge I obtained there have helped me to succeed in a career that I love!!! I never could have done it without Gwinnett College - Sandy Springs.



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Best School There Is

I am a recent graduate of Gwinnett College/Rising Spirit and I have to say this school is amazing! They absolutely bend over backwards to help their students. The staff felt like my family. How they keep everything in such great order when it could easily crumble is beyond me. Between Ms. Montini, Bob Heath and Dr. Michelle you are well taken care of. They go out of their way to make sure of it. If you are fortunate enough to attend this school, I highly recommend it. Interview all of the massage schools in the area, and you will see hands down, this school is wonderful!

I interviewed the other ""massage schools"" in the Atlanta area and Gwinnett College by far exceeds the others. The price of the tuition is thousands cheaper, they are much more professional and have their act together! I was immediately impressed from my first meeting with Nick. He follows up promptly but doesn't pester. It took approximately six months for me to get Everest to take me off their calling list. It was like a mad bill collector LOL, and the school was very unprofessional. Not to mention they have been on Fox 5 for not being able to keep their accreditation. I've noticed some former Gwinnett College students complaining about having to pay to retake classes if you fail (wake up, that's every college) what's awful is when your school (Everest Institute) loses their accreditation and you have to retake every class and pay for it because of their inability to prove themselves. Now that's worth being dissatisfied about!

I felt so blessed for the instructors I had at Gwinnett College/Rising Spirit, most of which are grads from when it was Rising Spirit or New Life. They truly know their material and are awesome at being able to teach it in a way that people can understand. If you need help understanding the material, the instructors will do whatever it takes to help you if you are serious about learning. Unfortunately, there are always those few students who would rather complain and cause a scene or clown around the entire time and aren't dedicated to learning the material and end up interfering with the other student's learning. There is only so much an instructor can do with people like that. Those students tend to weed themselves out. Thankfully!`

I graduated high school 15 years ago. Needless to say I was a little rusty in the academic department. I was going through a divorce, have 3 small children and had a 3 hour commute each day. A lot of days were hard to stay focused. With that said, the instructors made material that can be so hard to understand...understandable and into every day realistic terms/scenarios. Some kicked me in the rear when I needed that extra push, and they all have a wonderful sense of humor and caring side to them. Support from every direction.

The president of the school, Mike Davis, makes himself available to everyone as if he were your best bud. His door always open. To see him eating lunch with the students is very normal. He is always full of praise for his students and makes them feel at home. He actually cares about the legitimate concerns and opinions of his students, and always willing to listen and take action when it's needed. He's awesome!



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An awesome school!

I can't help but notice some complaints about Gwinnett College/Rising Spirit on here. Here's my take on some of those specific complaints. They don't ""give"" you a table and neither do any of the other schools. The other schools charge you for them and add it to your tuition, not giving you the option to shop for the one you want to buy (which will last a huge majority of your career). Instead they have several to offer if you choose to buy them through the school, but can buy a table off amazon or ebay if you want. Heck, a yard sale for that matter....instead of racking up charges on your bill to the college. Which is again, thousands less than the other ""massage schools"" in the Atlanta area!

Having to bring your own sheets and cream to's not like the school keeps them when you leave! You will have your sheets to start your career with! BTW Gwinnett College lets you take your clients with you from clinic when you graduate, how awesome! I wasn't forced to use a cream that I was allergic to or didn't like....I was able to bring what I wanted to use. It's the real world, buck up! I happily prefer to pay for a few sheet sets and cream than pay for the malpractice type insurance that the school has to pay for to have STUDENTS work on real clients. Ya kinda can't buy your own insurance until you have graduated, taken the national and have a business license. Thank you Mr. Davis for paying for my insurance! Oh and thank you for paying for the tv ads that got clients in the clinic for me. No telling what that cost either.

If you are serious about becoming a massage therapist and want an awesome top notch education I highly suggest you compare this school to the rest before you pick. Then you will see first hand what a great decision you made. I'm sad that school is over for me and will greatly miss it.

li mama2


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Before you enroll make sure to ask questions especially regarding their Clinic Class. Yes it is a class which you can fail or pass. The class requires that you have 15 massage hours per quarter . And if you don't make the 15 hour quota you fail the class. You DO NOT receive clock hours and the massage hours are NOT cumulative. If you fail the class you have to pay to retake. Also they are NOT responsible for getting you clients, the response to this is that they are teaching you how it will be in the ""real world"". Even though this is a class they only supply you with a room and bed. You have to bring your own sheets and lotions however they will rent you sheets for $5.00. I checked around and no other massage schools handle thier clinic in this manner. Most places have cumulative clock hours and it's not based on how many massage you do. Please ask questions.



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If you value your money do not attend this school. They are bunch of money hungry people at this school. They charge all these fees to your account then they take out this ridiculous student loan for you. They charge you graduation fees before you even Everything is so secretive at this school, they act like they are some FBI or something. No qualified teachers, no direct curiculum, they just put you in any classes that they have open at the time you enroll. all they care about is gettin you to sign those finacial ai papers, then everything goes down hill. Please be aware. I was there for 3 months and i couldnt wait to leave.



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This school did not transfer my credits as I was told. I was charged more loan and Financial aid money and had to take classes I had already taken. They hand write their ledgers an even change them. Watch your pocketbook or loan debt. They seem only interested in MONEY and these types of schools are on every corner. Do your research. Your classes will never be accepted at an affordable State school because this school is not accepted by regional state colleges yet the expensive for profit schools will take your money again. dot com/college-education/article/109081/in-hard-times-lured-into-trade-school-and-debt



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Great Massage for the Price!

I had my first massage at the Gwinnett Massage School and it was amazing. The student really listened to what was bothering me and focused on that. I really liked that this is a full 60 min massage not a 50 min like normal places. This is not a fancy place; expect to just have a great massage and leave feeling like a new person. I am definitely going back regularly!!!



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Great Massage - will definitely recommend to everyone

Went and received a massage here from recommendation from friend. I was told to not be ready for a spa experience because thats not what the school is about. However, I received one of the best massages I have ever received. I scheduled a 90-minute relaxation massage, and when I got there my therapist did wonders on my body (and it was only $55!). I was hurting in more places than I realized, and she worked those kinks out. Highly recommended for everyone wanting a true massage and not a fluff-and-buff.

I found them by googling Rising Spirit Institute.