Cissie Pryor developed an interest in all things health related early on in her life. In her practice and research over the years, it became apparent to her that massage, hydrotherapy and detox methods were key to healthcare and mental wellness. She believes people are empowered to live a healthy life when their central nervous system is relaxed and when they are in control of their mind and body.See Full Biography
David Pryor is a passionate advocate of natural health and helping others develop a holistic lifestyle that supports wellness. He and his wife, Cissie, are delighted to have served the people of the greater Memphis area for 35+ years. Together, Cissie and David operate the Tennessee School of Massage - a 700 hour comprehensive massage therapy program and Living Health Day Spa - a wellness and sound therapy spa.
TN School of Massage really prepared me for work as a licensed massage therapist. The anatomy classes were taught in a way that wasn’t over my head. The class sizes were not over-crowded, which allowed me to have a great relationship with the instructors, have open and honest conversations during in-class discussions, & form great bonds and study groups with my classmates. I also got real-world, hands-on experience working in a boutique spa that is associated with the school, which allowed me to gain clientele feedback.
I highly recommend TN School of Massage. The classes fully prepare you for the licensing exam, provide real experience, and teach other areas within our scope of practice not found at most massage programs in an environment that I enjoyed going to for school.
— Madison Criswell, LMT
For me, attending TSOM was one of the most amazing, life changing experiences. It has been three years since earning my license, and I now own a thriving private practice, where I get to do something I love every day – ease pain and lift spirits. And although I’ve been out of school for 3 years, I still meet with David and Cissie on a regular basis for business advice and mentoring.
Is this program challenging? Yes. Do you need to be self-motivated in order to be successful? You absolutely do. But, if you are willing to do the hard work it takes to complete the program and take the state boards, then you’ll discover a career that is both fulfilling and fun.
— Jeanne Goddard, LMT Spa Owner Namaste Memphis
I am SO glad that I chose Tennessee School of Massage and Living Health. Cissi's teaching is more extensive than I expected-I've been learning not only about massage but also about so many other natural ways of keeping up the body and mind, it's fascinating. Even with so much to learn and so much group discussion, the atmosphere is relaxed and flexible, each student gets the one on one instruction he/she needs and is allowed to help the other students with their needs. The class flows so well. I have been there for 3 months now and for the life of me I can't figure out where the time has gone, or how I've come so far in that time. With tons of gratitude,
— Rachel Vandeven LMT
Tennessee School of Massage is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.
Disclaimer: Although we do work with students through flexible 0% interest payment plans, we are a private school and do not accept Federal Pell Grants. We do work with VA Students.
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