History of the Institute for Massage Education

Where our story began.

In 1986, Su Bibik and Jim Herweg started doing massage and providing cleansing services out of their home. As their practice grew, clients began asking Su & Jim if they could teach them how to do massage. And so was born the Professional Massage Therapy Program. The first class had three students. 

Then we became a school.

By 1993, the Professional Massage Therapy Program was running strong and the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts became a licensed school of Massage & Bodywork. Su and Jim continued to practice as massage therapists as well as grow the Massage Therapy Program out of what they were finding in the therapy room. This focus on instructors bringing their experience as practicing Massage Therapists into the classroom remains a keystone of the program.

Planning for the future.

To reflect who we are, the school changed its name to the Institute for Massage  Education in 2010. We remain committed to training successful massage and bodywork professionals as we have been doing for over 20 years.  

The Institute for Massage Education has maintained a membership with Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) since it’s inception.