The first law regulating massage was passed in 1951. The school was founded The Hot Springs School of Therapy Technology by Fred Farmere, and received its license on April 1, 1957. Mr. Farmere operated the school from 1957 until his death in 1976. His wife Martha Farmere, a licensed instructor, continued to operate the school in Hot Springs, AR until 1980. In 1981 classes were moved to the Little Rock, AR area. Ron Wallace, a long time instructor with Ms. Farmere, was very interested in the continued growth of the school and upon Ms. Farmere's retirement in 1998, bought the Hot Springs School from her. Gregg Benefiel graduated from that school under the instruction of Ron Wallace. Gregg, like the Farmere's and Mr. Wallace, is very interested in the continued growth of massage therapy in Arkansas . Thus, Massage Works was established in 2004 and in 2010 Gregg and Theanna bought that original school, now named Touching America - Hot Springs School of Massage Therapy Technology, which is now located in Maumelle, AR. Our goal is: graduating competent, caring, intuitive, compassionate, and successful massage therapists.


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