Nashville Academy of Reflexology



About Us

    Nashville Academy of Reflexology is part of a movement to demystify and bring recognition to a health profession that is practiced worldwide. For better health, reflexology works!

In the words of school founder, Gaia Tossing,
"I want to live in a world where safe and effective Reflexology is understood, respected, and available to everyone, so I have created Nashville Academy of Reflexology, LLC. Through the school's training programs, public classes, reflexology clinic, and community outreach, we are:
  • advocating for safe and effective reflexology
  • educating consumers and professionals on the facts about reflexology
  • training competent, caring, and highly qualified reflexologists
  • providing the experience of reflexology to the community
     I welcome you to join the movement and become a Reflexology Advocate with us. Help spread the word about our informative programs and donation based student clinic. Attend classes and learn more about reflexology for better health.  If you feel inspired, come to school and see what we are about. We welcome you to our many Open Houses or to observe a class to consider becoming a professional practitioner. Together we can bring this valuable health field to the light."

INSTRUCTORS

   Gaia Gail Tossing, RCR, LMT

      Owner and Founder of Nashville Academy of Reflexology, Gail Gaia Tossing has had a breadth of experience in 29 years, from opening one of the first massage therapy centers in the Chicago area (Caring Hands Massage Center) to directing massage therapy for North Glen Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, to teaching reflexology and aromatherapy at Natural Health Institute/Genesis Career College and co-founding East Meets West Holistic Education Center for continuing education in Nashville, TN. She studied reflexology at the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) and received her certification in 2003.  She maintains professional memberships in Reflexology Association of America (RAA), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP); and is accredited with the Natural Therapies Certification Board (NTCB).  Ms. Tossing is also a Fully Certified Instructor of Aromatherapy Science and Raindrop Technique through the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education offering C.A.R.E. Certification.  A Registered Certified Reflexologist and Licensed Massage Therapist, Gail Gaia has been in practice in Nashville, TN since 2004. She is grandma to eight (soon to be 9), and a singer/songwriter who performs with sign language and has produced an Award Winning line of Sing 'n Sign programs for children.  One of her favorite pastimes is sharing positive music for kids.     

 
   Jan Schim, LMT

     Jan Schim, LMT, has held instructor positions at the Natural Health Institute, Anthem Career College and Genesis Career College where she taught numerous classes in CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Business, Law, Ethics, Fundamentals of Massage, Reflexology, and the Sciences. She co-founded East Meets West Holistic Education Center to offer continuing education in Nashville.  Ms. Schim received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Anthem College in 2006 and her Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from Natural Health Institute in 2001.  She has maintained her private practice in massage for the past 12 years specializing in CranioSacral Therapy.  A well-known singer and songwriter, Jan is regularly featured at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN.  Through her vast knowledge of music and holistic approaches, Jan appreciates the value of healing through music.  She is very involved in animal rights and rescue and teaches Canine Massage. Spanish is her second language.

DIRECTOR
  
   Carol Ann Baily
, Ed. D.

     Dr. Baily served as the director for Adult Student Services at Middle Tennessee State University for nearly 20 years.  She also held administrative positions at Tennessee State University, Cumberland University, Harding Academy, and Vanderbilt University prior to MTSU.   She was awarded the King-Hampton Award at MTSU for her service to women students and staff on campus as well as the William Kadel Award from Eckerd College for achievement in her career field.

     She earned the doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University with a focus on adult learning and serving adult learners in higher education.  She also holds a M.A. in French from Vanderbilt and a B.A. in French and German from Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, FL.  She earned a Certificat d’études françaises from the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland.    

     Dr. Baily taught French at Vanderbilt, TSU and MTSU throughout her administrative career.  She continues to teach conversational French in private classes using her own textbook entitled Aventures en France.  She also is a calligrapher and teaches calligraphy.

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