Flowers, towels and a balanced stack of massaging stones

Joe Lubow, LMT and Sonia Ragan, LMT

Sonia Ragan is co-owner of Ballroom City Dance Studio in Sarasota where she teaches amateur and professional ballroom dancers. Sonia has been teaching and competing for 26 years. Her career lead her to become a United States Open 9-Dance finalist, adjudicator, and invigilator for the National Dance Council of America.

Sonia graduated from SSMT in 2015 and has a private practice treating people with complicated pain syndromes using Neuromuscular Therapy and Sacred Thai Bodywork. She has been teaching Anatomy and Physiology at SSMT since 2017.

Sonia was mentored by the late Jim Cain from 2015-2020 and it is her goal to continue educating people on the Jim Cain method of Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release.

“Our main goal as massage therapists is mindfulness” -Jim Cain

Joe Lubow, the current owner and director of SSMT, teaches A&P, Fascial Bodywork, Postural Analysis, and Neuromuscular Therapy at the school. Joe, a leader in massage therapy education, has assisted the instruction of gross anatomy dissection seminars for massage therapists at the University of South Florida College of Medicine for 28 years, and was instrumental in their creation in 1993.

Joe served on the Examination Committee of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) from 2008 until 2014, and as its Chair from 2010-2014. He is also active with the national association of massage educators, the Alliance For Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE), serving on it's Leadership Development Committee since the organization’s founding in 2010.

He has practiced Swedish massage since 1988, Neuromuscular therapy since 1992, and structural integration since 2006. He has been passionate about both massage and massage therapy education since first becoming a massage therapist in 1988.

Upcoming Classes

May 18 - 19, 2024 NMT 3 - Sciatica, Scoliosis, Low Back and Hip Pain

Advanced Techniques for the Treatment of Pain


July 13 - 14, 2024 NMT 4 - Lower Extremity and Knee, Ankle and Foot Injuries

Advanced Techniques for the Treatment of Pain


September 7 - 8, 2024 NMT 1 - Head, Neck and TMJ Dysfunction

Advanced Techniques for the Treatment of Pain


October 26 - 27, 2024 NMT 2 - Upper Extremity and Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Injuries

Advanced Techniques for the Treatment of Pain