Our Mission:

At Art of Teaching we believe in quality, affordable continuing education for massage therapists.  We will strive to uphold the professional ethics set forth by the NCBMTB and increase the professionalism, education and enrichment of massage therapists.

Heather Payden
Heather PaydenCo-Owner
Heather Herrick graduated from Headlines Academy of Massage in Sept. 2001. She worked in a Physical Therapy Rehab Center for 3 years. From 2006 to 2014 she owned her own massage business in Rapid City, SD. She is a lifetime learner that has been studying various massage techniques like Reiki, MLD, Acupressure, treatment work and MFR. She has a BA degree in Psychology with an Art minor from Chadron State College. In 2014, she moved to Sioux Falls, SD and is currently the Manager of Royal Table Massage Therapy. In 2018 Rebecca and Heather purchased the South Dakota School of Massage Therapy and she is the Vice-President.
In 2009, she noticed a shortage of available CEU classes for massage therapists in the West River, South Dakota area. So, after completing the requirements for the NCBTMB certification, Art of Teaching was created. Every class that Art of Teaching offers can be used for South Dakota CEU’s for massage therapists and these classes qualify for maintaining the national certification as well.
Rebecca Herrmann B.S. LMT
Rebecca Herrmann B.S. LMTCo-Owner
Rebecca graduated from the South Dakota School of Massage Therapy in 2001 and founded Royal Table Massage Therapy in Sioux Falls, SD. She has also earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Ashford University. In 2018, Rebecca and Heather bought the South Dakotas School Massage Therapy. She has certifications in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and several other modalities.

Paul McSweeney, LMT graduated from the Sioux Falls Therapeutic Massage and Education center in 2004. Massage therapy has been a passion of his since he was the age of 15 and his life experiences bring a unique perspective to the art of massage, movement and breathing.

He has trained in many modalities over the years and my favorites are deep tissue, sports massage, table Thai massage, stretching, Swedish/relaxation, cupping, and reflexology. He is also trained in prenatal, Reiki, MLD, cranial sacral balancing, stone massage, chair massage, energy balancing and others.

Paul’s hobbies are cooking, gardening, politics, music, Star Wars, speed chess, healing, reading (GoT/WoT), photography, Boston sports and technology.