The Newport Massage School belongs to some of the nation’s leading professional massage and bodywork organizations. We are approved by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, which is the exclusive educational governing body in the state of Rhode Island. Their regulations and approval board are prudent and highly esteemed. We are also approved as a "Assigned School", as well as a "Approved Continuing Education Provider" with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Our school is bonded by the organization. All graduates are eligible for a state license in RI as an LMT.

We are now an ITEC registered center and can offer students ITEC qualifications.  ITEC is the premier international awarding organization and their high standards are recognized by potential employers in 38 countries around the globe.  If there is even the possibility that you will want to utilize your skills in another country, ITEC qualifications will make that transition easier and show that your skills are matched to a global standard. They are the leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Beauty & Spa Therapy, Hairdressing, Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training and Customer Service. 

All Of The Information Regarding Rules And Regulations For Licensing Massage Therapist In The State Of Rhode Island Can Be Found Here

About Us

In operation since 1999, SAMA is one of the only credentialed, professional and holistic Ayurvedic massage schools to offer certification, state licensure and online education in the world. S.A.M.A. means 'balance' in Sanskrit. The Newport Massage School at SAMA  is proprietary, traditional school offering graduates a chance to have a career as a state Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), as well as an Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor. We also offer online and campus seminars for continuing education credits from the NCBTMB for LMTs. According to the science of Ayurveda, the human body, given the right support, has an inherent capacity to heal itself. It is considered 1 of the top 3 medical systems in the world listed by the World Health Organization.  We are one of the only private massage schools in RI recognized by RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Yoga Alliance and Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage (CBTMB), providing students opportunities for a comprehensive, unique and diverse education.

SAMA is nestled by the sea in charming, historic Newport, RI, and our dedicated and spirited founder of SAMA, Karyn Marie Chabot, M. Ay, LMT, RYT fulfills her dream by teaching and helping people live a life of balance, take their health into their hands, make informed choices and find their passion and true purpose. Karyn has been an LMT and Ayurvedic Counselor since 1997 and finds immense happiness in creating the space for her students to heal themselves and heal others.

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Karyn Marie Chabot, M. Ay, LMT, RYT:  Founder, Faculty & Owner

Robin Tanguay, LMT: Director

Brenda Magill: Finance Administrator

Veronica Cintron: Compliance Operations Manager

Mark L Collins: Tech Support & Marketing Manager

Dr. Regis Burlas, MD, LMT:  Student Governor & Main Faculty

Ivy Baker: Quartz Liaison

Amy Revene:  Finance Manager & Karyn's Sister

Jaeda Chabot, LMT:  Massage Faculty & Karyn's Daughter



Dr. John Doulliard

Dr. Regas Burlas

Michael Dick

Kristen Sharma

Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla

Sonia Masaccio

Dr. Meredith Sabins, RN  

Gauri Trainor, D.Ay

Dr. Joseph Mancuso

Barbara Cook

Glen Crowther

Amy Revene

Richard Eidson

The Newport Massage School at S.A.M.A. offers Ayurvedic Medicine and Therapeutic Massage training LMT licensing classes and online NCBTMB (CBTMB) approved e courses. Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification, online webinars, Yoga Alliance Approved Courses and P.A.C.E. Ayurvedic Continuing Education. The Sacred Stone Academy of Massage and Ayurveda is located in RI, just minutes from MA, students from all over New England, VT, CT, NH, ME and New York attend our on campus classes and seminars.