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Orientation - 5 hours
Total Immersion Program Orientation.

Clinic Orientation & Clinical Practicum I, II, & III - 65 hours
Students provide massage therapy to the general public in a professional clinic setting with instructor supervision. Interview skills are cultivated. Documentation of sessions including SOAP notes, and session planning notes are kept, and treatments are planned in consideration of pathologies and contraindications.
Anatomy & Physiology - 40 hours
Intensive study of the systems, organization, and structure of the human body.
Musculoskeletal Anatomy - 40 hours
In depth study of the skeletal, muscular, and articular systems of the human body.
Self Care & Hygiene - 5 hours
Lectures cover proper self care and hygiene for the massage therapist, including proper sanitation and appropriate hygienic practice standards.
Professional Inventory - 10 hours
Students begin to explore why they want to be a massage therapist, and what responsibilities come with the profession.
Swedish Massage Therapy- 40 hours
Students learn how to give a full body Swedish Massage utilizing clasic Swedish strokes such as petrissage, effleurage, tapotement, compressions and friction.
Bodywork Experiential - 40 hours
With a foundation in Swedish Massage; Students are introduced to working with a diverse community including adolescents, senior citizens, and expectant mothers. Experiential exercises help students cultivate more confidence and fluidity when providing a western style massage treatment. Advanced techniques are introduced and practiced.
History and Benefits of Massage - 5 hours
Students learn the origins of massage, and begin to understand the benefits of receiving therapeutic massage as defined by the AMTA.
Holistic Studies - 20 hours
Students are introduced to the methods and benefits of several types of alternative medicines and holistic healthcare. Students also learn how the foods we choose to eat support or damage our health.
Communication Skills - 10 hours
Lectures and exercises include diplomatic, thoughtful, and creative communication skills. Scope of practice is emphasized.
Professional Ethics - 10 hours
This class clearly defines the professional ethics for the massage therapist as described by the AMTA and the NCBTMB.
Psychology of Touch - 10 hours
Students are introduced to psychological responses and conditions that a massage therapist may encounter with their clients. They learn appropriate responses, and when it is necessary to refer to a counselor or clinical therapist.
Business Development - 20 hours
The Business Development course covers a multitude of business activities including marketing, promotion, tax strategies, and office policies.
Anatomy in Clay - 40 hours
Students learn traditional anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body by building the muscular system out of clay onto small skeleton models.
Shiatsu - 20 hours
Introduces the concepts of five element acupuncture theory and how to administer a shiatsu treatment.
Cranial and Somatic Fascial Release (CSFR)- 20 hours
Cranial and Somatic Fascia Release includes a therapeutic protocol to normalize the cranio-sacral pulse. The course includes extremely gentle cranial bone mobilization and appropriate fascia releases. Recognizes the Upledger Hypothesis of the pulse.
Body Mechanics - 10 hours
Client postural assessment, analysis, and healthy ergonomics are introduced. (Body Mechanics is the prerequisite to Kinesiology) Proper body mechanics around the massage table and in the student’s daily life is analyzed and modified to support a healthy lifestyle and longevity in the massage therapy industry.
Hydrotherapy Workshop - 10 hours
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of disease. Students learn the use of hot and cold packs in order to support and encourage healing. Indications and Contraindications of heat and cold therapy are emphasized.
Pathology - 40 hours
Students learn different pathologies of the individual body systems and how to identify contraindicated conditions and refer to health care professionals when appropriate. 3 hours of HIV and 2 hours of medical errors are included.
Structural Kinesiology - 20 hours
Kinesiology is the scientific study of muscular activity, the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of the movements of the body. Students learn how to create care plans to correct postural imbalances.
Introduction to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Trigger Point Therapy - 20 hours
Students learn how to identify and treat a neuro-muscular pain cycle, and understand how to utilize Trigger Point Therapy to support their clients. Neuromuscular Therapy is a modality used when injury or poor posture determine holding patterns and spasms in certain muscle groups which refer pain, discomfort, and loss of range of motion.
Myo-Fascial Release - 10 hours
The Muscle (Myo) and Fascia have a tendency to become toxic and adhered together. This produces a loss of mobility and can result in postural imbalances, and referred pain. Students learn techniques to release these adhesions.
Thai Massage - 20 hours
Students are introduced to Thai Massage Basics and learn proper application of techniques, stretches, and the history of this modality. Proper body mechanics and the energetic principles of the style are emphasized. Students learn how to administer an hour long Thai Massage session as well as creative ways to integrate appropriate Thai techniques to table work.
Board Preparation - 20 hours
Students are introduced to the process of registering for and completing the two National Board Exams. Students take practice examinations and review pertinent materials with an emphasis on Anatomy , Physiology and Pathology.  

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Founding Member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.

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