Comprehensive Curriculum – 600+ Hours

Orientation

Total Immersion Program introduction and overview are presented.


Swedish Massage

Students are introduced to massage through a review of its history as well as an examination of the benefits and effects of massage. Through hands-on instruction students attain competency in delivering a full body massage utilizing traditional strokes including gliding, kneading, percussion, friction and vibration. Specific body mechanics, ergonomics, injury prevention, and healthy self-care techniques that focus on longevity, effectiveness, and career fulfillment are presented and practiced. Students are introduced to posture and movement pattern analysis with strong consideration of how the effects of gravity, compensatory patterns, and emotional and mental trauma can influence posture in themselves and their clients. Additional topics of study and emphasis include professional and legal standards for hygiene and physical safety, massage therapy research methodology and results, client communications, endangerment sites, contraindications to massage, proper draping techniques, session documentation, and sexual misconduct.


Anatomy & Physiology

Students complete an intensive and accelerated study of the systems, organization, structures, and functions of the human body relevant to multiple manual therapy practices. This course provides the anatomy and physiology knowledge needed for clinical decision-making in the practice of various manual therapies and for communication with other health care professionals.


Holistic Studies
Holistic Studies offers a survey of various modalities and styles of traditional and alternative medicine/healthcare systems, and an in-depth exploration of holistic therapies. Holistic philosophy is discussed in depth. Students are encouraged to discover holistic nutrition from an experiential perspective. Meditation, yoga, and other movement therapies are introduced and practiced.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the skeletal, muscular, and articular systems of the human body. Through lecture and palpation techniques, students will be able to describe the name and location of bones, bony landmarks, and as well as the attachment sites and actions of muscles. Students will be able to locate the structures both on a skeleton and on the human body.


Professional Inventory

Students begin to explore why they want to be a massage therapist, and what responsibilities come with the profession. Students participate in a variety of mental and physical exercises to encourage exploration of thoughts, feelings, fears, goals, and intentions with regard to who they are today, and where they are going in their new career.


Ethics and Communication

This course clearly defines ethical behavior for the massage therapist that is critical to the survival and respectability of our industry, and the success of the therapist. Students are introduced to concepts and conditions relating to the emotional and psychological aspects of bodywork. They learn to recognize indicators of emotional and or mental stress in their clients as well as themselves, understand the emotional and psychological contraindications for massage, and respond professionally and appropriately to these situations. There is a strong emphasis on diplomatic, thoughtful, and creative communication skills with regard to interacting with clients and dealing with challenging situations. Case profiles, role playing, and other experiential exercises are used to demonstrate ethical principals and communication skills.


Bodywork Experiential

Students are introduced to advanced western massage techniques with an emphasis on focused work for specific areas of common pain/dysfunction such as the neck, shoulder girdle, and lower back. The class covers more in depth posture analysis, identifying individual client needs based on various assessment techniques, working with special populations, and dealing with difficult and challenging client situations. Additional self-care techniques for the massage therapist are presented and practiced.


Clinical Practicum I, II, and III

Students provide massage therapy to the general public in a supervised professional clinic setting. Client interview, treatment session documentation (SOAP Charting), client assessment with regard to pathologies, soft tissue dysfunction, and contraindications, and treatment planning skills are cultivated.


Hydrotherapy

Students are introduced to hydrotherapy and its effects on the body. They learn and practice the proper application of several specific treatments as well as identify the indications and contraindications for hydrotherapy applications.


Anatomy in Clay

Students gain a three-dimensional understanding and reinforce their knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy through the kinesthetic exercise of building the muscular system out of clay.


Shiatsu

Students are introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Five Element Theory, and the history of Shiatsu. Students learn how to administer a basic full-body Shiatsu treatment as well as creative ways to integrate appropriate Shiatsu techniques into a full-body table massage. Client interviewing skills, body mechanics, as well as contraindications and considerations are covered.


Advanced Western Techniques

Students are introduced to neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release theory and techniques. They learn how to identify and treat neuromuscular pain cycles, common postural imbalances, and connective tissue injuries. Students practice integrating all of the specific techniques and modalities they have learned into a comprehensive and therapeutic treatment that is specifically tailored to meet an individual client’s specific needs.


Structural Kinesiology

This course includes additional study of posture, movement, and muscle physiology. Students learn and practice client assessment techniques using the HOPRS protocol as well as advanced stretching techniques. The class culminates in a case profile project with emphasis on assessment, development of treatment and corrective client self-care plans.


Pathology

Students are introduced to the study of human disease, and begin to gain an understanding of the body’s response to aging, trauma, and disease. Students begin to recognize common pathologies in their clients and will develop the skills to determine if massage is indicated or contraindicated and whether referral to other health care practitioners is appropriate. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the medical model and the importance for communication with their client and other medical professionals providing care to the client.


Thai Massage

Students are introduced to Thai massage through learning the proper application of techniques and the history of the modality. Students learn how to administer a basic full-body Thai Massage treatment as well as creative ways to integrate appropriate Thai techniques into a full-body table massage. Client interviewing skills, body mechanics, as well as contraindications and considerations are covered.


Business Development

The Business Development class covers a multitude of business activities including marketing, professional image, professional and business licensing, finances, and taxes with emphasis on industry codes of ethics and standards of practice. Students create a business plan and marketing materials that they can use in their practice and receive honest feedback from their peers and instructor.


Cranial and Somatic Fascial Release

Students are introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the Cranial Sacral System as well as basic assessments and techniques used in a Cranial Sacral bodywork treatment. Students learn how to administer a basic Cranial Sacral treatment as well as creative ways to integrate appropriate techniques into a full-body massage. Client interviewing skills, body mechanics, as well as contraindications and considerations are covered.


Board Preparation

Students are introduced to the process of registering for and completing the national licensing exams (MBLEX, NCETM, NCETMB). Students take practice examinations and review pertinent subjects that are covered in the licensing exam content outlines.

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