Total Immersion Program introduction and overview are presented.
Students complete an intensive 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.
Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the skeletal, muscular, and articular systems of the human body. Through lecture, palpation, and various kinesthetic activities students will be able to describe the name and location of bones, bony landmarks 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.
This course includes additional study of muscle physiology, posture and movement. Students learn and practice client assessment techniques using the HOPRS protocol as well as advanced stretching techniques. Emphasis is on developing comprehensive plans of care including assessment, treatment, and client self-care.
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.
Students are introduced to massage through a review of its history as well as an examination of the benefits and effects of massage. Through lecture, instructor demonstration, and hands-on practice students attain competency in delivering a full body massage utilizing traditional strokes including gliding, kneading, percussion, friction and vibration. 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. This class also includes a survey of various bodywork modalities and an exploration of alternative, complementary, and holistic therapies.
Students are introduced to trigger point therapy as well as myofascial release theory and techniques. They learn how to identify and treat neuromuscular pain cycles and common postural imbalances. Class time includes hands-on practice integrating these new techniques into a therapeutic treatment that focuses on postural correction and pain reduction.
Students are introduced to advanced western massage techniques with an emphasis on assessment and focused work for specific areas of common pain/dysfunction such as the neck, shoulder girdle, and lower back. The class also covers connective tissue injury assessment and treatment for the ankle and the knee. Class time includes hands-on practice integrating all of the specific techniques they have learned into a comprehensive and therapeutic treatment that is specifically tailored to meet an individual client’s specific needs. The class also covers advanced draping techniques, aspects of working with special populations, as well as dealing with difficult and challenging client situations. Additional self-care techniques for the massage therapist are presented and practiced.
Students learn a holistic approach to lifestyle and self-care practices. Nutrition and movement therapies are explored and practiced. Students are given tools to develop and implement self-care regimens with the goal of career fulfillment and longevity
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.
Students are introduced to hydrotherapy and its effects on the body. They learn and practice the proper application of a variety of specific treatments as well as identify the indications and contraindications for hydrotherapy applications.
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 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.
Students begin to explore why they want to be a massage therapist, and what responsibilities come with the profession. Students participate in mental and physical exercises to encourage exploration of goals, and intentions with regard to their new career.
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.
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.
Students are introduced to the process of registering for and completing the national licensing exam (MBLEX). Students take practice examinations and review pertinent subjects that are covered in the licensing exam content outline.
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