Course Work

Theory and Practice of Massage/Contraindications:

We begin our school year discussing the history and theory behind massage and the effects of tactile stimulation. In studying the contraindications of massage, students will learn how to alter the massage for each individual client, depending on their physical state of wellness.

Technique and Practice/Advanced Technique:

This class demonstrates massage technique and in-class with hands-on practice with other students. As the course continues, additional advanced techniques are added to continually expand the student’s skills.

Client Care

This course covers various scenarios in the client therapist relationship. Students will have take home and in class case studies covering various aspects of client management including boundary setting, confidentiality, contraindications, and proper practice management.

 Anatomy and Physiology:

The study of the structures and functions of the human body. It is important to understand the physiological functioning of the body so you can better help your clients understand their own bodies and to promote a healthy awareness. This course gives a comprehensive look at the skeletal system and muscular structures that make up the human anatomy along with all the major systems of the body.

Myology/Kinesiology:

This section of the course is to compliment and reaffirm your understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, by learning to isolating and palpate major muscles and muscle groups. Students will also be able to distinguish muscles’ origins, insertions, actions they perform, and the major nerves that innervate them.

 Pathology:

Not only is understanding the human body, its systems, and how they function a fascinating necessity in massage therapy, but we also need to be aware of what can go wrong. Disease processes, traumas, and chronic ailments are important to understand, as well as a necessity in order to protect the client and yourself.

Clinical

During clinical hours, students will be working on clients at the school while under supervision of one or more of our instructors. Students will be examining the case history of each client and performing an evaluation of the client’s health using the client’s contraindication sheet. Student will practice decision making and how to alter and perform a professional massage based on their client’s specific needs.

CPR / AED / First Aid Certification

The American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Introduction to Prenatal Massage:

In this class, the student will learn what happens to a woman’s body during pregnancy and how massage can benefit the expectant mother. Contraindications will be discussed as well as massage during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Proper draping, support and techniques are also discussed and practiced.

Law/Ethics/Business Law:

We address the various business issues in setting up a private practice, working in a salon, working for a chiropractor and other work options. Students will learn about selling their services, brochures, advertising, various organizations and record keeping for the office as well as for individual clients. We will also review current local, State, and Federal laws and regulations regarding the practice of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy. Ethics discussions, both in the office and in the professional environment, will focus on issues of confidentiality, sexual misconduct, financial misconduct, boundary issues, conflicts of interests, and appropriate referrals.

Intermediate Techniques:

This class will provide the student with isolated massage techniques relative to hip, back, neck, shoulder, lower leg and upper arm. This course consists of primarily hands on work.

Integrated Techniques:

The purpose of this class is to offer the student the opportunity to design a massage based on their client needs, using therapeutic methodology, under the tutelage of an experienced instructor.

Introduction to Sports Massage:

This class is an introduction to sports massage. Techniques for field events, such as races, as well as other sporting events will be shown. Injury prevention will also be addressed. This is a fun, exciting and invigorating form of massage.

Chinese 5 Elements/Meridians/Acupressure:

This is an introduction class in the meaning and application of each element and how it relates to body type, disease tendencies, personality behavior, diet and excercise. We’ll also cover the meridians related to each element and learn many important acupressure points. Awareness and use of this ancient philosophy adds incredible depth and understanding to any massage practice.

Introduction to Aromatherapy

We will cover a brief history of Aroma therapy. Students will learn where essential oils come from, methods of extraction and the differences between essential oils, concretes and absolutes. Therapeutic benefits will be discussed along with blending techniques and contraindications. This is a hands-on class where students will learn to blend different oils as well as learning to blend oils in different products.

Introduction to Shiatsu:

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese healing method. Shiatsu means “finger pressure.” But unlike the massages of the West where kneading and friction is used, in Shiatsu, pressure and stretching is the key. The shiatsu practitioner uses palms, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, elbows, knees and the feet to work on the body’s acupuncture points, along what they consider the body’s meridians or energy channels. This is a form of “touch communication,” and is a safe and effective preventive medicine. It helps to balance a persons energy flow, and strengthen the vital organs.

On Site (chair massage):

Seated chair massage is a wonderful way to build a practice as a Massage Therapist. Your clients sit comfortably in a chair designed specifically for massage, and you learn various techniques to address aches and pains without the removal of clothing, or use of oils. This technique is also shown using a regular office chair, for when an on-site chair is not available.

Introduction to Neuro-Muscular Therapy:

An introduction to treatment of ischemic tissue brought on by trauma to the muscle such as a sports injury, car accident, etc. This introduction will show you how to test the muscles so that you can pinpoint the correct area in need of treatment. Students will also learn how to handle various medical conditions such as sciatica, TMJ, whiplash and carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few.

Introduction to Myofascial Technique:

This course introduces the student to Myofascial Massage Techniques which directly influence the connective tissues of the body, both superficial as well as the deep layers.