MASSAGE THERAPIST LEVEL ONE CLASSES

 

SWEDISH MASSAGE

25-1Students learn to give a cohesive, one-hour Swedish massage, using the strokes of the Swedish repertoire. Students will also learn contraindications and indications, basic muscular anatomy, and introduction to business and ethics. The class consists of 60 hours of hands-on training plus 75 hours of mandatory clinic.

 

Requirements for completion: At the end of this class the student will give a final massage for a grade. To successfully complete this class, students must achieve a grade of 70% or better with the hands-on practical exam. Student must also have completed all hours for this course and fulfill his or her 75 hours internship in the Somatherapy student clinic.

Duration: 135 hours (clock hours)

 

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KINESIOLOGY

2Kinesiology is the science of human movement. It is a health profession that focuses on physical activity. The student learns to apply science-based medical principles to the analysis, preservation and enhancement of human movement in therapeutic massage technique. Basic understanding of the anatomy of the human body is taught. Students will learn to identify the origin, insertion and actions of 120 muscles studied, as well as how to locate them by palpation.

 

Required Text: The Trail Guide to the Body: Textbook and Student Handbook by Andrew Biel Requirements for completion: Class quizzes and a palpation examination must be passed in addition to completion of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

 

Duration: 48 hours (clock hours)

 

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AROMATHERAPY

1Prerequisite: Swedish Massage or must take Swedish Massage concurrently.


Aromatherapy is a branch of herbalism that has been used by people for thousands of years to bring about personal and environmental changes. This class teaches a massage that flows with different techniques to bring the essential oils to the face and body. Student will learn basic principles of hydrotherapy and aromatherapy, indications and contraindications.

Required materials for class: Student must bring unscented massage oil, 2 sheets and breast drape. Requirements for completion: Instructor evaluation of the techniques learned and completion of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

Duration: 16 hours (clock hours)

 

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Therapeutic Massage & Practice Settings

4This class is designed to teach students about the various practice settings  and career paths available to massage therapists, from spa and wellness environments to medical and clinical practices.  This course also covers the evolution of integrating massage into health and wellness,  professional conduct and record keeping, ethics and conduct. Students will learn unique treatments associated with each of these environments, such as body scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy, and chair massage. Students will learn to incorporate these techniques and the knowledge from this course into their core massage practice

Requirements for completion: Instructor evaluation of the techniques learned and completion of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

Duration: 20 hours (clock hours)

 

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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE I

5Prerequisite: Swedish Massage and Kinesiology

 

This course trains a therapist to administer more pressure for the client to provide a therapeutic massage. The class will assume a working knowledge of anatomy, but will provide a regimen for therapists to follow the basic techniques and body mechanics required to provide the client with an overall body massage that goes beyond a firm Swedish massage.  

 

Requirements for completion: Instructor evaluation of the techniques learned and completion of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

 

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LYMPH DRAINAGE MASSAGE

6Lymph drainage is a technical modality based on changes that take place in the vascular system of the body. Lymph drainage is an important modality recognized by many health practitioners. This course teaches detailed neck and face massage, indications and contraindications, physiology of the lymphatic system and health and safety issues Students will learn lymph drainage massage techniques for the face, neck and body plus an introduction to the physiology of the lymphatic system.

Requirements for completion: Instructor evaluation of the techniques learned and completion of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

Duration: 24 hours (clock hours)

 

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Special Populations

7All massage therapists, at one time or another, will need to give a massage to a special population client. This course covers four populations: Pre-Natal, Geriatric, Cancer and HIV/AIDS.  Anatomy and Pathology of each of these groups is discussed such that the therapists will be able to adapt their massage techniques to the unique needs of their special population clients.  For each group students are taught key safety and contraindications, and professional considerations.


Requirements for completion: Instructor evaluation of the techniques learned and completion of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

Duration: 16 hours (clock hours)

 

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BUSINESS & ETHICS

8This course teaches the strategies and tactics of planning and implementing a massage therapy practice and/or business. The ethics portion teaches the students the importance and professional code of behavior that protects the client and the therapist. A broad base of ethical principles is covered including the therapeutic relationship, marketing and general business conduct.

Required texts: Business Mastery by Cherie M. Sohnen-Moe.

Requirements for completion: Final written exam is required with a 70% passing grade and attendance of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

Duration: 20 hours (clock hours)

 

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HEALTH & HYGIENE

9This course covers the most common ways disease is spread, proper precautions to be adhered to, including proper handling of massage equipment. Students will receive handouts and homework assignments.

Requirements for completion: Final written exam is required and a 70% passing grade and attendance of all course hours. Pass/Fail.

Duration: 14 hours (clock hours)

 

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