Courses: Department of Massage Therapy

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Courses: Department of Massage Therapy

Theory of Massage Therapy
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 101

This course examines the history of massage as an ancient and global practice.  Massage Theory looks at the techniques which form the basis for most of the therapeutic applications of the massage found in physiotherapy, in natural healing, and in maintaining fitness.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 3
Hours: 45

 

Swedish Massage Techniques
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 102

This course reviews the palpation skills involved in full body Swedish massage therapy.  Students will study classical techniues and strokes of massage therapy, exerise and stretch techniques, indications and contraindications, proper draping of a patient, and pathologies of the integumentary system.  This course includes special focus on the five basic stroke techniques used in Swedish massage to increase relaxation and reduce stress: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: Myology I, Theory of Massage Therapy

 

Basic Shiatsu Massage Techniques
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 103

This course wiill cover the fundamentals of Shiatsu massage theory and classical and modern Shiatsu modalities.  Students will learn Japanes finger pressure point methods based on energy flow for increased circulation, nerve stimulation, and increased metabolism.  Students will learn five element theory and yin/yang theory.  The twelve primary meridians will be discussed, as well as how to assess and diagnose the Hara.  By the end of this course, students will be able to administer a full-body Shiatsu session.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II, Theory of Massage Therapy, Meridian Theory for Massage Therapists, Acupoints for Massage Therapists I

 

Basic Sport Massage
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 104

Students will learn how to apply massage therapy to athletes in order to help them achieve maximum performance, recover quicker from injuries, and reduce potential future injuries.  Special emphasis will be given to stretching and techniques to increase flexibility, as well as common signs/symptoms and appropriate handling of sports injuries.  Students will learn how to blend various massage therapy types and techniques for this purpose.  Muscle energy techniques, mobilization, deep tissue, and lymphatic drainage will also be covered.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II, Introduction to Kinesiology, Theory of Massage Therapy, Swedish Massage Techniques

 

Thai Massage
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 105

This course covers the fundamentals of traditional Thai massage therapy as a therapeutic and meditative healing modality.  Students will learn proper body mechanics to assist in the opening of energy blockages.  Special emphasis will be placed on gentle rocking, deep flowing assisted stretches and yoga poses, and slow rhythmic compressions on muscles.  Students will learn how to apply acupressure and focus on points along the meridians using hands, elbows, knees, and feet.  At the end of this course students will be able to apply Thai massage techniques to patients in prone, supine, and upright sitting positions.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II, Theory of Massage Therapy, Meridian Theory for Massage Therapists

 

Prenatal Massage
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 106

The course focuses on massage therapy techniques specific to a pregnant patient.  Topics to be covered include the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy as it applies to each trimester, positioning a patient with a focus on safety and comfort, appropriate draping techniques, working with a patient who is lying on her side, positional release techniques that alleviate minor discomforts of pregnancy, safety and precautionary measures, contraindications to massage, and using a prenatal health history intake.  Students will learn to use massage strokes to increase circulation and aid the lymphatic system in eliminating toxins and reducing edema and swelling.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II, Theory of Massage Therapy, Swedish Massage Techniques

 

Introduction to Reflexology
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 110

In this course students are introduced to the basic concepts of foot reflexology and their practical application.  Students will learn the history, theory, and basic principles of reflexology, the anatomy of the foot, zone theory, basic techniques, reflex points, stress management techniques, contraindications and health concerns.  Students will exchange hands-on practical application of foot reflexology with each other in class.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30

 

Advanced Reflexology
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 111

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Reflexology.  Students will continue to learn the concepts and practical application of more advanced reflex points and techniques.  Students will exchange hands-on practical application of foot reflexology with each other in class.  By the end of the course, students will be able to apply foot reflexology to patients.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II, Introduction to Reflexology

 

Introduction to Aromatherapy
Department: Massage Theory
Course Number: 112

This course introduces students to the history and uses of essential oils, balms, tinctures, and salves, while outlining their therapeutic effects and basic methods of application.

Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30