MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM
The school has a 657 hour training program in Massage Therapy. Students will receive a diploma on completion of this program. Additionally, seven certificates of completion are awarded for various subjects taken within the program. These certificates of completion are in Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Reflexology, Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy, Client Communication Skills, Professional Practice Concepts, and Sports Massage. During this program the student will have the opportunity to gain experience by working on premise in the supervised student clinic on members of the general population. Additionally, the student will learn 9 entirely different bodywork routines for the body which can be integrated together and customized for the individual client. This program is for the really serious student who would like to have a lifetime professional career in massage and excellent employment opportunities as well as solid assessment skills and a smorgasbord of techniques and modalities to choose from. It takes 14 to 19 months to complete the 657 hour program, depending on the student’s choice of pacing their classes.
Possible Occupations on Graduation
This program is designed to fit the needs of students looking to enter the occupation of massage in a wide variety of settings, including spas, salons, resorts, athletic areas, wellness centers, medical massage, Asian massage and more.
This well-rounded program will prepare students to take the National Certification Exam or the MBLEx exam necessary to become a licensed massage therapist.
Employment Rates for our Graduates
The following statistics resulted from our most recent annual survey of graduates. 100% of our graduates of our Massage Therapy Program are employed in the field of massage! Students who are employed are either working for another, self-employed, or a combination of both.
The following courses comprise the 657 Hour Massage Therapy Program. Continuing ed students may take some of the following as a la carte courses.
Holistic principles, the body/mind connection, the pros and cons of different work settings, pricing, marketing strategies, record keeping, business ethics, atmosphere, and many aspects of setting up and operating a massage business will be taught. The student will be taught the appropriate use of medical terminology in order to effectively relate his/her knowledge to other health care practitioners, as well as how to relate theoretical knowledge to clientele in laymen’s terms. A major focus is on body mechanics, so that the student may learn to use his or her body most efficiently. Other subjects include benefits of massage, contraindications and precautions (ie: for pregnant women, recent injuries, high blood pressure, and other conditions), and nutrition and pathology.
During the final two weeks, the student will administer a supervised massage in its entirety. Clear notes are provided in binders to minimize note-taking, containing all theoretical knowledge and step by step guidance on how to do the routines.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion, the student will be able to administer a relaxing massage in a professional manner. The student will have a holistic context in which to perform massage. The student will be able to assist their clients with mobilization exercises for their own self-maintenance. The student will have a basic understanding of Anatomy and Kinesiology and a thorough understanding of pain mechanisms and how massage works scientifically to relieve pain.
Prerequisite: Completion of Deep Muscle Massage.
Students work at the school under supervision on clients provided by the school. Sessions last 1¼ hours, including one hour with the client, 15 minutes to do intake forms and/or review client histories, to write up session notes, and to review evaluations from clients. Students’ posture and body mechanics will be evaluated so they learn to use their body most efficiently. There are two levels of Clinic in the Massage Therapy Program. In each level, students need to complete an introductory class plus 32 clinic sessions done over 17 weeks (2 clients per week). Massage Therapy Program students will have the opportunity to stay with the same clients over consecutive weeks in the second level of their program to help them evaluate their ability to make therapeutic progress with clients. A Deep Muscle Massage Program student will complete an introductory class plus 4 clinic sessions in 3 weeks. These sessions are a great way to gain self-confidence and the experience that employers are looking for.
Course Objectives: Students will fine tune their massage skills and body mechanics through client and instructor feedback. Students gain practice in documenting client sessions. Students will learn to manage their session time more effectively, working within a 50-55 minute time frame. Students will gain experience individualizing their massage with real life clients.
Prerequisite: Completion of ten weeks of Deep Muscle Massage or previous training in anatomy
During this course students will study the major physiological systems of the body from a holistic perspective and in order to prepare for either massage licensing exam. The systems studied include Cell & Tissues, Skeletal, Muscular, Integumentary, Digestive, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Excretory, Nervous, Reproductive and Endocrine. There will be a major focus on how these systems interrelate and are potentially affected through massage. Dysfunction and Pathology within these systems and common ailments as they relate to massage will be studied. Medical terminology, including prefixes, suffixes, and root words are studied. Throughout the course we will explore anatomy and kinesiology of the major muscle groups within the body, building upon what was learned in Deep Muscle Massage. Mid- level and superficial muscles will be palpated. Lab time will be spent identifying major landmarks, i.e. bony prominences and the attachments of superficial and mid-level muscles.
This course will better prepare students to understand day-to-day situations presented by their clientele. Knowing the correct medical terminology taught in this course, students will also be able to more accurately communicate with their clients, physicians, chiropractors, allied health professionals and insurance companies as well as conduct themselves with greater assurance and professionalism. Knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite for training in many advanced bodywork modalities including Sports Massage and Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy. A holistic health framework will be incorporated throughout this class.
Anatomy and Physiology: Level I is instructed by Dr. Robert F. Swift Jr.
Prerequisite: Completion of first ten weeks of Anatomy and Physiology: Level I, or OT or PT background
Kinesiology and many pathologies within the neuro-muscular and musculo-skeletal systems will be studied, e.g. scoliosis and its effect on viscera and its corresponding muscular patterns, postural distortion, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel, Periformis Syndrome, frozen shoulders, occupational related injuries, and many others. Students will learn to muscle test to see if all the muscle groups are working and if the muscles are firing in proper sequence. This course will thoroughly cover trigger point referral patterns as well. Lab time will be spent reviewing once more the major landmarks, i.e. bony prominences and the attachments of superficial and mid-level muscles. This course will provide additional preparation for either licensing exam. Holistic health concepts will be incorporated throughout this class. Students will have the option of building all the muscles of the body with clay on models of the Maniken® II under the direction of the instructor, yielding a 3-D perspective and a kinesthetic learning experience.
Anatomy and Physiology: Level II is instructed by Dr. Robert F. Swift Jr.
Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands relative to every organ, system, and body part. The goals of reflexology are to reeducate, repattern, and recondition the nerves through the neural/electrical system of the body. Through the application of thumb or finger walking techniques the nerve pathways are stimulated, thus restoring homeostasis. Students will gain much hands-on experience, learning applied pressure techniques. Students will learn the history of Reflexology, as well as the different anatomy systems. Detailed foot and hand charts will be given to the student. A certification of completion is received. This is an introductory course. Should you wish to practice Reflexology as a professional, more extensive training is available.
Course Objectives: The students will have a basic understanding of what Reflexology is and how it works. The student will be able to incorporate foot Reflexology into their massage sessions.
Reflexology is instructed by Stephanie Shelly .
Shiatsu is a strong healing modality and relaxing Asian therapy employing palm and finger pressure on up to 365 body areas and points (tsubo). Stimulation to these tsubo opens the body’s “chi” energy flow (invigorates). Emphasis is on setsu shin (palpation and touch diagnosis), learning the fourteen major meridians, and the most commonly used points. Ampuku, oriental diagnosis, the five element theory, and Bo alarm points and Yu points, source points, contraindications, use of hara, tonification, and sedation are learned. Students will gain experience working on a low massage table. Students also have the option to work on a padded floor surface (traditional) as they so choose. Techniques are given for prone and supine positions, and options for administering shiatsu in a seated chair position. Many specific techniques are given that are helpful for the elderly and the infirm, including for conditions such as low back pain and sciatica. Do-In (self massage), Asian Acu-yoga, and Qigong are taught as self maintenance exercises as well as meditation techniques to help ground and center the practitioner and to cultivate the practitioner’s energy. A certificate of completion is received.
Course Objectives: The student will gain a larger perspective and holistic framework from which they can view bodywork and healing. The student will be able to apply Eastern principles and shiatsu techniques into their regular massages, thereby contacting their clients in a deeper way and increasing the effectiveness of the bodywork. The student will be able to use shiatsu as a healing modality in and of itself.
Shiatsu is instructed by Lee Ann Price.
Follow link to Shiatsu Level II for information on this course.
Shiatsu Class Students
Lomi Lomi is a flowing, nurturing and deep form of Hawaiian massage based on an ancient shamanic rite of passage. It is designed to reawaken the body to its divine connection with Spirit. This sacred practice incorporates movement, breath, dance, and self care with the power of intention and presence. Honoring the body as a
Lomi Lomi: Module I is instructed by Karen Reifinger.
Prerequisite: Lomi Lomi: Module I
Lomi Lomi: Module II includes fundamental and advanced hands-on techniques applied to the front and back of the body; advanced exercises in energetic, emotional, and physical aspects of the work and techniques in facilitating a sacred space for transformational experiences for the client and practitioner. A combined certificate of completion is received for the two modules. These workshops invite you to journey into your heart, connect with your spirit, and further discover your unique healing gifts.
Lomi Lomi: Module II is instructed by Karen Reifinger.
Follow link to Lomi Lomi: Module III for information on this course.
Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy Level I-IV: (60.5 hours)
Prerequisite: Completion of Deep Muscle Massage or any basic bodywork training, and completion of the first ten weeks of Anatomy and Physiology I or the equivalent.
Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy is a method of pain relief and postural correction which utilizes basic orthopedic principles as well as neural reflex pathways from trigger points, joints, and nerves to reduce muscle tension, relieve pain, and to balance the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Soft tissue manipulation is done and pressure is applied to specific points to alleviate myofascial dysfunctions, fibrotic adhesions, and trigger points. A brief anatomical review will be given at the beginning of each level. In each level, focus will be on learning the trigger point pain patterns, their causes, and the neuromuscular therapy techniques. Students will learn treatments for common problems such as back pain, buttock's pain, sciatica, pelvic/ sacroiliac joint imbalances, "short leg" syndromes, whiplash, TMJ, herniated discs, disc bulges, and pinched nerves. Additionally, students will learn treatments for common problems of the shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, and feet. Each level is two days. A certificate of completion will be given on completion the four levels. A wonderful
Course Objectives: Students will have a thorough knowledge of the Trigger Point Patterns of the muscles being reviewed. Students will be able to successfully perform ONMT techniques that can help the above problems.
Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy: Level I-IV is instructed by Michelle Radcliffe.
Prerequisite: Completion of Deep Muscle Massage.
This course examines the dynamics of communications and the various factors that can enhance or limit effective communication. The participant will receive insight on recognizing various styles of learning and communication (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic) so they can have better rapport and ease in their relationships with their clients. Participants will discover what their own main learning / communication style is. Students will participate in various exercises, mimicking situations similar to what they will encounter in their massage therapy practice. Students will practice explaining what they do and interviewing clients, as well as listening, speaking, observation, using vocal tones, and body language exercises. The importance of good communication is emphasized in all aspects of a therapeutic practice, from promotional and marketing strategies to obtaining better client satisfaction. Effective communication is critical in developing a successful practice to attract new clients and establish interpersonal relationships that will result in satisfied customers that will refer additional clients. A certificate of completion is received.
Course Objectives: Students will feel more equipped to talk to their clients, giving and receiving information in such a way as to create an atmosphere of understanding and honesty in client sessions. Students will be able to get more active feedback from their clients, which will enhance the therapeutic value of their treatments.
Client Communitcation Skills is instructed by Nancy Porambo.
Prerequisite: Completion of Deep Muscle Massage.
This very practical course teaches professional office procedures and etiquette, either working for someone else or for yourself. Advertising do's and don'ts, resume writing, interview skills, communication skills, employment agreements, and legal contracts will be covered. Legal concepts (including lawsuit protection and current Blue Cross/Blue Shield regulations as they relate to massage), SOAP notes (client session documentation using standard abbreviations & terminology and establishing a treatment plan) will be taught. Ways to run your office more efficiently will be covered, including office forms for referrals, massage questionnaire, consent, release, progress, pain chart, HCFA 1500. Students will also learn a variety of hands-on techniques which really produce results including trigger points and trigger point patterns and use of the Intra cell. The major effects of medical massage and healing phases are covered. This is a highly popular course that really puts it all together for the students. Information on how the new massage licensing bill affects you will be included. A certificate of completion for 21.5 hours is received if you are taking this as an NCBTMB continuing education course. If you are a licensed massage practitioner taking this course for licensing renewal, 5 hours of this course will count as your required Ethics course and a total of 16 hours will count toward license renewal, all of which will be indicated on your certificate.
Practice Procedures, Policies, and Ethics is instructed by Dr. Richard V. Simeone.
Prerequisite: Deep Muscle Massage or any basic bodywork training and first ten weeks of Anatomy and Physiology: Level I or equivalent.
The student will learn two styles of giving a full body Sports Massage. One has its roots in Rich Phaigh’s technique and the other is the Eastern European technique. The main focus will be on sports maintenance massage, myofascial and cross fiber strokes. Strain / counter strain will also be introduced. Numerous adjunct and pertinent topics for working with athletes will be covered. The student will learn how to encourage an athlete towards total wellness. These techniques may be used with all clients, not just athletes. A certificate of completion is received on completion of both levels.
Course Objectives: Students will be able to test and assess muscle/skeletal imbalances in order to prevent occurrence and reoccurrence of injuries. Students will be able to perform sports maintenance massage that focuses on chronic soft tissue trigger points, adhesions, spasms, and trouble spots.
Prerequisite: Sports Massage: American/European
The student will learn two styles of giving a full body Sports Massage, one derived from Benny Vaughn’s technique and the other is Russian Sports Massage. The main focus will be on pre- and post-event massage, compressive strokes and mobilization exercises, and strain / counterstrain. Numerous adjunct and pertinent topics for working with athletes will be covered including the three phases of soft tissue repair. Safe usage of hydrotherapy (hot and cold packs) and hydrotherapy principles are taught and evaluated in a class lab. Also covered is gait pattern correction. On completion the student will be able to treat hypertonicity of muscles associated with sports injuries and athletic performance. These techniques may be used with all clients, not just athletes. A certificate of completion is received.
Course Objectives: Students will be able to perform a pre and post competition and inter-event massage. Students will be able to identify sports specific soreness patterns for running, cycling, swimming, and racket sports. By working with the physiological systems of the body, the therapist will learn to work smarter not harder.
This CPR and Heartsaver AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) course teaches the basic techniques of adult, child, and infant CPR and how to use an AED. Students also learn about the barrier devices in CPR and giving first aid for choking. The course teaches how to recognize the signs of four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and foreign body airway obstruction. This course requires the successful completion of a written and skill evaluation. A course completion card from the American Heart Association is issued for this course valid for two years.
Prerequisite: Deep Muscle Massage
All aspects of building and maintaining a successful practice in Massage Therapy are covered. Topics include ethics, setting up a practice, managing a practice, marketing strategies, insurance tips, federal tax information, risk management, and goal development. This seminar is excellent for both new and experienced therapists. A certificate of completion is received.
Course Objectives: The student will prepare a marketing plan and define their personal business goals and objectives. The student will feel comfortable setting up their own business or working for someone else.
Professional Practice Concepts is instructed by Nancy Porambo.
Career Actualization describes in detail the procedures and processes necessary for obtaining licensure in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a Massage Therapist. Regulations and requirements regarding testing by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworkers (NCBTMB) and the Massage Bill Licensing Exam (MBLEx) are covered in detail.
Course Objectives: Students will understand the step-by-step process and requirements necessary to obtain Massage Therapy licensure and relicensure every two years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Upon completion of 657 hours of study, the student will receive a diploma in Massage Therapy. Additionally, seven certificates of completion are awarded for various subjects taken within the program as noted in the course descriptions.
Student/ Teacher Ratio
The student/faculty ratio varies from class to class as needed for optimal learning. It averages 8 students or less per instructor for hands on classes and 12 students per instructor for lecture classes.
Classes are available on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. It is possible to switch from one time slot into another if your schedule should switch after you begin your classes.
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