MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM
The school has a 656 hour training program in Massage Therapy. Students will receive a diploma on completion of this program. Additionally, nine 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, Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists; Scentsational Aromatherapy, Client Communication Skills, Sports Massage: American/European and Sports Massage: Russian/American. 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 a smorgasbord of techniques and modalities to choose from. It takes 12 to 22 months to complete the 656 hour program, depending on the student’s choice of schedule.
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 also 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 students who graduated from the Massage Therapy Program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. 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 656 Hour Massage Therapy Program. Graduates of the Deep Muscle Massage Program and continuing education students may take any of the courses following Deep Muscle Massage as single a la carte courses.
The student will learn a wonderful Deep Muscle Massage technique. Additionally, the student will be taught the effects of postural distortion and dysfunctional biomechanics. A thorough understanding of how the body gets into pain and then out of it will be covered, so the student may communicate this to his/her clients as well as to medical professionals. All stages of client rehabilitation will be covered. The student will also learn the basic anatomy and kinesiology of the muscles, bones, anatomical directions, and anatomical movements. The student will learn to work the muscles of the body, using crème or oil, while applying elements of Shiatsu, Swedish massage and Polarity. Mobilization exercises are learned for each area of the body using the Aaron Mattes system of active isolated stretching. All of these techniques are then combined to provide a relaxing and invigorating massage.
Holistic principles, the body/mind connection, grounding meditations, the pros and cons of different work settings, pricing, marketing strategies, record keeping, business ethics, atmosphere, and all aspects of setting up and operating a massage business will be taught following the format in Business Mastery, a manual designed for wellness practitioners. 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), 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 that can be given to their clients as homework to help maintain their clients pain free in-between sessions. Students will also be able to do these 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. Nurses and other health care practitioners already licensed to touch the body who are taking this as a stand alone program will have sufficient business skills to set up and operate a business or to work for someone else in the field of massage.
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.
Clinic is instructed by Kelly Kark.
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.
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.
Course Objectives: The students will know typical patterns for working with disorders that can assist their clients or can be suggested to their clients as a health workout. The student will be able to perform a complete Reflexology session as a stand alone modality. The student will be able to incorporate foot Reflexology into their massage sessions.
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: (16.5 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.
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. A certificate of completion will be given on completion. 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 is instructed by Michelle Radcliffe.
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.
Students will be introduced to instructors from our continuing education classes who will either demonstrate or explain more about their classes.
Course Objective: Students will be able to plan what classes they would like to take to further their education.
Continuing Education Sampler is instructed by Elizabeth Grubb.
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),
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.
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.
Sports Massage: American/European is instructed by Donna Ondek.
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.
Sports Massage: Russian/American is instructed by Donna Ondek
Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists (24 hours)
Prerequisite: Completion of the first ten weeks of Anatomy & Physiology I or the equivalent
Orthopedic assessment is an evaluation process that gathers information to determine soft tissue pain and injury conditions for the purpose of determining an appropriate treatment plan.
In the first weekend of this class, we will discuss the importance of assessment to determine if massage would be appropriate for the treatment of pain from some of the most popular conditions we see in the massage office, whether from cumulated trauma disorder (repetitive stress) or acute injury, ie whiplash, rotator cuff, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, disk herniation, carpal tunnel, etc. We will go over different scenarios and cover the body from head to toe. As part of the assessment for these conditions, we will discuss contraindications, what precautions to use, perform postural analysis and special tests to determine the severity of the condition, and how to formulate a treatment plan for the massage therapist to perform on the client.
At the end of the first weekend, each student will be given 1-2 conditions to take home and complete a treatment protocol for. Each student will outline this protocol in detail and present it to the class during the second weekend in an open discussion during which the teacher will answer any questions. Students will receive a certificate of completion.
Course Objective: Students will have a thorough understanding of the assessment protocols for a large variety of conditions they are likely to run into and how to plan and implement proper massage techniques that are customized for their specific clients.
Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists is instructed by Michelle Radcliffe.
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.
CPR and AED is instructed by Eileen Alpaugh.
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.
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.
Certain Aromatherapy oils may have sanitizing effects while others boost people psychologically and physically. Day one will cover the history of Aromatherapy, definition of essential oils, extraction methods, Aromatherapy pathways, physiology of the sense of smell, respiration and skin absorption, use of essential oils, carrier oils, diffusion methods, and equipment. Day two will include specific properties of ten essential oils, general precautions and safety, demonstration of diffusion equipment, and distinguishing quality oils. There is a series of aromatherapy exercises on both days. Participants will receive guidance in formulating their own personalized blends in body oils and body mists! All blending supplies for the class are generously supplied by the instructor. A certificate of completion is received. If you are an LMT, 7 hours will count towards relicensing. Please call the Institute for additional literature. Course Objectives: Students will be able to understand the basics of Aromatherapy, including the general chemistry and botanical components of essential oils, the physiology of smell, specific properties of the most common essential oils including precautions and safety. Students will feel comfortable incorporating Aromatherapy both into their massage therapy environment and in creating intuitive and standard massage oil blend. Scentsational Aromatherapy is instructed by Diane Grandstrom.
Course Objectives: Students will be able to understand the basics of Aromatherapy, including the general chemistry and botanical components of essential oils, the physiology of smell, specific properties of the most common essential oils including precautions and safety. Students will feel comfortable incorporating Aromatherapy both into their massage therapy environment and in creating intuitive and standard massage oil blend.
Scentsational Aromatherapy is instructed by Diane Grandstrom.
656 Hour Massage Therapy Program Clock Hours
Deep Muscle Massage - 104 hours
Clinic - 101.5 hours
Anatomy & Physiology: I - 59.5 hours
Anatomy & Physiology: II - 52.5 hours
Sports Massage: A/E - 33 hours
Sports Massage: R/A - 45 hours
Reflexology - 14 hours
Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy: Level I - 16.5 hours
Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists - 24 hours
CPR and AED - 4 hours
Continuing Education Sampler - 3 hours
Scentsational Aromatherapy - 16 hours
Shiatsu - 92 hours
Continuing Education Sampler - 6 hours
Lomi Lomi: Module I - 20 hours
Lomi Lomi: Module II - 20 hours
Practice Procedures, Policies, & Ethics - 21.5 hours
Professional Practice Concepts - 14.5 hours
Client Communication Skills - 11 hours
Career Actualization - 4 hours
Upon completion of 656 hours of study, the student will receive a diploma in Massage Therapy. Additionally, nine 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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