Massage Therapy

DEGREE TYPE: Certificate     CREDITS: 27    LOCATION: Austin   STARTS: Early Fall    COURSE PLAN: Two Semesters   
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Fall Semester - First Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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MASS1600
Introduction to Massage Therapy Offered Aug. 13-22, 2018

This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of basic massage techniques. Identification of superficial muscles, palpation, and appropriate massage strokes are taught. Introductory knowledge of the physiology of body systems is included and related to massage. Positioning of clients, contraindications to treatment, ethical decision-making, and appropriate draping techniques, as well as the importance of client feedback to the therapist are covered. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program and current CPR certification. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)


Instructor's Notes

This course is taken as part of fall semester, but is actually completed before the full roster of fall classes begins. When applying to take this class, you must also enroll in all other fall massage courses. This class will introduce you to basic anatomy, including the human skeleton, superficial muscles and their primary actions, as well as body systems and their functions. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to perform a basic one-hour, full body massage while also knowing how to incorporate good body mechanics for you, the massage therapist. You will begin to learn and utilize common medical terms which will allow you to communicate appropriately with other health care professionals.

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MASS1601
Intermediate Massage

This course is a continuation to MASS 1600.  Further theory, techniques and applications of massage therapy are taught including work on muscles and fascia, methods of tension release, and injury-repair process. Techniques to release adhesions and restore circulation are covered including friction, pressure, and cross-fiber stroking. Trigger/tender point location, soft tissue mobilization, and stretching are addressed. The effects of stress and its relationship to chronic tension is investigated and related to the stress-tension-pain cycle.  Importance of client/therapist communication is emphasized. Detailed interview and assessment techniques are taught and reviewed through scenarios. Objective and subjective evaluation is utilized for evaluation.  Documentation of treatment plans and need for referral is covered.   Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses and current CPR certification.

(3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)


Instructor's Notes

In this course you will research an assortment of different massage modalities, as well as put into practice many additional strokes and techniques, building upon the basic, one-hour massage you learned previously. You will be learning specialized treatments for, among other conditions; headaches, tension, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. The medically accepted S.O.A.P note format will be taught and implemented for all performed massages. You will create massage strokes of your own, study the ethics of massage therapy. You will also have the unique opportunity to work 1-on-1 with the instructor for individualized attention.

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MASS1602
Kinesiology

This course focuses on deeper skeletal muscles of the body, various types of muscle fibers and structures, their origins, insertions, and actions. Restrictions and laxity of muscles are also discussed. Palpation skills are taught to identify bony landmarks, muscle bellies, tendons, and ligaments.  This course compares the various types of connective tissue and contrasts their functions.  Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of  MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses and current CPR certification.

(4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)


Instructor's Notes

In this course, you will review the skeletal system while progressing to deep-lying muscles of the body. When you successfully complete the class you will know the location of each muscle, where it originates and attaches, what motion it performs and the direction of the fibers. Classroom learning methods include drawing muscles on paper, and on each other, as well as creating clay muscles for skeletal attachment.

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MASS1603
Reflexology, Chair and Massage Techniques

This course provides students with the ability to perform comprehensive reflexology. The student identifies reflex areas and relates them to effects on the whole body. Students palpate soft tissue and body landmarks of the hands and feet.  Included are basic chair massage techniques with the goal of performing effective 5 to 30 minute massages.  Proper criteria is examined for distinguishing when chair rather than table massage should be used. This class acquaints students with the endless possibilities of massage specialties and helps the students narrow future areas of expertise.  Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of  MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses, and current CPR certification.

(3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)


Instructor's Notes

Many techniques can be provided to clients receiving massage; even for those who are not able to comfortably lie on a massage table. In this class you will learn the techniques and routines of chair massage. On several occasions you will travel to perform chair massages to groups of clientele outside the safety of the classroom. You will learn the dynamics and safety measures necessary to give relaxing, therapeutic hot stone massage, and will end the course with in-depth training in the techniques of foot and hand reflexology.

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MASS1609
Topics in Massage Therapy

This course introduces the basics of a variety of popular modalities and covers the principles and foundations of various bodywork techniques.  This class acquaints students with the endless possibilities of massage specialties and helps students narrow future areas of expertise. Spa equipment, products, and body treatment application procedures are addressed. The ancient Chinese theory of meridian and the balancing of Chi (energy) are researched and discussed, as well as the basics of performing meridian acupressure. Proper techniques, temperatures, and treatment methods for hot stone massage are also taught along with contraindications to each of these modalities. Special skills involve evaluation, positioning, strlkes, indications, precautions, and contraindications for treatment. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

(3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Spring Semester - First Year

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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MASS1604
Business and Ethics in Massage Therapy

This course concentrates on psychological and physical challenges faced by massage therapists focusing on ethical boundaries.  It also addresses the effects of stress, personality, attitudes, beliefs, and coping techniques exhibited by therapists and clients. Introduction to basic business practices, massage insurance certification, and National Certification are also covered. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

(2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)


Instructor's Notes

Why do you want to be a massage therapist? Do you have the passion and the right "make-up" to excel in this profession? In this class you will focus on recognizing your strengths, communication skills, discuss the power of touch and recognize the body-mind connection. As a massage therapist, it is important to display professionalism, knowledge, and ethical behavior when dealing with others. Therefore communication with clients, client needs, and body/personality types will be addressed. Medical ethics are also explored. In addition, you will be taught the basics of who to contact, where to go and how to set up your own massage business. Licensing vs. certification (as it applies to massage therapy), joining national organizations, basic accounting for your massage business and more will be addressed.

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MASS1605
Pathology for Massage Therapists

This pathology course covers a wide array of conditions and diseases which are often contraindications to massage therapy. Recognition of symptoms, both visual, and otherwise are included. Acute and post-acute stages of conditions are covered in detail.  Variations and alternative massage techniques available to the client and therapist are discussed, as well as if and when normal massage routines may be resumed.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

(3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)


Instructor's Notes

You will have previously learned about body systems and how they work in Intro. to Massage, as well as your Human Biology class. Now we will study common conditions and diseases that may affect each of these systems. Appropriateness, precautions and contraindications for massage are discussed for each condition. When massage is indicated, you will learn how your massage affects your clients' situations.

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MASS1608
Advanced Massage

This course covers special massage skills, which involve evaluation, positioning, strokes, documentation, indications, precautions, and contraindications for treatment.  Scenarios are used and human subjects are brought in for application of the special techniques necessary when working with these clients. This course is taken in conjunction with the MASS 1605, Pathology for Massage Therapists course.  Advanced techniques in myofascial release and deep tissue massage are included in lab skills for use with sprats and deep tissue injuries. Classic pain referral patterns will be explored and treatments will be applied.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.

(2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)


Instructor's Notes

 In this  course we will explore current alternative treatment methods which may enhance or lessen the need for medical interventions exclusively. Meridian identification and application, aromatherapy, acupressure, ear candling, cupping, muscle testing & correction and spa treatments will be investigated and attempted with critical thinking applied to relative to effectiveness of each treatment. 

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MASS1610
Clinical Experience and Internship

This course builds upon the knowledge, experience, and progress obtained in the Massage Therapy Program by expanding the practice of hands-on massage to outside populations. Students create an environment for practicing professional massage which include professionalism, proper business knowledge and ethics, appropriate health and business paperwork, an atmosphere conducive to massage, and behavior which shows dedication to the aspired profession. This class is the culmination and incorporation of all training received in the program and is therefore essential to the successful completion of the Massage Therapy Program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (5 Cr - 1 lect, 5 lab)


Instructor's Notes

The primary purpose of Clinicals is to remove you from the comfort zone of the classroom and prepare you to enter the workforce. The focus of your knowledge and hands-on massage abilities now move from your fellow students to people from the community and the college. Students set up the clinic, schedule clients, balance the accounting books, maintain the lab and order supplies. You will discover what medical conditions and/or other stress factors have brought each client to you for a massage and it is here you will receive first hand experience, addressing such issues as age, gender, culture and medical histories. And it is here also where the medical terminology and S.O.A.P. note format you learned in Intermediate Massage will be implemented and utilized on a regular basis. An instructor will be available at all times to assist, if needed.

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Last Updated: April 6, 2018