: This course provides students with the fundamental concepts and applications of kinesiology for massage practice. The class covers basic kinesiology principles as they apply to musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. It emphasizes practical applications for hands-on practice, biomechanics applications for activities of daily living, and whole-body patterns in posture and gait. Students will practice applying kinesiology principles to therapeutic massage methods through a number of experiential exercises designed to keep the students engaged and help them learn through the body as well as the mind.
This course is a study of the bones, joints, and muscles, illustrated with beautiful full-color photographs, precise anatomical drawings, and clear mechanical drawings, and exciting interactive animations that allow the student to fully engage a 3-dimensional analysis of each major joint and muscle. These topics are presented in a specific order that reflects the Ida P. Rolf method for developing structural integrity of the myofascial systems in the body. Each topic includes palpation exercises to help you become comfortable with locating bony landmarks and exploring joint structures and motions, as well as learning the locations, actions, and trigger points of the muscles.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Define introductory kinesiology terms and concepts and relate to manual therapy.
• Identify skeletal and joint structures, functions, concepts, and alignment principles.
• Identify types of joint motion and concepts related to joint motion in manual therapy.
• Identify muscular structures, functions, and concepts. Relate to muscle balance/imbalance, body patterns, and manual therapy applications.
• Describe NM structures and functions. Describe theory and steps in basic NM therapies.
• Define introductory biomechanical concepts and relate to body-use patterns, manual therapy, and body mechanics.
• List and define components of ideal and faulty postures. Describe applications of postural assessment to manual therapy treatments and body mechanics.
• Describe components of gait. Relate to pattern recognition and body mechanics.
• Identify and differentiate tissue layers.
• Demonstrate the palpation of tissue layers and describe the quality of touch for each layer.
• Identify bony landmarks, origins and insertions, and action of skeletal muscles covered in class.
• Demonstrate the palpation of bony landmarks and skeletal muscles covered in class.
• Demonstrate knowledge of what joint actions each muscle generates.
All materials for this course are provided.