: Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
This course provides an overview of the theoretical principles for common massage therapy systems and manual techniques. The course discusses the historical influences from a variety of cultures in order to best understand the massage therapy industry and profession today. In addition, the course overviews selected major cautions and contraindications for giving massage, as well as the effects and benefits of proper massage therapy treatments. The course prepares students with fundamental knowledge about sanitation, and creating an appropriate environment to perform massage therapy services with ethical and professional boundaries. The course also serves to introduce both the theoretical basis as well as the demonstration of fundamental manual techniques in the traditional discipline of Western Massage (i.e. Swedish massage), and the contemporary systems of Myofascial Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Reflexology.
This course also offers a well-organized 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:
• Comprehend foundational knowledge for understanding and applying massage therapy.
• Gain insight into the philosophical and historical background of massage therapy.
• Explain the effects and benefits of massage.
• Understand clinical applications of massage.
• Explain contraindications and endangerment sites common to massage therapy practice.
• Understand general guidelines for giving massage including hygiene, setting up the physical environment, and elements of performance.
• Define the therapeutic relationship and basic ethical principles as they apply to the massage therapy profession.
• Understand the principles, and explain the common massage techniques used in Western Massage Therapy.
• Understand the principles of joint range of motion and explain the various techniques used to optimize joint mobility and range of motion.
• Understand the principles of Myofascial Massage and explain the basic manual techniques used to treat the myofascial system.
• Understand the basic physiology of trigger points, and explain the manual techniques used to treat trigger points as a massage therapist.
• Understand the principles of Reflexology and explain the basic techniques used to treat the various systems of the body with the application of manual reflexology methods.
• 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.