Students learn the indications for massage therapy treatment, foundational Swedish, and non Swedish massage techniques, and proper use of biomechanics for therapist health. Students gain interview and assessment skills, an understanding of tissue healing and the inflammatory process, and treatment techniques for general orthopedic soft tissue conditions. Basic lymphatic drainage techniques are also covered in these courses.
Students are introduced to the therapeutic applications of water in all its forms. Safe use of hot and cold and other modalities, such as affusions, contrast baths, paraffin wax and sauna are included. Students will also be introduced to actinotherapy, which is use of “rays of light” for therapeutic benefit. This course presents the theory of ultraviolet and infrared light and their application in a massage therapists practice.
This course focuses on the developement of specific assessment skills including:Health history, observation,postural and palpatory assessment,functional and range of motion assessment,muscle length and muscle strength assessment. Introduction to joint play assessment, neurological assessment, special tests, gait assessment and assessment modfications
Ultimately the student will learn to perform, document, critically analyze/modify and integrate these assessment skills while maintaining patient and therapist safety.
This hands on class is a safe place to blend the anatomical science of the body through touch. Exploratory palpation for the muscles students are learning, joint lines and anatomical landmarks builds students confidence and sensitivity in their palpatory skills. This relaxed class of exploration sets students to excel in year 2 where palpatory skills are the corner stone of effective joint mobilizations and treatment.
Students are taught how to facilitate the restoration of muscle and fascia to a healthy state, utilizing neuromuscular and fascial release techniques. A continued development of assessment, palpation and communication is encouraged as these powerful techniques are explored.
The primary focus in this course is the use of manual techniques in athletic situations, including prepost-event, injury prevention and rehabilitation. To facilitate skill development, integration and application of material learned in class, students will have the opportunity to work on-site at sports events.
The Instructor leads sessions on safe and effective massage for young babies. Babies and moms or dads are present for the last session.
Students are given the opportunity to practice and integrate the skills they have developed to date under the supervision and mentorship of professional massage therapists.
The primary focus of first year clinic is systemic massage with emphasis on stress reduction and wellness. Students practice professionalism and teamwork. Student responsibilities include all aspects of clinic operation.
Students are introduced to a treatment management model and will learn how to apply assessment and treatment techniques to specific pathological presentations.
Musculoskeletal and systemic pathologies will be presented and integrated with assessment and treatment. Also included are the principles of exercise and its application and integration in the practice of massage therapy. There is an emphasis on core stabilization, stretching, strengthening, endurance and coordination. Comprehensive regional and systemic approaches will be used.
Students are introduced to the principles, indications and contraindications of joint mobilizations. Emphasis is on applying joint mobilizations as an assessment and a treatment modality. This course integrates students’ scientific knowledge with their ability to communicate with clients and their ability to palpate joint structures.
Advanced techniques that require a heightened level of palpative, manual and intuitive skills are introduced in this class. A focus will be on understanding the benefits, contraindications and precautions. These include counterstrain, cranial sacral, muscle energy and visceral techniques.
It is common for massage therapists to work in conjunction with other health professionals. Students will be introduced to adjunctive therapeutic modalities, including TENS, Ultrasound and Acupuncture to enhance their understanding of massage therapy within the health care process.
Students are placed in practicum rotations working with a wide range of chronic and acute pathologies. Students have the opportunity to integrate skills and techniques learned to date under the mentorship of an experienced therapist. Placements include Neurological, Systemic, Addictions recovery, Psycho-social cognitive, Active living/Sports, Maternity, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedic, Pre-post joint replacement, Cultural Diversity, Cancer and Scar care.
This class builds on the techniques learned in first year. Students are introduced to techniques requiring a higher level of palpation skills. Students experience a deeper understanding of fascial chains, assessment and integration of treatment.