Therapeutic Massage


THM 1200. Introduction To Therapeutic Massage. 1.5 hr.

This course will serve as an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of therapeutic massage. Students will learn the basic Swedish Massage techniques and how to apply them to the back, arms and legs. Students will disrobe and practice on each other during each of the six classes. Basic anatomy and physiology of the major muscle groups, basic bones, benefits and contradictions of massage, professional ethics and body mechanics are taught. Students will also learn about self-care practices. Prerequisite: Students must be 18 years old or a high school graduate.

THM 1202. Musculoskeletal System. 5 hrs.

This course is a continuation and expansion of BIO 1200, The Human Body Structure and Function. It focuses on the musculoskeletal system, its structure, function, kinesiology, physiology, and palpation, as it relates to massage therapy. Heavy emphasis is placed on human bones and their development, muscle origin, insertion, action, anatomical landmarks and other components of the musculoskeltetal system, such as: tendons, joints, ligaments and peripheral nerves. Identification of anatomical structures to visualization, palpation and examination is practiced. Prerequisite: THM 1200, BIO 1200, SFC 1000 and ALH 1001.

THM 1204. Therapeutic Massage Techniques I. 5 hrs.

This course serves as the beginning and foundation of three core massage courses in the Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program. Students learn holistic self-care techniques, the history of Swedish Massage, the benefits and contraindications of massage, and infection control and safety practices. Swedish Massage techniques with variations are taught, demonstrated and developed into a sequence for a full-body therapeutic massage for healthy adults including appropriate and safe body mechanics for the student. Use and care of equipment and supplies are instructed and demonstrated. Client assessment, interview, and documentation is introduced. Additionally, all students are certified in seated-chair massage. Prerequisite: THM 1200, ALH 1001, SFC 1000, and BIO 1200.

THM 1208. Professional Development & Ethics. 2 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce therapeutic massage students to issues and implications of professional development and ethics within the profession of therapeutic massage. The course addresses massage from a historical perspective moving into contemporary professional concerns and practice management. It also includes basic ethical terminology, principles, and dilemmas; client/therapist interactions; boundaries; human sexuality issues in massage, developing therapeutic relationships and basic therapeutic communication skills. Prerequisite: THM 1200, ALH 1001, SFC 1000 and BIO 1200.

THM 1212. Pathology for Massage Therapy. 3 hrs.

Pathology for the massage therapist investigates the nature and causes of disease, the changes of the body's structure and function as a result of disease and the conditions produced by the disease. Students will learn the effects of specific massage techniques on specific disease conditions. They will discuss disease pathologies with the goal of being able to make informed decisions about the safety and applicability of various massage techniques. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills in order to independently find information and identify variables that contribute to informed decisions in order to practice massage safely.

THM 1214. Therapeutic Massage Techniques II. 5 hrs.

This course is designed to build upon and expand basic Swedish Massage principles and techniques learned in THM 1204. In this class students continue to study and experience holistic self-care and a variety of integrative modalities, many of which may be learned and incorporated into their basic therapeutic massage session. Psychology for body workers, myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy, energy modalities, reflexology, lymphatic massage, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, hot stone therapy and hydro/thermal therapy are the major modalities included in the course. Students also study and experience Yoga and T'ai Chi, for self-care, centering, and body mechanics. Prerequisite: THM 1202, THM 1204 and THM 1208.

THM 1218. Therapeutic Massage Clinical. 2 hrs.

In the therapeutic massage clinical setting, massage students have the opportunity to apply the principles, techniques and procedures practiced and learned in the classroom and lab to members of the community. Under the direction of the clinical supervisor, students are expected to review client intake information to determine possible contraindications, demonstrate proper ethics, client/therapist communication skills, proper draping techniques, and safety and sanitary precautions; and perform a full-body massage utilizing basic Swedish Massage techniques, properly documenting the session for the client's records. Students massage two to three clients consecutively. Students also attend a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: THM 1200, THM 1204, and THM 1206.

THM 1222. Therapeutic Massage Capstone Seminar. 2 hrs.

In this capstone seminar, massage students will prepare to practice as confident, professional, licensed massage therapists. They will demonstrate expertise in therapeutic massage by completing comprehensive clinical case studies. They will demonstrate professional along with critical thinking as they research, develop and implement a plan of care for their clients/ case studies. Students will demonstrate professional legal and ethical standards within their scope of practice while they examine other disciplines' scope of practice. They will identify professional employment practices. Additionally, students will identify and initiate various practices to promote self-care and to educate clients in self-care practices. Students will also review for and prepare to take the national exam for state licensure. Prerequisite: THM 1212, THM 1214 and THM 1218.

THM 1224. Therapeutic Massage Techniques III. 5 hrs.

THM 1224 continues to build on skills and modalities learned in THM 1204 and THM 1214. Students will learn new and adaptive massage techniques and experience a variety of environments and populations as they move into the community to work with other healthcare professionals and to massage special populations. Considerations are given to infants, children and perinatal massage; sports and fitness massage; medical massage for rehabilitation, chronic disease and terminal illness; also massage for geriatric clients, physically and emotionally challenged adults and children; business and industry; and for the spa industry. Students will also continue their exploration of self-care practices. Prerequisite: THM 1212, THM 1214 and THM 1218.

THM 1226. Therapeutic Massage Bus. Pract. & Ethics. 3 hrs.

In this course the student explores various aspects of developing and maintaining a successful therapeutic massage practice including self-analysis and self-care. Students will develop a portfolio and explore the components of a business plan. Students will discuss the components of a bookkeeping system, develop and manage client records, explore various marketing practices, as well as examine and discuss the importance of the professional relationship of the client and the therapist. Additionally, students will discuss and debate the legal and ethical issues and best practices of a therapeutic massage practice. Prerequisite: THM 1212.

THM 1228. Therapeutic Massage Clinical. 2 hrs.

This course continues the learning experiences of THM 1218, Therapeutic Massage Clinical I, requiring the massage student to engage more deeply in critical thinking, safety, assessment, and documentation as well as understanding the scope of practice and roles of their health care disciplines. In the student clinical setting, therapeutic massage students have the opportunity to apply the massage principles, techniques and procedures in a professional therapeutic massage environment to members of the community. Under the direction of the clinic supervisor, students are expected to demonstrate proper ethics, client/therapist communication skills, proper draping techniques, sanitary precautions, perform a full-body massage based on client needs and properly document the session in the client's record. Students will also be expected to massage three clients consecutively, to demonstrate professional behavior, and to attend a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: THM 1212, THM 1214 and THM 1218.

THM 2204. Clinical Massage I: Upper & Lower Body. 6 hrs.

This course is designed to instruct students in functional assessment and therapeutic intervention with massage of the upper and lower human body in relation to musculoskeletal conditions. Students will learn to identify and address client problems and injuries. Discussion of the massage therapy scope of practice and its relationship to other allied health professions is instructed. Understanding methods of professional communication with other healthcare professionals clients, exploring holistic self-care practices, and developing a systematic evaluation and documentation scheme is also covered. Students will expand their practical learaning experiences into various community health care agencies, as well as completing an internship. Prerequisite: Licensed Massage Therapist and a graduate of an approved school of massage therapy; or a Licensed Massage Therapist and consent of the instructor.

THM 2214. Clinical Massage II:Chronic Health Conditions. 6 hrs.

This course is designed to instruct students in advanced assessment and therapeutic intervention techniques for chronic health problems and disease. Therapeutic massage for specific chronic conditions such as cancer/hospic, fibromyalgia, myofacial pain, lymphedema, cardiovascular disease, GI problems, diabetes, and headaches is instructed. Students continue to explore their personal holistic well-being and learn to apply this knowledge and these concepts to their identified client's needs. Students also learn principles of client/family education; pharmacology, and continue to expand their knowledge of assessment of pathology of chronic conditions and care plan development. They will also continue their practical learning experiences in various community health care facilities as well as completing an internship. Prerequisite: LMT and a graduate of an approved school of massage therapy; or LMT and consent of the program coordinator.