Our massage school will get you ready for the career of Massage Therapy. When you finish with our program you will be qualified to take the National Certification Exam (NCE) provided by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX). The total number of hours required for completion is 850 hours. That includes classroom learning hours, classroom massage practice hours and clinic massage hours. We include job placement assistance where we will help you find a local job though our connections in the community with doctors and local spas. There is no guarantee of placement. Included in the program are the following classes:
Advanced Massage Techniques and Assessments-
This is a lecture, demonstration, and hands on course on medically oriented techniques. These techniques will include origin & insertion techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial technique, movement therapy, and assessment of clients using medical massage therapies. This course is mostly medically oriented but also looks at the body as a whole by combining an understanding of energetic technique to fully assess the client.
Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
This is equal to a college level course on how the human body is put together, how it works, and how its movement is affected.
Applied Lymph Drainage Massage -
The lymphatic system plays an important role in maintaining immunity and circulating hormones. It is an extremely gentle and relaxing massage that is a very different experience to normal therapeutic or deeper tissue massage.
This is a course to teach students business skills to be able to run their own business or be an asset to a place of employment.
Cranial Sacral Therapies -
Craniosacral work is based on a thorough knowledge of cranial and sacral anatomy and requires sensitivity of touch to enable the practitioner to discern, and then to utilize the cranial wave formation.
Energy Essentials -
This is a course in energy essentials. Teaching students how to use their intuition during bodywork sessions, and knowing which energy technique will help the client. These techniques will include teaching the student how to ground themselves and their clients, balance energy using crystals, aromatherapy and chakra balancing.
Ethics of Touch -
Learn appropriate and ethical norms and behavior for massage therapists. This class will teach the student how to: provide help in challenging situations; provide excellent service; protection to clients; and allow a means for enforcing desired professional behavior. Topics discussed include but are not limited to: healthy boundaries, common dilemmas, communication, professionalism, attitudes about money, trauma, abuse, touch, and intimacy.
Continuation of Swedish massage at a deeper level. In this class students will learn to flow from one technique to the next. Giving a 30 and 90 minute protocol in addition to the previously learned 60 minute.
Hydro Therapy –
As a future LMT the more diverse modalities you are acquainted with, the more diverse your clientele can become, however hydro therapy is more than just a diverse modality it is a health essential. This class will teach the student how to use water as a healing agent as well as the direct effects of heat and cold with the contraindications for their uses. Safety and procedural guidelines will be emphasized throughout this course.
Lomi Lomi Massage –
Also known as Hawaiian massage, involves the use of the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, and feet. It may be performed with or without lubrication. It is used to help bring the recipients body back to a harmonious state.
Massage Therapy and Medical Terminology-
This course is designed to give the students a working knowledge of the roots, suffixes and prefixes applied to the terms used in the medical field.
Pathology and the LMT-
Pathology and the understanding of how different diseases affect the body are very important to all body workers. Proper understanding of different disorders as they occur in the body can help lead to early intervention and treatment by advanced medical personnel, sometimes properly trained body workers are a client’s first line of defense.
Pre-Natal Massage Techniques-
The childbearing years are a time of great importance in the anatomy and physiology of a woman. A working knowledge of the needs associated with pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care is vital to all bodyworkers and most especially the massage therapist. Understanding the movement, compensation and changes in the pregnant woman’s body is vital so that only health, wellbeing and increased mobility are achieved without harm.
Sanitation, Universal Precautions, CPR & First Aid –
Students will learn how to recognize an emergency and how to respond. This class will prepare the student for the test needed to be certified.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means “finger pressure”. Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms; assisted stretching; joint manipulation/mobilization.
The first portion of Sports Massage is designed to introduce students to basic sports massage techniques including: compression, tapotement, and vibration. Students will use these skills to perform pre and post-event massage on athletes or clients. Students also learn to recognize, help prevent, and assist thermal injuries, strains, sprains, and cramps. The second portion of Sports Massage is a course designed to prepare students to treat injuries and areas of chronic over-use resulting in pain and discomfort. The body is divided up into sections such as head and neck, shoulders, low back and sciatic pain. Each area will have an anatomy review and demonstration focusing on the muscles that are most often the cause of pain. Students are then encouraged to use their own knowledge and creativity along with the demonstration to design their own techniques.
Student Clinic Hours –
This will be 150 hours of massing the public. The student will be practicing the massage techniques that they learned in the other classes.
Swedish Massage -
In this course the student will learn the history, theory and techniques of Swedish massage. The five strokes of the Swedish system and the application of these strokes in full body massage will be taught. Other topics will include techniques for draping and body positioning of clients. An overview of the indications and contraindications for Swedish massage, basic hygiene, equipment, lubricants and supplies will be presented. Instructions in body mechanics and self-care techniques will be covered.
It is reasonable that any teacher is going to help the student be prepared for the eventual testing period that is required to obtain a license for body work. The learning experience for the student would be to have a good knowledge base of the types of questions and environment that will be encountered at a testing center. This class will prepare you for the Mblex test.
Thai Yoga Massage –
An ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. This class will help the student be able to increases flexibility, blood flow, and overall wellness for the client.