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750-hour Curriculum in Depth

Curriculum in Depth

Asian Energetics - 18 hours

This course offers adjunct therapies to be used in conjunction with any hands-on techniques to complement massage sessions.

 

 

Cupping and Gua Sha – These two ancient Asian methods can be utilized to enhance any massage session while being gentle on the therapist’s hands. Cupping helps move stagnant energy stuck deep in the muscles while Gua Sha invigorates circulation by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin. Both help stimulate pain relief and quicken recovery with little physical effort on the part of the therapist.

 

Auricular Therapy (Ear Reflexology) – Similar to the foot, the ear has reflex points that mirror the entire body, plus special ‘master’ points for overall well-being and stress-reduction. Students will learn the map of the ear and how stimulating the points for enhanced, longer lasting sessions.

Myofacial Release – 21 hours

Myofascial Release technique involves applying gentle sustained pressure the connective tissue that surrounds musculature, helping release restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. An effective addition to any massage therapy session.

Awareness Through Touch – 15 hours

Each body has the same muscles and bones, yet each is unique. Through hands-on exploration and exercises, students acquire increased sensitivity to the individual client and how to adjust touch and techniques accordingly, making an ordinary massage extraordinary. Students learn how to non-verbally listen to their client.

Pain Management Techniques – 60 hours

This course introduces techniques such as neuromuscular technique (NMT) and trigger point therapy, myofacial release and deep tissue to help alleviate pain due to injuries, repetitive motion syndromes, holding patterns, etc.

Asian Bodywork – 50 hours

This course offers a view of the body from the Asian perspective. Techniques are learned on how to correct energetic imbalances for decreased pain and increased vitality.

Associated Sciences-Two Parts – 125 Total

1) Anatomy and Kinesiology – 85 hours:

We don’t believe that learning anatomy online, in lecture format, or even making muscles out of clay can give you the same high skill set that you will gain from our Living Anatomy and Kinesiology course. Book knowledge comes to life with hands-on discovery of muscles on live bodies in class. This coupled with movement and other kinesthetic exercises, allows students to feel and find the muscles in others and in their own bodies!

2) Physiology – 40 hours

The way in which a living organism or bodily part functions.

Ergonomics and Structural Evaluation – 18 hours

How work and life ergonomics, including sleep patterns, affect the structure of both the therapist and client.

Therapist – Proper body mechanics are essential to avoid therapist burn-out. Correct use of hands and body are emphasized in addition to increasing students’ awareness of their own structural holding patterns. The foundation is taught here and reinforced in all hands-on classes.

Client – Students will learn how to identify and interpret musculoskeletal and breath holding patterns in their clients. How to evaluate a client’s day-to-day work and home ergonomics will also be covered, as will how to bring this awareness to clients for lasting benefit

Foot Reflexology – 9 hours

This course teaches the geography of the foot, as the map for the entire body. You will learn techniques to be able to give a complete Reflexology session, and incorporate them into a full body massage.

Pathology – 40 hours

Study of the nature, origin and course of common diseases with an emphasis on those most applicable in the massage therapy setting.

Energy Techniques – 21 hours

Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Polarity Therapy are among the energy techniques discussed.  Students will explore their own energetic body while learning hands-on techniques to support and deepen musculoskeletal sessions.

OPTIONAL: Introduction to Cadaver Studies - 2 hours

Interested students may sign up to study the human body in this two-hour elective course taken at an off-campus facility. Differentiating tissue types along with a musculoskeletal model will be introduced and tailored to the interests of the group.

Hydrotherapy and Topical Therapies– 9 hours

Guidelines for the therapeutic use of hot and cold applications for a massage therapy practice and self-care for the massage therapist and client.
How to choose and safely use essential oils and carrier oils to enhance massage therapy treatments.

Self-Health – 6 hours

Longevity in the field begins with the therapist’s self-care as they give to others. Strategies and techniques are discussed and practiced as are potential hygiene concerns for both client and therapist.

Psychology of Structure – 6 hours

Exploration of how structure and holding patterns are formed by thoughts, energy and emotions.

Entrepreneurial Skills – 15 hours

The entire program prepares students to be successful in the evolving field of massage therapy. Specifics such as licensing, insurance, basic bookkeeping and marketing strategies are covered. Students will learn about the various work options to help them choose the path that is right for them.

Ethics and Rapport – 13 hours

Ethics topics such as confidentiality, patient referrals, and professional boundaries are covered. Communication skills to effectively talk about massage and broach challenging topics with patients will be taught along side developing effective listening skills to best meet each client’s needs.

Exam Preparation – 9 hours

To be licensed in many states, graduates need to sit for an exam. The MBLEx is the direction most states are heading. This course educates students on which exam might be right for them, and helps prepare them with study skills, review options and practice exams.

Clinic – 90 hours

Students graduate skilled, confident and successful by performing massages in the school’s on-campus clinic. You will receive a real-life workplace experience by massaging in private rooms. Experiment and practice what you’ve learned in class with the support of an instructor nearby. Students will gain confidence and obtain immediate feedback and guidance by seeing a wide variety of clients who can range from 18 – 96 years old!

All the necessities for running a private clinic, working in a spa or medical setting, including proper medical charting, pacing of sessions, scheduling, and reception skills are addressed. Students get a mentorship experience with just one supervisor to 3-4 students..

Professional Coaching – 15 hours

Students develop a relationship with a licensed massage therapist who will become their mentor. Time together can be spent observing, working on, and picking the brains (and hands!) of the an experienced practitioner.

Independent Outreach Project – 18 hours

To help prepare students in becoming successful entrepreneurs, they will prepare and deliver a presentation to the audience of their choice.

Cranial-Sacral Techniques - 21 hours

Gentle, yet powerful touch to work the synarthrodial joints of the cranium, spine and pelvis. Aids in the release of deep trauma, regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, alleviates headaches and chronic pain. A useful tool on its own, or integrate into massage sessions.

Wednesdays: 5:30-9pm, 6 weeks, $375 ~ Starts Nov 7th (Breaks for Thanksgiving Week)

Instructor: Janis Arlow, RMT ~ 21 NCBTMB CE Units

Myofacial Release – 21 hours ~ Check out this article about MFR!

Myofascial Release technique involves applying gentle sustained pressure the connective tissue that surrounds musculature, helping release restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. An effective addition to any massage therapy session.

Wednesdays: 5:30-9pm, 6 weeks, $375 ~ Starts Sept 26th

Instructor: Janis Arlow, RMT

Introduction to Structural Integration - 21 hours

Based on the Ida P. Rolf method, students are introduced to the principles and theory of Structural Integration. Basic concepts and techniques of lengthening and realigning the fascia will be taught. Applying these methods allows the body to shift more easily into alignment, allowing muscles to move more freely and efficiently.

Thursdays: 5:30-9pm, 6 weeks, $375 ~ Starts Jan 10th

Asian Energetics - 18 hours

This course offers adjunct therapies to be used in conjunction with any hands-on techniques to complement massage sessions.  Cupping and Gua Sha These two ancient Asian methods can be utilized to enhance any massage session while being gentle on the therapist’s hands. Cupping helps move stagnant energy stuck deep in the muscles while Gua Sha invigorates circulation by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin. Both help stimulate pain relief and quicken recovery with little physical effort on the part of the therapist.  Auricular Therapy (Ear Refelxology) Similar to the foot, the ear has reflex points that mirror the entire body, plus special ‘master’ points for overall well-being and stress-reduction. Students will learn the map of the ear and how stimulate the points for enhanced, longer lasting sessions.

Thursdays: 5:30-9pm ~ 6 weeks, Starts Nov 8th ~ $350 plus $60 materials fee (cupping set, gun she and auricular tools)

Instructor: Albert Stern, LAc, RMT ~ 21 NCBTMB CE Units

Break for Thanksgiving Week

Oncology and Geriatric Massage - 21 hours

Massage should to be adapted for medically frail people including elders and people living with cancer. Whether clients are currently undergoing cancer treatment, or have in the past, or they have health complications because of old age, massage therapists need to be comfortable with the condition, and understand what kinds of adaptations can be made.  Course will include a practice clinic with at least one client who is living with cancer or an elder.

Wednesdays 5:30-9pm, 6 weeks, $375 ~ Starts Jan 9th

Instructor: Ilyse Streim, RMT ~ 21 NCBTMB CE Units

Sports Massage and Injury Recovery – 23 hours

Techniques are taught to use on athletes before, during and after their events, or as maintenance for prevention of injury and increased athletic performance.

Thursdays: 5:30-9pm, 6 weeks, plus one clinic working on athletes, $395 ~ Starts Sept 27th

To register:

Call 303-618-5518 or email: [email protected] or click here to contact us for more information or to be added to our email list.

Registration deadline is by the first day of the course. Late registration is considered after the first course meeting date.

There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee included in the cost of the course.