This course will cover the basics of anatomy, including skeletal anatomy, muscle origins, insertions, and actions, and innervation of muscles. We will go over agonist/antagonist relationships and primary/synergistic relationships. Anatomy is the base of all massage. Knowing what muscles you are working with or on and how the tension patterns in those muscles are effecting other muscles is integral to your success as a massage therapist.
In this course we will teach you how to touch the human body. Long gliding strokes combined with wringing and kneading of the muscles will begin to train your palpation skills. We will explore how different types of touch effect the human body. Additionally, you will learn appropriate ways of making the client feel safe, including draping and communication, and what strokes are appropriate to use with different issues.
Physiology is the study of how living organism’s function. We will be going through each of the systems in the body to understand the organs and tissues involved in each system and how each system functions within the body and interacts with other systems.
This pathologies class is specific to massage therapists and will teach you specifics about common (and not so common) pathologies, what type of massage is contra-indicated for each pathology, when not to work on someone, and when you need to send your client to a doctor before working with them.
There are many ways to get to deeper tissues in the human body. In this course, you will learn to do slow, steady, deep (which is relative to client sensitivity) compression strokes that help elongate superficial tissues and allow you access to the deeper tissues. We will explore the differences between deep pressure massage and true deep tissue massage, and when each is appropriate. Additionally, there will be instruction in how to use other areas of your hands, your forearms, and your elbows.
This class will bring together what you learned in anatomy and physiology to help you understand how the body moves. The interrelationship between physiological systems, chemical processes, nerve impulses, and anatomical structures create movement patterns. This course will teach you to help clients obtain functional movement patterns through assessment and muscle testing.
Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds and invests all of our muscles, as well as creating a body glove under the skin and being an integral part of bone tissue. In this course, you will learn to work with fascia in a variety of ways, including running fascia and skin rolling.
Massage tools include t-bars, scrapers, corestones, and more. This course will give you a broad overview of how to use a variety of massage tools.
Twelve hours of business training including scheduling, setting prices, record keeping, and bookkeeping for your massage business plus eight hours of ethics training are included in this course.
SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique) is a positional release modality that interrupts pain signals in the body, painlessly resolves trigger points, has an incredibly calming effect on the nervous system, and is highly stimulating to the lymphatic system. By working with all tissues in any given area, SMRT easily and quickly allows the tissues to balance and the joints to realign effortlessly, re-establishing correct posture.
Benefits of SMRT include:
Because we have disrupted the pain loops, settled the parasympathetic nervous system, created almost no additional pain, and brought the area back to homeostasis, the results of an SMRT treatment last.
Student clinic has several important things to teach you: 1) how to make SOAP notes 2) interpreting intake forms 3) how to work with different clients 4) how to use all of the techniques you have learned in an appropriate way for each client’s physical issues 5) self-care between appointments With the help of an instructor, you will learn about client paperwork, communication with clients, and how to treat a variety of issues.