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Massage Therapy Courses

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MASG 101        INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY     (2 credits)
An overview of the field of massage therapy. Topics covered include historical perspectives on massage, ethics and legalities, universal precautions, indications and contraindications, communication and documentation, reimbursement issues, informed consent, practice environments, and general policies and procedures in running a massage therapy practice.

MASG 120        SWEDISH MASSAGE I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  The technique of traditional (Swedish) massage is presented. Students will learn the theory and practice the application of Swedish massage techniques including, but not limited to, effleurage, pertissage, tapotement. Students will also learn the theory and application of proper body mechanics, positioning, and draping.  Primary emphasis will be in the application of these techniques to the lower extremities and back region.

MASG 121        MASSAGE THERAPY CLINICAL I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will obtain additional practice in the application of massage techniques studied in MASG 120 and MASG 150. Students are required to complete a minimum of fifty massages. Twenty-five massages will be completed under the supervision of the instructor and twenty-five completed independently. Students will practice obtaining medical histories and documenting services provided.

MASG 150        KINESIOLOGY TECHNIQUES I     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will learn the assessment process including manual muscle testing as it applies to massage therapy.  Students will study surface anatomy and identification of landmarks. The appropriate technique of stretching hypomobile tissues will be presented.

MASG 160     CLINICAL TOPICS     (2 credits)
Introduce topics relevant to practice that benefit students' clients. Course will address: pharmacology, documentation, ethics, standards of practice, state laws, and additional topics if allowed by time.

MASG 220        SWEDISH MASSAGE II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students continue the application of techniques and theory of Swedish massage. Students will apply these techniques to the remaining regions of the body.

MASG 221        MASSAGE THERAPY CLINICAL II    (6 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will obtain additional practice in the application of massage techniques studied in MASG 120, 150, 220, and 250. Students are required to complete a minimum of one hundred massages. Fifty massages will be completed under the supervision of the instructor and fifty completed independently. Students will practice obtaining medical histories and documenting services provided.

MASG 240        THE BUSINESS OF MASSAGE     (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will learn how the basics of business apply to running your own clinic.

MASG 250        KINESIOLOGY TECHNIQUES II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will learn the theory and practice the application of various other massage techniques including, but not limited to, acupressure, on-site, deep tissue, sports massage, abdominal, and facial massage. Students will learn the theory and practice of the complementary modalities of heat, cold, and hydrotherapy.

MASG 260        ADVANCED MASSAGE TECHNIQUES     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will learn a variety of techniques that complement Swedish Massage including modalities, Indian and Oriental massage approaches.

MASG 270        PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE     (1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will attend continuing education conference to familiarize themselves with the continuing education process. S/U