Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy

MASS101W Swedish Massage I
(3 Credits)
This course will be the introduction to the study of therapeutic massage. Students will learn the history of massage and review scientific research into the effects of massage therapy including indication, contraindications, universal precautions, health related issues, and wellness education. This course consists of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on treatment. During this course the student will learn and practice on each other the five basic Swedish strokes of effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration. (Co-requisite: BIOL120W)

MASS104W Massage Business Practices
(1 Credit)
This course will provide specific information for those wishing to develop a massage business and strategies for career planning and development.  Students will learn about employment choices, marketing, office procedures and various information for building a successful massage therapy practice or working within an existing practice.  This course will also cover the Ethics of massage therapy.

MASS107W Spa Techniques
(3 Credits)
This course familiarizes the student with the various techniques used in spas. These will include, in addition to massage, wraps, scrubs, basic aromatherapy, and hot stone. (Prerequisite: MASS101W)

MASS109W Reflexology
(3 Credits)
The student will learn the basics of this ancient art and science of stimulating the reflexes on the foot to affect the natural balance and harmony of the body. The course will be lecture and hands-on.

MASS110W Swedish Massage II
(3 Credits)
This course continues and completes Swedish massage. The student will concentrate on self-injury prevention, professional environment, as well as more advanced use of the basic strokes and bringing more of a personal style to the massage session. (Prerequisite: MASS101W)

MASS113W Clinical Massage Therapy
(3 Credits)
This course is for the massage therapy student who has already acquired the basic skills of Swedish massage and is now ready to pursue additional training in clinical massage therapy.  This is defined as the use of manual manipulation of the soft tissues to relieve specific complaints of pain and dysfunction.  This course will include learning assessment and writing proper documentation.  (Prerequisite: MASS120W)

MASS115W Oriental Theory 
(1 Credit)
This course will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of structured touch based upon Oriental thought and bodywork practices including the 12 organ meridians, the 5 elements, and the understanding of energy in its various forms. (Prerequisite: MASS101W or POI)

MASS120W Musculo-Skeletal Studies 
(3 Credits)
This course will concentrate on the muscular and skeletal systems of the body, adding to the knowledge learned in the Human Biology course. Students will be able to identify, locate, and know the function of each muscle and bone studied and how it relates to the whole human body. (Co-requisite: BIOL120W)

MASS125W Pathology for the Massage Therapist 
(3 Credits)
Students will learn about pathological conditions of the musculo-skeletal system and joints, as well as the pathological conditions of each anatomical system. Communicable diseases and hygiene will be discussed, as well as indication and contraindications of massage. (Prerequisites: BIOL120W)

MASS130W Introduction to Reiki Healing 
(3 Credits)
This course will teach students how to use this energy to help themselves and others. The use of this energy is not connected to any religion. Students will be given information on the history of Shamballa Reiki and Usui Reiki, as well as information on its many uses. The student will learn about the seven chakras of the body and how to open them and will be given time to practice on each other. By the end of the course, students will be attuned, which will allow them to work on plants, animals, and people if they wish, or they can simply use it on themselves to improve their own mental and physical health.

MASS135W Deep Tissue Massage
(3 Credits)
This course will be hands-on and gives the student an understanding of the use of deeper strokes including trigger point, myofascial release, and cross fiber friction. Students will also learn how to apply deeper pressure without causing strain on their bodies. (Prerequisite: MASS110W)

MASS201W Kinesiology
(3 Credits)
This course will serve as an in-depth analysis of the anatomical, physiological, and neuromuscular principles of human movement as it applies to massage therapy. (Prerequisite: MASS101W)

MASS210W Special Populations Massage 
(1 Credit)
This course examines ways that the massage professional can help clients with special needs. Topics include infant and child massage, prenatal massage, geriatric massage, medical massage, and massage for physically and psychologically challenged individuals. (Prerequisite: MASS110W)

MASS215W Massage Internship 
(4 Credits)
The State of NH requires students to have 125 hours of hands-on experience in approved programs of massage therapy. The student will arrange for their own massage sessions (schedule and clients). This independent work must be fully documented and under the supervision of a Licensed Massage Therapist and have the approval of the Internship Coordinator. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous Massage Therapy courses)

MASS225W Self Care and Stress Management 
(2 Credits)
This class is designed to teach students stress reduction and self care through the use of meditation, visualization, yoga, self massage, and breathing techniques. (Prerequisite: MASS101W)

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