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 indications, 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, frictions, tapotement and vibration plus touch without movement and direct pressure as well as the musculoskeletal anatomy of the body.