Objective of this program is to prepare graduates and trained them in a client-centered approach to massage. Rather than approaching each client with the same “formula”, students are trained to tailor each massage to the specific needs and structure of the individual. They are prepared to practice massage in a number of settings, including private practice, health clubs, chiropractic or osteopathic offices, beauty salons, stress reduction, sport centers, etc.
Each student will be able to identify and describe the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system & its relation to massage practice & the effects of stress on each system. Demonstrate mastery of Swedish massage theory and techniques, including effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration. Identify the benefits, contraindications, and limitations of Swedish massage. Demonstrate skill in deep tissue work with a major focus on the kinesiology of specific group. Utilize proper body mechanics & other self-care techniques to promote ease in working on clients and to avoid injury and physical stress. Use appropriate verbal and listening skills to establish a supportive environment and respond to clients personal concerns that may arise during a massage session. Describe their own approach to personal health, general well being, and wellness concepts so as to be able to discuss healthy choice with clients. Discuss other body/mind approaches to health, wellness, and stress reduction so as to refer clients when available, to other health care practitioners. Effectively organize & lead a presentation to educate the public about the benefits of massage for health promotion. Describe the business, professional, and legal requirements, as well as ethical principles regarding establishment of a massage practice.