Course Descriptions

MASSAGE THEORY, PRACTICE & ETHICS (350 Hours)

This course includes modules centered on the history, modern-day function, code of ethics and standards of practice of massage therapy in Western culture. Students will also learn how to effectively:

  • create safe space for, and effectively communicate with, clients

  • apply a variety of contemporary western massage techniques—(1) Swedish Massage, (2) Deep Tissue Massage, (3) Advanced Palpation, (4) Postural Assessment, (5) Neuromuscular Trigger-point Therapy; (6) Myofascial Massage; (7) Stretching Techniques; (8) Medical and Orthopedic Massage; (9) Chair Massage

  • maintain and working knowledge of indications and contraindications for massage and bodywork

  • construct meaningful treatment plans 

  • operate with a working knowledge of the anatomy of the muscles, bones, and kinesiology

  • use safe and beneficial biomechanics to ensure a comfortable delivery of therapeutic care

The Ethics component of this course explores the dynamic therapist/client relationship, clarifies the difference between personal and professional relations in the profession of massage & bodywork, imparts the importance of adhering to a professional code of ethics within the practice of the healing arts. Students also study the requirements and procedures for licensure in the state of Kentucky. The importance of research and continuing education will be identified to enhance the student’s awareness of appropriate resources for information and educational experiences. 

PRACTITIONER ENRICHMENT SERIES

(186 Hours + 24 Internship Hours)

This series of advanced course modules is designed to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary tools to meet clients where they are on their care journey, and cultivate a highly customized wellness experience. Modules include:

Allied Modalities

Thai Metta Bodywork Table-Top Flow

This course presents the basic philosophy and techniques common to Thai Metta Bodywork. Concepts similar to energy modalities such acupressure and reflexology will be identified from the Thai perspective. The student will learn and practice techniques that can be incorporated into a table top treatment.

Energetics & BioMagnetic Therapy 

This course presents an overview of energy based healing techniques. Study topics include the basic theory of magnetism applied to the healing and regenerative processes of the body, mind and emotions. The student will be introduced to the practical application of kinesiology. The course will present a number of energy based techniques. The student will learn to develop sensitivity for subtle body energy fields.

 

Reiki Energy Healing 

This module includes an an in-depth study of the ancient healing art of Reiki, how to harness the energy, honor its intentions, ethics, and applications to facilitate the body’s innate healing ability. The focus of this learning experience is on using Reiki as a tool for serving others.

 

Foundations of Craniosacral Therapy

This course presents the basic philosophy and techniques common to CranioSacral Therapy, including a study of the nervous system.

Reflexology

This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of Reflexology, Meridian and Zone Therapy. Students will explore a historical overview of the origins of Reflexology and Zone Therapy and learn how to apply reflexology techniques to balance the body’s energy systems. The student will study basic anatomy in relation to health and the Reflexology model. 

 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

This course presents the basic philosophy and techniques common to Lymphatic Massage, including a study of the Immune/Lymphoid System. The student will practice Lymphatic and Neuro-Lymphatic techniques for the body, face and scalp.

 

Gua Sha & Cupping Therapy

This course presents the basic philosophy and techniques common to Therapeutic and Lymphatic Cupping Therapy. The student will learn and practice techniques that can be incorporated into a table top treatment.

Oncology Massage

This course presents the basic philosophy and specialized intake processes and therapeutic approaches common to treating clients who are undergoing cancer treatments. 

Pediatric Massage & Bodywork

This module introduces students to the principles and practice of performing massage therapy on children, ages of 2-18, and includes a study of the stages of childhood. It will also outline basic massage techniques for performing a general pediatric massage as well as pediatric massage for children with disabilities and common discomforts.

 

Prenatal Massage & Bodywork

This module includes a study of Prenatal Massage techniques, protocols for assessment, and treatment plans for the pregnant mother. Students also develop a deeper understanding of the female reproductive system, related hormones, and common concerns associated with pregnancy, and learn appropriate client positioning, draping, and the use of bolsters for the comfort and safety of the pregnant mother and fetus.

 

Sports Massage

This course presents the application of massage techniques designed to support athletic performance, recovery, and rehabilitation.

 

Conscious Care

Holistic Communication

This module presents the fundamental dynamics involved in the communication process, how communication can influence an individual’s response, and how to practice delivering suggestions and develop consultation skills. Additionally, students will 

understand how the communication model affects the individual’s mental, emotional and physiological state in a care environment. 

 

Trauma-Informed Care

This module is focused on imparting the importance of adhering to a model of care that acknowledges the potential impact of a care recipient’s exposure to abuse, neglect, discrimination, violence, and other adverse experiences increases their lifelong potential for experiencing continued responses to their traumas. Students will learn how to deliver trauma-informed approaches to care, improve client engagement, and elevate the overall care experience and outcomes.

 

Practitioner Sustainability

Practitioner Self-Care

This module is designed to impart the critical understanding that the massage and bodywork practitioner’s primary healing tool is the collective force of their own body, mind, and intention, working in harmony to support the care of others. Thus, such a dynamic tool requires routine care and maintenance to optimize its usefulness. Components of this module are carried out on and off campus, and include: yoga, pilates, meditation, breath work, a study of Reiki First Degree for self-care, grounding, nutrition . . .

 

Career Development

This course is relevant to students who are interested in starting their own business, as well as those who are seeking to work for an established company. Students will learn how to: write and effectively utilize a business plan, establish a business entity, cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships/collaborations, establish a financial plan to support professional and personal goals, and honor time management boundaries. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions with successful small-business owners and wellness entrepreneurs.

ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY & PATHOLOGIES (100 Hours)

This course introduces students to the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, from cells and tissues to systems and the whole organism. Students embark on a detailed study of the skeletal and muscular systems, explore physiology with an understanding of its relation to the health and wellness model. The study of the skeletomuscular system will present a detailed understanding of kinesiology. Additionally, students learn to identify and define common medical terminology and its relation to the professional practice of massage and bodywork. Note: Sections of this course may be presented in an online format. Transfer credit from a college-level course from an accredited program with comparable course content is permitted with approval.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT CPR TRAINING & PRACTICE (10 Hrs)

This course is specially designed for individuals planning a career in healthcare. Students will learn adult, child, and infant CPR and be trained on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). There will be added training on how to use and perform rescue breaths using a bag valve mask. This device is found in hospitals, offices, and many other healthcare facilities. The BLS class training concludes with time dedicated to learning how to rescue a choking infants, children, and adults.

Note: Course content and descriptions can change/be updated at any time.