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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE



MASG 1001 -- Introduction to Massage,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Therapeutic Massage Pre-Program Orientation

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Placement into college-level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121.

This course presents the theory, skills, and experience that are the foundation for becoming a Massage Therapist. Students will learn techniques and a routine for a full body massage, including basic anatomy and palpation skills, contraindications for massage, and proper forms of draping. Effective procedures are introduced in proper body mechanics, therapist self-care, professionalism, session management, and documentation. Students are introduced to various products and equipment for massage therapy.


MASG 1020 -- Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology for Clinical Massage,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: BIOL 1102 and BIOL 1104 both with a grade of C or better

In this course students study all of the following body systems as they apply to therapeutic massage: circulatory, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, nervous, and articular. Emphasis is on the relationship among muscle attachments, joints, and bony landmarks. Examination of human movement through association of muscle and muscle function to levers and their connection to planes of movement and the supporting structures are addressed. In addition, the application of the understanding of kinesiology to safe and effective massage therapy is addressed related to all body systems.


MASG 1021 -- Clinical Massage Techniques I,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: MASG 1001, MASG 2102, BIOL 1102, BIOL 1104 all with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite MASG 1020.

This course provides the theory and application of advanced rehabilitative massage therapy techniques that focus on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment, or rehabilitate physical function. Techniques will focus on neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, cross-fiber friction, therapeutic stretches, muscle energy techniques, and rehabilitative massage. Students will refine skills in palpation, anatomy, functional muscle testing, range of motion, and postural and gait analysis. Students will learn to create a treatment and care plan based on assessments and learn advanced SOAP note charting.


MASG 1022 -- Pathology for Clinical Massage,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: MASG 1001, MASG 2102, BIOL 1102, BIOL 1104 all with a grade of C or better.

Pre- or co-requisites MASG 1020 and MASG 1021.

This course provides an introduction to the study of the fundamental process and dysfunction of the body caused by disease. Students will learn common pathologies for various body systems including neuromuscular, neurological, gastrointestinal, integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, genitourinary, and hermetic. Specific treatment options for massage therapy and the indications and contradictions for the pathologies are examined. Students will develop the ability to make knowledgeable choices about safety and discernment about treatment.


MASG 1023 -- Clinical Massage for Special Populations,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: MASG 1001, MASG 2102, BIOL 1102, BIOL 1104 all with a grade of C or better.

Pre- or co-requisites MASG 1020 and MASG 1021

This course provides the study of theoretical concepts and the practice of specialized massage therapy protocol for populations of people who are vulnerable because of a physical limitation or life stage. Populations include: pre- and post-pregnancy massage, infant massage, cancer, hospice and palliative care, chronic and acute pain management, geriatric massage, chronic illness, clients with PTSD and those with disabilities. The students will focus on learning appropriate technique for the pathology, etiology, indications, contraindications, adaptations, and emotional/psychological considerations from both the Western and Asian body of knowledge. Students will learn to design a treatment and care plan based on the specific needs required.


MASG 2102 -- Food as Medicine/Biologically Based Therapies,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as IHH 2102)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Placement into college-level reading and writing as demonstrated by meeting enrollment requirements for ENGL 1121

This course provides an introduction to the importance of nutrition basics for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Students will learn the role food can play in both prevention and treatment of most chronic illnesses. Discussions will involve how environmental, social, economic, emotional, and cultural issues affect nutrition. Students will also learn about dietary supplements and herbs including the history, regulation, scientific research, and indications and contraindications for use.


MASG 2105 -- Basics in Business and Ethics for the Holistic Practitioner,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as IHH 2105)

This course provides practical information related to the fundamentals of business and ethics in holistic practice management. Common business practices and structures, contracts and legal agreements, financial considerations, record keeping, networking, marketing, and methods to promote and maintain a successful practice are presented. Students will learn about decision making skills, interpersonal and professional communication, ethical and professional roles and responsibilities, and how to handle ethical dilemmas in the practice of holistic healing.


MASG 2108 -- Clinical Massage Techniques II,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: MASG 1020 and MASG 1021 both with a grade of C or better

This course provides the basic theory and application of advanced massage therapy techniques that support and strengthen the body's natural ability to heal and balance itself. Techniques will focus on Asian bodywork, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, reflexology, and energy therapy. Students will refine skills in palpation, anatomical landmarks, observational skills, and touch awareness, and how to relieve pain and dysfunction to improve whole-body health and performance. Students will learn to create a treatment and care plan based on medical history and assessment.


MASG 2297 -- Clinical Massage Practicum and Internship,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: Pre- or co-requisite MASG 2108

This is the capstone course to the Therapeutic Massage Program. The internship is an individually-designed, industry-based learning experience, approved by the faculty and the on-site supervisor, in a setting consistent with the student's program goals in which the student can integrate skills and knowledge gained in the program.