Massage Theory & Practice (60 Hours)
This course introduces the students to the basics of Swedish massage. They learn how to perform a full body massage as well as indications, contraindications, and physiological effects for massage. Topics also covered include the history of massage, hygiene, safe draping, body mechanics, and the interview process. This class lays the foundation upon which the advanced classes will build.
Medical Terminology (8 Hours)
This class is designed to help the students to understand and become comfortable with the medical terminology used in the anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology classes. Students learn Greek and Latin derivatives and how they combine with other prefixes and suffixes to make up the medical terminology used today. This supports the students’ abilities to communicate with other health care professionals.
Hydrotherapy/Aromatherapy/Spa (35 Hours)
Hydrotherapy is a modality utilizing the therapies of hot and cold applications. Students learn the basic theory and practice, as well as indications and contraindications of this modality. Several techniques will be covered including local and contrasting applications.
Deep Tissue Massage (20 Hours)
This class delves deeper into the concepts and applications of bodywork. It looks at several applications of deeper structural work and the deeper postural muscles and fascia. Trigger point work, myofascial release, and postural release work will be included. Students will also learn how to focus their intention to create an overall experience as well as effective treatment massage session.
Clinical Applications (44 Hours)
In clinical treatments the theories and applications of several pathologies and specific conditions are covered. Students learn how to assess and treat each condition, with the signs and symptoms of each being addressed. Included are hydrotherapy applications and range of motion testing. Other treatments covered are Cyriax cross-fiber friction, Muscle Energy Technique, and passive positional release methods.
Pregnancy Massage (8 Hours)
This class covers the basics in giving a safe, comfortable, and relaxing massage to pregnant mothers. The benefits, indications, contraindications, and specific considerations for each trimester will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to experience a massage in both side-lying and semi-reclining positions.
Seated Massage (16 Hours)
In this course the student will learn how to give a 15-minute on-site massage utilizing their basic Swedish massage techniques and pressure point work. Students also learn how to create a successful on-site business and have the opportunity to use their skills while working with the public.
Human Behavior (4 Hours)
In this course, the emphasis is on the relationship and communication skills between client and therapist. The development of good communication and listening skills is vital. Also covered is the psychology of pain and the emotional component to bodywork.
Business Practices (12 Hours)
Students will learn the basics of planning, building, managing, and growing a successful massage practice. Included are marketing strategies, basic accounting, resume writing, insurance billing, presentation and the interview process, and building a clientele.
Ethics & Professionalism (12 Hours)
This class covers the Washington State Law for Massage Therapy and its licensing standards. The student will also learn theories of ethical principals and standards that apply to the practice of massage therapy.
Anatomy & Physiology (68 Hours)
This is a comprehensive course in the structure and function of the human body covering ten major systems of the body with their structure and function. Also covered are related topics of massage indications and contraindications.
Kinesiology (120 Hours)
This course looks at the specifics of the musculoskeletal system with the students learning about and gaining an understanding of various muscles, ligaments and joints and how they relate to each other in movement of the body. Also covered are pathologies, assessment of movement, range of motion testing, and documentation.
Chart Noting (20 Hours)
This class follows along the “hands-on” classes to teach the basics and structure of massage documentation for insurance billing. It provides a foundation for understanding the proper documentation of treatment sessions and maintaining clear, professional communication with other health care professionals.
Eastern Philosophy (32 Hours)
The Denton Massage School incorporates many eastern philosophies of bodywork and healing into its program. This part of the curriculum draws on principals of Chinese medicine and utilizes the meridians of the body found in many styles of bodywork. It includes thirty-two hours of Shiatsu and Polarity and can be used as an introduction to the Shiatsu Certification program.
Pathology (20 Hours)
This course is designed to outline the various conditions and diseases found in each body system. This class integrates will with the hands-on clinical massage class.
Other classes required for program completion are a 4-hour HIV/AIDS course and a First Aid/CPR certification course.
There will also be several guest speakers who will provide workshops on the following subjects:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Student Clinic & Internships
The Student Clinic (52.5 Hours) provides each student with supervised hands-on experience with volunteer patients in a working, clinical setting. Students are given the opportunity to utilize their marketing, assessing, and charting skills, as well as utilizing massage and hydrotherapy techniques. Each massage session is done in a professional clinic with private treatment rooms.
Student Internships (20 Hours) are an extension of the student clinic concept. This program is offered off-campus in various clinics and offices of other area healthcare providers, such as physical therapists, hospitals, and day spas. These valuable learning experiences provide much hands-on practice in established healthcare practices. The skills acquired during these internships can be very beneficial to the students’ future careers as Licensed Massage Practioners and the on-the-job experience provides students with work history for their job resumes before they’ve even finished their educations.