This course introduces the student to the basic skills and practice of massage therapy and healing through massage. Topics covered are professional boundaries, standards of hygiene, contraindications, Swedish massage, massage palpation fundamentals, deep muscle techniques and an introduction to the human anatomy as it relates to the massage session.
Skills include basic massage techniques, kneading techniques, palpation, timing, sequencing and body mechanics. Additionally, this course covers topics in history of therapeutic massage, the history of Russian
medical massage, the history of Swedish massage, and the developments of each as they evolved as a healing modality.
The student will also learn about the massage equipment, environment, and creating that “total” massage experience. Also, the importance of safety in any massage environment will be emphasized.
Specifics are included to illustrate how one should be diligent in protecting the client and oneself at all times: obtain the knowledge required to enable you to practice safely.