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Therapeutic Massage

massage classesProgram Duration: 4 Months
Course Contact Hours: 250
Student Tuition: $3,500.00


Therapeutic Massage is an important program for the massage industry consisting of the essential knowledge and skills needed to be a successful, professional massage therapist. Massage classes provide the basics of anatomy and physiology as well as  topics including ethics, hygiene, communication skills, and body mechanics. Full-color sketches and photos clearly explain techniques and procedures. Classical massage is expanded with clinical techniques such as neuromuscular and myofascial
techniques, and lymph massage, incorporated in order to better cater to the client by following therapeutic procedures. Various career tracts are explored including massage in a spa environment and athletic massage. Our massage classes include information on massage therapy for specific people including pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, people with cancer, and hospice. The final section deals with business practices when it comes to finding employment or even for lucrative self-employment.

DISCLAIMER: Every state has different guidelines for Massage Therapist licensure. This program does not offer you any hands on experience. Please consult your state to find out the requirements for becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Prerequisite(s): None

Therapeutic Massage

After completing this course, you will have the ability to:

  •  Understand the history as well as standards for therapeutic massage.
  • Identify and understand the functions of the systems of the body.
  • Recognize equipment, material, and preparation needs for therapeutic massage.
  • Identify classical therapeutic massage movements and techniques.
  • Distinguish techniques and procedures for dealing with different parts of the human body.


Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 1
The History & Advancement of Therapeutic Massage

  • Massage in Ancient Times
  • Development of Modern Massage
  •  Contemporary Developments in Massage
  • A Massage Renaissance
  • Requirements for the Practice of Massage
  • Scope of Practice
  • Licenses: They Are the Law
  • Educational Requirements
  • License versus Certification
  • Professional Ethics
  • Code of Ethics
  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Ethical Touch
  • Supervision
  • Ethical Business Practices
  • Building a Professional Image
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Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 2
Human Anatomy & Physiology

  • Physiologic Changes During Disease
  • Healing Mechanisms of the Body
  • The Wellness Model
  • Medical & Anatomic Terminology
  • Cells, Enzymes & Tissues
  • The Anatomic Position of the Body
  • Body Cavities & Organs
  • Regions of the Human Body
  • Structure of the Human Body
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Immune System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Excretory System
  • The Reproductive System

Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 3
Massage Practice: Getting Ready

  •  Effects & Benefits of Massage
  • Indications & Contraindications of Massage
  • Equipment & Products
  • The Massage Room
  • Sanitary & Safety Practices
  • Paths of Disease & Infection
  • Maintaining Sanitary Conditions
  • Precautions & Procedures for Massage Therapists
  • Consultation & Documentation
  • Making the First Appointment
  • The Consultation
  • Determining the Client’s Needs
  • Intake & Medical History Forms
  • Body Diagrams
  • Preliminary Assessment
  • Develop a Treatment Plan
  • SOAP Charting

Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 4
Classical Massage Movements & Techniques

  • Classification of Massage Movements
  • Application of Massage Strokes
  • Touch & Gliding Movements
  • Kneading Movements
  • Friction & Percussion Movements
  • Joint Movements
  • Rhythm & Pressure in Massage
  • Application of Massage Technique
  • Building Strength & Flexibility of the Hands
  • Body Mechanics
  • Posture & Stances
  • Table Mechanics
  • Professional Rules to Remember
  • Procedures for Complete Body Massages
  • Assisting the Client On and Off the Table
  • Positioning the Client on the Massage Table
  • Draping Procedures
  • Contact with the Client
  • Procedure for Professional Body Massage

Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 5
Massage in the Spa Setting

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Thermotherapy
  • Kinds of Baths
  • Contrast Therapy
  • A Brief History of Spa
  • The Spa Industry
  • Spa Massage
  • Stone Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Exfoliation
  • Body Wraps
  • Specialized Spa Equipment
  • Customer Service
  • Advancing Your Spa Career

Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 6
Clinical Massage Techniques & Procedures

  • Neurophysiologic Therapies
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Trigger-point Therapy
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Position Release
  • Myofascial Massage
  • Deep Tissue Techniques
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Lymph Massage
  • Therapeutic Procedure
  • Client Intake & Assessment
  • Observation & Orthopedic Tests
  • Palpation Skills
  • Acute & Chronic Conditions
  • The Role of Continuing Education
  • Addressing Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 7
Massage for Special Populations

  • Purpose of Athletic Massage
  • Applications for Athletic Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Infant & Child Massage
  • Elderly Clients
  • Clients with Disabilities
  • Massage in Medicine
  • Alternative & Complementary Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Chiropractic & Massage
  • Hospital-based Massage
  • Insurance Reimbursement for Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Energetic Manipulation
  • Somatic Therapies

Therapeutic Massage: Theory & Practice Module 8
Massage Business Administration

  • Business Practices
  • Attitude/Self-Image/Public Image
  • Beginning in Business
  • Business Planning
  • Types of Business Operations
  • Start-Up Costs & Needs
  • Business Location
  • Buying an Established Business
  • Licenses & Permits
  • The Physical Layout of a Business
  • Business Ethics
  • Setting Your Fees
  • Your Business Telephone
  • Basics of Bookkeeping
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Business Law
  • Hiring Employees

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:

  • Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage by Mark F. Beck

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also) o Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 o Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)