2012-2013 CCBC College Catalog

Massage Therapy

MASS 101 – 2 Credits
Introduction to Massage

Provides an overview of massage therapy, including history, benefits, and introduction to musculoskeletal anatomy and hands-on training. This course covers basic massage techniques including fundamental massage strokes, chair massage, and massage for a fully clothed individual. Safety and infection control are emphasized. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisite: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052

MASS 110 – 3 Credits
Musculoskeletal System: Structure and Function

Provides an in-depth exploration of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. Foundational concepts of kinesiology are emphasized. Applications to massage therapy, bones and bony landmarks, muscle structure and function, muscle attachments, muscle actions and palpation skills are covered. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisite: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MASS 101 with grade of "C" or better. BIOL 109 with grade of "C" or better or written permission from program director required. Taken concurrently with MASS 210

MASS 210 – 5 Credits
Level I - Massage

Explores the fundamental theories and physiological effects of massage, professionalism, ethics, law, documentation, hygiene and infection control, safety, beginning assessment and treatment planning. Bodywork lab provides training in relaxation massage and includes Swedish techniques, hydrotherapy concepts and spa techniques. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions. Lab Fee: 10.00

Prerequisite: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052. MASS 101 with grade of "C" or better. BIOL 109 with grade of "C" or better or written permission from program director required. Taken concurrently with MASS 110

MASS 212 – 3 Credits
Kinesiology for Massage Therapy

Teaches a variety of methods for observing and analyzing movement, compensation patterns and postural distortions in massage therapists and clients. The focus is on the interaction of functional muscle groups with the joints of the body for optimal ease of movement, prevention of dysfunction and interventions to restore balance. It explores body mechanics, body awareness and self-care for the massage therapists through intellectual and experiential exercises. Concepts of Somatic Therapies and Energetic Body are discussed and demonstrated. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: MASS 220 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Program Director

MASS 220 – 6 Credits
Level II - Massage

Teaches deep tissue massage therapy techniques and builds on relaxation massage techniques learned in Level I. Students are taught to analyze client posture and functional muscle movement and integrate these techniques to facilitate change in the body. Lab and clinic allow for practice of these techniques. Lab Fee: $20.00

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; and MASS 110 with grade of "C" or better and MASS 210 with grade of "C" or better or permission of Program Director

MASS 221 – 4 Credits
Massage Modalities

Introduces key massage and bodywork modalities and explores the history and principles of these techniques. This course provides students of Massage Therapy with a fundamental understanding of popular modalities to enhance their palpation and treatment skills and to lay the foundation for further education in specialized areas of study. Students are prepared to work with oncology and medical-surgical patients. A supervised laboratory practice of selected techniques is included. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisite: MASS 220 or Consent of the Program Director.

MASS 222 – 3 Credits
Pathology for Massage Therapists

Defines concepts in pathology and provides information on a variety of the most common pathologies for each body system. A deductive reasoning process for analyzing assessment data and developing safe and effective treatment plans for massage clients with medical conditions is explored. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052. Grade of "C" or better in MASS 110 and MASS 210 or permission of the Program Director.

MASS 223 – 2 Credits
Massage Therapy Research

Explores concepts in clinical massage therapy research and evidence based practice. This course provides the tools to explore online databases and critically evaluate peer reviewed publications and current massage therapy research. Practical applications of massage therapy research are explored in the student clinic and within the framework of a case study report. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: MASS 220 and MASS 222 with a grade of "C" or better, RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; or consent of the program director.

MASS 225 – 2 Credits
Advanced Client Assessment

Explores advanced client assessment techniques to determine appropriate therapeutic massage treatment. Anatomy and physiology is reviewed as it applies to bodywork assessment. Functions of musculoskeletal system are studied. Visual observation, palpation, kinesiology, listening, postural & locomotive assessment & musculoskeletal disorders are emphasized. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052. MASS 220 and MASS 222 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Program Director.

MASS 230 – 6 Credits
Level III Massage

Provides advanced training for students in fascial anatomy and myofascial techniques, theories and approaches to bodywork. Stretching techniques that enhance myofascial effectiveness are also explored. Myofascial protocols are practiced in lab. A deeper sensitivity and connection within the therapeutic relationship is explored. Lab Fee: $35.00 NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052. MASS 220 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Program Director.

MASS 240 – 3 Credits
Seminar in Massage Therapy

Explores business principles and techniques necessary for students to start their own massage practice. This course covers the ethical standards that govern scope of practice as massage professionals. Students review all relevant material that governs their practice of massage in a variety of settings. NOTE: Course offered every fall, spring and may be offered during additional sessions.

Prerequisite: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052. MASS 220 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of Program Director.

MASS 250 – 3 Credits
Pre and Perinatal Massage

Explores the history, benefits and techniques of massage as a therapeutic support to childbearing. Psychological, physiological, structural and functional changes specific to each trimester are explored. Draping, positioning, cautions/contraindications, safe practice, protocol are detailed and demonstrated. A pre and perinatal massage protocol is taught. NOTE: Course offered once a year (fall or spring)

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; Licensed Massage Therapist or Registered Massage Practitioner, or consent of the Program Director.

MASS 251 – 3 Credits
Thai Massage

Explores the history, benefits and techniques of traditional Thai massage. The theory of Thai medicine, indications and contraindications, a discussion of the sen (energy pathways), the role of the Buddhist influence and specialized techniques and body mechanics are covered. A Thai massage protocol is taught. NOTE: Course offered once a year (fall or spring).

Prerequisites: RDNG 052 or ESOL 054; or ACLT 052; Licensed Massage Therapist or Registered Massage Practitioner, or consent of the Program Director.