Massage Course Descriptions

Biomechanics, Assessment, Application, and Integration

The focus of this module is on performing assessments to determine a client's current state and the client's short and long-term goals. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab.

Complementary Bodywork and Special Populations

This module introduces systems of structured touch other than therapeutic massage. The following individual systems will be discussed: Eastern and Asian thought involving vital energy, chakras, meridians, and points. Lessons will also include reflex systems, such as hydrotherapy and reflexology, and energetic systems, such as polarity. This course at Central Maryland School of Massage provides the massage professional with the basic guidelines for developing a wellness program and the necessary information to provide benefits to their clients with special needs. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab.

Essential Sciences

This module follows Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage and includes the exploration of functional balance and the body’s ability to maintain a relatively constant internal environment, regardless of external influences. Discussion and study involves medical terminology, basic body structure, mechanisms of health and disease, and body systems. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab.

Ethics, Professionalism, and Business Practices

This module deals with the identification of the types of professional services a massage practitioner can legally and ethically provide and discusses guidelines for conduct in the professional setting. Also discussed: the underlying physiologic mechanisms of massage, common orthopedic conditions that affect massage therapists, the benefits and development of the massage career, and creating a business plan and resume. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab.

Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage

This is a prerequisite module to all other program modules. The student is introduced to the fundamentals of massage therapy and program objectives. Lessons include body mechanics (effective use of the therapist's body while giving a massage), positioning and draping, sanitation, hygiene, safety and general protocols for full body massage. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab. At the end of this module, CMSM massage students are able to perform a basic, full-body massage.

Kinesiology

This course explores the study of muscle, bone and their combined effort to create movement in the human body. Movement, in this course, is described using anatomical and mechanical principles. Massage school students learn to employ scientific knowledge through palpation, experimentation, and massage application.

Massage Techniques, Kinesiology, Bones, Joints and Muscles of the Appendicular Skeleton

The knowledge gained from this module is the foundation for the primary technical requirements of the therapeutic massage discipline. Topics will include muscle energy and joint movement techniques along with the names, locations, and functions of the bones, joints, and muscles of the appendicular skeleton which makes up our arms and legs. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab.

Massage Techniques, Kinesiology, Bones, Joints and Muscles of the Axial Skeleton

The knowledge gained from this module is the foundation for the primary technical requirements of the therapeutic massage discipline. Topics include muscle energy and joint movement techniques along with the names, locations, and functions of the bones, joints, and muscles of the axial skeleton which makes up our head, neck, and torso. Practical exercises are performed in the Massage Therapy Lab.

Student Massage Clinic

Students will participate in clinic starting the second week of Mod A and will continue throughout the program. The clinic is composed of two sections: Clinic 1 and Clinic 2. Clinical practice will allow the student to display and strengthen skills acquired during MODS A-G (the didactic portion of the program). The student will work in the campus clinic under the supervision of a staff massage therapists. This module includes CPR training and certification.

Practicum: Clinical Practice

ALL CLINICS TO BE SCHEDULED BY STUDENT OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIMES.

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