Jun 06, 2023
HLTK 1720 - Massage Therapy Techniques I
This course is the first of a two-semester hands-on technique series that provides the foundation skills for Massage Therapy (MT). It comprehensively covers techniques and sequencing for Swedish massage (SWM) (a basic approach to massage) and introduces neuromuscular massage (a more technical approach). The foundations of Swedish massage modality are taught with an emphasis on technique and development of palpation skills. Other modalities covered are, energy work, chair massage, and hot stone.
Instructional Method Lecture/Lab
HLTK 1730Communication, Ethics & Business Application and HLTK 1740 Ergonomics
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of HLTK 1720 Massage Therapy Techniques I, the student will:
- Perform systematic, complete, effective and safe Swedish Massage sequencing and techniques for head, neck, anterior and posterior extremities and torso.
- Demonstrate basic MT protocols regarding documentation (of client history and of therapy), approach, speed, flow, lubricants (type and amount) and ergonomics.
- Utilize appropriate client preparation and draping procedures, linen care and hygiene practices when performing MT.
- Create an appropriate MT environment considering elements such as lighting, music, cleanliness, ambient temperature and superficial warming.
- Describe appropriate MT modalities for the most common pathologies (headaches, simple postural distortions, back pain, varicose veins, cancers) and explain the effects of those modalities.
- Explain the difference between Swedish and Neuromuscular MT.
- Explain and use beginning Neuromuscular Massage terminology and principles such as trigger points and connective tissue relationships.
- Perform elementary Neuromuscular-based postural/distortion assessments.
- Possess skills necessary for beginning the comprehensive study of Neuromuscular MT techniques.
PO#1 Identify contradictions to Massage Therapy.
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