Skip to content

Catalog

Course Descriptions

TM 110: INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY AND BODYWORK

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of massage therapy. An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of massage therapy will be presented. Basic Swedish Massage therapy strokes will be demonstrated and practiced as well as draping and use of oils and lotions.

TM 111: FUNDAMENTAL MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapist Program; TM 110 and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better. Concurrent enrollment in CPR for Healthcare Professionals.

This course is a presentation of classic Swedish Massage to relax the musculature as well as increase the blood and lymphatic flow throughout the body. In addition to basic traditional massage techniques, good posture, table mechanics, touch and pressure sensitivity, and professional conduct, such as draping, are practiced. The history of massage, benefits, contraindications, and therapist self-care issues will be discussed.

TM 113: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR THE BODYWORKER

2.5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to Therapeutic Massage Program; BIOL 140 and TM 110 with a grade of "C" or better

In this course the professional practice of massage therapy involves both providing a service to clients and working within a community of health care practitioners. An introduction to the business side of massage therapy includes topics of interest to the small business owner, as well as to the employees and independent worker.

TM 114: PATHOLOGY, DOCUMENTATION, AND TERMINOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER

2.5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to Therapeutic Massage Program; BIOL 140 and TM 110 with a grade of "C" or better

In this course students will receive an overview of pathological conditions commonly confronted by massage therapists, medical terminology by which to recognize such conditions, and the procedures to document the information.

TM 115: CONCEPTS OF HOLISTIC HEALTH

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapist Program; TM 110 and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a study of the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person-body, mind and spirit. The many facets of health and wellness and their relationship to massage therapy and the massage therapist are explored, as well as stress management and core strengthening. Integrating conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health and to prevent and treat disease will be introduced.

TM 120: THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CLINICAL I

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: TM 111, 112, 113, 114, 115 with a grade of "C" or better. FCS 110, HLTH 120 and PSY 110 with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment. Current CPR certification for healthcare professionals.

This course applies the principles, techniques, and procedures practiced and learned in the classroom and lab to members of the community in a clinical setting. Under the direction of the clinical supervisor, students are expected to review client intake information to determine possible contraindications; demonstrate proper ethics, client/therapist communication skills, proper draping techniques, and safety and sanitary precautions; and perform a body massage utilizing basic Swedish Massage techniques, properly documenting the session in the client's record.

TM 121: ADDRESSING THE MUSCLE

3.5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: TM 112 and TM 114 with a grade of "C" or better

This course reviews the specific therapeutic massage techniques incorporated in accessing the deep layers via manual manipulation, including mobilization, stretching, and hydrotherapy.

TM 123: MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES, VARIATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: TM 112, TM 114, TM 115 with a grade of "C" or better

This course teaches students to apply massage technique variations including muscle/soft tissue manipulation, meridian points, and/or energy work.

TM 125: APPLIED KINESIOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: TM 112 and TM 114 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is designed to give students a basic knowledge of movement and the interrelationship of the neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems. Through both lecture and laboratory experiences, students will learn the skills of manual muscle testing as well as movement analysis.

TM 127: THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CLINICAL II

2.5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in TM 120 or TM 120 with a grade of "S".

This course continues the learning experience of TM 120 Therapeutic Massage Clinical I, requiring the massage student to engage more deeply in critical thinking, safety, assessment and documentation. In the student clinical setting, therapeutic massage students will have the opportunity to apply the massage principles, techniques, and procedures in a professional therapeutic massage environment to members of the community. Additionally, the students will engage in practice exams to prepare for the state license exam.

TM 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department. A final written report is also submitted to the faculty member by the student. This course is repeatable up to a total of 5.0 credit hours.