Program Description:

The massage therapy 500 course of study consists of 500 clocked hours prepare you to take the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) Certification.

More and more people are realizing the therapeutic and rejuvenating qualities of massage. That means great job prospects for you as a well-trained massage therapist. At Cosmotek College, our unique curriculum including the best of Eastern, Western and Ancient practices provides the strong foundation that a student requires for entering the massage field. The course provides introductions into several areas within the profession, with lessons devoted to spa massage, lymph massage, clinical massage techniques, therapeutic procedures, athletic massage, and massage in medicine. The somatic modalities lesson has been augmented with expanded discussions on chair massage, reflexology, Asian bodywork, and chakra balancing. Upon completion of our Massage Therapy program, you will gain in–depth educational skills that increase your knowledge and develop specialized techniques of massage; you will have all the tools you need to succeed as a certified Massage Therapist.

Massage Therapy 500

Educational Goals:

  • learn about general safety policies and precautions take when providing massage services.
  • learn about educational requirements, scope of practice, state and local regulations, codes of ethics, and standards of practice.
  • learn basic business skills that provide the basis for a successful massage practice.
  • learn a basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology.
  • be able to adjust the massage treatment to the needs of the client and to maximize desired results.
  • learn to recognize certain irregularities or conditions and make appropriate decisions either to work on a client or refer that client to a doctor.
  • learn the physiologic effects, psychological effects, and benefits of massage.
  • learn about contraindications that warrant a massage not being done, or not being done to a specific area.
  • learn about endangerment sites, and why they should be avoided in a massage routine.
  • learn one of the popular treatments that can be used in conjunction with massage use water in its various forms to warm or cool a part of or the whole body for therapeutic purposes
  • learn complete body massage procedure.
  • learn the spa industry and how to set up a spa
  • learn the four basic steps therapeutic procedure which include assessment, planning, performance, and evaluation.
  • learn to help athlete prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.
  • will explore the role of massage therapy as it relates to special populations
  • gain basic skills in eastern modalities, such as hand & foot reflexology, traditional Chinese medicine, energy work, acupressure, Shiatsu, and Thai massage.

Careers:

After graduation, you will be facing a diversity of job possibilities including entry-level employment as a massage therapist or to run your own practice.

You will learn to create and run an effective massage practice. You will feel confident in your ability to think about business situations in a new ay and establish a thorough plan for the creation of your dream massage practice. You may look for employment in a health club, at resort, hotel or spa, on a cruise ship, in conjunction with a medical facility, chiropractor office, nursing homes or as a freelance professional.

Equipment / Supply List:

PC, Notebook, pens and pencils, internet access, massage table, massage chair, and massage oils.
Bolsters, pillows, mat, pelvic sacral blocks, knee pad, and stone heater.
Human skeleton model, charts, posters, massage equipment are inside classroom.
Download Complete Anatomy Platform app (optional).
Text Book: Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, latest edition (by Mark F. Beck. Publisher: Milady)

Prerequisite: None

Course Content: 500 hours. You can attend as little as 10 hours per week or as much as 45 hours per week.

Sequence of Courses: Each class is an independent module.

Frequency of Class: We offer the program on open-enrollment basis, so you may start any day you wish and you can complete your training on a flexible schedule.

Course Description Clock Hours
MAS101 Ethics & Massage Business 40
MAS102 Human Anatomy and Physiology 80
MAS103 Contraindications / Health & Hygiene 40
MAS104 Swedish / Massage Movements / Complete Body Massage 160
MAS105 Hydrotherapy / Clinical / Lymph / Therapeutic Procedure 120
MAS106 Sport / Special Populations / Somatic Therapies 60
Course Description Clock Hours
MAS101 Ethics & Massage Business 40

Goals of the Lesson:

  1. Students will learn about the tools, supplies, and equipment of massage therapists, as well as how to properly use and care of these items.
  2. Students will learn about general safety policies and precautions taken when providing massage services.
  3. Students will learn reasons for consulting and documenting client and session information, the length of time records are to be kept for, and how files can promote better client care.
  4. Students will learn some rules and guidelines that you should follow, as well as the consequences for violating them.
  5. Students will learn about educational requirements, scope of practice, state and local reglations,  codes of ethics, and standards of practice.
  6. Students will learn the basic business skills that provide the basis for a successful massage practice. 

Learning Objectives:

Historical Overview of Massage

  • Brief introduction of massage history
  • Describe the basic differences in massage systems.

Requirements for the Practice of Therapeutic Massage

  • Explain the educational and legal aspects of scope of practice.
  • Explain how state legislation defines the scope of practice of therapeutic massage.
  • Explain why the massage practitioner must be aware of the laws, rules, regulations, restrictions, and obligations governing the practice of therapeutic massage.
  • Explain the difference between certifications and licenses.

Professional ethics for massage practitioners

  • Define the meaning of professional ethics
  • Explain how the practice of good ethics helps to build a successful massage practice
  • Differentiate between personal and professional boundaries
  • Designate at least eight areas to consider when establishing professional boundaries
  • Define a therapeutic relationship and a client-centered relationship
  • Explain the effects of a power differential in the therapeutic relationship
  • Explain the effects of transference, countertransference, and dual relationship in the therapeutic setting
  • Discuss why sexual arousal can occur during a massage session and what to do if it does
  • Discuss why and how to desexualize the massage experience
  • Define supervision and its importance to the massage professional
  • Discuss the importance of good health habits and professional projection
  • Discuss the importance of human relations and success attitudes
  • Discuss ways to build a sound business reputation

Business Practices

  • Differentiate between being employed and self-employed
  • Explain the relationships among attitude, self-image, and business success
  • List the major expenses related to starting a massage business
  • Explain the difference between a partnership, a corporation, and a sole proprietorship
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of operating your own business
  • List the various permits and licenses required to operate a massage business and where to obtain them
  • List the types of insurance a massage business owner should carry to protect the business
  • Describe a physical layout for a beginning business operations
  • Explain the importance of business location to the success of a personal service business
  • Explain why careful planning is important before opening a business
  • Explain why keep accurate records is necessary in a successful business
  • Explain the importance of marketing to business success
  • Define a target market
  • Make a checklist of factors to consider before opening a business
Course Description Clock Hours
MAS102 Human Anatomy and Physiology 80

Goals of the Lesson:

  1. Students will learn a basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesilogy, and pathology.
  2. Students will be able to adjust the massage treatment to the needs of the client and to maximize desired results.
  3. Students will learn to recognize certain irregularities or conditions and make appropriate decisions either to work on a client or refer that client to a doctor.

Learning Objectives:

After completing these lessons, students will be able to

  • Explain why a massage therapist should have a good understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.
  • Explain the physiologic and psychological effects of stress and pain and the role of massage therapy in the management of stress and pain.
  • Describe the healing functions of the body in terms of inflammation and tissue repair.
  • Describe the wellness model and how massage can be a part of that model.
  • Be able to derive the meaning of medical terms by breaking the terms into their pairs and defining those parts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic human anatomy and physiology as a requisite in mastering the theory and practice of therapeutic massage.
  • Name the anatomic planes, regions, cavities, and parts of the body
  • Name the ten most important body systems
  • Explain the structure and functions of the various body systems
Course Description Clock Hours
MAS103 Contraindications of Massage 40

Goals of the Lesson:

  1. Students will learn the physiologic effects, psychological effects, and benefits of massage
  2. Students will learn about contraindications that warrant a massage not being done, or not being done to a specific area.
  3. Students will learn about endangerment sites, and why they should be avoided in a massage routine

Learning Objectives:

After completing these lessons, students will be able to

Effects, Benefits, Indications, and Contraindications of Massage

  • Explain the physiologic effects and benefits of massage
  • Explain the psychological effects and benefits of massage
  • Describe the effects of massage on the circulatory, muscular, and nervous systems of the body
  • Describe the effects of massage on the skin
  • Explain the main contraindications for massage
  • Differentiate among absolute, regional, and conditional contraindications
  • Identify the major endangerment sites on the body

Equipment and Products

  • Students will learn about the tools, supplies, and equipment of massage therapists, as well as how to properly use and care of these items.
  • Students will learn about general safety policies and precautions taken when providing massage services.
  • Students will learn reasons for consulting and documenting client and session information, the length of time records are to be kept for, and how files can promote better client care.
  • Students will learn some rules and guidelines that you should follow, as well as the consequences for violating them.
  • Students will learn about educational requirements, scope of practice, state and local reglations, codes of ethics, and standards of practice.
  • Students will learn about the business of massage

Sanitary and Safety Practices

  • Explain the need of laws that enforce the strict practice of sanitation.
  • Sanitize implements and other items used in massage procedures.
  • Explain the difference between pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria.
  • Explain the importance of cleanliness of person and of surroundings as protection against the spread of disease.
  • Describe how various disinfectants, antiseptics, and other products are used most effectively.
  • Explain the role of safety in massage therapy business.

Consultation and Documentation

  • Explain the importance of the consultation before a massage
  • Demonstrate how to screen clients while making appointments
  • Demonstrate how to determine the needs and expectations of the client
  • Explain why it is important to set policies during the first consultation
  • Define a treatment plan
  • Explain which records should be kept and why they should be updated
Course Description Clock Hours
MAS104 Swedish / Massage Movements / Complete Body Massage 160

Goals of the Lesson:

  1. Students will learn fundamentals movements used in Swedish massage and are the foundation of most massage styles practiced today.
  2. Students will learn the techniques that the practitioner can use to increase the strength and endurance specific to the practice of massage.
  3. Students will learn the body mechanics to increase power, conserve energy, and reduce the chance of injury.
  4. Students will learn the process of performing a massage therapy session.

Learning Objectives:

After completing these lessons, students will be able to

Classical Massage Movements

  • Describe the six major categories of massage movements.
  • Explain Swedish (classic) massage techniques
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic massage movements
  • Demonstrate passive and active joint movements
  • Explain and demonstrate rhythm and pressure as applied to therapeutic body massage

Application of Massage Technique

  • Demonstrate mastery of various hand exercises specifically for the benefit of massage practitioners
  • Demonstrate correct standing posture and movements specifically for the benefit of massage practitioners
  • Explain why it is necessary and desirable for the massage practitioner to develop coordination, balance, control, and stamina
  • Explain why it is necessary and desirable for the massage practitioner to develop strong, flexible hands
  • Describe the concept of grounding and centering and how these practices benefit the massage practitioner

Procedures for Complete Body Massages

  • Demonstrate the steps in preparing a client for a massage session.
  • Demonstrate correct procedures for draping the client.
  • Explain the importance of assisting a client onto and off of a massage table.
  • Demonstrate a basic body massage and massage variations.
  • Use correct anatomic terms when describing the part of the body being massaged.
  • Demonstrate professional courtesies toward clients before, during, and after massage.
  • Understand when and where certain massage movements should and should not be applied.
  • Answer client questions concerning any aftereffects of massage.
Course Description Clock Hours
MAS105 Hydrotherapy / Clinical / Lymph / Therapeutic Procedure 120

Goals of the Lesson:

  1. Students will learn one of the popular treatments that can be used in conjunction with massage use water in its various forms to warm or cool a part of or the whole body for therapeutic purposes.
  2. Students will learn complete body massage procedure.
  3. Student will learn the spa industry and how to set up a spa
  4. Student will learn the four basic steps therapeutic procedure which include assessment, planning, performance, and evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

After completing these lessons, students will be able to

Hydrotherapy

  • Explain hydrotherapy as a therapeutic aid
  • Explain the use of heat and cold in body treatments
  • Explain contraindications, safety rules, and time limits for various hydrotherapy treatments.
  • Define cryotherapy and demonstrate at least three ways to apply
  • Describe at least five ways of applying heat to the body.
  • Describe the effects of various water treatments on the body.
  • Explain contraindications, safety rules, and time limits for various hydrotherapy treatments.

Massage in the Spa setting

  • Describe the historical development of spas
  • Describe the current state of the spa industry, including customer demographics and the various types of spas in which therapists work
  • List and describe the most popular spa services performed by massage therapists
  • Describe the most important attributes of an effective spa massage
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform a spa exfoliation procedure and a spa body wrap procedure
  • Describe the specialized hydrotherapy equipment and other apparatuses used in modern spas

Clinical Massage Techniques

  • Describe the techniques used in neuromuscular therapy
  • Define a trigger point and describe its location
  • Describe how to treat a trigger point
  • Describe the techniques used in muscle energy technique
  • Differentiate between post-isometric relaxation and reciprocal inhibition
  • Differentiate superficial fascia and deep fascia
  • Describe and demonstrate three myofascial techniques
  • Describe the craniosacral system

Lymph massage

  • Describe lymph circulation and differentiate between blood and lymph circulation.
  • Describe the function and location of lymph nodes.
  • List the major contraindications to lymph massage.
  • Describe and demonstrate the primary technique used in lymph massage.
  • Describe and demonstrate the sequence of movements for lymph massage on an area of the body.

Therapeutic Procedure

  • Describe the four parts of the therapeutic procedure
  • Demonstrate a client intake procedure for a therapeutic massage session
  • Demonstrate assessment by passive, active, and resisted movement
  • Identify soft tissue barriers
  • Palpate and differentiate tissue layers and textures
  • Explain how assessment findings are used to develop session strategies
  • Determine performance strategies that are specific to a client’s needs.
  • Demonstrate how to identify and release constrictions in hypertonic tissue.
  • Explain the importance of evaluation.
Course Description Clock Hours
MAS106 Sport / Special Populations / Somatic Therapies 60

Goals of the Lesson:

  1. Student will learn to help athlete prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.
  2. The course will explore the role of massage therapy as it relates to special populations.
  3. Lecture will discuss how to provide a safe and effective massage based on a thorough understanding of the natomical and physiological stages and conditions of the client who may have special needs based on specific conditions or age.
  4. Basic introduction to Eastern modalities, such as hand & foot reflexology, traditional Chinese medicine, energy work, acupressure, shiatsu, and Thai massage.

Learning Objectives:

After completing these lessons, students will be able to

Athletic/Sports Massage

  • Define athletic/sports massage.
  • Explain the purposes of athletic massage.
  • Explain the major benefits and contraindications of athletic massage.
  • Demonstrate massage techniques commonly used in pre- and post-event athletic massage
  • Explain the importance of warm-up exercises and massage to the athlete’s performance
  • Demonstrate how to locate the stress points of the body
  • List the therapeutic modalities used in rehabilitative athletic massage.
  • Explain the relationship of certain athletic or sports activities to possible injuries
  • Differentiate between acute, subacute, and chronic athletic injuries and the treatment choices for each stage of injury.

Massage for Special Populations

  • Explain the benefits of prenatal massage.
  • Explain the contraindications for prenatal massage.
  • Demonstrate proper positioning when massaging a pregnant woman during each trimester.
  • Describe various maternal concerns (by trimester) that are considerations for massage.
  • Explain special considerations for providing massage services to children.
  • Differentiate the considerations of working with older clients who are frail and those who are robust.
  • Explain the accommodations and considerations for providing massage to people with various disabilities.
  • Explain the major considerations when providing massage to people with critical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.
  • Explain the benefits, contraindications, and various maternal concerns that are considerations for massage
  • Describe the benefits and special considerations for providing massage services to children
  • Explain the accommodations and considerations for providing massage to older clients and to people with various disabilities
  • Explain the major considerations when providing massage to people with critical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.

Massage in Medicine

  • Explain the historical significance that massage has had in medicine.
  • Explain how massage reemerged in the United States as alternative medicine.
  • Differentiate among the terms alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine.
  • Explain the role of massage in integrative medicine.
  • Describe the role of the patient in integrative medicine.
  • Define CAM.
  • Explain how massage might fit into a hospital setting.
  • Define medical massage.
  • Demonstrate billing insurance for massage.

Other Somatic Therapies

  • Describe basic chair massage techniques and demonstrate a simple chair massage routine.
  • Define reflexology and be able to locate reflexology points on feet and hand maps and demonstrate a basic foot reflexology sequence.
  • Explain the basic philosophy of acupressure and acupuncture.
  • Describe shiatsu as related to pressure points of the body.
  • Describe the location of seven chakras.