LMT Pre-Licensing Classes

Massage Therapy Program

Pre-Licensure Courses


Health Sciences

Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
A total of five courses, the Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology series offers an integrative approach to providing a basic foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. By combining all three disciplines into one course, students are able to assimilate structure, function, and dysfunction in a single learning environment. Application of these concepts to the practice of massage, and the effects of massage, are emphasized throughout. These courses also introduce terminology, concepts of health and wellness, and tools of assessment. This series does have required textbooks.

Kinesiology - Lower & Upper Body
These two courses advance students' understanding of the principles of kinesiology – the mechanics of human movement. Students will study specific muscle actions and coordinated movements with an emphasis on either the lower or upper body. These courses do have a required textbook. Both Introduction to Palpation courses must be completed as a prerequisite.

Massage and Practical Application

Introduction to Acupressure
A survey of Chinese medicine and its application to massage, this class introduces traditional Chinese meridians, their functions and methods for treatment, and how to incorporate acupressure techniques into massage therapy. Other concepts explored include yin and yang, Qi, and the five phases.

Introduction to Communication
In this class, students will consider their own communication styles and will discuss how to most constructively communicate with their classmates and instructors. Students will also explore the power of non-verbal communication and how it relates to the giving and receiving of touch. Materials are provided.

Introduction to Palpation - Lower & Upper Body
In these introductory, hands-on courses, students learn and practice palpation of bony landmarks and the origin and insertion of muscles. Anatomical terminology is presented and modeled, and students learn muscle actions and joint movements. These courses have a required textbook.

Laws and Ethics
This class asks students to engage with the particular ethical challenges faced by touch therapists, utilizing an emotional intelligence framework to encourage self-reflection and clarify boundaries. Students are also introduced to the laws that regulate massage in Oregon. Massage III and Introduction to Communication are prerequisites to this class. Materials are provided.

Massage I
This course explores the history and principles of massage, and the practical application of massage techniques. Students will learn basic strokes, practitioner preparation techniques, and treatment procedures. Anatomical terms as well as the location of major muscles and bones will also be reinforced. Students must bring sheets to the first class. There is a required textbook.

Massage II
In this course, students deepen and improve their massage skill and efficiency. Students develop pressure, rhythm, movement, and transition techniques, and strengthen their palpation skills. Swedish style is emphasized. Sheets are required for the first class. Massage I is a prerequisite.

Massage III
Deep tissue techniques are the focus of this course, and several varieties are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Non-Swedish practices, such as and Thai massage and craniosacral therapy, are also introduced and explored. Massage II is a prerequisite.

Massage IV
This course familiarizes students with new skills for taking client histories and introduces evaluation with an emphasis on manual resisted muscle testing as well as the treatment and management of various injuries and pain. Mechanisms of injury, relevant anatomy, and treatment techniques such as basic trigger point therapy and myofascial release are introduced. Students will need sheets and required textbooks for the first class. Massage II is a prerequisite.

Massage V
This course introduces more advanced connective tissue techniques and presents real-world scenarios that engage students in problem solving and injury care strategies to help them create integrative sessions and well-developed treatment plans. Students will also further their evaluation, analysis, and intake skills.

Massage VI
This final massage course presents hydrotherapy techniques, pregnancy and pediatric massage essentials, reflexology, and CPR as well as strategies and skills to accommodate disabled clients. Students also work together to prepare for the process of testing and licensure. An American Heart Association CPR class is offered as part of this course; upon successful completion, students obtain a 2-year AHA CPR Certification.

Professional Practices
In this course, students learn a variety of methods for managing and promoting a successful massage therapy career and reinforce the massage skills they have learned in hands-on classes by practicing on the public in a proctored clinic setting. Essential business skills are discussed, including insurance billing, taxes, marketing, and networking. This course has a required textbook. Students must have taken A/P/P II, Laws and Ethics, and Massage III to take this class.

Student Clinic & Community Outreach
In their final three terms (typically terms 4-6), students complete a required number of hours of massage provided to the public in a clinic or outreach setting. Massage Program staff – who are working Licensed Massage Therapists – manage, facilitate, and oversee students as they acquire these hours; and students receive feedback from these LMTs as well as from the public with whom they interact. This opportunity offers students experience and familiarity with real-world working environments and often helps shape their future professional goals.

Other Courses offered for Massage Students

LMT Practical Exam Preparation Seminar
This two-day course offers insight into the format of the practical examination administered by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. Strategies for performing under pressure are discussed and there is a focus on the most difficult-to-demonstrate muscles. There is also significant question-and-answer time. Bring sheets, kinesiology study tools, a notebook, and questions!

LMT Practice Lab
Practice Lab allows massage students to use school facilities for hands-on practice outside of class time. Lab hours are posted the second week of each term and pre-registration is required. An instructional aide is available to answer questions and provide guidance. Students must bring sheets and supplies.

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 This Recommended Course of Study is a guide for completing the program in six terms.
 For many students, the program may take longer to complete.


Are you interested in enrolling in Lane's Massage Program?
Contact Program Coordinator Kathy Calise at calisek@lanecc.edu or attend an Informational Meeting to learn more.


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