Massage Therapy Program
A total of five courses, the Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology series offers an integrative approach to providing a basic foundation in all three sciences. 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. 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. Students study specific muscle actions and coordinated movements with an emphasis on either the lower or upper body. Students must complete both Introduction to Palpation classes as a prerequisite. There is a required textbook.
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 the 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.
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.
In this course, students will continue to focus on the five basic Swedish strokes, with the addition of their variations and the use of tools. Body rocking, joint range of motion, mobilization, and oppositional stretches are also taught. Students will deepen their understanding of body mechanics, further sensitize their touch, and begin to experiment with session design. Sheets are required for the first class. Massage I is a prerequisite.
Deep-tissue techniques are the focus of this course, and several varieties are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Non-Swedish practices, such as craniosacral therapy and Thai massage, are also introduced and explored. Massage II is a prerequisite.
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.
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.
This final massage course explores pregnancy and pediatric massage essentials and offers students a chance to work on these special populations. It also introduces hydrotherapy techniques appropriate for use in both clinical and spa environments.
In this course, students learn a variety of methods for managing and promoting a successful massage therapy practice. Essential business tools such as client retention, charting, insurance billing, bookkeeping, marketing, and networking are discussed.
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 the public with whom they interact. This gives students an opportunity to gain experience and familiarity with real-world working environments and often helps shape their future professional goals.
Other Courses offered for Massage Students
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.
This Recommended Course of Study offers a 6-term plan for completion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or attend an Informational Meeting to learn more.