Massage Therapy Program
A total of five courses, the Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology series offers an integrative approach to establishing a basic foundation in all three of these sciences. By combining these disciplines into one course, students assimilate structure, function, and dysfunction in a single learning environment. The application of these concepts to the practice of massage, and the effects of massage, are emphasized. Students also learn and use anatomical terminology, health and wellness concepts, and assessment tools. All courses in the APP series share the same required textbooks. APP 1 through APP 3 must be completed in succession.
Introduction to Kinesiology: Lower & Upper Body
These two required, introductory kinesiology courses introduce basic kinesiology concepts and principles, and anatomical terminology related to the attachments of muscles and muscle movement. The presentation of conceptual knowledge is followed by hands-on palpation. This class establishes foundational skills required for the massage program and as a licensed massage therapist. These courses share required textbooks.
Kinesiology: Lower & Upper Body
Building upon Introduction to Palpation courses, these two courses present more advanced kinesiology principles along with complex muscle actions and coordinated movements, with a focus on the lower or upper body. Video presentations of real anatomical dissections offer students a visual experience of bones, joints, and muscles, and are followed by tactile learning through palpation. These courses share required textbooks. Both Introduction to Palpation courses are prerequisites.
Massage and Practical Application
A survey of Chinese medicine and its application in massage, this course introduces 12 traditional meridians, their functions and methods for treatment, and explores how acupressure can be integrated into massage sessions. Concepts such as yin and yang, Qi, and the five phases are also presented. Massage II and Introduction to Kinesiology: Upper or Lower Body (must have completed one) are prerequisites.
Fostering an environment of respect, fairness, honesty, and openness, this course examines the unique and complex dynamics of communication that confront massage therapists. Internal and external aspects of awareness are explored as well as an understanding of the complexities of both verbal and non-verbal communication. Students practice applying this understanding within the massage program and preparing to do so in their professional practice. Course packet provided.
Laws and Ethics
In this class, students examine the laws and rules that regulate the practice of massage therapy in Oregon. Students also study the ethical challenges faced by touch therapists, exploring the connections between self-governing (ethics) and external governing (laws and rules) that shape and define the relationship of massage therapists to self, client, and community. Course packet provided. Massage III and Introduction to Communication are prerequisites.
This is the first class in fulfilling massage licensing requirements. Students explore the history and principles of massage and the practical application of massage techniques, and are introduced to the five basic strokes, practitioner preparation, body awareness, self-care, and treatment procedures. Anatomical terms and the location of major muscles and bones are also discussed. Attendance at first class is mandatory. Bring sheets to first class. There is a required textbook.
This second class in fulfilling licensing requirements continues to focus on the five basic Swedish strokes, but their variations and the use of tools is introduced. Students will explore joint range of motion, body rocking, side-lying techniques, mobilization, and oppositional stretching – deepening their understanding of body mechanics and sensitizing their touch. This class also familiarizes students with session design. Attendance at first class is mandatory. Bring sheets to first class. Massage I is a prerequisite.
This course presents chair massage and deep-tissue techniques, and introduces a variety of modalities for discussion, demonstration, and skills practice. Non-Swedish techniques – such as craniosacral therapy, reflexology, and Thai massage – are also explored. There is an optional textbook. All first and second term classes are prerequisites.
This hands-on class is divided into three parts. In the first three classes, students will upgrade and polish Swedish techniques and their own body mechanics. In the next three classes, Myofascial Release techniques will be introduced. In the last four classes, the focus will be on Trigger Points, including their location, referral patterns, and effects, as well as the history of Trigger Point Therapy. There is a required textbook. All first through third term classes are prerequisites.
In this course, students begin to explore advanced connective tissue techniques, adding to their therapeutic “toolbox” and helping them create sessions that are more integrative and treatment plans that are more well-rounded. Students will also continue to develop their evaluation, analysis, and intake skills. There is a recommended textbook. Massage IV is a prerequisite.
This course helps students build the foundation that will support their professional career, by defining personal goals, creating a professional resume, exploring industry career options, navigating ethical business practices, and discussing successful client relationships. There is a required textbook. This is a final-term course.
Student Clinic & Community Outreach
In their final three terms (typically terms 4-6), three courses – Introduction to Community Massage and Sanitation, Advanced Massage Techniques, and Student Clinic – are designed to support students as they provide massage to the public, in a clinic or outreach setting. Massage Program instructors oversee student therapists; and students get feedback from these instructors as well as from the public they serve. This real-world experience often shapes students’ career goals.
In their final terms, students take 2 5-week specialized elective courses.
This Six-Term Course Plan is the recommended path to completion.
For some students, the program may take longer to complete.
Are you interested in enrolling in Lane's Massage Program?
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