Massage Therapy Program
Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology (APP Series)
The five courses in the APP series offer an integrative approach to establishing a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. By combining all three disciplines, students assimilate knowledge of structure, function, and dysfunction in a single learning environment. The application of these concepts to the practice of massage, as well as the effects of massage, are emphasized. Students also learn and use anatomical terminology, health and wellness concepts, and assessment tools. All APP courses share required textbooks. APP 1 through APP 3 must be taken in succession.
Introduction to Kinesiology: Upper & Lower Body
These two introductory courses present the principles and terminology of kinesiology. Students explore muscle attachments and muscle movements and learn how to palpate. These foundational courses, which focus on either the upper or lower part of the body, share required textbooks.
Kinesiology: Upper & Lower Body
These two intermediate courses offer students a chance to expand their knowledge of key kinesiology principles. Origins, insertions, and movements of muscles are explored in more depth, complemented by videos of anatomical dissections and palpation. These courses share a required textbook, as well as a recommended textbook.
Massage Theory & Practical Application
Introduction to Acupressure
A survey of Chinese medicine and its application in massage, this course introduces 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.
Laws, Ethics and Communication (LEC Series)
This three-course series explores the relationship between laws, ethics, and communication, and guides students in understanding how interactions at various levels – from the interpersonal to the professional to the legal – will shape and impact their practice. The first class of the series introduces key topics and concepts, the second takes a more in-depth look at how massage therapy is regulated in Oregon, and the third focuses on professional communication and community building.
This first hands-on class in the massage series explores the history and principles of massage and emphasizes the practical application of massage techniques. Students are introduced to the five basic Swedish strokes, practitioner preparation, body awareness and self-care, and treatment procedures. Anatomical terms and the locations of major muscles and bones will also be discussed. Massage 1 and Massage 2 share a required textbook.
This course continues to focus on the five basic Swedish strokes but introduces variations and the use of tools. Side-lying positioning, body rocking, joint range of motion and mobilization, and oppositional stretches are presented. Students will also deepen their knowledge of body mechanics, further sensitize their touch, and experiment with session design.
This course presents chair massage and deep-tissue techniques, and introduces various other modalities for discussion, demonstration, and skills practice. Some non-Swedish techniques – such as craniosacral therapy and reflexology – are also explored. Massage 3 has an optional textbook.
In this course, students advance foundational massage, professional communication, and session design skills. Cultural competency in massage therapy is also explored. Students will apply knowledge gained in Massage 4 by providing massage to members of the public in Student Clinic. Students are required to participate in Student Clinic shifts outside of regular class time and must attend a mandatory Student Clinic orientation on the first Friday of the term.
This course, which is overwhelmingly hands-on, is divided into three parts. The first three classes are devoted to elevating and polishing the Swedish massage skills and body mechanics of students. The next three classes are focused on Myofascial Release techniques. The final four classes concentrate on Trigger Points, including their location, referral patterns, and effects, and the history of Trigger Point therapies. Massage 5 has a required textbook.
This advanced course incorporates theory, technique, and approaches from several Myofascial Release-based modalities. Students will gain knowledge in five key areas – embodiment, didactic skills, seeing, touch, and the therapeutic relationship – and are expected and encouraged to make links between class content and their science studies and to stay informed of current research in bodywork.
Advanced Massage Techniques
This course introduces students to the theory and application of hydrotherapy, topical applications, and common add-on services performed by LMTs, and offers advanced instruction in the techniques most commonly requested in massage settings. Students are required to participate in Student Clinic shifts outside of regular class time.
Student Clinic offers students an opportunity to apply and expand their skills in conducting client intakes, developing treatment plans, writing SOAP notes, and using professional communication (written and verbal) while working with the public in both clinical and community outreach settings. Students are required to participate in Student Clinic shifts outside of class time.
This course supports students in developing a foundation for their individual career goals, by helping them define personal goals, create a professional resume, explore career options, navigate ethical business practices, and build successful client relationships. This course has a required textbook.
Six-Term Course Plan
This Six-Term Course Plan is the recommended path to completion.
For some students, the program may take longer to complete.
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.