LMT Pre-Licensing Classes

Health Sciences

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 Communication & Ethics

Introduction to Communication and Ethics explores the interrelated dynamics between touch, communication and ethics unique to the massage therapy industry. This triad relationship will shape and define the massage therapist’s relationship to self, client and community, will be used by the massage student in the classroom and professional settings alike and is essential knowledge to be a licensed practitioner in the state of Oregon. Introduction to Communication & Ethics a first term course and is recommended to be taken in conjunction with Massage I and APP I.

Introduction to Law

Introduction to Law examines the statutes and rules that regulate the practice of massage therapy in Oregon by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT). Students will study ethical protocol and challenges of the massage profession, define the fundamentals of professional conduct through the evaluation of the statutes and rules outlined by the OBMT, and prepare to navigate the jurisprudence exam, a licensing requirement of the OBMT.

Massage 1

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.

Massage 2

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.

Massage 3

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.

Massage  4

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.

Massage 5

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.

Massage 6

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.

Introduction to Community Massage

In this class, students will learn and practice chair massage techniques at various locations throughout the community, learn client intakes and conversations, SOAP notes, explore cultural competency, and begin to refine and integrate individual skills and techniques working on the public in the mandatory student clinic.

Student Clinic

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 is taken concurrently with Introduction to Community Massage and terms 4-6.

Professional Practices

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.

Interested in enrolling in Lane's Massage Program?

Contact Program Coordinator Xavier Lara at larax@lanecc.edu or attend an Informational Meeting to learn more.

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