Course Number & Name: HSC 151 Massage Theory and Practice I

Credit Hours:  4.0             Contact Hours:  4.0          Lecture:  4.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program
Concurrent Courses:  Grades of “C” or better in HSC 109, HSC 155, HSC 165 and BIO 121

Course Description: This course is designed to be an introduction to the study of the field of massage therapy.  Students will be presented with the history of massage, the definition of massage and the theory of how and why it works. The course will also present the benefits of massage, basics of massage equipment, health, hygiene, and sanitation associated with massage, and the indications and contraindications of massage.  Clinical emphasis of this course will focus on basic massage training using the Swedish Massage method, and will include hands-on demonstration and practice of traditional Swedish Massage techniques, learning to complete a full-body massage in the 30 minute and 60 minute time frame, as well as an introduction to On-Site Chair Massage and pregnancy massage.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain the history of massage therapy and the requirements for the practice of therapeutic massage;
  2. explain the relationship of anatomy and physiology to therapeutic massage;
  3. identify the effects, benefits, indications, and contraindications of therapeutic massage;
  4. describe and discuss equipment and products, sanitations and safety practices, and proper consultation practices in establishing a massage practice;
  5. describe the diversity of business opportunity in the field of massage therapy; and
  6. develop skills in applying basic Swedish Movement techniques to full body massage.


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