Course Number & Name: HSC 165 Self-Care for the Massage Therapist

Credit Hours:  1.0             Contact Hours:  1.0          Lecture:  1.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in MTH 086 AND RDG 096 or ENG 096 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 or placement
Concurrent Courses:  Grade of “C” or better HSC 151 and HSC 155

Course Description: This course designed to orient the student to techniques and activities to prevent repetitive strain injuries, promote a balanced lifestyle, and improve overall wellness.  Many self-care techniques will be presented including joint and muscle-specific exercises, breathing techniques for stress relief, and visualization/affirmations for career success.  Body mechanics and body awareness activities will be emphasized through the introduction of Tai Chi, yoga, and nutrition.  The course will study the relationship of posture and body mechanics to pain and injury for the therapist.

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

  1. explain and demonstrate conservation of energy and postural analysis;
  2. examine the need for the massage therapist to be in good physical condition;
  3. discuss the need for the massage therapist to be in good health; and
  4. discuss and demonstrate the need for massage therapists to protect their hands.


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