Even though our basic classes look simple, there is a lot of ground covered. We start with a very basic 50 hours exposure into the business world of massage including patient practices, patient assessment and proper draping. All to get the student ready for a 300 hour clinic. Within that first fifty hours the student also learns basic massage techniques and timing so they can preform the most requested massage needs, back and neck work, as well as chair massage for outside events.
After the first fifty, the student moves to anatomy, where they learn the body from the bones out. Our classes are very extensive, but repetition and application makes learning easy. After the student learns all the bone names and landmarks, they move to muscle origins, insertions and actions. Concurrently they learn the language of massage, what it means when something is lateral or medial, proximal or distal.
Through the Swedish and Deep Tissue classes the student learns muscle fibers differences and actions. The student also learns the proper strokes for the proper conditions.
In Physiology the student learns the purpose of every cell in the body and how it interacts with the others. This includes how the body reacts to outside influences like commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals.
All the while the student is using what they learned in class inside the supervised 300 hour clinic. The student needs to do an average of 10 massages a week while in school, so time management is a must. That seems like a lot, but that is really only a part time practice, in order to thrive in the massage world the student needs to ascertain their financial needs and create a business plan for success. But with following the example of the therapists around the school and applying the knowledge and techniques learned in class their reputations will be well formed by the time they graduate. As a student remember, my reputation is built on building you a strong reputation.