Massage Therapy Diploma Program
11 Months ~ 650 Clock Hours

Course Descriptions

AP1 ~ Anatomy & Physiology ~ 100 Hours

Presents the basic structure and function of the human body. Introduces anatomical terms and cellular biology and then emphasizes the structure and function of several organ systems. Places special emphasis on the muscular and skeletal systems, as students work with hands-on palpation of muscles, bones and joints. Introduces standard medical terminology and emphasizes the structure and function of each system.

AP2 ~ Pathology ~ 45 Hours

Provides a basic understanding of the disease process and how it affects the body’s functions. Discusses pathologies as they relate to massage therapy and includes universal precautions and their management in professional practice. Also covers etiology, signs, symptoms, and the physiological and psychological reactions to disease and injury. Change due to growth, age, stress (mechanical and emotional), and organic dysfunction are covered as they relate to massage therapy.

AP3 ~ Kinesiology ~ 45 Hours

This course examines the anatomical structures and mechanical aspects of human movement.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal and articular systems. Basic neuromuscular and biomechanical principles are introduced. Students will be required to apply their knowledge of anatomy towards understanding individual joint function as well as the integrated function of several joints during complex activities such as normal human locomotion.

BE1 ~ Business & Ethics ~ 60 Hours

 Introduces a range of innovative strategies for achieving personal fulfillment through the professional practice of massage therapy. Discusses methods for managing and promoting a successful business; provides goal-setting for post-graduate career plans; examines a variety of potential massage therapy employment settings and structures. Also establishes an ethical framework for decision-making, explores the role of values, making professional referrals, handling conflict, honoring client rights, and maintaining confidentiality. Defines the client/therapist relationship, boundaries, and creating safety. Examines scope of practice, plus legal and professional responsibilities focusing on the laws in Massachusetts. Outlines the role and function of professional membership associations. Reviews the procedures for Massachusetts licensure application.

MT1 ~ Swedish & Intro to Hydrotherapy ~ 100 Hours

Introduces the system of Swedish massage by working from basic strokes, to regional sequences, to a full-body massage treatment. Emphasis on the development of optimal body mechanics and self-care principles for the practitioner. Presents the history of massage, indications and contraindications for massage, clinical effects of massage and the therapeutic value of touch. Introduces the theory and practical application of hydrotherapy and allied modalities as a clinical adjunct to massage and rehabilitative treatment. Discussions include the therapeutic effects of heat, cold and herbal preparations.

MT2 ~ Myofascial, Sports, Trigger Point & Advanced Hydrotherapy ~ 100 Hours

Myofascial Massage introduces a comprehensive system for assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal tension patterns, emphasizes postural and energetic relationships of the body, and covers the role of fascia in structural patterns of strain and compensation; discussion of case histories. Introduces the benefits, intent, cautions and timing of sports massage treatments and demonstrates commonly used sports massage strokes. Describes how to recognize the severity of sports related injuries and how to identify symptoms of hypothermia & hyperthermia. Presents Cryotherapy and thermal therapy, the injury response cycle, the acute inflammatory response and other physiological aspects of athletic training. Through the exploration of research & utilization of hands-on techniques, students will see how the client’s problem may of may not be where they are feeling the sensation of pain. Students will study the cause, effect & language of “trigger points.” A brief review of selected musculoskeletal anatomy will assist students in finding & treating painful trigger points & their symptoms. Reinforces the theory and practical application of hydrotherapy and allied modalities as a clinical adjunct to massage and rehabilitative treatment.

MT3 ~ Synthesis of Clinical Skills ~ 100 Hours

Completes the massage therapy curriculum, and involves the integration of hands-on methods and observation skills to form a strategic approach to working with the whole person, both in an individual session format and in developing a comprehensive treatment plan. Integrates the theories, principles and techniques learned throughout the curriculum and applies them to special client populations. A focus of this class is the critical thinking skills needed to design an individualized treatment plan to meet a client's specific needs. Students learn and discuss the unique considerations for treating special populations, including older adults, persons with disabilities, persons with terminal illnesses, infants, and women in pregnancy. Special conditions will be discussed with emphasis on indications, contraindications, techniques, and adaptations. The topics of medications, diversity, and research will also be included.

SCP1 ~ Supervised Clinical Practicum ~ 100 Hours

Includes student massage work performed under faculty supervision at the school facility. This fieldwork builds self-confidence in hands-on technique as well as develops professional behavior and communication skills in a clinical setting.