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Massage Therapy

  • Search for MT100MT100 2 credits

    Massage I Basic Swedish

    Provides instruction in the history, techniques, treatment procedures, structure of the body parts, and practical application of Swedish massage for each area. Students will learn about massage equipment, sanitation, professional hygiene, and client communication including client history, indications, and contraindications for massage. Objectives and benefit of massage will also be covered.
    Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 and WR30 or WR90, or designated placement test scores.
    Corequisite: BI121 or BI231. Offered fall term.

  • Search for MT101MT101 2 credits

    Asian Bodywork I

    Introduces fundamental methods and the philosophical background of Asian Bodywork: Acupressure and Shiatsu.
    Offered fall term.

  • Search for MT102MT102 2 credits

    Massage II Swedish Esalen

    Emphasizes assessment, the philosophical and psychological aspects of massage, and working with special populations.
    Prerequisites: MT100 and BI121 or BI231. Offered winter term.

  • Search for MT103MT103 2 credits

    Massage III Swedish

    Prepares students for both the written and practicum examinations for state board licensure. Reflexology, side lying massage, trigger point, deep tissue, and myofascial release techniques will be covered.
    Prerequisite: BI121 or BI231 and MT102. Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT105MT105 3 credits

    Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients

    Covers hydrotherapy modalities and education for massaging the elderly and cancer patients.
    Prerequisite: MT100. Offered winter term.

  • Search for MT106MT106 2 credits

    Integrated Studies in Massage I Upper Body

    Provides in-depth study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, acupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques. Students will learn home exercise programs to assist their clientele.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231 and MT100 and MT108. Offered winter term.

  • Search for MT107MT107 2 credits

    Integrated Studies in Massage II Lower Body

    Continues the study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, accupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques.
    Prerequisite: MT106. Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT108MT108 4 credits

    Kinesiology for Massage Therapists

    Studies the branch of physiology that relates to the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. Students will learn the joints of the body and their actions, the muscles that create actions, the origins and insertions of muscle attachments, and how to palpate the muscles.
    Prerequisite: RD30 or RD90 or designated placement test score.
    Corequisite: BI121 or BI231. Offered fall term.

  • Search for MT109MT109 4 credits

    Pathology for Massage Therapists

    Provides student with the definitions of syndromes, symptoms, prognostics, treatment concepts and contraindications for massage therapists.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231; RD30 or RD90 and WR30 or WR90, or designated placement test scores.
    Corequisite: BI122 or BI232. Offered winter term.

  • Search for MT111MT111 2 credits

    Sport Massage

    Provides instruction and understanding of sports-related injuries and ailments. Students learn how to prevent injury, improve performance, relieve sore muscles, speed recovery, and reduce stress. Hands on application will be required to demonstrate sports massage techniques.
    Prerequisites: MT100 and MT108; BI121 or BI231. Offered winter term.

  • Search for MT112MT112 2 credits

    Massage for Pregnancy and the Infant/Child

    Provides instruction in full-body massage that can be done in the side-lying position for pregnant women. This technique is also ideal for people with neck and back problems. Massage techniques for infants and children will also be covered as well as the importance of touch for children with special needs.
    Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT113MT113 2 credits

    Myofascial Release

    Teaches gentle and non-invasive techniques. Therapeutically works with restrictions in the fascia resulting in the reduction of pain and increased range of motion. Hands-on application is required.
    Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT114MT114 1 credit

    Massage Therapy Study Skills Lab

    Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory and massage techniques of new topics that have evolved. Through instructor observation and guidance, students will gain the appropriate study skills and the awareness of the amount of time and effort required to obtain their academic goals. Offered fall term.

  • Search for MT115MT115 2 credits

    Trigger Point Therapy

    Provides instruction in the understanding of trigger points, the anatomical locations of the muscles that have trigger points and techniques to treat them. Hands-on application is required.
    Offered fall term.

  • Search for MT116MT116 2 credits

    Massage Exam Review

    Prepares students for the Oregon State Board of Massage exams required for licensing by reviewing entire year’s worth of study.
    Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT117MT117 1 credit

    Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists

    Provides knowledge and hands-on techniques to show how to recognize, prevent, and treat injuries for bodywork professionals. Students will learn how and why injuries happen and receive information that will help protect their own health and better understand their clients’ complaints.
    Offered summer term.

  • Search for MT118MT118 2 credits

    Deep Tissue Massage

    Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory of deep-tissue massage, anatomy of muscles and relevant structures, and treatment for pain symptoms throughout the body. Shows how deep tissue massage can provide instant results for patients suffering with pain due to musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231 and MT108. Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT119MT119 2 credits

    Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy

    Introduces craniosacral therapy including palpation of the craniosacral rhythm at the listening stations, diaphragms and cranial structures. Students will learn the 10-point protocol of craniosacral therapy.
    Offered summer term.

  • Search for MT120AMT120A Search for MT120BMT120B 3 credits

    Business for Massage Therapists

    Focuses on the concept of professionalism, ethics, boundaries, and the legal issues associated with massage/bodywork therapy. Also covers business practices, marketing, insurance, and record keeping for massage therapists.
    Offered spring term.

  • Search for MT121MT121 2 credits

    Asian Bodywork II

    Learn the fundamental methods and philosophical background of Ayurveda and Touch for Health. Introduces different styles and techniques of acupressure, Ayurveda and energy balancing.
    Prerequisite: MT101. Offered winter term.

  • Search for MT180MT180 Variable credit

    Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Therapy

    Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.

  • Search for MT180SMT180S 1 credit

    Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar

    Presents an overview of the necessary employment documents to be competitive in the job market. Students will write a basic resume and cover letter, complete an employment application, participate in a mock interview, and develop an understanding of the importance of a professional image and work ethic. Students are expected to have completed most of their coursework toward a certificate or degree program and will be enrolled in CWE concurrently or in the following term.
    Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MT180.

  • Search for MT199MT199 Variable credit

    Selected Topics in Massage

    Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory and techniques of new massage topics that have evolved.