MT100 2 credits
Massage I – Basic Swedish
Introduces students to the history, techniques, and procedures involved in giving a professional Swedish massage.
Prerequisites: RD30 and WR30 or designated placement test scores.
Corequisites: BI121 or BI231.
MT101 2 credits
Asian Bodywork I
Introduces fundamental methods and the philosophical background of traditional Chinese medicines, Acupressure and Shiatsu.
MT102 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.
MT103 2 credits
Massage III – Swedish
Prepares students for both the written and practicum examinations for state board licensure. Covers trigger point, deep tissue, reflexology, and side-lying massage techniques.
Prerequisite: BI121 or BI231 and MT102.
MT105 3 credits
Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients
Covers hydrotherapy modalities and education for massaging the elderly and cancer patients.
MT106 2 credits
Integrated Studies in Massage I – Upper Body
Provides an in-depth study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, accupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques.
Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231 and MT100 and MT108.
MT107 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.
MT108 4 credits
Kinesiology for Massage Therapists
Provides a thorough working knowledge of skeletal muscles, their relationship to the body, and their actions, functions, and precise locations.
Corequisite: BI121 or BI231.
MT109 4 credits
Pathology for Massage Therapists
Provides students knowledge in the definitions of syndromes, symptoms, prognostics, treatment concepts, and contraindications for massage therapists.
Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231; RD30 and WR30.
Corequisite: BI122 or BI232.
MT110 2 credits
Covers the theory of energy flows in the human body and techniques for balancing energy.
MT111 2 credits
Provides understanding of sports-related injuries and ailments. Hands-on application of sports massage techniques will be required.
Prerequisites: MT100 and MT108; BI121 or BI231.
MT112 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.
MT113 2 credits
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.
MT115 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.
MT116 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.
MT117 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.
MT118 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, MT108.
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 as three, one-credit modules.
MT121 2 credits
Asian Bodywork II
Students will learn the fundamental methods and philosophical background of Jin Shin Jitsu, Ayurveda, and Touch 4 Health. Introduces different styles and techniques of acupressure and Ayurveda.
MT130 2 credits
Polarity Therapy II
Designed to help polarity students become more effective and confident in assessing energy imbalances and applying the theory and polarity techniques to re-establish healthful energy flows throughout the body. A more in-depth study of the five elements, the Ayurvedic pulses, the chakras and the three gunas will be covered, how to assess them in an individual using both intuitive and rational faculties, and how to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
MT180 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.
MT180S 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.
MT199 Variable credit
Selected Topics in Massage
Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory and techniques of new massage topics that have evolved.