MT100 3 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: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.
Corequisite: BI121 or BI231.
MT101 2 credits
Asian Bodywork I
Introduces fundamental methods and the philosophical background of Asian Bodywork: Acupressure and Shiatsu.
MT102 2 credits
Massage II – Swedish Esalen
MT103 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.
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 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.
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
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: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement test score.
Corequisite: BI121 or BI231.
MT109 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; RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.
Corequisite: BI122 or BI232.
MT111 2 credits
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.
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.
MT114 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.
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 and MT108.
MT119 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.
MT120A 1 credit
Business for Massage Therapists - Part A
Focuses on the concept of professionalism, ethics, boundaries, and the legal issues associated with massage/bodywork therapy.
Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.
MT120B 2 credits
Business Practices for Massage Therapists – Part B
Focuses on business practices, marketing, record keeping, and insurance billing for a massage therapy practice.
MT121 2 credits
Asian Bodywork II
Students will learn the fundamental methods and philosophical background of Ayurveda and Touch 4 Health. Introduces different styles and techniques of acupressure and energy balancing.
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.