This course is a study of the structure and function of the human body relevant to multiple manual therapy practices. It’s intention is to provide the anatomy and physiology knowledge needed for clinical decision-making in the practice of various manual therapies and for communication with other health care professionals. This course introduces this study and begins the system-by-system break-down of the human body.
This course is the in-depth study of the musculoskeletal system’s anatomy through palpation. In this hands-on course, students will learn how to locate muscles, bones, and connective tissues of the body, as well as the planes in which the body moves.
This course will teach common pathologies which massage therapists will see among their clientele. Students will learn when massage is indicated, contraindicated, or precautionary.
This course will focus on the movement of the human body, as students learn the action, origin, insertion and nerve innervations. Students will study how muscle movement is affected by massage techniques. (Prerequisite: A&P I and II)
This course will focus on specialized modalities including hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, heliotherapy, reflexology, and spa treatments. Massage modifications for special populations will also be covered in this course.
This course teaches the accepted sanitation procedures, as well as how to recognize contagious diseases (such as HIV) and means by which they spread. Students will also learn how to work with clients regarding health issues, in addition to nutrition, fitness and stress management for the massage therapist. This course also includes CPR training and universal precautions.
This course provides a foundation for the theory and practice of therapeutic massage. Students will gain skills and knowledge in the history of massage, benefits of massage, self-care, research literacy, body mechanics, treatment planning, and massage for special populations.
This course will cover ethical standards and business practices that will help students succeed in the massage therapy profession. Students will also become familiar with the laws and regulations that govern massage therapists in the state of Arkansas.
Students will gain practical experience in techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, chair massage, and prenatal massage.
Clinicals allow the student to gain practical experience in providing massage for the public. This creates an opportunity to refine professional skills in preparation for the workplace. Students will learn how to customize treatments, complete intake evaluations, and document sessions to provide a quality massage experience. Students will also work events to gain practical experience in sports and chair massage.