MTC101-001

Massage Therapy I

Through a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction, this course provides an introduction to Swedish massage therapy theory and skills. Students learn skills necessary to perform competent, basic full-body therapeutic massage. Students also learn seated massage. Synthesis of practitioner's intention, critical thinking, conflict resolution, knowledge of professional boundaries, assessment and skillful therapeutic massage application are emphasized. Limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Co-requisite: MTC116 and MTC135 / 4 credits. Offered: Varies

MTC105-001

Intro to Shiatsu

Through Lecture and laboratory practice, this one-credit course provides an introduction to Shiatsu that increases the massage therapy student's versatility and treatment choices when working with clients and their presenting conditions. Focus is on the concepts of ki, yin and yang, five-element theory, and how to access the body's life-force energy to facilitate health through pressure point (tsubo) work. Preference will be given to matriculated massage therapy students; others if space is available. It is recommended that the student complete HEA135 prior to this course. Twenty combined lecture and lab hours. Prerequisite: None / 1 credit. Offered: Summer

MTC110-001

Pathology for Massage Therapy

It is vital to safe and therapeutic practice of massage that the student understands the common pathologic conditions that may be present in clients. This course presents these diseases and conditions as they appear in the systems of the body. Students participate in discussions involving the impact, precautions, and massage treatment plans for selected conditions. Limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Prerequisite: MTC101 and MTC116; co-requisite: MTC201 and MTC204 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies

MTC116-001

Kinesiology for Massage Therapy

Through a combination of lecture and laboratory experience, this course integrates the massage therapy studentís knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the study of major muscles that cause movement and control posture in the human body. Kinesiology incorporates biomechanical principles, joint structure and function, and muscle structure and function. Clay modeling of muscles is used to enhance understanding and maximize the effect of massage therapy techniques. Limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Co-requisites: MTC101 and MTC135 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies

MTC120-001

SelfCare fo Health Practitioners

This covers a variety of skills that will help to protect the health and career longevity of the health worker. Gentle movement forms such as yoga, tai chi, and stretching exercises, and mental clearing and focusing forms such as meditation and guided imagery are practiced. Proper body mechanics are taught, all with an emphasis on self-care and self-awareness. Required for matriculated Massage Therapy students. Prerequisite: None / 1 credit. Offered: Varies

MTC135-001

Intr Complementary Healing Practice

In an experiential teaching/learning format, this course provides an overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) health practices now being utilized by a growing number of health-care consumers. Presentations and demonstrations by practitioners in areas such as herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy, are an integral part of the course. The history and development of selected CAM practices and systems, how they work, and their relationship to traditional Western medicine are discussed. The concept of "wellness" versus disease treatment, and the mind-body connection explored. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

MTC201-001

Massage Therapy II

Through a combination of classroom and clinical laboratory, this course builds on knowledge and skills acquired in MTC101. Students are introduced to a variety of advanced massage techniques such as lymphatic, trigger point, myofascial, and passive exercise. Students demonstrate techniques that are within the scope of practice and training for massage therapy disciplines. Increase competency in musculoskeletal palpation and pain assessment skills. Through the integration of therapeutic communication, assessment skills and knowledge of common acute and chronic illnesses, students learn to develop appropriate treatment plans. Students develop self-care skills that help to protect the health and career longevity of the massage therapist. Limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Prerequisite: MTC101; Co-requisite: MTC110 / 4 credits. Offered: Varies

MTC204-001

Massage Therapy Clinical Practicum

Through hands-on practice in the clinical laboratory, this course provides massage therapy students the opportunity to improve their skills in all Swedish massage techniques in a supervised clinical setting. The focus is on integrating assessment skills, therapeutic communication, massage techniques, safe hygiene and sanitation skills, treatment documentation, and problem solving in a "real world" client situation. MTC204 is limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Prerequisite: MTC101 and MTC116; co-requisite: MTC201 and MTC110 / 1 credit. Semester Offered: Varies

MTC206-001

Massage Therapy Clinical Practicum

Through hands-on practice in the clinical laboratory, this course provides massage therapy students the opportunity to improve their skills in all Swedish massage techniques in a supervised clinical setting. The focus is on integrating assessment skills, therapeutic communication, massage techniques, safe hygiene and sanitation skills, treatment documentation, and problem solving in a "real world" client situation. MTC206 is limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Prerequisite: MTC204; co-requisite: MTC210 / 1 credit. Semester Offered: Varies

MTC210-001

Massage Therapy III

Through a combination of classroom and clinical laboratory this course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in MTC101 Massage Therapy I and MTC201 Massage Therapy II. Students learn a variety of specialized massage techniques such as hydrotherapy and temperature therapies, sports massage and massage for special populations. Through the integration of therapeutic communication, assessment skills and knowledge of common acute and chronic illnesses, students develop appropriate treatment plans. Students are introduced to extensive self-care techniques to promote longevity in this profession. Limited to matriculated Massage Therapy students. Prerequisite: MTC201; Co-requisite: BIO105 / 4 credits. Offered: Varies

MTC225-001

MT Prof Ethics & Practice Mngmnt

This course offers theory and practice for successful management of a Massage Therapy business, from planning, financing and marketing, to communicating with clients, record-keeping, and managing time. A primary focus of this course is the ethical guidelines and appropriate professional boundaries, essential to a successful massage therapy practice. It is recommended that this course be taken after or concurrent with MTC201 and MTC205. Prerequisite: MTC101 / 2 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer