Course Descriptions

Part I — Anatomy and Physiology (Minimum 150 hours)

  • Textbook study with lecture covering cellular structure.
  • Through all organ systems of the human body.
  • Clinical importance of Massage.
  • Extensive study of skeletal system, i.e. bone and muscle
  • Functions and Identification.
  • Significance of diseases and trauma to massage.
  • Medical vocabulary.
  • Evaluation of movement and posture

Part II — Basic Massage Theory / Clinical Practical (Minimum 225 hours)

  • General principals of massage, i.e. draping, positioning,
  • lubricants, confidentiality, etc.
  • Five basic massage strokes.
  • Indications and contraindications.
  • Joint movements.
  • Stroke approach to different parts of the body.
  • Therapeutic and physiological effects.

Part III — Florida Statutes / Rules and History of Massage (Minimum 10 hours)

  • Study and Review of chapter 480 – The State of Florida governs professional massage therapy and the rules set by the Board of Massage.
  • History of massage will be studied.
  • Theory and Practice of Hydrotherapy (Minimum 15 hours)
  • Indications and contraindications of application of heat and cold.
  • Proper use of equipment and protective draping for clients.
  • Textbook study and practical demonstrations.

Part IV — Allied Modalities (Minimum 97 hours)

Lectures and demonstrations given by guest Allied Health care professionals to expose the students to post graduate studies available. Subjects to be included: Reflexology, Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Applied Kinesiology, Accupressure, Aroma Therapy, Sports Massage, Flexibility, Exercise, Psychology of Massage, Electro Therapy and CPM’s

AIDS/HIV Education (Minimum 4 hours)

  • History and technical background information on AIDS
  • Transmission of the AIDS virus
  • Counseling and testing for HIV
  • Symptom of infection and treatment
  • Preventing and controlling infection
  • Legal and ethical issues

Clinical Massages (Minimum 100 hours)