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MAS 201 - Massage Therapy Principles/Procedures 3

Credits: 5
3 Lecture Hours 4 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: BIO 103  or BIO 115  or BIO 161 ; MAS 102 ; MAS 110  or PTA 101 ; MAS 111  or BIO 160  or  BIO 241  
This course provides the student with the theory and practical application of deep tissue massage. Students integrate a variety of techniques including trigger point therapy and myofascial release and explore the connection between massage therapy and other disciplines such as psychology, chiropractic and physical therapy. Students contrast the physiologic effects of hydrotherapy treatments and perform application of water, heat, cold and other topical preparations. Students continue to develop communication skills to understand and enhance massage therapy treatment outcomes and client goals. Laboratory sessions are devoted to application of deep tissue massage and various corrective modalities and techniques used to treat pain caused by myofascial and muscular dysfunction.  Students also perform various forms of sports massage.  Students are required to volunteer outside of scheduled class time.  This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Perform visual and palpatory assessments to determine soft tissue restrictions.
  2. Perform an integrated deep tissue massage using myofascial techniques.
  3. Articulate the precautions and contraindications for hydrotherapy.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical communication with clients. 
  5. Deliver safe hydrotherapy within a designated time frame.
  6. Integrate topical agents into a massage session.
  7. Implement safe and effective techniques to locate and release trigger points.
  8. Demonstrate a variety of safe and effective stretching techniques.
  9. Perform pre- and post-event massage.
  10. Develop a treatment plan appropriate to the needs of a client experiencing myofascial pain.
  11. Demonstrate the application of thumbs, hands, arms, elbows and forearms in a biomechanically correct manner during massage.
Listed Topics
  1. Deep tissue massage
  2. Myofascial release
  3. Trigger Point therapy
  4. Body mechanics
  5. Hydrotherapy and topical agents
  6. Posture and other visual/palpatory assessments
  7. Professional and ethical communication
  8. Medical reimbursement
  9. Safety and hygiene practices
  10. Sports massage
  11. Stretching techniques
  12. Transverse friction
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials as required by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC's definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 04/11/2019

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