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MAS 203 - Massage Therapy Modalities 1

Credits: 2
1 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: MAS 111  or BIO 160  or BIO 175  or BIO 241 ; MAS 201  

This course introduces students to adjunctive spa-related therapies. The history and etiquette of spas are discussed. As an adjunct to the healing process students integrate the blending and appplication of essential oils with aromatherapy. Students differentiate essential oil properties to create an individualized blend for clients and assess the indications and contraindications of common essential oils. Students incorporate safe and sanitary application of hot stones to enhance the Swedish and Deep Tissue massage experiences. Students discuss and apply current trending modalities related to spa therapies. 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. Contrast spa history and etiquette for varying types of spas.
  2. Perform good health and personal hygiene practices including body mechanics, sanitation and safety procedures.
  3. Integrate hot stones to enhance a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage.
  4. Explore the concepts of aromatherapy.
  5. Assess the indications and contraindications of common essential oils.
  6. Analyze essential oil properties to create a blend specific to client’s needs.
Listed Topics
  1. Spa history and etiquette
  2. Essential oils and aromatherapy
  3. Hot stone massage
  4. Hygiene, sanitation and safety
  5. Trending spa treatments
Reference Materials
Current applicable textbooks, versions of software, multimedia and internet access.
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:
  • Culture Society and Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/11/2015

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