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Course Descriptions

Massage Therapy

  • MT100 2 credits
    Massage I – Basic Swedish - Register

    Provides instruction in the history, techniques, treatment procedures, structure of the body parts, and practical application of Swedish massage for each area. Students will learn about massage equipment, sanitation, professional hygiene, and client communication including client history, indications, and contraindications for massage. Objectives and benefit of massage will also be covered.
    Prerequisites: RD30 and WR30 or designated placement test scores.

  • MT101 2 credits
    Asian Bodywork I - Register

    Introduces fundamental methods and the philosophical background of Asian Bodywork: Acupressure and Shiatsu.
    Offered fall term.

  • MT102 2 credits
    Massage II – Swedish Esalen - Register

    Emphasizes assessment, the philosophical and psychological aspects of massage, and working with special populations.
    Prerequisites: MT100 and BI121 or BI231. Offered winter term.

  • MT103 2 credits
    Massage III – Swedish - Register

    Prepares students for both the written and practicum examinations for state board licensure. Reflexology, side lying massage, trigger point, deep tissue, and myofascial release techniques will be covered.
    Prerequisite: BI121 or BI231 and MT102. Offered spring term.

  • MT105 3 credits
    Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients - Register

    Covers hydrotherapy modalities and education for massaging the elderly and cancer patients.
    Prerequisite: MT100. Offered winter term.

  • MT106 2 credits
    Integrated Studies in Massage I – Upper Body - Register

    Provides in-depth study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, acupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques. Students will learn home exercise programs to assist their clientele.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231 and MT100 and MT108. Offered winter term.

  • MT107 2 credits
    Integrated Studies in Massage II – Lower Body - Register

    Continues the study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, accupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques.
    Prerequisite: MT106. Offered spring term.

  • MT108 4 credits
    Kinesiology for Massage Therapists - Register

    Studies the branch of physiology that relates to the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. Students will learn the joints of the body and their actions, the muscles that create actions, the origins and insertions of muscle attachments, and how to palpate the muscles.
    Prerequisite: RD30 or designated placement test score.

  • MT109 4 credits
    Pathology for Massage Therapists - Register

    Provides student with the definitions of syndromes, symptoms, prognostics, treatment concepts and contraindications for massage therapists.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231; RD30 and WR30.

  • MT110 2 credits
    Polarity Therapy - Register

    Covers the theory of energy flows in the human body and techniques for balancing energy. Offered infrequently.
    Offered infrequently.

  • MT111 2 credits
    Sport Massage - Register

    Provides instruction and understanding of sports-related injuries and ailments. Students learn how to prevent injury, improve performance, relieve sore muscles, speed recovery, and reduce stress. Hands on application will be required to demonstrate sports massage techniques.
    Prerequisites: MT100 and MT108; BI121 or BI231. Offered winter term.

  • MT112 2 credits
    Massage for Pregnancy and the Infant/Child - Register

    Provides instruction in full-body massage that can be done in the side-lying position for pregnant women. This technique is also ideal for people with neck and back problems. Massage techniques for infants and children will also be covered as well as the importance of touch for children with special needs.
    Offered spring term.

  • MT113 2 credits
    Myofascial Release - Register

    Teaches gentle and non-invasive techniques. Therapeutically works with restrictions in the fascia resulting in the reduction of pain and increased range of motion. Hands-on application is required.
    Offered spring term.

  • MT115 2 credits
    Trigger Point Therapy - Register

    Provides instruction in the understanding of trigger points, the anatomical locations of the muscles that have trigger points and techniques to treat them. Hands-on application is required.
    Offered fall term.

  • MT116 2 credits
    Massage Exam Review - Register

    Prepares students for the Oregon State Board of Massage exams required for licensing by reviewing entire year’s worth of study.
    Offered spring term.

  • MT117 1 credit
    Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists - Register

    Provides knowledge and hands-on techniques to show how to recognize, prevent, and treat injuries for bodywork professionals. Students will learn how and why injuries happen and receive information that will help protect their own health and better understand their clients’ complaints.
    Offered fall term.

  • MT118 2 credits
    Deep Tissue Massage - Register

    Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory of deep-tissue massage, anatomy of muscles and relevant structures, and treatment for pain symptoms throughout the body. Shows how deep tissue massage can provide instant results for patients suffering with pain due to musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231, MT108. Offered spring term.

  • MT119 2 credits
    Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy - Register

    Introduces craniosacral therapy including palpation of the craniosacral rhythm at the listening stations, diaphragms and cranial structures. Students will learn the 10-point protocol of craniosacral therapy.
    Offered summer term.

  • MT120A,MT120B 3 credits
    Business for Massage Therapists - Register

    Focuses on the concept of professionalism, ethics, boundaries, and the legal issues associated with massage/bodywork therapy. Also covers business practices, marketing, insurance, and record keeping for massage therapists.
    Offered spring term.

  • MT121 2 credits
    Asian Bodywork II - Register

    Learn the fundamental methods and philosophical background of Ayurveda and Touch for Health. Introduces different styles and techniques of acupressure, Ayurveda and energy balancing.
    Prerequisite: MT101. Offered winter term.

  • MT130 2 credits
    Polarity Therapy II - Register

    Designed to help polarity students become more effective and confident in assessing energy imbalances and applying the theory and polarity techniques to re-establish healthful energy flows throughout the body. A more in-depth study of the five elements, the Ayurvedic pulses, the chakras and the three gunas will be covered, how to assess them in an individual using both intuitive and rational faculties, and how to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
    Prerequisite: MT110. Offered infrequently.

  • MT180 Variable credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Therapy - Register

    Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.

  • MT180S 1 credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar - Register

    Presents an overview of the necessary employment documents to be competitive in the job market. Students will write a basic resume and cover letter, complete an employment application, participate in a mock interview, and develop an understanding of the importance of a professional image and work ethic. Students are expected to have completed most of their coursework toward a certificate or degree program and will be enrolled in CWE concurrently or in the following term.

  • MT199 Variable credit
    Selected Topics in Massage - Register

    Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory and techniques of new massage topics that have evolved.