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When the student has completed the required hours of instruction to qualify for entering the Clinical Practicum they are to schedule a Gatekeeper exam. This is the final practical exam to evaluate if the student is prepared to work on clients who receive massage in our Clinic. This entry into Clinic exam is also meant to help further refine the student's proficiency.
OUR EDUCATIONAL APPROACH
Basic Swedish Massage
The most commonly practiced style of massage in the United States. Our program blends traditional Swedish massage with joint mobilization and muscular stretching techniques. It also includes body mechanics and advanced techniques for working with soft tissue, pathology, contraindications to massage and an overview of massage techniques. Students will begin to utilize the concepts and skills learned in this course to develop their Massage/Bodywork treatment styles.
Demonstration and practice of massage techniques on clients who are fully clothed and seated in a massage chair. Chair massage is well suited for on-site work in offices or special events. As a highly useful, portable skill chair massage will add flexibility to your routine and it can act as a great marketing tool for your practice. Careful considerations for working on the neck and spine are emphasized. There will also be demonstration and supervised practice of proper body mechanics for the students.
Side Lying Massage
An extremely versatile, useful and effective technique that will expand the student’s ability to work with a wider range of techniques and client conditions. Particular attention to draping, client safety and comfort will be taught. Demonstration, discussion, uses and benefits are incorporated with the supervised instructor’s guidance. Evaluation, feedback and correction is provided.
Forearm Flow Massage
Based on non-western, ancient forms of massage this modality is nurturing, integrative, fluid and intuitive bodywork which works with the physical and emotional bodies. Use of forearms provides students with an alternative to using their hands. Students learn proper body mechanics and receive supervised hands-on practice of demonstrated techniques. Ongoing instructor review, feedback and correction is provided throughout the course.
Principles and practice of Sports Massage is introduced as a therapy designed to enhance recovery and performance of athletes. Students will learn how to do a functional assessment of the focus area and be aware of different biomechanics involved in various sports and activities. Contraindiations will be covered and students will demonstrate the application of learned techniques and processes.
This introductory course focuses on the application of Swedish massage strokes for the pregnant client. Appropriate positioning, cautions and contraindications for each trimester will be addressed. Other topics covered include the role of the massage therapist, remedies for morning sickness, postural assignment, breathing techniques for improved respiration during pregnancy and pregnancy specific intake sheets/interview questions. Whenever possible a pregnant model is used for the demonstration. Role playing of the Pregnancy Massage intake interview will provide students with practice for working this speciality technique.
Critical reasoning skills are needed to address injuries and pain effectively. Students are taken through a process of gathering information from clients, perform range of motion tests and from the gathered information design a massage treatment plan and then perform that treatment. Additional topics include: the three stages of healing, scar tissue formation and release techniques. The “Think 360”concept of treating pain and injuries will be employed. There will be supervised hands-on application of all demonstrated techniques. Clinical case studies are presented.This course is divided into two parts consisting of 20 hours of Level 1 Basic Assessments which included Postural Analysis and Gait. Level 2 of this course is will be taught later in the program when students are more advanced and will include Orthopedics.
Included in Clinical Reasoning
Identifying structural and muscular imbalances in clients is one component of a well rounded massage therapist. Students learn the skills necessary for analyzing and individual’s posture and gait emphasizing the use of plumb lines, visual cues and palpation. Underlying musculoskeletal and psychological/energetic influences on posture and gait are explored.
Entry to the Clinical Practicum involves what to expect and student responsibility. Signing up for shifts, coming prepared for clinic, proper etiquette, dress, speech and professionalism is required.
Hands on experience is the only way to master the knowledge and skills that are required to be a top notch massage therapist. The Clinical Practicum is an opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with experience to facilitate the development of the student’s unique treatment style and give them experience working with a variety of people, health conditions and physical limitations. During the Practicum there is supervision by a registered Massage Therapy Instructor which provides an opportunity for additional discussion and learning. Students provide massage therapy in an ethical and responsible manner, work with intake forms and client charting notes. Practice with speaking to clients about what to expect from their treatment is invaluable. Client’s have the opportunity to provide written and verbal feedback to students in order to aid the learning process.
The application of hot or cold water for pain relief has been in use as a therapeutic method since the ancient Egyptians. Hippocrates prescribed bathing in spring water for illness. China and Japan also have a long history of hydrotherapy. Students will learn how to use hydrocollator pads during treatment and be able to incorporate them in their massage treatments.The class will emphasize ongoing instructor review of techniques, feedback and correction in class. Supervised hands-on practice of demonstrated techniques ensure that students are properly trained in the use of hot and cold water, hot packs, ice and steam and the physiological effects of heat and cold. The ability to discuss and recommend to clients how to use forms of heat and cold for home therapy will also be taught.
Knowing about what goes into becoming self-employed is important to avoid the traps and pitfalls of managing your financial future. We will cover the different legal structures of sole proprietorship, partnerships, Limited Liability Corporation and Corporations. The changing dynamic of marketing will be covered and how to target which aspects will work best for you. Identifying your vision, mission and goals will be stressed as the underpinning of success. Time management and avoiding burnout will be emphasized. Accounting practices, cost projections, licenses, permits, zoning and insurances will be taught. Students will create various parts of a business plan. A brief overview of insurance billing including CPT codes and ICD-9 codes are presented and discussed. Lots of resources for additional free training will be provided including how to identify bad employers.
The skill to professionally interact with others in a constructive and meaningful ways while protecting oneself from ethical dilemmas is the core of this training. This course is comprised of: 24 hours of Communications, 8 hours of Energetic Boundaries, 4 hours of client charting, 4 hours of Interviewing skills and additional information in the Opening class. Understanding the core psychological concepts of client-centered, fiduciary, structure, safety, power differential, transference and counter transference in the therapeutic relationship will be thoroughly covered as well as appropriate scope of practice response to trauma and abuse. Professional ethics is also infused throughout the entire program. Students have ample time to build their skills through interaction with their teachers and client interaction during clinical practicum.
The study of Anatomy and Kinesiology create the foundation for all manual therapy techniques. Knowing the skeletal and muscular systems in detail provide the student with the knowledge base they need to work effectively. The location and identification of structures in the anatomical system will be described and demonstrated. Students will locate and palpate origin and insertions of at least 85 muscles. Describing the actions of muscles is also thoroughly covered. Demonstration of proper usage of terminology and contraindications to massage is taught and students will be frequently tested on their understanding of the material. Group implementation of text and discussion generated massage application along with videos of dissections is also part of the learning process. Charts, models, handouts and drawings will be used by the instructor during lecture.
Understanding the systems of the body and the pathologies that can affect them is crucial. Clients come for massage with a variety of health conditions that require the therapist to be aware and cautious as well as competent in responding to a medical emergency. We will cover the major organ systems of the body and how they function in order to maintain homeostasis. Students will be able to identify and describe components of organ systems and their functions. Diseases and conditions of these organ systems will be covered along with treatment protocols and contraindications. In class discussions will help students to begin thinking about designing a treatment plan for clients who have health conditions. Slide lectures, videos and in class discussion are used throughout this course.
First Aid, CPR/AED
As a state requirement for entry level massage therapy this course will fulfill that requirement until the next renewal period. We offer this so that graduating students do not have to take this training outside of the school.
MBlex exam review
This class comes near the end of the program and is designed to help the students study and prepare for passing the state required exam for massage therapy licensure.
Neuromuscular Therapy/Trigger points
NMT access both the nervous and muscular systems. Acute and chronic pain patterns are discussed and methods of treatment for neck, rotator cuff and lower back dysfunction are demonstrated. Learning ‘referral points’ as a treatment protocol will be understood and demonstrated by the student. Supervised hands-on practice is provided by the instructor. Students will experience seeing, doing and receiving.
An introduction the the theory and practice of reflexology which is based on the principal that all parts of the body are accessible through specific massage techniques of the feet. Reflex points are used to treat and receive information about the condition of the body. Proper body mechanics for this technique will be learned and evaluation of student performance is provided as a feedback tool for learning.
Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine this introductory course will introduce the student to the principles and theory behind Shiatsu. Both 5 Element Shiatsu and Zen Shiatsu will be demonstrated with emphasis on depletion and excess flow through meridians, paired point holdings, hara diagnosis and proper techniques. Contraindications will be discussed. At the end of this course students will have a different approach that they can incorporate into their treatments. This course presents Shiatsu on the massage table and one class will be dedicated to practicing how to blend western massage with Shiatsu.
This basic course presents the student with an entry level Thai Massage training that gives them the ability to do a 1 hour to 90 minute treatment working on mats on the floor. Students will learn warm up and more advanced techniques that build upon each other for client effectiveness and safety. Adaptations will be demonstrated and used throughout entire class. Contraindications will be thoroughly covered. Constant review, drill, feedback and correction will ensure students can perform Thai Massage at the end of the training.
Massage therapy is a science and an art. Crystal Mountain provides a solid Western Medical based program with exploration in more ancient and alternative modalities. Our approach brings these branches of touch therapy together. Whether a client comes for relaxation, stress relief or pain relief it is important to know how to best work with them to achieve therapeutic results.
Our program is structured to weave different classes together for a more comprehensive education. In the first term students have all of their basic massage training proceeded by an anatomy lab so that they have the anatomical knowledge before learning the technique. They also have Contraindications, basic Physiology, Ergonomics, how to interview a client and write up charting notes and chair massage. Students get more specialty advanced training classes in working the head, neck, spine, legs and knees, forearm, abdomen, shoulders, pelvis and joints of the upper and lower appendages.
We have always trained students to become what we call “thinking therapists”. What that means to us is that our students can go on to highly successful careers because they are not only well trained but they know why they design a treatment plan for their clients and how to adjust that plan when necessary. We have graduates who have gone on to teach massage in international organizations as well as ones who become well known in a particular field. Having the manual skills set, professional attitude and the deductive reasoning of treatment protocol provides our graduates with a solid foundation to further explore the field of Therapeutic Massage.
PRACTICAL PREP - PRACTICAL EXAMS
Practical Prep is a class designed to give students a 'run through' for what to expect on their Practical Exams. Students have the opportunity to further refine their classroom training with ample feedback from an instructor.
Practical Exams are held 3 times during the program. The student will work on a faculty member who is not their Adviser and be given constructive feedback on their progress.
Every student is assigned a faculty member as an adviser to help mentor the student. There are 3 required sessions scheduled at specific times throughout the program. The student will perform massage on the adviser and be evaluated on their progress. These one-on-one sessions are invaluable for helping the student receive constructive feedback and coaching to improve their skills.