CMI's massage training includes:  

Swedish Massage (relaxation using long gliding strokes, kneading, and tapping motions); 
Deep Tissue (the application of firm pressure in one or more areas during therapeutic massage); 
Myofascial Release (manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles); 
Neuromuscular Therapy (uses pressure or trigger points to bring balance to the body); 
Reflexology (uses pressure points in hands & feet to carry energy throughout the body); 

Geriatric Massage (special considerations for working with the elderly)

Oncology (contraindications for working on persons with cancer)

Pregnancy Massage (cautions and special considerations for working on women during their pregnancy)
Kinesio Taping(TM) (the use of kinesiology tape to promote and assist the effects of massage); 
Sports Massage (various massage techniques used to promote peak performance for athletes); 
Shiatsu (uses pressure points along body meridians to promote health and wellness); 
Forearm Flow or Lomi Lomi (use of forearm and elbow as primary massage tool); 
Craniosacral (encourages the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, no muscle manipulation); and 
Thai Massage (known as lazy man's yoga, the body is moved and stretched on a mat on the floor).

Stress relief and pain relief are key to a person’s well being. Massage therapy address both of these important conditions through therapeutic touch. Massage therapy offers so much more than relaxation. Crystal Mountain Institute is dedicated to training therapists with a solid foundation that provides both the ability and knowledge to use massage techniques that aid in a client’s specific conditions. There are many conditions and diseases that a well trained massage therapist must be aware of in order to both help the client and make sure to do no harm.

There are many massage modalities and knowing when and how to use them is vital to a successful career. The vast number of massage techniques can be confusing and people will often not know which one works best. Massage effects the nervous system. What this means in the end is that some people will find relief from their stress or pain with a deep tissue approach and others will find relief with a light energetic approach. Some people will respond to a combination of both.

Here at CMI we focus on Western Massage as the core of our program. These modalities begin with Basic Swedish and specific technique classes for addressing the following:

Back and Spine
Head, Neck and Face
Chest and Abdomen

To go along with these specific technique classes that focus on areas of the body there is an Anatomy lab for each that teaches the student the structures under the skin of muscles and bones so that there is a solid understanding to prepare them for learning how to apply the massage technique.

We offer the following for working with special populations: Geriatric and Oncology massage, Pregnancy Massage, Sports Massage

Directly under the skin lie sheets of tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone and organ in the body. It is called the Myofascial System. In Myofascial System the student learns the  massage techniques along with the physiology and pathology of the system. Student learn how to work with the subcutaneous and muscular systems of fascia.

Neuromuscular Therapy is a deep tissue technique which focuses on sensitive areas of soft tissue referred to as ‘Trigger Points”. These points are the source of muscular tenderness,pain or dysfunction.

Courses that provide the student with additional guidance with devising a treatment plan are: Contraindications, Pain and Trauma, Clinical Reasoning. See our course details under "Education" for more information.

The additional modalities are also taught: chair massage, hydrotherapy, stretching (included in Sports Massage), ergonomics.
Classes in Ethics, Business and Mblex review are given to help guide students with their career choice.

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