HUMAN ANATOMY / HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY (50/25) - Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body encompassing the following areas: bones, joints and muscles, the skin, blood and blood vessels cells, tissues and membranes, the heart, the brain, spinal cord and nerves, the lymphatic system the digestive system, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive system, glands and hormones. Physiology is the study of the normal vital processes of the human body including the processes of cells, tissues, and organs including the contractibility of muscle tissue; coordination through the nervous system; digestion; circulatory; reproduction; and secretions.
SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES - Swedish massage therapy techniques are the manipulation of soft tissue utilizing effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (percussion), compression, vibration, friction, nerve stroke, and Swedish gymnastics. Swedish gymnastics are passive and active joint movements, nonspecific stretches, passive and active exercise, or any combination of these.
HUMAN HEALTH AND HYGIENE - Health and hygiene are the study of recognized methods of sanitation and cleanliness including prophylaxis or disease prevention as a applied to massage therapy services and current elements of healthy life style. Students will be instructed in universal precautions, First Aid, and CPR.
BUSINESS PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS - Business practice and professional ethics is the study of standard bookkeeping and accounting practices, office practices, and advertising, an ethical guidelines for massage therapists established by law or the Department. Students will be instructed in Texas' rules governing massage therapy.
HYDROTHERAPY - The use of generally accepted methods of external application of water for its mechanical, thermal, or chemical effects.
KINESIOLOGY - The study of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of movement of the human body.
PATHOLOGY - The scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE - Students learn of the changes that occur in body tissues during the normal healthy pregnancy. Techniques need to be adjusted trimester-by-trimester, and contraindications are very important.
LYMPH MASSAGE - Students learn the physiology of the lymph system in fine detail. Then feather-like stroke sequences are taught whereby the flow of lymph away from a recent injury site may be increased. Local edema may be reduced, and healing may be facilitated.
NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE - Student learns techniques to relieve cramps and chronic spasms. The physiology of trigger points (in taut bands) and tender points are studied. Proper use of proprioceptive deep-pressure, and positional-release techniques are taught.
DEEP MYOFASCIAL MASSAGE - Student learns techniques to help reorient collagen fibers and facilitate better end-stage muscle healing. First, techniques to assess when myofascial methods are called for are reviewed. Then proper use of deep traverse fiber, muscle, muscle rolling, broad-plane shift, and other techniques are presented.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - The internship program will provide the student with 50 hours of hands-on massage-therapy experience (i.e., exceeding the minimum of 40 hours) at the location of the student's enrollment. The Rules allow for students to begin internship after completion of 250 course hours of which at least 100 hours have been in Swedish Massage.