What You'll Learn
Our online massage courses are comprised of 11 comprehensive lessons. Each lesson expands your knowledge of the art of massage, guiding you from basic concepts to hands-on techniques. Challenging practice exercises help guarantee you retain the information you’ve learned. Key topics include…
- The benefits of massage and its effects on the body
- Qualifications for giving a good massage
- Creating a relaxing environment suitable for massage
- Simple strokes to use on various parts of the body
- Delivering different amounts of pressure during a massage
Lesson 1: The Basics of Massage
Lesson 2: Learning The Strokes
The benefits of massage and its effects on the body; qualifications for giving a good massage; creating a relaxing environment suitable for massage; equipment and materials; types of massage; give a massage using a simple sequence and basic strokes; general contraindications and parts of the body to avoid; selecting essential oils to enhance benefits and combat ailments.
Lesson 3: Massage Around The Body - Part 1
Simple strokes to use on various parts of the body; delivering different amounts of pressure during a massage; invigorating percussion methods; static pressure and other 'holding' techniques; practicing on friends and family members.
Lesson 4: Massage Around The Body - Part 2
Performing a self-massage; delivering a good back massage from the shoulders to the buttocks; techniques to promote relaxation and alleviate aches and pains in the back; delivering a good chest and neck massage by stretching muscles and relieving tension.
Lesson 5: Massage For All Occasions
Massaging the feet and legs; massaging the hands and arms; administering abdominal massage; massage techniques for the face and head.
Lesson 6: Massage Benefits, Applications and Cautions
Massaging people in all stages of life; enhancing athletic performance and reducing injuries; how to relieve work-related stress and tension; using massage to enhance your self-image and beautify the body; the sensual massage; massage for various health issues.
Lesson 7: Guidelines For Massage and Introduction To Western Massage
Different perspectives on the benefits of massage; the psychological effects of massage; massage for special populations; research on clinical applications of massage; massage as a complement to chiropractic care; major massage endangerment areas and contraindications and cautions.
Lesson 8: Full-Body Western Massage and Regional Applications
The significance of touch; topical substances used in massage; physical and emotional self-care measures; choosing different techniques for their effects; varying rhythm, pacing and pressure for different effects; performing stretching and joint movement techniques.
Lesson 9: Contemporary Massage and Bodywork
Planning a full-body massage; applying techniques in appropriate order within each body region; continuity, rhythm, pacing and specificity; massage technique variations for different regions of the body; the healing properties of water; using hot and cold applications safely and effectively.
Lesson 10: Asian Bodywork
Myofascial techniques; identifying the origin of trigger points; deactivating trigger points; lymphatic drainage massage (LDM); relating reflexology areas of the feet to corresponding body parts; polarity techniques and movements.
Lesson 11: More Applications of Massage
Yin and yang; acupoints; sequence of techniques for a one-hour amma kata; three major types of shiatsu; four primary principles for performing shiatsu; the relationship between the five elements and the 12 major meridians according to Jin Shin Do.
Sports massage; planning a massage session to safely meet the special needs of pregnant women; infant massage; benefits of massage for the elderly; approaches to massage for the terminally ill, including self-care for the giver; adapting techniques for seated massage.
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What You Get
Learn Massage Techniques on your terms. Study on your schedule and get help when you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can make progress fast!
A balance of in-depth theory and real world application assures your training will be appreciated as you use what you learn with family and friends. Your tuition includes…
- Beautifully illustrated massage lesson book
- Demonstration video on CD-ROM
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Career search and time management guides
- Participation in the Student Community
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At graduation you’ll receive a personalized diploma and you may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You’ll be proud knowing you received your career diploma in Massage Techniques from an accredited college, setting the stage for further education and career preparation.
Restore your future with the restorative properties of massage. Learn Massage Techniques from home today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.