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Program Description

The massage therapy program has been design to prepare students for entry-level employment as a massage therapist and/or to enter private
practice. Structure is placed on the guideline emphasized by the National Certification Board and California Massage Therapy Council. The program
incorporates fundamental such as anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, interpersonal communication skills, business skills, business
concepts and clinical experience to provide an integrated approach to learning and to integrate the requisite skills for competency in a professional
massage practice.  The technique portion of the course introduces western and eastern massage technique, aroma therapy, shiatsu and Swedish
massage.

Massage Therapy – 540 Clock Hours























Advanced Massage Therapy – 720 Clock Hours























Massage Practitioner – 270 Clock Hours
























Course Description

MT 100 – Fundamental of Massage

This course introduces the students to the basic skills and practice of massage therapy and healing through massage. Topics covered are the
history of massage, professional boundaries, standards of hygiene, contraindications, Swedish massage, massage palpation fundamentals, deep
muscle techniques and an introduction to human anatomy. Skills include basic massage techniques, kneading techniques, palpation and body
mechanics.

MT 101 – Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy refers to the structure of the body, especially bones and muscles.
Physiology refers to the workings of the body's "systems" - such as the Digestive System, the Immune System, etc. Massage therapists use their in-
depth knowledge of the body's anatomy and physiology to develop session strategies for their clients that are both safe and effective.
At the University of Western California instructors use a wide variety of methods to make the study of anatomy and physiology accessible and
relevant to the practice of massage therapy. These can include:
•        3 dimensional models of the body
•        Group exercises, such as drawing muscles on each other
•        Colorful videos
•        And the most recent editions of industry-standard textbooks


MT 102 – Pathology

Pathology is the study of the nature and causes of disease.  Since the number of pathologies we humans may encounter is practically limitless, at
UWC Career College we focus on pathologies that massage therapists will encounter. Thus we can judge whether our work is appropriate for the
client.  UWC Career College prepares students to answer these questions about pathologies: What is it? What does it look like? Is massage
permitted or not?  Armed with knowledge we create safety, trust and credibility with our clients.

MT 103 – Western Massage Techniques

The history of Western Massage and the various techniques such as Swedish, Oscillation therapy, Reflexology, Range of Motion, Facilitated
Stretching, Geriatric, Pregnancy, and Palpation/Assessment skills will be taught over the course of the class.

MT 104 – Eastern Theory and Practice

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of health and healing that is rapidly gaining acceptance as a way to prevent illness and maintain
health. Called "TCM" for short, this millennia-old approach integrates a truly holistic view of life with deep, empirical knowledge of health and healing.
A TCM practitioner will utilize a variety of modalities, most notably herbal medicine and acupuncture, seeking to re-balance the body's vital energy, or
Chi.

The theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (such as the energy pathways called 'meridians', the interplay of the Five Elements, the interplay of yin
and yang) form the foundation of our Shiatsu series (Japanese style bodywork). Students also learn a host of useful acupressure points for helping
relieve everyday ailments like headaches, nausea, and PMS.  Many of our students fulfill their Externship requirements by working alongside TCM
practitioners - allowing them to have a "hands-on" experience of how massage can support health in a non-Western clinical setting.

MT 105 – Basic Spa Techniques & Aroma Therapy

Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is an ancient art that has regained popularity and relevance in the massage and spa setting.

In our aromatherapy class, students:
•        Learn the history of aromatherapy
•        Define what essential oils are - this is the key to aromatherapy
•        Discover the benefit of essential oils in a massage setting
•        Learn how these aromas enter our bodies and affect us physiologically and holistically
•        Students also learn the properties of seven specific oils, and get to custom blend their own aromatherapy massage oil, as well as administer an
aromatherapy facial steam.

Spa Life: Since spas are one of the largest employers for massage therapists (30% of massage therapists work in spas!), it is crucial for students to
know about:

•        The various types of spas
•        Spa treatments
•        Expectations that spas have for therapists.
In this class, our students also learn to perform a moisturizing aromatherapy body wrap. This particular body wrap can be easily incorporated into a
private practice without expensive equipment. Body wraps are great additions to the massage setting, and having experience with this gives our
students an edge as a massage job applicant.

MT 106 – Deep Tissue Theory & Application

So many people come to us with problems in their body that have been there for years. In order to help them, we need to work with the deep
underlying causes of their pain - this type of work is called "deep tissue." Deep Tissue is a style of bodywork that focuses on working with the layers
of the body in a way that helps these layers to relax, lengthen, and release holding patterns.

However, a common mistaken notion about deep tissue is that the therapist has to be a large person and exert an enormous amount of pressure. If
this were true, many massage therapists would be out of business fast. At UWC, our students learn to use their elbows and forearms to obtain deep
results - and not wear out their fingers and thumbs!

We also show how to achieve the results of deep tissue work by changing the angle of your touch to the body, where you place your body when you
work, and how you can detect the particular layer of tissue you want to address.  In fact, deep tissue can be done:
•        Without straining
•        By working slowly, and using very little oil
•        By directing our attention and intention to the deeper layers of the body

MT 107 – Sports & Specialized Massage

This course introduces the students to specialized massage modalities such as chair massage, carpel tunnel relief, pregnancy massage,
acupressure for tension headache and massage for the elderly. Students will also learn techniques particular to athletes and highly active people,
used to assist them in enhanced performance and quicker recovery from injury.

MT 108 - First Aid & CPR

In this course the students will learn how to recognize and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies.  The student will also learn how to
respond to non-breathing, or cardiac emergencies caused by injury sudden illness. Upon successful completion of this course students will receive
CPR and First Aid certification.

MT 109 – Business & Ethics

Students will have an understanding of the job opportunities in the massage industry while covering professionalism, ethical practice, and local and
state laws and regulations as it relates to massage.  Students will also cover resumes, brochures and business.

MT 110 – Student Clinics

Practice makes perfect, from running the appointment desk to assessing your clients’ therapeutic needs, different ages, body types and
personalities.  You will learn the art of message therapy and practice the skill in a highly supportive and structured public student massage clinic
environment.  Fully prepped for your first massage therapy job, not only do you gel hands on experience, you also receive invaluable feedback from
your customers so by the lime you graduate, you're already a seasoned professional, ready for a full career in massage therapy Work/Study Clinic:
Earn while you learn, clinic work/study provides our students tuition support while in school.  Certain public clinics sessions are set aside solely for
this purpose, providing you with the opportunity to not only hone your skills in a controlled environment, but pay off tuition and before you graduate
as well.

MT 111 – Contraindications

This course introduces indications for massage, approaches to care, pathology health and therapeutic massage, contraindications to massage,
effects and benefits of massage.

MT 112 – Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the study of movement. The major "external" movements of our bodies, such as walking, bending, and even typing, are cause by the
actions of muscles on bones.

Note - the "internal" movements in our body, such as the flow of blood through the heart and food through our digestive tract, are what are studied in
physiology.

If clients have an issue of poor posture, or limited movement, it is important for the massage therapist to know which muscles are involved, so we can
address the issue directly.

MT 113 – Health, Hygiene & Wellness

This course introduces personal health, hygiene, appearance, maintaining sanitary conditions, paths of disease and infection, safety practices and
procedures.
Course Code
Course Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Total Hours
 
 
 
 
 
MT 100
    Fundamentals of Massage
20
40
60
MT 101
    Anatomy & Physiology
130
0
130
MT 102
    Pathology
40
0
40
MT 103
    Western Massage Techniques
10
60
70
MT 104
    Eastern Theory and Practice
10
60
70
MT 105
    Basic Spa Techniques & Aroma Therapy
4
6
10
MT 106
    Deep Tissue Theory and Practice
20
60
80
MT 107
    Sports & Specialized Massage
4
26
3
MT 108
    First Aid & CPR
2
8
10
MT 109
    Business & Ethics
20
0
20
MT 110
    Student Clinic
0
10
10
MT 111
    Contrainidications
10
0
10
MT 112
    Kinesiology
40
0
40
MT 113
    Health, Hygiene & Wellness
10
0
10
 
Massage Therapy Total Hours
310
230
540
Course Code
Course Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Total Hours
 
 
 
 
 
MT 100
    Fundamentals of Massage
20
40
60
MT 101
    Anatomy & Physiology
130
0
130
MT 102
    Pathology
40
0
40
MT 103
    Western Massage Techniques
20
80
100
MT 104
    Eastern Theory and Practice
20
70
90
MT 105
    Basic Spa Techniques & Aroma Therapy
4
16
20
MT 106
    Deep Tissue Theory and Practice
10
30
40
MT 107
    Sports & Specialized Massage
20
60
80
MT 108
    First Aid & CPR
2
8
10
MT 109
    Business & Ethics
20
0
20
MT 110
    Student Clinic
0
60
60
MT 111
    Contrainidications
20
0
20
MT 112
    Kinesiology
40
0
40
MT 113
    Health, Hygiene & Wellness
10
0
10
 
Advanced Massage Therapy Total Hours
356
364
720
Course Code
Course Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Total Hours
 
 
 
 
 
MT 100
    Fundamentals of Massage
10
20
30
MT 101
    Anatomy & Physiology
60
0
60
MT 102
    Pathology
20
0
20
MT 103
    Western Massage Techniques
10
20
30
MT 104
    Eastern Theory and Practice
10
20
30
MT 105
    Basic Spa Techniques & Aroma Therapy
4
6
10
MT 106
    Deep Tissue Theory and Practice
4
6
10
MT 107
    Sports & Specialized Massage
4
6
10
MT 108
    First Aid & CPR
2
8
10
MT 109
    Business & Ethics
10
0
10
MT 110
    Student Clinic
0
10
10
MT 111
    Contrainidications
10
0
10
MT 112
    Kinesiology
20
0
20
MT 113
    Health, Hygiene & Wellness
10
0
10
 
Massage Practitioner Total Hours
174
96
270