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2023-2024 College Catalog 
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TMA 202LC - Therapeutic Massage Practice Clinical Lab I

1 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
0 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Students practice and perfect the application of fundamental Swedish Massage techniques in a supervised, supportive learning environment in an onsite clinical setting. Course reinforces massage theory and practice learned in TMA 201IN .

Corequisite(s): TMA 202IN  
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply concepts of massage therapy modalities and the anatomical relationships to these modalities.
  2. Demonstrate ethical therapeutic relationships.
  3. Demonstrate basic manual skills and techniques of massage therapy.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Identify and apply Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations appropriate to the program. 
  2. Practice social and behavioral skills appropriate to a professional setting. 
  3. Use the interpersonal skills necessary to establish a working rapport with clients, peers, and supervisors. 
  4. Conduct a thorough client interview and accurately assess a client’s needs. 
  5. Demonstrate a professional commitment to the ethics of client confidentiality. 
  6. Prepare the client for massage. 
  7. Perform a minimum of fifteen full-body massages on a variety of client types. 
  8. Demonstrate appropriate development of fundamental Swedish massage techniques. 
  9. Use proper body mechanics while performing massage techniques. 
  10. Prepare thorough client records and update them. 

  1. HIPAA
    1. Overview
    2. Regulations
    3. Applications
      1. Procedures
      2. Documentation
    4. Other
  2. Professional Demeanor
    1. Grooming
    2. Conduct
    3. Language
  3. Interpersonal Skills with Client, Peer, and Supervisor
    1. Listening
    2. Verbal communication
    3. Non-verbal communication
  4. Client Interview and Needs Assessment
    1. Medical history
    2. Current health status
    3. Client needs and expectations
    4. Observation
    5. Examination
    6. Treatment plan
  5. Client Confidentiality
    1. Professional ethics
    2. Legal requirements
  6. Preparation for Massage
    1. Explanation of policies and procedures
    2. Getting client on table
    3. Positioning client on table
    4. Draping
  7. Full-Body Massage
    1. Sequencing
    2. Use of oils, hydrotherapy, and other aids
    3. Procedures
  8. Massage Techniques
    1. Touch
    2. Effleurage
    3. Kneading
    4. Friction
    5. Percussion
    6. Active and passive joint movements
  9. Posture and Movements that Benefit Therapists
    1. Hand and body exercises
    2. Posture and balance
    3. Centering and grounding
  10. Client Records
    1. Intake and medical history forms
    2. Body diagrams
    3. Updating records

Effective Term:
Fall 2023