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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TMA 290LC - Therapeutic Massage Clinical

3 Credits, 8 Contact Hours
0 lecture periods 8 lab periods

Application and integration of fundamental and advanced massage techniques for various purposes and populations. Includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pain and Injury Management, Stretching, Range of Motion, Asian, Energy, and Hospital-Based massage therapies.

Prerequisite(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 fifty full-body massages on a variety of client types.
  8. Demonstrate mastery of fundamental and integrated massage techniques.
  9. Use proper body mechanics while performing massage techniques.
  10. Prepare thorough client records and update them.
  11. Demonstrate appropriate time management skills by administering three sequential massages following required protocol.

  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 movement
    7. Deep Tissue
    8. Asian
    9.     Energy
  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
  11. Time Management
    1. Preparing for client
    2. Conducting pre-massage interview and post massage check-in
    3. Beginning and ending massage session on time
    4. Managing transition between massage sessions

Effective Term:
Fall 2023