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SCHEDULE


DATES:

JANUARY 3, 2019, to NOVEMBER 21, 2019


TIMES:

THURSDAYS 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

SATURDAYS 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

   (every other starting January 12)

SUNDAYS 8:00am to 5:00pm

  (once a month starting January 27)


COST - $8,500

Tuition can be paid monthly or in lump sums. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, VSAC, offers grant assistance for those who qualify. Apply for a VSAC grant online or call toll-free (800) 642-3177 for an application. Students must pay at least $2,500 once started that will not be refunded. If for any reason you can’t finish the program, tuition will be pro-rated at $850/month completed. If tuition is paid in full you will be refunded per month that was not completed, less $2,500.

Students are also given a discount for any continuing education course taught by one of our instructors. Students are also welcome to come back and review their skills in any class or continuing education course we teach for free the first time. If they would like to return again, they will be charged a small fee for review.


PROGRAM

Our program is an 11-month program that meets every Thursday, every other Saturday, and one Sunday a month. Our program is taught by three different instructors who provide a variety of theories on how to treat the body. You will also need to complete 55 internship hours by the end of the class. Those internship hours will consist of onsite massage for other businesses, at athletic events, or at fund-raising activities.

The remainder of the hours will be internship hours done in our office working on our clients. We will set all of those up for you, and each has its teaching benefits.

When we go onsite, we will teach you different types of massage to treat people, fully clothed, on a table or in a chair. In our office you will work on clients who are very experienced with body work. These clients are able to give constructive feedback, and we are able to discuss treatment plans with you before you begin. Our student clinic is a valuable learning tool for students.


MATERIALS

Students will need to purchase writing utensils, small tip markers, colored pencils, three sets of twin size sheets, two hand towels and a massage table.

Markers – We use the Anatomy Coloring Book as a resource for learning about the body. You will need markers for coloring this book.

Sheets – We suggest flannel that you can buy anywhere. You can get them from Massage Warehouse, most department stores, or we can supply them. Anything less than $20 a set is a good buy.

Massage Tables – The tables must be purchased by our school. We buy our tables from Custom Craftworks and have been for over 20 years. They build beautiful, quality tables and give us a discount that we extend to you. The tables range in price from $300 up.

Books – All of the books required for class are included in the price of tuition. They will be distributed on the first day of class.

Oils – You will be given your first bottle of oil and face lotion. You may purchase any oils/creams/lotions on your own.


ATTENDANCE

Students are allowed 4 absences throughout the program. If absences are a problem, then students will be expected to make up the class time in scheduled review sessions. The cost of those sessions is $50/session. Attendance is vital for success; therefore, we take absences very seriously. If a student is chronically absent or late, then a meeting will be held with the instructors and the student. We will evaluate the situation and class status. We reserve the right to withdraw a student from the class in such cases.


EXPECTATIONS & EVALUATIONS

Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of the information in Anatomy & Physiology I and II by written examination. Students will also be tested on Oriental medicine, pathologies, business practices, ethics, and professionalism. These tests are not designed to trick students; they are designed to help students retain the most important topics being discussed. As licensed instructors, we are able to teach to any learning style. We will help you succeed if the will is there.

Students are also evaluated at least five times throughout their program. These evaluations are done by the instructors. Students perform a massage treatment on the instructor and are then evaluated on the effectiveness of the treatment. Students will need to schedule at least five hours a week on practicing massage outside of class. This practice is very important in learning the sequences that are taught, in learning how to work using proper body mechanics, and how to really feel the body. Practice does make perfect. Students will also need time to color and study for the anatomy portion of the class. This time can be a few hours for some and many hours for others. Your commitment to success will pay off in the end. We will try to help you learn study techniques so that this portion doesn’t take over your life.


COURSE OUTLINE


  1. Swedish Massage Techniques – Swedish massage provides the base for any massage program. Swedish is a series of strokes applied to the body with oil. There are many different forms of Swedish massage. Our approach is to teach a sequence of performing those strokes. We believe in giving a relaxing treatment that will also be therapeutic.

  1. Anatomy & Physiology I/Kinesiology – Knowing the skeletal system as well as the muscular system are very important in treating clients. This class will provide you with knowledge of the skeletal system, over 100 muscles, and the joints that are formed by the two systems. Understanding the primary movement a muscle performs is very important in understanding injuries and tensions, so we will spend a lot of time assessing that movement.

  1. Anatomy & Physiology II – Many people are aware of the benefits of massage on the muscles, but what they don’t know is how it affects the rest of the body. This class provides the knowledge of ten other systems of the body and how massage directly affects them. Students learn how to treat the whole body not just what’s on the surface. Students should also have the knowledge to communicate these benefits to clients in helping them to achieve wellness.

  1. Deep Tissue Myofascial Therapy/Kinesiology – Many people think that deep tissue massage means pain. Deep tissue isn’t supposed to be painful; it is supposed to be relieving. This class teaches students how to work individual muscles in a variety of ways to help these muscles release. Students are taught to work the tendon areas, the muscle belly, and to work with movement of the muscle. We will assess range of motion and perform movement techniques to lengthen muscle fibers that will help the muscle perform efficiently. This work is the most dramatic work you’ll do. Our practice has eight massage therapists who specialize in this form of massage, and we are all very busy because of its effectiveness.

  1. Shiatsu – The body is composed of twelve meridians that run in different lines along the body. In shiatsu, students learn how to treat these meridians and specific points along those meridians to balance energy. Each meridian is associated with an organ of the body and can be governed by our physical stress, emotions, exercise habits, and diet. Students are taught to look at the areas of imbalance and treat them to achieve balance. Study of the five elements, chakras, and feng shui are also a part of this class

  1. Introduction to Reflexology – Students are given brief instruction of reflexology techniques and a treatment plan.

  1. Prenatal Massage – Students will learn the contraindications of massage during pregnancy as well as the benefits to prenatal massage. All therapists will have a pregnant client at some point in their career; knowing how to treat them is an invaluable gift.

  1. Pathology – As massage becomes a way to treat the body and prevent illness, we are becoming more aware of its benefits. We are also becoming more aware of the times where massage may become a detriment. This course teaches well over 100 pathologies. Students will learn about the disease, if massage is appropriate, and what precautions to take.

  1. Onsite Massage – Students will learn techniques for chair and table massage. This type of massage is done over clothing and can be done in any setting. Onsite massage is a great way to introduce people to massage.

  1. Clinical – Here students hone in on their skills. Students work on each other and in our clinic. Students are able to evaluate a client, design a treatment plan, and discuss the results with us.

  1. Business Practices/ Ethics/ Marketing – Learning how to run a massage business is just as important as learning the strokes of massage. Students will learn the top ten steps for success and the top ten mistakes that people make. Students will create a business plan which includes marketing techniques. Students will also learn record keeping strategies and tax preparation. Lastly, students will learn the ethics of massage. This is taught year-long but emphasized again here.

  1. Cupping – Students will learn the ancient method of fire cupping that is still used by many acupuncturists today. As massage therapists, we use cupping techniques to release adhesions and relieve tight fascia.

  1. CPR/First Aid – We bring in a licensed instructor to teach CPR/First Aid to our students. Students will leave with a 2-year certificate and must continue to re-certify on their own.

  1. Hydrotherapy – Students will learn the uses of multiple hot/cold therapies. The benefits and contraindications of using hydrotherapy techniques will be discussed at length. We will also talk about how to blend these therapies with many other modalities.

  1. Thai Massage – Students will learn a method of movement and stretching that is done with the client fully clothed on a table. Thai massage is a progressive form of stretching similar to yoga that opens up deep tight muscles.

  1. Reiki I – We bring in a Reiki master to attune students to the universal life energy, helping prepare them for treating others. We discuss energy and the importance of putting a barrier between them and their clients from any negative releases. Reiki is also a modality that has little to no contraindications so is valuable in allowing therapists to touch anyone.


STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE FOR 750 HOURS OF MASSAGE AND WILL QUALIFY FOR THE NCBTMB or MBLEX EXAMINATION.



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