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Massage Therapy (MST)

MST-101 Health and Wellness, 1 cr.
This course will provide self care techniques to promote wellness for the Massage Therapist profession.
 
MST-103 Intro to Swedish Massage, 3 cr.
Provides a basic foundation for the courses of study in the Massage Therapy program.
 
MST-110 Pathology for Massage Therapy, 2 cr.
This course is the study of the nature and causes of disease as related to structure and functions of the body. The massage therapist focus is on maintaining health or a balanced state of physical, emotional, social well being called homeostasis. The students will be introduced to basic pharmacology terminology with prescriptions medications, recreational drugs, herbs and natural supplements.
 
MST-113 Kinesiology/Anatomy & Movement for Massage Therapy, 3 cr.
Kinesiology/Anatomy and Movement for Massage Therapy is the study of how Body Movement and its relationship to the musculoskeletal system, its mechanical aspects, and the role it plays in the use of this knowledge for the assessment and design of intervention protocols within the scope of Massage Therapy’s practice. This course will include drawing, coloring, and identifying muscles and attachments of specific movements on skeletal picture packets and how it effects movement.    
 
MST-121 Reflexology, 1 cr.
This course includes the modality pertaining to zones and reflex areas in the hands and feet. The students will study how the reflexes corresponds to distinct parts of the body.
 
MST-123 Sports Massage, 3 cr.
This course provides the skills and techniques to be used with athletes and individuals with sport injuries. Includes an introduction to acupuncture.
 
MST-138 Spa Bodywork, 3 cr.
This course will provide the skills and techniques to be used with Hydrotherapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Spa Therapy.  The student will be introduced to the terminology of Asian, Eastern and Traditional Methods and Bodywork.  Students will be able to recognize and locate the major meridians, understand the general characteristics of the 5 elements, learn the  names and qualities of the 7 major chakras and recognize the qualities of the 3 Doshas.
 
MST-139 Spa Bodywork, 2 cr.
This course will provide the skills and techniques to be used with Hydrotherapy, Hot Stone therapy, Aromatherapy, and Spa Therapy. The student will be introduced to the terminology of Asian, Eastern, and Traditional Methods and Bodywork. Students will be able to recognize and locate the major meridians, understand the general characteristics of the five elements, learn the names and qualities of the seven major chakras and recognize the qualities of the three Doshas.
 
MST-141 Geriatric Massage, 1 cr.
This course will provide the skills and techniques to use with elderly clients.
 
MST-143 Intermediate Massage, 3 cr.
This course is designed to expand on skills developed in the course Introduction to Swedish Massage. Students will pair up and the classes will consist of hands on applications of body massage techniques.
 
MST-149 Pregnancy/Infant Massage, 1 cr.
This course will provide the skills and techniques to use with the pregnant and infant clients.
 
MST-151 Business - Massage Therapy, 1 cr.
An introduction to business practices for the massage therapist as an independent and as an employee. Students will be introduced to business structures and organizations, business plans, bookkeeping, legal records, marketing, professional insurance, financing, and business law. Application of principles of stress reduction and time management will be discussed.
 
MST-152 Chair Massage, 1 cr.
The course provides professional massage techniques of the head, neck, shoulders, arms, back and hips of a client seated in a special designed chair for massage. The student will be trained to do a highly visible branch of professional massage, which is done in shopping malls, airports, convention centers, supermarkets, and the workplace.
 
MST-153 Deep Tissue Massage, 3 cr.
This course is designed to expand on skills developed in the Introduction to Swedish Massage and Intermediate Massage. Students will incorporate all massage techniques learned in the past.
 
MST-159 Ethics - Massage Therapy, 1 cr.
This course assists students to understand and apply the Standards of Practice established by professional massage organizations. The course emphasizes ethical behavior in the massage therapy profession and teaches students to establish professional boundaries and acceptable standards of documentation.
 
MST-810 Massage Clinic, 1 cr.

This course is designed for classroom lab supervised practical experiences in body massages application. The students will set up appointments for outside individuals to apply techniques for full body massages. 

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