2013-14 Catalog

Therapeutic Massage

Certificate 

www.sandburg.edu/academics/therapeutic-massage

Carl Sandburg College offers a certificate in Therapeutic Massage designed to prepare students for both national certification and state licensing. Students will study and apply the principles and techniques of massage for both therapeutic and general wellness purposes.

Massage therapists perform hands-on manipulation of the body's soft tissues with the goal of improving overall physical and mental health, managing pain, or assisting with rehabilitation. Job opportunities in therapeutic massage are rising as a result of both an increasing use of massage in medicine and society's greater focus on health and wellness.

Working Conditions

 

Full-time or part-time, but due to the physical nature of the work they may be limited in the number of massages they are able to perform each day. Massage therapy also requires that a caring yet highly professional client/therapist relationship be maintained at all times.

Employment

Opportunities for careers in massage therapy have continued to rise, leading the Department of Labor to project employment growth to be faster than average through 2020. Jobs may be found in physicians' offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, health and fitness centers, as well as spas, salons, hotels, and resorts. Self-employment is also an option for those seeking to establish their own business. Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm

Accreditation/Licensure

Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of College and Schools – the Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Boards of Therapeutic Massage Bodyworks (NCBTMB) and MBLEX examinations. Students must pass this exam in order to become certified. Once certified, students can apply for licensure in the state they wish to practice.

Admission to the Program:  Limited

http://sandburg.edu/academics/therapeutic-massage-admission-requirements

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Certificate

Fall Start

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
MAS.110Principles & Practice-Professional Touch 2
MAS.112Therapeutic Massage Techniques 1 4
MAS.114Applied Anatatomy & Kinesiology Ther Mas 4
MAS.126Ethics & Business Practices-Mastherapy 3
Spring Semester
MAS.122Therapeutic Massage Techniques 2 3
MAS.124Pathology for Therapeutic Massage 3
MAS.125Therapeutic Massage Clinic 1 4
Summer Session
MAS.132Therapeutic Massage Technique 3 3
MAS.135Therapeutic Massage Clinic 2 4
 Total Program Hours: 30.0

Spring Start

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
MAS.110Principles & Practice-Professional Touch 2
MAS.112Therapeutic Massage Techniques 1 4
MAS.114Applied Anatatomy & Kinesiology Ther Mas 4
MAS.126Ethics & Business Practices-Mastherapy 3
Summer Session
MAS.122Therapeutic Massage Techniques 2 3
MAS.124Pathology for Therapeutic Massage 3
MAS.125Therapeutic Massage Clinic 1 4
Second Year
Fall Semester
MAS.132Therapeutic Massage Technique 3 3
MAS.135Therapeutic Massage Clinic 2 4
 Total Program Hours: 30.0

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Therapeutic Massage program must complete all MAS courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to be eligible to register for subsequent courses. In order to graduate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Hr/Wk
Lect/
Disc
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Lab
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Courses

MAS.100 Introduction to Massage.511

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the practice of massage therapy. Students will learn basic strokes and techniques of massage and how they are applied. The course is appropriate for anyone wishing to learn massage for personal enrichment and is required of students admitted to the certificate program in massage therapy.
Offered: Summer or as Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.110 Principles & Practice-Professional Touch22

This course begins with a study of the evolution of professional touch and the health benefits of therapeutic massage. Principles of holistic care will be introduced with emphasis on the concept of body-mind-spirit and the importance of practicing self-care. Professional client/practitioner relationships are stressed as ethical codes of conduct and standards of practice are covered in detail.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.112 Therapeutic Massage Techniques 1244

Swedish massage and its variations will be described in detail, demonstrated and practiced. Emphasis will be placed on safety and sanitation, proper body mechanics, client intake, draping procedures, and professional conduct as students learn to apply the various massage manipulations and techniques of a whole body massage. Students will also be instructed in the proper use and care of equipment and supplies.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.114 Applied Anatatomy & Kinesiology Ther Mas44

This course focuses on the study of functional anatomy as it relates to therapeutic massage. Students are introduced to the concept of homeostasis in terms of both Western and Eastern philosophy. The negative effects of chronic stress, disease, injury and structural imbalance are emphasized. Students also study the roles of both the nervous and endocrine systems in conjunction with an in depth study of the musculoskeletal system and the principles of biomechanics.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.122 Therapeutic Massage Techniques 2223

This course further expands upon the Swedish massage method previously taught in MAS.112. Emphasis will be placed on physical assessment of the client and the development of appropriate massage care/treatment plans. Students will learn how therapeutic massage is applied in different environments and to special populations such as athletes, infants and children, the elderly, those who are chronically or terminally ill, and physically or psychologically challenged individuals. The need to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other health care professionals will also be discussed as it relates to both client care and referral.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.124 Pathology for Therapeutic Massage33

This course addresses the causes and prevention of disease and examines the mechanism of the disease process. Acute and chronic conditions that are most likely to be encountered in professional practice will be discussed in detail, with emphasis on the indications and contraindications for massage therapy. Attention will also be given to stress-related disorders and those considered to have a psychological basis. Basic principles of pharmacology, including prescription drugs as well as herb and natural supplements, will be discussed.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.125 Therapeutic Massage Clinic 1124

In this course students will have the opportunity to apply the principles and techniques studied in the classroom and laboratory. Under direct supervision of an instructor, students will provide basic massage services to members of the public. Opportunities for experience with special needs populations will also be arranged.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.126 Ethics & Business Practices-Mastherapy33

This course is designed to prepare students for a career in massage therapy. Basic principles of business and the skills necessary to build and maintain a successful practice in a variety of clinical settings will be emphasized. Ethics, personal development, and professional relationships are also addressed.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.132 Therapeutic Massage Technique 3223

This course provides an overview of various complementary bodywork approaches and therapeutic modalities that enhance traditional massage. Topics covered will include hydrotherapy, systemic massage, reflexology, connective tissue approaches, and trigger point therapy in addition to the Asian bodywork methods of Shiatsu, acupressure, and Ayurveda. A special unit on spas and spa services will also be included.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.135 Therapeutic Massage Clinic 2124

As a continuation of MAS.125: Therapeutic Massage Clinic 1, this course provides additional opportunities for students to achieve competency in performing massage therapy for the public. Under the direct supervision of an instructor, students will be expected to perfect their massage technique and improve their assessment and documentation skills. Complementary bodywork methods will be incorporated as appropriate to the clients' needs.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAS.150 Intro to Acupressure for Massage Therapy1.512

In this course students will have the opportunity to learn the ancient art of acupressure point therapy to release tension, increase circulation, and heighten the body's life energy to aid healing. Under direct supervision, students will locate acupressure points on the surface of the skin.
Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

Kirchgessner, Barbara K
instructor, cosmetology
coordinator of cosmetology & therapeutic massage