Massage Therapy

MSTC101 Basic Massage Theory and Application - 2 Class Hours/ 3 Lab Hours/ 3 Credits
This course introduces the massage therapy student to the history and theory of massage. Skill development in the art and science of massage therapy is taught by lecture, demonstration, and hands-on treatment practice. The students will be working on each other under the direct supervision of a certified, licensed massage therapy instructor. The course involves learning the fundamentals of giving a full body massage. Draping techniques are covered thoroughly to ensure client comfort and modesty. Also covered will be indications and contraindications, the basic physiological effects, hygiene, professional appearance, sanitation procedures and equipment needed. NOTE: During the first month of the course of study, each student will be required to purchase a massage table and receive a full body massage by a licensed massage therapist at their own expense. (Prerequisite: SCIC111 or SCIC201)

MSTC 106 Introduction to Massage Specialties - 6 Class Hours/ 6 Credits
Introduction to Massage Specialties familiarizes the student with a wide spectrum of massage therapy specialties. The student will study and practice the basics elements of 6 different common massage modalities ranging from eastern to western philosophies. (Prerequisite: MSTC101)

MSTC119 Massage Business Practices - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This dynamic and highly interactive course focuses on the Massage Business Essentials. This process involves strategizing to create a revenue source from the student’s skills as a massage therapist. Through this process the student will learn personal branding, professional presence, marketing and interviewing skills, develop goals and objectives for the creation of a private practice, the creation of a business plan and additional insight into fundamental business practices applicable to a variety of settings. This course is designed to boost confidence and build a knowledge base that will help to serve a private practioner OR develop the skills to be an outstanding employee in a variety of settings (Hospital, Chiropractic Office, Spa, Health Club to give a few examples.)

MSTC121 Intermediate Massage Theory and Applications - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course is a continuation of MSTC 101 Basic Massage Theory and Application. Technique and strokes are perfected and sub strokes are introduced. Also covered will be endangerment sites designing the massage and the body/mind connections. Topics to be reviewed are body mechanics movement, history, client expectations, indications and contraindications. (Prerequisites: MSTC101, SCIC111 or SCIC201)

MSTC126 Massage Rules and Ethics - 1 Class Hour/ 1 Credit
This course focuses upon the ethical considerations unique to the practice of massage therapy as exemplified by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Professional boundaries, dual relationships, communication skills and ethical decision are covered in this course, as well as the New Hampshire Rules governing the professional practice of massage therapy.

MSTC130 Advanced Massage Theory and Applications - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course introduces the massage student to deeper strokes that include but are not limited to trigger point therapy, myofascial release, cross fiber friction, muscle energy technique and positional release technique. (Prerequisites: SCIC111 or SCIC201 & SCIC202, MSTC121, AHLC123)

MSTC131 Pathology - 3 Class Hours/ 3 Credits
Pathology is the study of the nature of disease. Massage Therapists are ethically and legally responsible for recognizing a client’s deviations from normal health and knowing if a massage is appropriate. This course provides the student with the knowledge base upon which s/he can create a safe and responsible practice of Massage Therapy. (Prerequisites: SCIC111)

MSTC134 Self Care and Stress Management - 2 Class Hours/ 2 Credits
Students in this course develop strategies for optimal self care needed for longevity in the career of Massage Therapy as well as strategies for working with clients to promote change that will complement massage in creating optimal health and wellness. Students will define stress and stress factors and identify the impact it has on an individual physically and psychologically. Students will explore the nature of stress and how it can be the cause of disease. Students will identify stress factors and patterns of stress that can cause dysfunction as well as strategies to reduce and manage stress and/or the reactions to stress factors. The process of change will be examined to fully understand what is needed to make effective long lasting change in self care and stress reduction as a part of one’s lifestyle. A variety of stress reducing/relaxation techniques will be experienced to identify best fit strategies since each individual is unique.

MSTC140 Massage Capstone - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/ 3 Credits
This course is designed to have students completely integrate every aspect of their prior learning into outcome based massage treatment protocols and a final cumulative project. The integration of all treatment modalities the student has studied and the skills they have acquired to date will be coupled with scholarly research and appropriate applications for specific common conditions. medical history, S.O.A.P. notes, focusing on specific problems and their treatment will be addressed. (Prerequisites: AHLC123, SCIC111, MSTC121)

MSTC141 Oriental Theory and Concepts - 3 Class Hours/ 3 Credits
Students will learn the basic concepts of Eastern/Asian healing, including the 12 organ meridian systems, the five element theory, the forms of chi and how they relate to treatments and overall health of the individual.

MSTC193 Massage Clinical Experience I - 3 Lab Hours/ 1 Credit
During this course the student will begin to work with individual “clients” and will practice the intake process, determine if massage is appropriate and how to properly document each treatment per the NH state standards. This first clinical experience is approximately one third of the number of hours (minimum of 125) required by NH for massage licensure. The faculty advisor will assist students in the learning process and will be on duty during the course. Students will meet with the faculty supervisor as needed throughout the semester for feedback and review. (Prerequisites: SCIC111, MSTC101)

MSTC194 Massage Clinical Experience II - 3 Lab Hours/ 1 Credit
This course is a continuation of Massage Clinical Experience I and the completion of at least 125 hours of massage as required by the State of New Hampshire for licensure. The student will continue to develop the competencies required by Massage Clinical Experience I and will now apply new learning to assess the needs of the client in order to develop a massage treatment that meets the unique needs of that client. (Prerequisites: SCIC111, MSTC101)

MSTC195 Massage Practicum - 3 Lab Hours/ 1 Credit
This course is the capstone of the student’s clinical experience. All prior learning will be integrated to thoroughly assess client needs and design a massage treatment that is effect for each client. Hours will be performed unpaid at an approved practicum site under supervision. The student must provide transportation to their assigned site. Approved sites include, but are not limited to, clinics, spas, private practices, hospitals and medical facilities. (Prerequisites: All MSTC Core Courses)