Clinical Massage Course Descriptions
Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathology
Understanding the structure and function of the human body is a necessity to become a clinical massage therapist. In our applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology class our faculty will walk students through each system of the human body highlighting anatomical locations, physiological systems, and pathological considerations as pertains to the clinical massage therapist. Students will learn to identify an array of clinical pathologies with a focus on differentiating indications versus contraindications for the clinical massage therapist. Our practical teaching methods create an exciting and interactive classroom experience.
As a clinical massage therapist, you must have a working knowledge of all bodily tissues to effectively evaluate and treat tissue imbalances and injuries within the musculoskeletal and fascial systems. Our kinesiology course offers a comprehensive study into the biomechanics of motion, joint anatomy, muscle and tissue anatomical locations, and specific palpation techniques.
Clinical Massage Theory & Practice
In this extensive hands-on course, students will develop technical skills and theoretical foundations in the assessment and treatment of clients from a neuromusculoskeletal perspective. Our clinical massage therapy course emphasizes the assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal and fascial systems. Students will develop a functional knowledge of applied anatomy, posture & gait, special tests, use of therapeutic tools, and manual therapy techniques.
Cadaver Anatomy is an amazing practical experience offering our students a three-dimensional view of the inner workings of the human body. This course will allow students to refine their anatomy knowledge and palpatory skills through a guided dissection of the human body. This is course is divided into 2 six-hour weekend workshops to be held at Bastyr University.
Business and Practice Management for a Medical Massage Practice
Our goal at Seattle Clinical Massage School is to set our students up for success. With this goal in mind we created a thorough business course that walks students through the ins and outs of opening and running a successful clinical or medical massage therapy practice. Students will develop skills such as, business planning, marketing, business management, state laws and regulations, and insurance credentialing and billing.
Student clinical shifts are an opportunity for students to experience firsthand what it like to work as a clinical massage therapist in a professional setting. Students will practice their assessment and clinical manual therapy skills on clients from the general public who present with associated with musculoskeletal injuries or imbalances (under the supervision of a licensed faculty member). Students will also refine various administrative skills such as file and account management, appointment scheduling, time management, and general problem-solving.
First Aid and CPR
This course is designed to give students the knowledge and confidence to respond in an emergency. Students will learn basic life-saving techniques such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, use of an Automated External Defibrillator, and basic bandaging and splinting techniques.