What Classes Do Massage Therapists Take?

Here are some common classes covered in massage therapy certificate programs. These are general descriptions, so the actual course content in each class may vary from school to school.

Introduction to Massage Therapy: An overview of the past, present and future of the field.

Body Mechanics: Learn how to move and support a client in order to prevent injury during the massage.

Ethics in the Massage Therapy: Learn how to avoid abusing your position of power with a client or any perceptions of misconduct.

Hydrotherapy: Learn how to use water to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.

Aromatherapy: Learn how to use plant-derived, aromatic oils to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Learn about the benefits of “alternative medicine” from China, such as acupuncture, the use of herbs and massage techniques like Shiatsu and Tui na.

The Therapeutic Setting: Learn how to arrange the setting in which you perform massages in order to optimize the therapeutic potential.

Swedish Massage: Learn about the most popular type massage in the United States, which uses long strokes, kneading and circular movements with lotion or oil.

Sports massage: Learn about massage designed for athletes and people involved in physical activity.

Reflexology: Learn about this foot massage that focuses on specific pressure points.

Deep Tissue Massage: Learn how to target deep layers of connective tissue.

Legal Issues for Massage Therapists: Learn how state, local and federal laws might impact your practice as a massage therapist.

Natural Remedies: Learn about natural ways that

Anatomy: Study the structure of the human body in order to better provide therapeutic massage.

Physiology: Study the functions of the human body and its various body parts.

Kinesiology: Study human motion and how it relates to anatomy, mechanics and physiology.

Pathology: Study diseases of the human body, their cause and effect.

Nutrition: Learn how proper eating habits can accentuate the health benefits of massage therapy for your clients.

Stress Management: Learn techniques for managing stress and how you can advise your clients, accentuating the health benefits of massage therapy.

CPR: Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation in case a client suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest.

Safety Precautions: Learn how to avoid accidents and injury while performing therapeutic massage.