The 600 Hour Curriculum In A Nutshell:
Massage Therapy Training Program
In Five Sessions of Ten-Weeks.
Massage or conscious, skilled touch is a healing tool that has been used since 3,000 BC! Drawing from a variety of bodywork methods, our training program provides a distillation and blending of approaches to guide the student to his or her own inner wellspring of knowledge and intuition. Students not only gain experience and skills, but confidence, sensitivity, awareness and presence. Each level consists of 120 hours, for a total of 600 clock hours, which includes 20 hours of supervised student clinic as part of levels two through five.
(A clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction within a 60 minute period.)
Level One – Introduction to Massage Theory and Practice
Level One is an introductory course and the gateway to our program. Students are exposed massage theory and practice primarily professional-level Swedish Massage. Students also study the basic human skeletal and muscular systems in an introduction to anatomy and physiology including the bony landmarks necessary to perform professional, therapeutic massage.
Level Two – Advanced Massage Theory and Technique
Level Two focuses primarily on Advanced Massage Therapy, and introduces students to a variety of advanced bodywork and energy medicine techniques. This course allows the time to integrate these modalities into an effective and creative style that is unique to each student. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques including Reiki.
Level Three – Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
Level Three builds on the information gained in level one. In this course, students will become familiar with the basic workings of the human system through the study of various diseases and health conditions associated with the organ systems and will consider the factors relating to massage being indicated or contraindicated. Students continue to expand their sense of being present in body and mind.
Level Four – Business and Supportive Studies
Level Four provides students with the critical information necessary to deal with the practical business aspect of becoming a professional massage therapist. This includes: beginning and advanced business concepts, ethics, massage law and standards, networking, developing discipline, resume and cover letters, tours of massage therapy businesses, chair massage techniques and business methods, and CPR/First Aid Certification.
Level Five – Myofascial Release
This specialized course of study teaches about the fascial system of the body and its relationship to muscle tissue and function. Fascia is involved in every aspect of the body. When fascia is compromised, pain and dysfunction ultimately result. In this course, students come to understand and to treat the effects of injury, trauma, and overuse of fascia, using techniques that range from energetic fascia release to Myofascial trigger point release. Several weeks of the Myofascial Release Level Session is dedicated to sports massage. Myofascial Release, in general, as a modality is very beneficial for athletes, but HAC takes this a step further by teaching students how to integrate techniques needed to keep athletes at the top of their game.