MASSAGE THERAPY DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Introduction to Swedish Massage (15 hours)
The program's 8 courses are grouped together into 4 modules:
MODULE 1: THE HUMAN BODY (90 HOURS), which includes courses:
1. Anatomy (45 hours)
Massage therapists require an in-depth understanding of normal body function, pathologies and conditions encountered in professional practice. Students study human anatomy and physiology through lectures, interactive mediums and class discussions.
2. Physiopathology (45 hours)
People with a compromised health status depend on massage therapists to tailor treatment with consideration of current knowledge. Focus is given to understanding conditions and treatment modalities that students encounter in their professional role.
MODULE 2: MASSAGE TECHNIQUES (190 HOURS), which includes courses:
3. Swedish massage techniques (150 hours)
Students are introduced to the practical aspects of massage therapy within a lab setting. The focus is demonstration and practice of the basic massage manipulations.
4. Stage and supervision (40 hours)
People often seek massage therapy for treatment of altered neuro-musculo-skeletal systems. Students practise massage therapy in a supervised clinic while assuming greater responsibility for the development and follow through of treatment plans.
MODULE 3: CUSTOMER ORIENTATION (95 HOURS), which includes courses:
5. Helping relations (30 hours)
Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Students practise using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.
6. Sexuality and professional practice (45 hours)
Students develop their knowledge of human sexual behavior and to become aware of the sexual significance of their intervention in professional practice. They also increase awareness of the possible interactions between sexual perceptions, sexual experience and professional practice. Finally, they are able to face any sexual behavior in practice to determine their limits and intervene effectively.
7. Interview technique and record keeping (20 hours)
Study of how to interview clients and assess their condition, including an overview of useful communication principles such as body language awareness, reflective listening, and assertiveness sequences. Covers record-keeping practices using intake forms and SOAP notes as well as how to comply with informed consent, data security and document retention requirements.
MODULE 4: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES (45 HOURS), which includes course:
8. Professional issues (45 hours)
Massage therapy is a self-regulated profession in Quebec. Students learn the Code of Ethics in depth. Using case-based learning, reflective exercises and lecture, students begin to acquire critical thinking skills needed for evidence-informed practice.