The Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare the individual in all areas of massage. Massage therapy is physically demanding work. Students need to have good general health and the strength, stamina, and flexibility necessary to carry out assignments. Massage techniques and bodywork, anatomy, professionalism with clients, and business practices are included in the curriculum. In addition to tuition and fees, costs for the Massage Therapy program include: workbooks, massage supplies, table, clinical attire and the board exam/license fee.
Housed at the Lake Land College Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham, Illinois, classes begin each fall semester and run for 4 consecutive semesters. Once admitted to the program, the student must progress through the courses corresponding to the curriculum model. A "C" grade is required in all Massage Therapy curriculum courses for progression/completion. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate and will be eligible to sit for Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).
Massage Therapy application requirements include admission to Lake Land College, completion of the Massage Therapy program application form (obtained from program website), and completion of the college placement assessment tests. To be considered a candidate, students must have an application file completed by July 1 for consideration for the fall semester.
Interested students should submit the Intent to Enroll form and list their major as Massage Therapy Track (CRT.MT.TRK) when selecting a major.
Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles and Swedish massage techniques. This course introduces students to the historical overview of massage therapy and specific areas of massage practice including: safety, infection control practice, draping, body mechanics, centering, and client positioning.
This course expands a full body massage with the introduction of clinical and therapeutic practices. The student will learn how to apply heat, cold, and hydrotherapy as well as deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial, and athletic massage techniques.
This course provides the basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system of the human body and basic theory of anatomy & physiology. The students will learn the origin, insertion and action of the major muscles of the human body.
This is a course of the nature and cause of diseases, which involves changes in structure and function, and the conditions produced by the diseases. Student will understand the effects of specific massage treatments and how to select the most appropriate techniques for the condition.
This course introduces the student to massage in both spa and medical settings. Spa techniques will include aromatherapy, exfoliation, and body wraps. Business practices that relate to massage will be discussed.
This course will discuss ethics dealing with a variety of situations that can occur between therapist and client. The Massage Therapist Code of Ethics will be reviewed. Student will learn about state laws and regulations governing massage therapy and licensure.
This course will give an introduction to other techniques including lymph massage, reflexology, and energetic manipulations. Students will also learn chair massages, and special population massage including for pregnant, elderly, infants, children, cancer and hospice clients.
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