The purpose of this program is to train students in the basic hands-on skills, safety protocol, body mechanics, professional work habits and attitude necessary to successfully enter the field of massage therapy.
By the end of our massage therapy classes, students will have been examined and tested in the following areas:
The massage program offered at Central Washington School of Massage Therapy is a state board-approved, 10-month, and 800-hour course. It teaches massage theory and practical skills per the guideline set forth by the Washington State Board of Health and Licensing: WAC-246-830-430 Training, and WAC 246-830-440 Curriculum and Academic Standards. The total hours of each program vary and are dependent upon the curriculum.
|100||Anatomy and Physiology - orientation to the human body including the integumentary, skeletal, fascial, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, and other body systems.|
|75||Kinesiology - muscle identification and palpation, location and attachment(s), actions, range of motion and joint classification and function|
|80||Pathology - General terminology and classification of diseases, the indications, contraindications, cautious and common adaptations to massage including, but not limited to, arthritis, bursitis, cancer, headaches, skin cancer and other skin conditions, diabetes, fasciitis, sprain, strain, tendinopathy, nerve compression syndromes, osteoporosis, stress, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes, common neurological diseases, autoimmune disorders, bloodborne pathogens, common cardiovascular diseases, reproductive systems, pregnancy and any other health care issues as they relate to the practice of massage as defined in RCW 18.108.010.|
|275||Theory, principles and practice of massage - Including history of massage, benefits and effects, techniques and strokes, body mechanics of the therapist, application, methods and styles, concepts of basic research, session planning and the adaptation of techniques appropriate to stages of healing, to include the safe use of superficial heat, cold, lubricants and salts, and considerations relevant to special populations.|
|145||Practical hours including student clinic- Directly supervised as defined in WAC 246-830-005(9) and in accordance with WAC 246-830-420(1)(d) with a ratio of no less that one instructor to no more than six students who are actively performing massage.|
|65||Clinical/Business Practices including: Hygiene, sanitation, draping, billing and insurance concepts, medical terminology, business models and management, and laws and rules relevant to massage and massage businesses.|
|60||Professional Ethics: The therapeutic relationship of the massage therapist and client or patient, human behavior, communication skills, professional boundaries, standards of ethical practice and state laws and rules related to massage and healthcare ethics.|
Our students are highly prepared for the state exam and licensing. Contact Central Washington School of Massage Therapy to register.