Reflexology 105

76 hours

Students will review anatomy and physiology of the body systems in relation to reflexology, focusing on the hands-on palpation of landmarks with sensory identification of areas and map reflexes as anatomically reflected on the feet. Coursework will include the history and theory of reflexology, reflexology zones, and meridians. Students will also learn how the reflexes are affected by stimulation to the feet through hands-on experience. Classroom study includes hands-on techniques, relaxation techniques, marketing, and documentation. This class includes 10 hours of on-site supervised clinic that is performed at the school during class time. It must be noted that the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) requires 110 hours of instruction in order to be eligible for their national certification exam. As this class is 76 hours, the remaining 34 hours are integrated within this Advanced Massage Therapy program, which is permitted by ARCB. In addition to the instruction provided by Orion Institute, ARCB requires practical experience prior to certification. For further information and examination requirements, please visit www.arcb.net.

On-site Chair Massage 105

25 hours

This course is specifically designed for students to learn how to perform a 10 to 15 minute on-site chair massage on the back, neck, shoulders, the arms, hands and scalp on a fully clothed person using a chair specifically designed for this purpose. This class includes 19 hours of scheduled class and clinic time and 6 hours of field experience performing supervised chair massages.

Medical Massage and Advanced Techniques I 105

19 hours

This course consists of a wide variety of medical massage techniques and topics which are based on current trends in the industry. Topics may include but not limited to Massage for People Living with Cancer, Pregnancy Massage, Eastern Philosophy/Meridian Therapy, Baby’s First Massage, and Active Isolated Stretching.

Sports Massage Pre-Event 105

17 hours

Students will be able to identify specific muscles involved in specific sports and the best techniques to apply based on that sport. Students will gain an understanding of the differences between pre-event
On-site Chair Massage 105 - 25 hours
This course is specifically designed for students to learn how to perform a 10 to 15 minute on-site chair massage on the back, neck, shoulders, the arms, hands and scalp on a fully clothed person using a chair specifically designed for this purpose. This class includes 19 hours of scheduled class and clinic time and 6 hours of field experience performing supervised chair massages.
Medical Massage and Advanced Techniques I 105 - 19 hours
This course consists of a wide variety of medical massage techniques and topics which are based on current trends in the industry. Topics may include but not limited to Massage for People Living with Cancer, Pregnancy Massage, Eastern Philosophy/Meridian Therapy, Baby’s First Massage, and Active Isolated Stretching.
Sports Massage Pre-Event 105 - 17 hours
Students will be able to identify specific muscles involved in specific sports and the best techniques to apply based on that sport. Students will gain an understanding of the differences between pre-event and post-event sports massage. Specific sports injuries will be discussed such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow and what techniques should be applied. Students will gain an understanding of sports massage techniques such as PNF and will be able to identify which stretches are most appropriate for an athlete. This sports massage class includes 7 hours of supervised sports massages at either clinics and/or sporting events. Students can use Saturdays to complete massage hours at sporting events.

Sports Massage Post-Event 105

17 hours

Recovery is the primary purpose of post-event sports massage and students will learn sports massage techniques that are intended to facilitate a faster healing process for the athlete. Students will learn to relax the muscle tone, improve an athlete’s recovery circulation, and restore an athlete’s flexibility which will allow a quicker recovery and return to training without the usual stiffness and soreness. Post-event massage can also be that first assessment for potential injuries, and more serious medical conditions (heat exhaustion or hypothermia), which students will learn how to recognize and know what to do. This sports massage class includes 7 hours of supervised sports massages at either clinics and/or sporting events. Students can use Saturdays to complete massage hours at sporting events.

Postural Analysis and Myofascial Release Upper Extremities 105

14 hours

In this class, students will learn how to perform a postural assessment to analyze how one holds his or her body against gravity. Students will learn this by observing the way a client sits, walks, and stands and will be shown how to use a plumb line. Computerized analysis of postural analysis will also be discussed. In learning how to perform a postural analysis, students will be able to determine which area of a person’s body is under more strain than other areas, and which muscles are causing this strain. Students will also learn specific myofascial release techniques for the upper body that will help ease this strain.

Postural Analysis and Myofascial Release Lower Extremities 105

14 hours

In this class, students will continue to perform postural assessments and will learn specific myofascial release techniques for the lower body that will help ease the postural imbalances in the body and relieve any pain that may be involved.

Medical Massage and Advanced Techniques II 105

14 hours

This course consists of a wide variety of medical massage techniques and topics which are based on current trends in the industry. Topics may include but not limited to Massage for People Living with Cancer, Pregnancy Massage, Eastern Philosophy/Meridian Therapy, Baby’s First Massage, and Active Isolated Stretching.

Muscle Lab 105

12 hours

During Weeks 1 through 12, students are required to participate in a muscle lab at the school outside of regularly scheduled class time for a total of 12 hours.

Electives

Students in the Advance Massage Therapy program are required to select one of the following two course electives to complete their program requirements: For those students who are unable to participate in the European course, the Manual Lymphatic Drainage course will be offered on campus consisting of the same amount of clock hours.

European Spa Massage 105

42 hours

This course consists of a field experience trip to England, which consists of visits and tours to the Roman Bath Museum, Thermae Bath Spa, and coursework such as Thai Massage, European Body wraps, Indian Head Massage, or Bamboo massage. Please refer to Attachment C for additional European Spa Massage information.

Lymph Massage and Understanding Lymphedema 105

42 hours

In this class you will learn about the Lymphatic System and its relationship to detoxification and chronic health conditions. You will learn Full Body Manual Lymph Drainage techniques, and discussion regarding the roots of developing chronic conditions in the lymphatic system. Lymph Massage protocols for detoxification and minor pathologies will be addressed along with distinguishing primary from secondary lymphedema.