Source Institute Massage School Has Been Licensed By The Florida Commission For Independent Education since November 2007. License Number 3720.
In order to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida you must have knowledge of the human body. We will educate you on all of the muscles in the body, the systems of the body as well as the body in motion. Massage Therapy has so much more to do with internal organs and systems of the body than most people are aware of. To learn the systems of the body is one thing, but to understand how the systems of the body directly effect the muscles and soft tissue of the body is another. We will explore the intertwining systems of the body and the muscular system and how they directly relate to and affect each other.
Students will learn how to give a unique individualized relaxation Swedish Massage compared to no other. Your massage will not be duplicated by another student or Licensed Massage Therapist already practicing in their field allowing you the opportunity to quickly build a clientele devoted to you because of your ability to perform a massage they can't get anywhere else. Understanding how to create a warm, comfortable and inviting atmosphere that your client can get lost in before you ever touch them with your healing hands is a crucial factor in the overall experience that lasting clients expect in their potentially life long massage experience with you.
Medical Massage focuses on learning which muscles are involved in muscular disorders and specific injuries. Muscle injuries occur either with trauma or repetitive motion. We will explore the ways in which muscles are injured and how to treat those injuries. Areas of study and focus include: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Planter Fasciitis, Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis, Scoliosis, Lordosis, Kyphosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Motion Injury, Sciatic Nerve Entrapment and Lower Back Pain. There are invasive ways to treat muscle injury or atrophy and noninvasive treatments. Our noninvasive techniques are more effective than invasive treatments that could cause further injury to your client.
We will acquire knowledge of the advantages of incorporating water (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical wellness. Application of Hydrotherapy treatment to your clients can aid in soothing sore or inflamed joints and muscles, rehabilitate injured limbs, lower fevers, soothe headaches, promote relaxation, treat burns and frostbite. We will also use Hydrotherapy to help clients boost their immune system as well as our own. This treatment forces red and white blood cell formation causing the body to eliminate stagnant blood cells. White blood cell formation is essential for disease fighting T-cells to attack pathogens at the highest level.
Sports Massage is treatment and prevention of soft tissue sports injuries. We will demonstrate sports massage techniques and explain the benefits, effects and contraindications of Sports Massage. We will prepare you for the athletic client that requires your knowledge of pre-event, inter-event an post-event massage to assist the athletic client to achieve his or her goals at their peak performance while avoiding injury. In the event that the overzealous underprepared weekend worrier athletic client does injures himself or herself, you will have the knowledge and tools to assist in their preparation or recovery for the next athletic event.
Learning Chair Massage is beneficial to the client as well as the therapist. There's no better way to increase your clientele than to give a sample of your massage techniques. A massage chair is the perfect tool to walk into a business and give sample massages to potential clientele that has never received a massage affording them the opportunity to realize that Massage Therapy is just the treatment needed to relieve their stress or alleviate their pain. It's also a great way for the therapist to increase their overall income. Most businesses welcome the opportunity to make their employees happy and therefore more productive while allowing you to pass out your business cards.
There are many avenues that a Licensed Massage Therapist can take. This can include owning your own spa or medical massage treatment facility. Many Licensed Massage Therapists work for other companies or agencies which is an excellent career choice. Some graduates however choose an entrepreneurial approach to their massage therapy career. Owning your own business may seem overwhelming and unattainable to many people but being licensed as a Massage Therapist affords you the perfect opportunity to achieve that goal. With the proper tools and knowledge of how to find the right location, hire the right employees, pay those employees enough to stay and still make money to keep the doors open as well as turn a profit will dissolve your trepidation. Our business class will teach you how to begin and operate your own
legal, effective and affordable business.
Once you've completed a portion of hands on practice learning to develop your own unique massage techniques with each other under the supervision of an instructor, you will begin showing off your new skills to real clients that will give you feedback on the massage they received from you. Our clients are so courteous and respectful to our students and are fully aware that you are still learning. They're happy to help in your growth as a therapist. All feedback from clients are to assist in enhancing your massage by letting you know where you have excelled in your techniques and where you may need more guidance and practice. This is a chance for you to explore new ideas and techniques without the fear of loosing a client because they didn't like your style of massage. This is a fantastic tool for you to learn what most people like and dislike in a massage therapy session.
Massage Therapists and Massage Establishments in the state of Florida are governed by Florida Laws. It's our responsibility to teach you those laws and we don't take that responsibility lightly. We are also responsible for teaching you how to approach massage therapy ethically. With Florida law, there are no grey areas. The law is specific and must be followed to the letter. Ethics however vary from person to person and that area is extremely grey. What one person or group considers acceptable behavior, another person or group may not. Fortunately, the Board of Massage helps to keep that area less grey. The Board of Massage evaluates ethical complaints and relies on other prudent massage therapists responses to the complaint to determine if a massage therapist acted in an unethical manor. Our goal is to educate our students to act as a prudent massage therapist in order to achieve high ethical values.
MT 101 Human Anatomy/Physiology/Kinesiology/MSA: 154 total hours.
150 hours. Anatomy/MSA/Physiology/Kinesiology: Prerequisites: None. This introductory course studies the structure and function of the human body. It includes study of the major organ systems, medical terminology, and the study of muscular movement (biomechanics.) These classes consist of an in-depth study of the muscular and skeletal systems, including the origins and insertions of the muscles, arthrology (study of joints).
3 hours. HIV/AIDS: Health Education and the study of transmission and development of blood borne Pathogens/AIDS.
MT 102-Basic Massage and Bodywork Assessment Theory and Application Instruction: 324 total hours.
100 hours. Basic Swedish Massage Theory and History of Massage: Prerequisites: None. This course introduces the student to the five basic strokes of therapeutic massage (effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, vibration.) It promotes relaxation, flexibility, sore muscle relief, body mechanics, draping, breathing, and grounding techniques, whole body massage, utilizing intention and body/mind connection are explored. These skills continue to develop throughout the program, creating the confidence, sensitivity, and trust needed for client interaction.
224 hours Massage Therapy Program/424 Hours Extended Massage Therapy Program. Clinical Practicum: Prerequisites: 50 hours of Swedish massage. Students will complete a minimum of one hundred sixty-eight hours of therapy sessions either as a student clinic or during school sponsored community services. Students will be required to attend clinics on Fridays and some weekend or after hour events. This will allow the gain valuable experience as well as opportunities to meet future clients.
MT 103- Related Areas of Study in Massage Therapy: 122 total hours.
76 hours. Allied Modalities: Places emphasis on the release of deep muscle spasms (myospasms) to relieve chronic pain and improve function. MR addresses the adhesions and the deep fascia of the muscles and connective tissues which result from injury of soft tissue of the body. Neuromuscular Therapy provides the student with an understanding of the role of trauma and acute and chronic paid. Emphasis will be on development of sound palpatory skills in the treatment of specific neuromuscular injuries, including ischemia (lack of blood flow), trigger points (areas of increased neurological activity and tenderness), nerve compression and/or entrapment (pressure on a nerve by osseous or soft tissues), postural distortion (imbalance of muscular tone.) and neuromuscular pathology. Sports Massage emphasizes treatment of clients who are active in sports and exercise programs as well as treatment for injuries. Emphasis is placed on pre-event and post-event massage techniques, as well as flexibility exercises. The student is also taught to access common sports injuries and rehabilitation techniques. Several opportunities to practice at a sport event may be available during the course at community outreach events.
15 hours. Theory and Practice of Hydrotherapy: Prerequisites: None. The study of the principles and practical application of the thermal effects of water and how it can be integrated with massage treatments. Course includes hot stone treatment, paraffin wax treatment, ice and heat therapy, and integrates aromatherapy.
10 hours. Florida Laws and Rules: Prerequisites: None. This course focuses on the study of rules and regulations governing massage in the State of Florida.
4 hours. Professional Ethics as It Relates to Massage Therapy: Prerequisites: None. Ethical standards and guidelines and how they relate to and differ from Florida Laws and Rules are discussed in this course. Our goal is to ensure that each Massage Therapist is equipped with knowledge and integrity to protect them and to protect the public from unethical situations as it relates to Massage Therapy.
15 hours. Business: Prerequisites: None. This course is geared toward preparing the newly Licensed Massage Therapist for a career as a Massage Therapy Business owner as well as preparing them to negotiate scheduling and fee splitting with other business owners. They will discuss and learn business language and be able to create a business plan.
2 hours. Prevention of Medical Errors: Prerequisites: None. The student will understand the relationship of medical error prevention to the legal scope of practice of massage therapy, effective communication skills with patients and other health care providers, proper use of history taking and documentation, pathology and medical contraindications, and workplace safety and hygiene. The courses listed above contain a total of 600 clock hours.
If you have the Montgomery GI Bill® or the Post 911 GI Bill®, you can use it to pay for your entire program if you qualify for 100% benefits.
Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who have successfully completed high school and have the ability to request tuition assistance while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders are eligible. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserves in these same pay grades are eligible.
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