Restorative Massage Therapy

A comprehensive course with an emphasis on Eastern & Western massage techniques with an overview of anatomy, physiology and special attention on professional ethics; incorporated with practical application on patients.

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A sequential and detailed outline of lesson subject matter is outlined below. The skills to be learned will be measured with an exam at the end of each lesson.

Week Description of Lesson & Clinic
Week 1 Introduction and Orientation to the Napa Valley School of Massage
Clinic - Making a Restorative Massage Therapy Treatment Kit
Week 2 Personal Hygiene and the Importance of Cleanliness in the Clinic or Spa
Clinic - Introduction to Swedish Massage Manipulations
Week 3 Professional Ethics / Maintaining Patient Information
Clinic - The Chair Massage
Week 4 Rules and Regulations Governing the Practice of Massage Therapy
Clinic - The Towel Massage
Week 5 History and Overview of Western Massage
Clinic - The Multiple Uses of Lavender
Week 6 History and Overview of the North American Tradition of Massage
Clinic - Natural Incense
Week 7 History and Overview of Massage in the Napa Valley
Clinic - Las Curanderas / Treating "La Gripa" (Chest Cold)
Week 8 History and Overview of Eastern Massage
Clinic - Okazaki's Restorative Massage, Part I
Week 9 Oriental Theory of Disease and Chi Imbalance
Clinic - Okazaki's Restorative Massage, Part II
Week 10 Eastern Massage Terminology and Basic Techniques
Clinic - Introduction to Eastern Massage Techniques
Week 11 Use and Preparation of Liniments and Oils
Clinic - Making Herbal Salves
Week 12 Western Massage Terminology and Basic Techniques
Clinic - Granny's Scientific Swedish Massage Part I
Week 13 Proper Use of Massage Furniture and Tools
Clinic - Granny's Scientific Swedish Massage Part II
Week 14 Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System
Clinic - Granny's Scientific Swedish Massage Part III
Week 15 Care and Maintenance of Massage Equipment and Linen
Clinic - Granny's Treatment on the Side
Week 16 Proper Use of Body Mechanics to Avoid Injury
Clinic - Walking the Body
Week 17 Traditional Restorative and Resuscitative Techniques
Clinic - Medical Gymnastics and Self-Care Through Stretching
Week 18 Nutrition for Healthy Living
Clinic - A Trip to the Supermarket
Week 19 Restorative Massage Techniques for Headache
Clinic - Cold Compress for Headache
Week 20 Restorative Massage Techniques for Sinusitis
Clinic - The Neti Pot
Week 21 Restorative Massage Techniques for Back Pain
Clinic - Mustard Poultice
Week 22 Restorative Massage Techniques for Edema and Circulatory Problems
Clinic - Foot Bath and Massage
Week 23 Restorative Massage Techniques for Respiratory Problems
Clinic - Restorative Massage Techniques for Respiratory Problems
Week 24 Restorative Massage Techniques for Constipation
Clinic - Treating Constipation with Restorative Massage Therapy
Week 25 Staying Healthy Through Self Massage
Clinic - Stretching and Self Massage Techniques
Week 26 Business and Marketing Information
Clinic - Granny's Facial Treatment
Week 27 Career Options, Resume Writing and Job Search
Clinic - Granny's Head Massage
Text Book: The Anatomy Coloring Book (4th edition) by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson
Written Materials None
Other requirements None
Sequence and frequency of lessons or class sessions

The first week of instruction is a lecture period consisting of lectures 2 hours per day Monday through Friday. This is to orient the students to the institution and the course outline.

Weeks 2-4 will consist of group sessions meeting 3 hours per day. Students will cycle through the following areas.

  • Lab - An area dedicated to demonstration and participation where students will learn to apply new techniques and formulate oils and liniments.
  • Reading - This session meets two days per week to allow students time and materials to complete written assignments.
  • Video - Videos will be viewed by the students one day per week to study practitioners applying actual techniques.
  • Practical - This session allows students to practice the techniques they have learned throughout the week on each other.

Every Friday for weeks 1-10 there will be a 1 hour lecture period at the conclusion of the group session.

Weeks 5- 10 are similar to weeks 2-4 except lab is replaced by clinical. The clinical session is the opportunity for students to work on real patients under the direct supervision of Dr. Andrews.

Instructional mode or methods.

Instructional method includes classroom lecture, watching a training DVD, reading from the textbook and reading the course lessons, There is also clinical observation and an intern-ship.