Advanced Restorative Massage Therapy

A comprehensive, advanced, course on the Art of Restorative Massage, Medical Gymnastics, Hydrotherapy, Hygiene and the Underlying Principles of Anatomy and Physiology.

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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 Modules
Week 1 Traditional Chinese Medical Theory
Week 2 Shiatsu and Acupressure Therapy
Week 3 Tui Na / Chinese Massage
Week 4 Eagle Claw Chair Massage
Week 5 Advanced Deep Tissue Massage
Week 6 Pregnancy Massage
Week 7 Head Massage
Week 8 Traditional Medical Thai Massage
Week 9 Nutrition
Week 10 Massage Clinic
Week 11 Yoga Therapy
Week 12 Herbology
Week 13 Creating Herbal Medicine and Liniments
Week 14 Physiotherapy
Week 15 Hydrotherapy
Text Book:
  • Acupressure's Potent Points: A Guide to self-care for common Ailments by Michael Reed Gach, November 1, 1990
  • Encyclopaedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure by C. Pierce Salguero and David Roylance, November 2, 2011
  • Trail Guide to the body (book and DVD) by Andrews Biel, September 1, 2010
  • Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika Paperback by B. K. S. Iyengar
  • Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition, Fourth Edition by M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Joy Bauer (Nov 1, 2005)
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.