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Massage Therapy Electives for CE Credits
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Course Title and Description

Jan. 9 - April 20, 2017


1pm - 3 pm

Functional Anatomy

Discussion of muscle and joint function beyond simple actions, including physics and biomechanics of the human body. Students gain understanding of the body in motion and how anatomical structures work together to create different types of motion. Activities include inspecting, palpating, and moving these structures, enabling the student to link theory with experience to help further understanding of the human body and its movement potential. Students are introduced to imbalances or dysfunctions associated with soft tissue that are most commonly treated by manual and exercise therapists. $605.40 - 30 hours.

Required texbook: "Kinesiology for Manual Therapies" by Nancy Dail
Optional texbook: "Kinesiology" by Joseph Muscolino

Jan 9 - April 10, 2017

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

45 CE hours

Reflexology 2
Prerequisite: Reflexology 1*

This course continues preparation for the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) exam for national certification in foot reflexology.  The knowledge of techniques and procedures to effectively stimulate foot reflex areas are expanded.   Students review the systems of the body, common homeostatic imbalances and the role reflexology plays in maintaining optimum function and health.  Topics covered include pathology of the foot, ligaments of the foot and ankle, biomechanics of the foot and leg, practice of technical application and knowledge of reflexology maps of the foot.  The basics of meridians on the foot and how they apply to reflexology will also be introduced.  One case study is conducted in preparation for the ARCB certification process.$807.20

Required text: Therapeutic Reflexology by Paula Stone.

*If you are already certified in Reflexology you can take the classes in any order for CE hours.

Jan 9 - April 10, 2017

Mon, 10am-Noon

Infant Massage

This course prepares students to teach parents techniques for massaging infants and growing children.  The physical, emotional and mental changes associated with the developmental stages of infants and children are explored.  Common childhood symptomologies and disabilities for which massage is indicated are discussed.  Hands on teaching techniques include working with infant models. $605.60 - 30 hours.

Required textbook: "Infant Massage A Handbook for Loving Parents" by Vimala McClure

Jan 10 - April 11, 2017

Tues, 8 - 11 a.m.
Thur, 8 - 11 a.m.

90 CE hours

Advanced Clinical Training: NeuroMuscular Therapy and Fascial Techniques (NMT)
Prerequisite: Rehabilitative Massage 2

This course is designed to expand upon the training received in the core curriculum of Northwestern's School of Massage Therapy. A specific focus of this course is the integration of the protocol from Rehabilitative Massage 1 and 2 with NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) American Version TM and fascial work, offering a more cmplete technique protocol for clinical therapeutic massage. Training includes the complete NMT curriculum, as created by Judith Delaney of the NMT Center. Passing the final exams will credential you as a Certified NeuroMuscular Therapists (CNMT) through the NMT Center.

$1412.60 plus $120 non-refundable manual/certification exam fee. Limited to 20 people.

Feb 18, 2017

Sat, 8 am - 4:30pm

7.5 Hours

Sports Massage

Massage is an important tool for providing specific benefits to athletes and active clientele. Sports massage is a system of massage techniques designed to address this specialized population. This class is an introduction to: (a) the purpose and effects of sports massage (b) the various goals of sports massage (c) the categories of sports massage and (d) the techniques used in sports massage. Also included is plenty of hands-on time for practicing the delivery of the 10, 12 and 15 minute sports massage post-event sessions. $201.80- 7.5 hours.

March 17-19, 2017

Fri, 8am-5pm
Sat, 8am-5pm
Sun, 8am-5pm

Plus 12 hours online

NEW!  Massage for the Medically Complex

Prerequisite: 500 hours of training

This course serves as an overview of the skills and knowledge required for a massage therapist to successfully work with medically complex clients in diverse environments.  Students will learn about hospital-based massage, oncology massage, and masage for the aging population.  In addition, this course will provide students with an understanding of hospice and palliative care, common medications, common contraindications, mobility adaptations, and the unique body mechanics required to work around a hospital bed or wheel chair.  $807.20

We recommend you register one month prior to the start date of this class to allow time to complete the online component.  We will email you access information.

Not offered this trimester

Reflexology I

This is an intensive course on basic foot reflexology technique, introductory history, theory, principles, zones and contraindications.  Detailed bony anatomy of the foot and lower leg is also studied.  The goal is to prepare the student to use reflexology as an independent modality or as a complement to other therapies.  $605.40 - 30 hours.

Required text: Therapeutic Reflexology by Paula Stone.

Not offered this trimester


Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water in any of its forms, for the treatment of illness and pain relief.  This course will focus on the physiological effects of heat and cold on the body and address various methods of hydrotherapy that can be used within a massage therapy session.  Practical applications of hot and cold therapies are included.
$201.80, 12 hours.

Not offered this trimester

Insurance Billing Practices for Massage Therapists

The decision of whether or not to accept insurance as a form of payment, in your office, can be a challenging one to make. This class discusses policies, procedures and a step by step process for submitting claims and successful third-party personal injury reimbursement. Samples of claim forms and information on correct coding will also be included. $201.80 - 7.5 hours.

Not offered this trimester

Eastern Perspectives on Healing

Students will gain an overview of the theory and practice in Eastern healing approach to wellness and disease, specifically of Asian medicine. The course will include lecture, demonstrations, required reading and assigned projects.

Topics include: history, theory, Qi, Yin/Yang, Five Elements, pathology, etiology, diagnosis and treatment, Zang/Fu organ systems, meridian theory and conditions treated. $605.40 (21 hours).

Not offered this trimester

Advanced Nutrition
You will learn the link between nutritional and dietary principles and chronic degenerative disease. You are introduced to macro nutrition balancing, micro nutrients, supplements, popular diets and their clinical applications. You will also examine principles for the promotion of health, wellness and longevity through diet. $587.85 - 30 hours.

Required textbooks: "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollen and "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" by Gary Taubes.

Discontinued - incorporated into Medically Complex Class

Fundamentals of Hospital-Based Massage Therapy
Prerequisite: 500 hours of training

This course prepares students for working in a hospital setting.  Common conditions, medical devices and unique elements of the hospital environment are addressed. Students will learn infection control practices, body mechanics, and session adaptations to serve medically frail patients.  Communication with healthcare providers, patients and staff, along with appropriate boundary issues will be discussed.

During the 12-hour clinical rotations at a major teaching hospital, students will receive hands-on experience in the hospital setting working with hospital staff, medical documentation systems, a variety of medical conditions and diverse patient populations. 

Students may be required to meet certain vaccination requirements established by the hospital.

$605.40 19 hour class and clinical rotation (31 hours); or $403.60 (16 hour class + 3 hours online).

You must register one week prior to the start date to allow time to complete the prerequisite three (3) hours of online course work. Upon registration the materials will be emailed to you.

Required textbook: "Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client" by Gayle MacDonald.

Discontinued - incorporated into Medically Complex Class

Cancer and Massage Therapy
Prerequisite: 500 hours of training

This course will cover cancer-related pathology, treatment side effects, massage contraindications and precautions.  The benefits of massage and session adaptations for the patient with cancer are discussed.  Students will learn to design a massage treatment plan based on the presentation of the patient; whether in active cancer treatment, in the advanced states or years later in survivorship.  Hands-on work to practice low impact techniques is included. 

Students will have the chance to practice their oncology massage intake and assessment skills by working on a client who has cancer or a history of cancer in a clinic setting followed by a clinical rotation working at a major teaching hospital and/or outpatient treatment center. Students may be required to meet certain vaccination requirements established by the hospital. $605.40 class and clinical rotation (31 hours); or $403.60 (24 hour class only).

Discontinued - incorporated into Medically Complex Class

Geriatric Massage

Geriatric massage is a form of massage that is specific for people over the age of 65 with age-related conditions such as: arthritis, Parkinsons, stroke, fragility and end of life issues. It helps improve circulation and joint mobility, eases aches and pains, and can help relieve symptoms of stress, depression, and loneliness. Students will be given the opportunity for hands on work that will deepen their understanding and compassion for the aging populations in a variety of settings under supervision of NWHSU faculty. $605.40 - 30 hours.

Required textbook: "From the Heart through the Hands: The Power of Touch in Caregiving" by Dawn Nelson.



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