Electives

SMT1310 : GERIATRIC MASSAGE
1.50 credits: 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.
SMT1800 : HYDROTHERAPY
0.50 credits: Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water in any of its forms, for the treatment of illness and/or 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. The practical application of hot and cold therapies are included.
SMT1300 : INFANT MASSAGE
1.50 credits: 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.
SMT1400 : INSURANCE BILLING PRACTICES FOR MASSAGE THERAPY
0.50 credits: 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 and procedures for proper insurance billing and successful reimbursement. A step by step process of how to submit claims for third party reimbursement, samples of claim forms and information on correct coding will also be included.
SMT2930 : PENNY GEORGE INSTITUTE EXTERNSHIP
1.00 credits: This is an externship opportunity available to students by application only. Typically two students will be selected per term to participate. The experience consists of weekly rotations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with members of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing team. Students will put into practice skills learned in the Hospital Based Massage Therapy Course as well as learn skills needed to be an integrative care practitioner in a hospital setting. Emphasis will be placed on learning the other CAM modalities available through the George Institute (relaxation techniques, guided imagery, energy healing, aromatherapy, etc.)
SME1100 : REFLEXOLOGY 1
1.50 credits: This is a 7-week course on basic foot reflexology. Topics covered are basic 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 in independent modality or as a complement to other therapies.
SME1102 : REFLEXOLOGY 2
1.50 credits: This course expands the knowledge of techniques and procedures to effectively stimulate foot reflex areas. Students review the systems of the body, common homeostatic imbalances and the role reflexology plays in maintaining optimum function and health. Detailed anatomy of muscles in the foot and lower leg are studied.
SMT1320 : SPORTS MASSAGE
0.50 credits: 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 the needs of these populations. This class will address the purpose, effects, goals, and techniques used in sports massage. Also included is opportunity for hands-on practice.
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