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Massage Therapy Electives for CE Credits
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Course Title and Description

Sept. 6 - Dec. 13, 2017


6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

37.5 CE hours

New! Orthopedic Care

This course serves as an overview of the skills and knowledge required for a massage therapist to be successful in an orthopedic and/or medical work environment. Students will learn about common musculoskeletal injuries, massage modalities that are useful in a clinical environment, and the basics of working alongside other healthcare practitioners. In addition, this course will provide students with an understanding of the differences among various populations, and how these differences may appear in an orthopedic or medical environment. $1009 - 37.5 hours.

Sept 11 - Dec 18, 2017


4:30-8:30 p.m.

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 - 45 hours.

Required text: Therapeutic Reflexology by Paula Stone.

Nov. 4, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

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.

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

Not offered this trimester

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

Not offered this trimester

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

Required Texts and Materials
1. Louw, A. (2013). Why Do I Hurt? A Patient Book About the Neuroscience of Pain. USA: International Spine and Pain institute.
2. MacDonald, G. (2014). Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer. Findhorn Press: Scotland, UK.
3. Other required reading will be provided

Recommended Texts and Materials
1. MacDonald, G. (2016). Medicine hands therapists workbook and journal: Activities to deepen oncology massage practice. United Kingdom: Findhorn Press.
2. MacDonald, G. (2005). Massage for the hospital patient and medically frail client. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
3. Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The complete aromatherapy and essential oils handbook for everyday wellness. Canada: Robert Rose, Inc.
4. Other recommended reading will be provided

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. Online portion must be completed by July 5, 2017.

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

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

30 CE hours

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.


Not offered this term

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.

Not offered this term

30 CE hours

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.

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

Not offered this term

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.



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