Medical Massage Therapy
For Pain Management and Injury Rehabilitation
Medical Massage is outcome-based, offering specific treatment protocols targeting specific problems. It involves massage therapy methods that may be specific to pathologies presented. Medical Massage methods aim to bring about a therapeutic change beyond the relaxation and stress reduction benefits.
These classes prepare students to work with clients who suffer from specific pain and dysfunction resulting from disorders such as chronic low back pain, migraine headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica pain, thoracic outlet and other specific medical conditions. Students will learn to apply various bodywork modalities to specific functional and structural pathologies of the body.
We offer a complete series of medical massage classes, which can be taken as part of the 250 hr or 500 hr Massage Therapist Programs or as continuing education classes.
Instructor: Marty Morales
Classes that make up the Medical Massage training are: Medical Massage (64 hrs), Medical Massage - Low Back Pain (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Thoracic Outlet and Ribs (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Whiplash and Neck Work (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Frozen Shoulder (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Sciatica and IT Band (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Sprained Ankle and Knee Issues (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Carpal Tunnel (8 hrs), Medical Massage - Headaches & TMJ (8 hrs), Muscle Release Techniques (16 hrs), Body Mechanics for Optimal Bodywork (8 hrs), Integrative Deep Tissue Massage (32 hrs), Myofascial Bodywork + Structural Integration (32 hrs), Nerve & Visceral Massage (24 hrs), Trigger Point Therapy (16 hrs)
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, January 11 & 12 (9 am – 6 pm).Trigger points are areas of contracted muscle tissue that can be tender to the touch and are often involved in chronic pain. This class is designed for the massage therapist who desires to take their skills to another level of precision. You will learn to assess, identify and assist the client in releasing long-held patterns in the body. Increase your effectiveness by working smart, not harder. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.
MEDICAL MASSAGE – LOW BACK PAIN (8 hrs) Mon, Mar 10 (9 am – 6 pm).In this class we will learn how to evaluate the sacrum and low back for issues and how to apply the results using joint mobilization and soft tissue techniques. Anatomy of the lower back will be required. A brief introduction to nerve involvement/palpation will be included. Be as effective as possible for clients with low back pain. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE – SPRAINED ANKLE & KNEE (8 hrs) Tue, Mar 11 (9 am – 6 pm).Some anatomy of the knee/lower leg/ankle will be required. We will learn tissue testing and palpation assessments for the areas involved and soft tissue techniques that help in the majority of issues involving the knee, lower leg, and ankles. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4- Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE – THORACIC OUTLET & RIBS (8 hrs) Wed, Mar 12 (9 am – 6 pm).Learn how to work on all the areas around the shoulder girdle that can be related to Thoracic Outlet. Learn mobilization techniques for the ribs and how to improve your client’s range of motion through several myo-fascial techniques. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE – WHIPLASH AND NECK WORK (8 hrs) Thu, Mar 13 (9 am – 6 pm).This class explores the mechanics of the cervical spine, the anatomy of the neck/upper back and how massage can effectively address the consequences of “whiplash.” You will learn palpation assessment tests and the application and integration of several modalities for this condition, including spinal mechanics, and myofascial bodywork. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE- HEADACHES & TMJ (8 hrs) Fri, Mar 14 (9 am – 6 pm)The jaw has a close relationship to headaches. In this class you will learn how to work the muscles of the jaw and head to help alleviate tension headaches. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
MEDICAL MASSAGE- FROZEN SHOULDER (8 hrs) Mon, June 9 (9 am – 6 pm)Gain valuable anatomy knowledge of the shoulder and learn quick and effective fascial and movement techniques for clients with Frozen Shoulder and other conditions. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
MEDICAL MASSAGE – SCIATICA AND IT BAND (8 hrs) Tue, June 10 (9 am – 6 pm)Understand the relationship between IT band and the quadriceps and hamstrings and learn to work it in different positions in order to fully access the IT band and the muscles of the pelvis in order to positively affect clients with sciatic issues. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
MEDICAL MASSAGE – CARPAL TUNNEL (8 hrs) Wed, June 11 (9 am – 6 pm)Anatomy of the forearm and carpal tunnel will be reviewed. Learn the application of orthopedic medical evaluation tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as technique. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MUSCLE RELEASE TECHNIQUES (16 hrs) Thu & Fri, Jun 12 & 13 (9 am – 6 pm).Muscle Release Therapy is a simple yet highly effective and flexible modality for a massage therapist to possess and implement. Muscle Release uses resistance and relaxation and the clients‟ own active involvement in order to lengthen tissue and treat muscle tissue dysfunction. Muscle Release uses light pressure, allowing for less strain on the part of the massage therapist. This class was previously titled Muscle Energy Techniques. This is an invaluable class for the structural/medical bodyworker. Instructor: Marty Morales. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage therapy training. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $210.
MYOFASCIAL BODYWORK - STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION (32 hrs) Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu, Sept 8, 9, 10 & 11 (9 am - 6 pm).Gaining an understanding of the client as a whole and not just the sum of their parts is the next paradigm in bodywork. Day one consists of being able to read and assess a client’s body issues and then formulate a plan that takes into account that working one area may affect another. In addition to exploring palpation, day two to four will focus on gaining fascial palpation/techniques to better understand the importance of working with fascia. Finally, the student will practice the theoretical reading tools and fascial techniques learned. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales. Cost: $450 Prepay: 2-Wk $440, 4-Wk $430.
MARKETING FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS (8 hrs) Fri, Sep 12 (9 am – 6 pm).In order to start and run a successful practice, a brand/business identity needs to be established. This is the core element that feeds into all other marketing strategies. A branding process will normally cost over $1,000. This information-packed workshop will give you valuable information at a fraction of the cost: Reveal your current identity and your desired position as bodyworker. Create a tagline for your business. Discover your ideal client. Identify your true aesthetic that will feed into your future designs (website for example). Prerequisite: None Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115 4-Wk $110.
INTEGRATIVE DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE (24 hrs) Mon, Tue & Wed, Dec 1, 2 & 3 (9 am – 6 pm).This workshop is designed to take the massage therapist through the basics of deep tissue massage within the context of the Swedish massage foundation. Learn the tools necessary to perform deep tissue massage effectively and safely while also being able to incorporate the strokes into a whole body Swedish session. This course is designed for massage therapist looking to bring deep tissue work into their spa or chiropractic office. Instructor: Marty Morales. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310.