Therapeutic Massage Program
Kinesiology training will form a basis for students practicing superb session design tapered to the individual needs of the client.
Sports & Deep Tissue Massage
The Swedish massage training course includes history, contraindications, body mechanics, basic strokes (effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement and Swedish massage movements) and working with special populations (pregnancy massage, geriatric massage, etc.).
Our approach is to be precise and thorough in teaching soft tissue manipulation while cultivating mindfulness regarding the body, mind, and spirit of the client.
Myofascial Trigger Point
Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area.
Trigger points or muscle “knots” are sensitive spots in soft tissue, and too many of them is “myofascial pain syndrome.” They are usually described as micro-cramps, but the science is half-baked and their nature is controversial. Regardless, these sore spots are as common as pimples, often alarmingly fierce, and they seem to grow like weeds around injuries. They may be a major factor in back and neck pain, as a cause, a complication, or a bit of both.
Trigger Point Pressure Release involves applying pressure with a finger or other instrument to the trigger point and increasing the pressure as the trigger point “releases” and softens. There are a number of variations on this technique and a skilled practitioner will choose which is right for each patient and muscle treated.
Other techniques often used include Spray and Stretch which is a technique that uses a vapo-coolant spray (very cold because it evaporates the second it touches your skin) to distract the muscle into allowing a more complete stretch thereby helping to release the trigger point.
In our hydrotherapy training students also learn contraindications and the specific physiological effects of the various hydrotherapy techniques, which include: dry brushing, herbal wrap, hot and cold applications and contrast baths.
Occasionally, classes are invited to participate in field trips to local resorts and day spas to see their hydrotherapy facilities. Advanced Hydrotherapy classes are taught through our massage continuing education courses.
Thai Massage and Techniques
Tai massage is a type of therapeutic massage using unique massage techniques. Students will learn entry level of muscle stretching, compression and yoga-like body manipulations to elongate the muscles and increase blood flow throughout the body. Students will learn to work the lateral torso and shoulder, backbend with feet on the back lines, knee press the glutes in folded leg position, foot press the posterior leg – locked position, and hands-on practice under teachers’ supervision.
Tuina or tui-na (pronounced twee-nah) massage originated in ancient China and is believed to be the oldest system of bodywork. Tuina massage stimulates the flow of qi to promote balance and harmony within the body using many of the same principles of acupuncture. It’s similar to acupuncture in the way it targets specific acupoints, but practitioners use fingers instead of needles to apply pressure to stimulate these points. Tuina massage is often used in combination with acupuncture.
During a session, practitioners use oscillating and pressure techniques that differ in force and speed. Tuina massage can be done as a stronger deep-tissue massage or a more gentle, energetic treatment.
There are eight basic techniques used in tuina massage:
- palpating (mo)
- rejoining (jie)
- opposing (duan)
- lifting (ti)
- pressing (an)
- kneading (mo)
- pushing (tui)
- holding (na)
Foot Reflexology Techniques
In reflexology, pressure is applied to specific reflex points on the foot. These points correspond to organs and areas of the body. The treatment is said to induce a healing response, even alleviating some ailments.
Reflexology is one of the most popular types of massage. Beyond the feel-good effects of the treatment, the practice and purpose go deeper than the skin and muscles.
A good Reflexology Foot Massage is an incredible healing force that can help alleviate many symptoms such as headache, insomnia, chronic fatigue, dizziness, as well as help treat the underlying cause of many internal diseases such as Liver disease, Kidney disease, Heart disease, High blood pressure, plus virtually any disease known to man.
It is also one of the most enjoyable experiences that you can have, if the proper reflexology foot massage techniques are used. A proper foot massage is one of the strongest stress relieving treatments that I know of and is a great way to end a full body massage.
Communication & Interviewing
Business Practice & Ethics
The massage business training focuses on massage therapy laws and rules, business philosophy, ethics and values-based planning, how to set up an office, bookkeeping, taxes, budgeting, marketing, advertising, and interviewing skills. Students learn massage therapy laws and rules, business philosophy, ethics and values-based planning as well as how to set up an office, bookkeeping, taxes, budgeting, marketing, advertising and interviewing skills. The goal is for students to become happy and successful in their work.
Clinicopathological correlations will be emphasized where applicable. This course also provides students with an understanding of disease processes. Specifically, the etiology and pathogenesis of the major diseases affecting each individual body system are presented. Where applicable, areas of current research into the etiopathogenesis of disease are highlighted.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques
Students will learn therapeutic massage techniques such as Longitudinal Gliding, Kneading, Myofascial Releases, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Transverse Frictions, Compression Massage, Cross-Fibre Friction, PNF Stretches, etc. and practice under teachers’ supervision.
Soft Tissue Techniques
Safety and Professional Ethics
Holistic Practice Regulations and By-laws
Businesses and practitioners which provide “holistic” services are required to be licensed under the cities’s regulations and by-laws, such as Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter, Licensing § 545-2. Examples of holistic services include holistic massage, shiatsu therapy, aromatherapy, reiki, etc. Holistic practitioners have to be familiar to the local municipal’s regulations and by-laws.
This course will use the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter, Licensing § 545-2 as main reference resource to explain all those regulations and by-laws topics.