Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Enhance your Career Opportunities with massage therapy program

Did you know that after spending three years in the Massage Therapy program at Centennial College you will not only graduate with an Ontario College Advanced Diploma but also the skills to: deal with patients seeking relief from a variety of conditions affecting their health and well-being; collect and use client information to determine the appropriateness of massage therapy; conduct a massage therapy practice within an ethical framework; develop therapeutic relationships that support health and well-being; develop, implement and evaluate a treatment plan; and maintain professional readiness to ensure quality care?

All of these skills are gained through a combination of theory and practice that also allows qualified Massage Therapy program graduates to write the registration examinations administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to qualify for Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) designation. Practical application of skills is conducted in state-of-the-art labs that mimic a real-world environment.

Massage Theory and Practice (six levels) :- Presented in six increasingly advanced courses, the first semester acquaints students with the scope and nature of massage therapy. The second semester Massage Therapy course moves onto basic strokes of Swedish Massage and the critical thinking model that helps students decide when to employ each type of manipulation. The third of these Massage Therapy program courses looks at previously learned massage techniques that involve situations where adaptations are necessary due to time, positioning or client presentation. As the offering continues to build on previous skills, the fourth level sees the effect of massage therapy applied to psychoneuroimmunological responses. The major focus becomes the application of massage theory to pathophysiological processes, which are studied concurrently. The final level deals with trigger point therapy and joint play as additional modalities of treatment are discussed, demonstrated and practiced. Also discussed is the best possible massage therapy for clients with selected disorders of the nervous, endocrine, reproductive and gastrointestinal systems.

Biomechanics & Orthopedic Assessment :- To ensure that students have a solid biology base for their practice, this Massage Therapy course looks at basic concepts from kinesiology that promote understanding of efficient movement. Students assess a range of motion and muscle strength and isolate those areas that are in need of remediation.

Fitness & Remedial Exercise :- Stretching, resistance, balance and core stabilization principles are described and practiced by students. Also included in this Massage Therapy course is theoretical and practical instruction on performing joint mobilizations.

Creating an Independent Practice :- This business aspect of the program offers students the know-how for the successful daily operation of an independent healthcare practice. The course also looks at the social, economic, political, legal and environmental influences, that impact the independent health care practice and its community.

Clinic :- The cumulative experiences of the Massage Therapy program are presented in four clinical placements. These Massage Therapy courses are designed to allow students to evaluate their own performance while applying what they have learned in their classes to a real world setting. Each of the four Massage Therapy program Clinic experience allows students to test skills applicable to the semester in which it is presented.

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