Objective: The Massage Therapy Program is designed to provide the students with clinical and administrative skills needed to become a professional Massage Therapist as well as apply for the Massage Therapy Examination required for licensure as a massage therapist under the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 455*. Students learn massage based on Swedish theory and techniques. Throughout the program, the students will build on the Swedish massage foundation and learn various bodywork modalities. The students are taught a detailed understanding of the human body that allows them to communicate with other healthcare professionals and develop complete treatment programs for their clients. Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in private practice or positions with spas, salons, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists, sports medicine, and wellness centers. This program exceeds the standards set by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for licensing as a Massage Therapist.
Massage Therapist National Licensing Exam
To obtain a Texas massage therapist license, TDLR requires a passing score on the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
Class Schedule: Classes are offered at Texas Health School during the morning 09:00AM-01:50PM Monday through Friday, or afternoon 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and evening 06:00PM-09:50PM Monday through Thursday.
The Massage Therapy Program Includes the following:
Anatomy & Physiology–Trigger Point Therapy–Health and Hygiene–Hydrotherapy Business Practice & Career Plan–Kinesiology–Deep Tissue Massage–Pathology–Massage Techniques–Clinical and Energy Based Massage–Professional Law & Ethics–Medical Massage Techniques–Massage Therapy Exam Preparation–Pathology Hot Stones Massage–Pharmacology
Anatomy & Physiology
The students will learn how to identify the organization, structures and functions of the human body. This includes the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, special senses and the integumentary system. The students will learn how to identify the structures and functions of the reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, urinary system, respiratory system, and digestive system.
- This course introduces students to the basic principles of kinesiology, the study of human movement, including joint types, ranges of motion, and the lever action muscle groups that act upon these joints. Students will study the origin, insertion, and actions of the muscles and coordinated movements with emphasis on the upper and lower body.
Trigger Point Therapy
Students will learn about trigger points, what causes them, how to locate, palpate and deactivate them as well as identify common treatment areas. The student will practice this therapy technique to complement the overall massage experience.
Deep Tissue Massage
Students will learn the skills and proper body mechanics needed to perform deep tissue massage techniques. Deep tissue massage focuses on muscle redefinition by releasing stagnation, knots, and spasms that are in the deeper layers of muscle and/or connective tissues. This modality allows the student concentrate on specific areas of tension and pain, and address acute and chronic muscular conditions.
Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in private practice or positions with Spas, Salons, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine and Wellness Centers.
Clinical and Energy Based Massage
The student will learn the theories of pain, types of pain, and the use of massage techniques for pain management and physical rehabilitation. Students will learn pre/inter/post sporting event massage techniques as well as preventative and rehabilitative massage methods. This course will provide the student with an overview of Asian bodywork therapy including shiatsu, Ayurveda, and Thai massage.
Students completing the 715 hour Massage Therapy Program must pass the following examination to be licensed as a Massage Therapist in Texas:
- Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) – Federation for State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) http://www.fsmtb.org 1-888-70-FSMTB.
For more information about the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) http://www.ncbtmb.com or the Federation for State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) http://www.fsmtb.org or call us at 713-932-9333 or email us at email@example.com.