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Curriculum Overview

Zion Massage College Professional Licensed Massage Therapy Upcoming Program Start Dates

ZMC is fully accredited through COMTA (Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation)

ZMC’s Next Enrollments are: 

Day Classes: Jan 22, 2018

Evening Classes: Jan 31, 2018

 

Professional Licensed Massage Therapy Program Upcoming Start Dates

Evening Classes

900 Hour Program
5 p.m. -9 p.m. Mon-Thurs

 

Jan 31, 2018

 Day Classes

900 Hour Program

9am-1pm Mon-Thurs

 

 

Jan 22, 2018

 

For More Information Call 435-261-4203 or contact rebecca@zionmassagecollege.com

Curriculum Overview

 

The 900 hour curriculum at ZMC exceeds all Utah State requirements.
Below is a comparison, which shows Utah State curriculum requirements
alongside ZMC’s requirements for graduation.

For more information call 435-261-4203 or send an email to admin@zionmassagecollege.com

Overview Comparison of State Requirements and ZMC Requirements:

Category

Utah State Requirement

ABT/ZMC Requirement

Anatomy & Physiology

125

180

Pathology

 40

 52

Massage Theory

285

416

Business, Ethics and Professional Standards

 35

 56

Universal Precautions, Sanitation/FA/CPR

 15

 16

Student Clinical Internship

100

180

Total

600

900

 

 

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

900 Total Clock Hours

 

Course Descriptions:

Acupressure:

Clock Hours: 48

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Massage Therapy is included as one of the 4 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Acupressure Massage, meridians, (energy pathways) with specific points are massaged and palpated to promote the client’s health and to facilitate the body’s healing process. In TCM, Acupressure is used for general health as well as a treatment for specific physical, emotional and mental complaints.  Acupressure is based on many of the same theories and techniques used by Acupuncturists. However, instead of using Acupuncture needles, Acupressure utilizes pressure from the fingers or elbows to stimulate specific acupoints. Acupressure serves as the theoretical foundation for the other Asian Bodywork modalities, taught at Zion Massage College. Upon completion of the course, students can expect to have a solid base for understanding the theory of the Traditional Chinese Medical approach and how it compares and contrasts to Western ideas of health and healing.

Anatomy and Physiology Level I:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: This Anatomy and Physiology I course provides the foundation platform for the general study of the human body’s structure and function. Emphasis is placed on the complex nature of the body’s chemical level, cellular level, histology, integumentary, skeletal, joints, muscles and tissues. 

Anatomy and Physiology Level II:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: The Anatomy and Physiology II course focuses on musculoskeletal anatomy. In this course, students focus attention specifically on learning Musculoskeletal Anatomy of the upper body, including the location, origin and insertion, actions, and synergistic movements of the musculature. Students learn to identify and palpate the musculature to become familiar with the underlying structures of the human body. Through lecture, demonstration and palpation, students learn to clearly understand and communicate the way in which massage works to assist in the maintenance, healing and support of the client’s muscular and skeletal systems. 

Anatomy and Physiology Level III:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: The Anatomy and Physiology course continues the study of musculoskeletal anatomy with a focus on the lower body. Students are taught how a clear understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy provides the foundation for an effective massage therapy session. In this course students focus attention on the location, origin and insertion, actions, and synergistic movements of the musculature. Students learn to identify and palpate the musculature to become familiar with the underlying structures of the human body and to clearly understand and communicate the way in which massage works to assist in the maintenance, healing and support of these structures. 

 

Anatomy and Physiology Level IV:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Anatomy and Physiology IV course, students review all the body systems with emphasis on the complex nature of the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal, urinary and reproductive systems of the body, the interrelationship of the organs, and the body’s ability to adapt to the environment. 

Kinesiology:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Kinesiology course, students will learn how the human body moves. Kinesiology is defined as the study of human movement. Students learn the basics behind the biomechanics necessary to understand the complex interactions of muscles, they will be able to visualize and demonstrate joint range of motion, and explain how muscles work together during any movement by considering concentric, isometric and eccentric muscle functions. 

Ashiatsu and Chivutti Thirumal

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Ashiatsu/Chivutti Thirumal course, students learn how to use their feet to apply deep restructuring massage techniques, which balance, relax, and align the client’s body, mind and spirit. Ashiatsu is like receiving a deep,, flowy Swedish Massage with broad, consistent pressure, which is applied by the therapist’s feet. In addition to learning the practical applicaiton of the modality, students learn the martial arts and cultural theory and trace the Ayurvedic roots of Ashiatsu and Chivutti Thirumal. 

Deep Tissue Massage:

Clock Hours: 64

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Deep Tissue Massage course,  students learn to manipulate connective tissues of the body to eliminate and reduce pain and to create structural/postural changes in their clients. Students learn how to conduct assessments of client’s postural habits and structural imbalances and how to implement change, through tissue manipulation, stretching and take home exercises for the client. In addition, students learn how to utilize this knowledge to enhance their own lives and to support a long healthy career in the massage therapy and bodywork field.

Gua-Sha Massage:

Clock Hours: 12

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Gua-Sha massage course, students learn the theory and practical application of Gua-Sha massage. This style of massage/bodywork is commonly practiced within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gua-Sha massage involves gently rubbing the skin, using friction, along the Chinese Acupressure Meridians. Students learn to treat client’s musculoskeletal complaints by using a special tool that is utilized to loosen fascia and tight musculature. This traditional massage modality is well known in Chian and throughout Asia for general detoxification, increasing the metabolism, relieving muscular tension, restoring proper ciruclation to the body and for relieving the symptoms of the flue and colds. Students also learn the TCM theory behind the use of Gua-Sha to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and to combat the signs of aging. The practice of Gua-Sha has stood the test of time; per Chinese history, the practice of Gua-Sha was popularized during the Tang and Ming Dynasties, which date back to 618 AD. 

Hydrotherapy and Spa Therapy Techniques:

Clock Hours: 16

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Hydrotherapy and Spa Techniques course, students learn how to enhance a massage practice through the use of Hydrotherapy. Students learn how to apply hydrotherapy and based spa techniques to relax muscles, reduce swelling, speed injury recovery time. In addition, students learn the history of and present day use of common hydrotherapy based spa therapies.

Massage Therapy Core I:

Clock Hours: 40

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Massage Therapy Core I course, students learn the five basic Swedish Massage strokes of Effleurage, Petrissage, Vibration, Tapotement and Friction along with basic and intermediate techniques, which are needed to give a safe and effective full body Swedish massage. Students learn to address and avoid basic ethical dilemmas such as transference and countertransference. They learn and demonstrate proficiency in conducting client assessments and in creating custom protocols to meet the specific needs of the client. In addition to massage technique and application, this course provides a strong emphasis to indications and contraindications to massage, along with appropriate responses to common pathological disorders. Students develop their sense of touch awareness and are prepared to begin giving massage in the student clinic. 

 

Massage Therapy Core II:

Clock Hours: 20

Prerequisite: Massage Therapy Core I

Description: In the Massage Therapy Core II course, students learn how to add complimentary treatments, such as the use of Hot Stone Massage and Essential Oils to their Swedish Massage treatment protocols. In addition, students continue to practice and refine their Swedish Massage techniques of Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Vibration and Friction. STudents begin to increase their comfort level and competency in giving the pressure level that matches the client’s preference. Students demonstrate competency in giving light, moderate and deep Swedish Massage. A strong focus is placed on healthy body mechanics and on working in a sustainable way, which will support the longevity of the massage therapists career.  

Pathology:

Clock Hours: 52

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Pathology course, students learn the how massage influences the disease and healing process and how massage therapists can provide their clients with maximum benefits while minimizing risks.  Throughout the course, identification and knowledge of indications and contraindications for massage, etiology, signs, symptoms, and standard treatment approaches for common diseases and conditions is emphasized.

Thai Massage Level I:

Clock Hours: 60

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: The Thai Massage Level I course establishes the foundation of a professional Thai Massage practice. The course blends Traditional Thai Massage stretches (emphasized by Northern Style Thai Massage), Sen points (emphasized by Southern Style Thai Massage), proper use of body mechanics and body weight with techniques, which utilize the therapist’s feet, knees, elbows, and palms. Students learn how to incorporate gentle rocking and rhythmic movements, which relax the client and promote the meditative, experience of receiving Thai Massage. In addition, students learn how to customize and modify Thai Massage techniques to accomodate client body size, physical limitations, and client preference. 

Thai Massage Level II:

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Thai Massage Level II course, students learn how to incorporate advanced Thai massage Asanas into a professional Thai Massage practice. The course blends the Traditional Thai Massage stretches (used in Northern Style Thai Massage), Sen points (used in Southern Style Thai Massage), proper use of body mechanics and body weight and techniques to utilize the therapist’s feet, knees, elbows, and palms. Students learn how to incorporate gentle rocking and rhythmic techniques to relax the client and promote the meditative experience of receiving Thai Massage. In addition, students learn how to customize and modify Thai Massage techniques to accomodate client body size, physical limitations, and preferences. 

 

Reflexology:

Clock Hours: 20

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the study of Reflexology, students learn how the systems, organs and muscles of the body correspond with specific pressure points on the hands and feet. Reflexology teaches that these pressure points stimulate and encourage healing of the body.  Students learn how to massage and apply pressure to these Reflexology points through various soft tissue manipulation techniques. The healing practice of Reflexology dates as far back as ancient Egypt. Many ancient religious and spiritual texts also mention the feet in symbolical and actual references to points throughout the body. 

Sports Massage and PNF Stretching:

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: The Sports and Athletic Massage course teaches students how to work with tissues of the body to eliminate and reduce pain and to create structural/postural changes in their clients. Students learn how to conduct assessments of client’s postural habits and structural imbalances and how to implement change, through tissue manipulation, stretching and take home exercises for the client. In addition, students learn how to utilize this knowledge to enhance their own lives and to support a long healthy career in the massage therapy and bodywork field.

Trigger Point Therapy:

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Trigger points are firm, palpable spots in the muscle, which send referred pain to other areas of the body. Trigger point therapy has theoretical ties to Chinese Acupressure and the practice of treating one area in order to relieve pain in another area of the client’s body. In Trigger Point Therapy students learn how to identify and effectively treat trigger points using a manual technique which applies a consistent hold and release pattern.

Universal Precautions, CPR and Sanitation:

Clock Hours: 16

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Students learn how to prepare for a variety of emergency situations by making sure that the scene is safe, giving basic care and getting help in a quick and efficient manner. In addition, students are certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and learn basic First Aid Skills.

Professional Ethics and Business Standards:

Clock Hours: 36

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: In the Professional Ethics and Business Standards course, students learn the important principles and guidelines for beginning an ethical and successful career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Students learn how to work with other medical therapists can provide clients with maximum benefits while minimizing risks. Students learn to work with other medical providers to assist the client and to refer clients to the appropriate medical provider. Throughout the course, identification and knowledge of indicaitons and contraindications for massage, etiology, signs, symptoms, and standard treatment approaches for common diseases and condition is emphasized. 

Tok-Sen:

Clock Hours: 16

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: Sen Line Tapping, also known as Tok-Sen is an ancient healing practice, which is unique to Northern Thailand. For over 2,500 years, Sen Line Tapping/Tok Sen, which uses a specific form of Tapotement Massage, has been used to improve posture, reduce muscular pain and to balance the chakras and sen (energy) of the body. The gentle tapping, which repeats sets of three distinct, rhythmic taps, creates sound waves and vibrations. These vibrations resonate through the client’s body and are believed to help eliminate stress and clear negativity and energy blockages.

CranioSacral Therapy Massage

Clock Hours: 24

Prerequisite: Acceptance into ZMC’s Professional Massage Therapy Program

Description: CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork, which evaluates and treats the body, mind and spirit. The modality utilizes a whole person approach to balancing these three aspects of the client. CST focuses its attention and treatment on the  bones of the cranium, spine, sacrum, meninges and other supporting tissues. The theory of CST also utilizes the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to regulate the rhythm, flow and direction of this vital substance.

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