Maine Massage Therapy Program

The massage programs at Spa Tech Institute are designed to give you a wide range of skills with a focus on developing a refined sensitivity to your client's needs. Both the Holistic Massage and Therapeutic Massage programs are well known in Maine for the quality of the graduates.

Typically Holistic Massage is more appropriate in spas or work with children, the elderly, those trying to access creativity or those seeking personal transformation. The Therapeutic Massage tends to be more appropriate for athletes and physically active people who could suffer from repetitive stress injuries or severe muscle strain or tension.

Both programs prepare you for licensing and the National Certification Exam for Massage Therapy and Bodywork. The massage license does not differentiate between modalities.
The programs can be taken either on a full or part-time basis.

The overview of the content of each program is shown in the chart below. 

Therapeutic Massage Program 600 hours

Holistic Massage Program 600 hours

Module 1- Basics of Swedish Massage 120 hours
Module 2 - Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Release - 120 hours Module 2 - Polarity Therapy and RYSE (Realizing Your Sublime Energies) - 120 hours
Module 3 - Advanced Massage, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and Business Skills - 120 hours
Module 4 - Advanced Massage, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and Business Skills - 120 hours
Instructor Supervised Clinic - (Taken concurrently with last 3 modules) 100 hours
Final Integration and Evaluation - 32 hours

 

Program Content and Course Descriptions

Holistic Massage career program

  • Swedish Massage - Covers the basic Swedish massage techniques including all major strokes, contraindications, and how to establish a complete session. Includes focus on the relationship of the client and practitioner in the therapeutic environment.

  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology - Foundational orientation in western anatomy and physiology taught in a highly experiential format to ensure maximum learning. The classes cover basic terminology and movement terms with an introduction to the skeletal and muscular systems.

  • Associate Polarity Practitioner Program - Learn the most powerful and useful polarity techniques that are used in 80% of all sessions. Covers theory and application including aura and chakra crystal work developed by Nancy Risley, the founder of Polarity Realization Institute. You can give complete polarity sessions or integrate the work in with your massage practice. Creates a powerful combination for clients.

  • RYSE®1-4 (included in the Associate Polarity Practitioner Program) - RYSE® is a 16-hour in-depth sophisticated awareness program for burnout prevention, alignment and clarity. The content of RYSE® also gives the student an added business skills knowledge base for the creation of a successful practice.

  • Positional Release - Students learn a simple technique of positioning the body in such a way that the cycle of pain of a trigger point can be interrupted.

  • Foot Reflexology - All areas of the body can be addressed through deep tissue release work on the feet. Understanding the basics of foot reflexology assists in understanding the inter-relatedness of all systems of the body.

  • Range of Motion - Learn proper manipulation techniques to mobilize muscles and joints through assisted stretching techniques.

  • Deep Tissue Therapy - New techniques, including the use of knuckles, forearms and elbows, are taught which help students gain skill and confidence in performing massage strokes at a deeper physical level.

  • Chair Massage - An excellent way to reach new clients where they work or live. Effective techniques that are safe and efficient.

  • Stretching Techniques - Learn how to teach clients proper stretching techniques to support the continued benefits of their sessions.

  • Myofascial Release - The fascia system of the body is the main connecting tissue that holds everything together. Many pains and tensions are stored in the fascia. Myofascial stretching gently relaxes the fascia to release the tension that causes the pain. -Event Sports Massage – Prepares students to do pre and post massage at sporting events. Includes in-depth information about identifying potential hypo and hyper thermic conditions of the athletes.

  • Hydrotherapy - The application of heat and cold is both critical to protect injuries as well as heal injuries. Also adds value to the quality of massage and assists in relaxing tension.

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (Muscles) - Covers the musculoskeletal system in greater detail along with pathologies of these systems. Learning the structure of the body in detail assists in more effective technique, as well as more confidence and understanding of massage. Prepares students for the anatomy and physiology component of the National Certification Exam.

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (Systems) - Covers the systems of the body and their pathologies excluding the skeletal and muscular systems. Prepares students for the anatomy and physiology component of the National Certification Exam.

  • Business Skills - The overall goal is to help students establish the business container that will support a successful professional body worker long-term. The specific goal is to help students define and set up a basic business plan, go over marketing and quality control.

  • Professional Development and Empowerment Training – Bringing professionalism to the next level, the goal is to define the student’s mission and vision, create brochures and offer the student in-depth client empowerment through upholding clear, professional ethics.

  • In Class Clinics - Evaluation of professional skills in an in-class clinical setting are invaluable for learning to hone skills as a therapist.

  • Holistic Integration - Integrates the many techniques into a comprehensive session strategy for best results.

  • Advanced Integration, Evaluation, and Professional Communications - Very detailed evaluation of technique, communications skills and professional demeanor designed to give you the highest levels of success.

  • Student Clinic Experience - Provides an optimal experience for the practice of bodywork, communication, and business skills under supervision at the School clinic. The clinic is open to the public and will provide the student with a diverse practice base.

Therapeutic Massage career program

  • Swedish Massage - Covers the basic Swedish massage techniques including all major strokes, contraindications, and how to establish a complete session. Includes focus on the relationship of the client and practitioner in the therapeutic environment.

  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology - Foundational orientation in western anatomy and physiology taught in a highly experiential format to ensure maximum learning. The classes cover basic terminology and movement terms with an introduction to the skeletal and muscular systems.

  • Intermediate Massage including deep tissue and other techniques - More focus on advanced Swedish technique with additional work with trigger point and deep tissue work. Also includes learning the therapeutic benefits, postural analysis and ways of focusing on a client’s particular needs.

  • Positional Release - Students learn a simple technique of positioning the body in such a way that the cycle of pain of a trigger point can be interrupted.

  • Foot Reflexology - All areas of the body can be addressed through deep tissue release work on the feet. Understanding the basics of foot reflexology assists in understanding the inter-relatedness of all systems of the body.

  • Range of Motion - Learn proper manipulation techniques to mobilize muscles and joints through assisted stretching techniques.

  • Chair Massage - An excellent way to reach new clients where they work or live. Effective techniques that are safe and efficient.

  • Deep Tissue Therapy - New techniques, including the use of knuckles, forearms and elbows, are taught which help students gain skill and confidence in performing massage strokes at a deeper physical level.

  • Stretching Techniques - Learn how to teach clients proper stretching techniques to support the continued benefits of their sessions.

  • Myofascial Release - The fascia system of the body is the main connecting tissue that holds everything together. Many pains and tensions are stored in the fascia. Myofascial stretching gently relaxes the fascia to release the tension that causes the pain.

  • Event Sports Massage - Prepares students to do pre and post massage at sporting events. Includes in-depth information about identifying potential hypo and hyper thermic conditions of the athletes.

  • Hydrotherapy - The application of heat and cold is both critical to protect injuries, as well as heal injuries. Also adds value to the quality of massage and assists in relaxing tension.

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (Muscles) - Covers the musculoskeletal system in greater detail along with pathologies of these systems. Learning the structure of the body in detail assists in more effective technique, as well as more confidence and understanding of massage. --Prepares students for the anatomy and physiology component of the National Certification Exam.

  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (Systems) - Covers the systems of the body and their pathologies excluding the skeletal and muscular systems. Prepares students for the anatomy and physiology component of the National Certification Exam.

  • Business Skills- The overall goal is to help students establish the business container that will support a successful professional bodyworker long-term. The specific goal is to help students define and set up a basic business plan, go over marketing and quality control.

  • Professional Development and Empowerment Training - Bringing professionalism to the next level, the goal is to define the student’s mission and vision, create brochures and offer the student in-depth client empowerment through upholding clear, professional ethics.

  • In Class Clinics - Evaluation of professional skills in a clinical setting are invaluable for learning to hone skills as a therapist.

  • Integration - Integrates the many techniques into a comprehensive session strategy for best results.

  • Advanced Integration, Evaluation, and Professional Communications - Very detailed evaluation of technique, communications skills and professional demeanor designed to give you the highest levels of success.

  • Student Clinic Experience - Provides an optimal experience for the practice of bodywork, communication, and business skills under supervision at the School clinic. The clinic is open to the public and will provide the student with a diverse practice base.

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