Course Descriptions: First Semester
This course presents an overview of the organization of the human body. Although body systems are studied, there is an emphasis placed on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The study of regional anatomy focuses on surface landmarks; individual muscle origins, insertions and actions; posture and movement analysis; and specific nerve innervations. In maintaining the perspective of massage therapy, precautions and therapeutic considerations are also covered.
This experiential class will expand on a frequently mentioned concept in the Cayce readings: "...spirit is the life, mind is the builder, physical is the result" (reading #349-4). The element of touch awakens new body awareness and offers an opportunity to more fully understand one's body, as well as enhance the quality of life through development of one's fundamental spiritual nature. How do emotions from yesterday affect one's body today? How is illness used as a vehicle for growth? This is a class of discussion, discovery and fun.
This course focuses on establishing a successful massage practice. Topics include: business marketing, record keeping, licensing requirements, insurance, taxes, resumes and marketing materials, professional behavior and ethical standards of practice. Presentations by experienced professionals in the field allow opportunities for group discussion and questions.
Fundamental technique of relaxation massage, with emphasis on the Cayce/Reilly treatment; combines Swedish style massage strokes with rotation of joints and limbs as well as the stimulation and vibration of organs and glands. The history of massage, contraindications for massage, benefits and physiology of massage, use of oils, draping techniques, body mechanics, endangerment sites and self-care are also presented. Students give and receive massage in this class.
Recommended: Anatomy & Physiology
Students are required to give eight practicum massage sessions during their first semester. These massage sessions are given in a professional clinical setting with the supervision of a massage professional. The clinical experience is designed to give our students valuable hands-on experience and feedback with a variety of clients. Prerequisite: Cayce/Reilly Massage.
Students learn to use one of the fastest-growing marketing tools in the field of massage therapy. Course includes instruction in techniques unique to a portable massage chair ranging from a one-minute demonstration 'routine' with basic strokes, to a more specific, 15-minute therapeutic lower back release, work on the upper shoulders and neck, and therapeutic work specific to carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Get ready for a high-energy presentation using a multitude of massage strokes and modalities.
This course, unique to the Cayce/Reilly School, educates students with a clear understanding of Cayce's approach to Meditation and Dream study and the positive effects such practices can have on their lives. Students will develop skills in personal meditation practices and learn how to work with dream techniques individually as well as in small groups. As part of this course, students will be encouraged to have a daily meditation practice and maintain a personal dream journal.
The first 12 hours of the class is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice designed to teach you the benefits of craniosacral therapy developed by Dr. John Upledger also learn techniques for grounding and basic principles of working with the human energy field. Recommended: Cayce/Reilly Massage
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The sense of touch is vital to a massage therapist. This highly experiential class is geared to assist students in developing essential palpation skills, as well as learning various methods of palpation and when and how to use them.
Prerequisite or Concurrent: Cayce/Reilly Massage, Anatomy & Physiology I