Elements of Massage Therapy


About the Course
Identify the elements of massage, most commonly used strokes, and the ethical standards that govern massage. Also understand the purpose of a client interview, and the information therapists should know to ethically treat clients.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the cultures in which massage is first referenced.
  • List the reasons why massage was practiced in those cultures.
  • Recall the most commonly used massage strokes.
  • Recognize several auxiliary massage strokes.
  • Explain the benefit(s) of each stroke.
  • Differentiate when to use certain strokes as opposed to others.
  • Summarize professional therapist standards of appearance.
  • Describe a typical massage room setting.
  • Understand the purpose of interviewing a client or patient.
  • Describe a typical Swedish massage sequence.
  • Recognize why some conditions contraindicate massage.
  • Identify the common contraindications for massage.
  • List the characteristics of each contraindication.
  • Describe at least 5 complimentary modalities to Swedish massage.
  • Differentiate use between the various modalities.
  • List the 10 most common essential oils used in aromatherapy.
  • Describe the ethical standards applicable to a massage therapist.
  • Identify the ethical standards that govern the massage.
  • Recall the ethical standards applicable to the interaction with the client or patient.
  • List the three key elements involved in starting a massage business.
  • Understand what information a business plan should address.
  • Identify several advertising and marketing strategies.
  • List five business expenses particular to the massage profession.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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