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Introductory Massage Course

The introductory massage course walks you through the profession of massage therapy while you learn basic massage techniques, and provides the foundation necessary for advanced anatomical study and technical skill development. Emphasis is placed on medical terminology retention and skill development in the Swedish massage technique, most frequently used in massage practices in Atlanta and nationwide.

Through hands-on teaching, students learn basic massage techniques that create a strong foundation for knowledge.

Topics covered in the introductory massage therapy course include:

  • Professional Ethics: In this initial lecture portion, students are taught the code of ethics, confidentiality, understanding the client/therapist relationship, and creating boundaries.
  • Massage History: Major figures in the development of massage therapy are discussed, including Pehr Henrik Ling, the Father of Swedish massage. Students are also introduced to a wide variety of basic massage techniques.
  • Medical Terminology: Students learn medical prefixes, word roots, and suffixes, as well as how to put them together to form and understand complex medical terms.
  • Introductory Anatomy: This class covers infection control, safety, health, hygiene, pathology, the skeletal system, and a survey of the major body systems. It also includes general directional terms, body planes, surface muscles, bony landmarks, the integumentary system and cell biology as related to massage.
  • Swedish Massage: Students learn the basic massage techniques involved in Swedish massage, such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, and tapotement. Focus is placed on mastering touch, pressure, depth, direction, sequence, speed, and rhythm.
  • Cross Fiber Massage: Students develop proficiency in cross fiber massage, a deep muscle therapy technique used to release adherent muscle fibers and restore muscle movement.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: In this hands-on class, students learn the technique of deep tissue massage, which accesses deeper layers of tension in the body.
  • Energetic Therapy: Students are introduced to a series of energetic techniques, such as polarity therapy, therapeutic touch, and shiatsu.
  • Kinesiology Concepts: Students develop an understanding of the interaction between muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones and the roles they play in the creation of movement.

Learn more about the curriculum presented in our introductory massage course, or explore our other massage training courses at our Atlanta-area massage school by using the links provided below.

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"In my 15+ year professional association with Laurie and Rick I have been most impressed by their ability to both develop and teach massage therapy education. I consistently witnessed them hold students to high standards of performance and ethical responsibility while encouraging each person to be creative and individual in their application of the work. In the current massage environment medical knowledge is becoming increasingly important as massage therapy gains recognition as an effective treatment option for various pathological conditions. Laurie and Rick have created a new program that combines a superior anatomy and pathology education with a strong assessment background. This training enhances the therapists' ability to identify the safest and most effective treatment techniques. Their unique and entertaining presentation skills provide students of all levels with an enjoyable learning experience that allows them to understand and retain this material."

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- Tanya Fry

  • Former United States National Team Athlete
  • Massage Therapy Instructor - National Provider of Continuing Education
  • Published Author – Research paper titled “Rehabilitation of Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon complicated by a post-operative wound infection and delayed surgical repair”
  • Massage Therapist - 17 years professional experience including work with the Atlanta Beat of the Women’s United Soccer Association, the United States Women’s Olympic Handball team, and the United States Women’s National Rugby Team