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14 HOURS - certificate awarded upon successful completion of course.   All assessment is a learned skill, and the ability to incorporate this skill into massage sessions enhances the quality of the treatment given. Palpation assessment is the use of touch to examine the body. Our hands are our most versatile and exquisite assessment tools. They need to be trained to interpret what they perceive accurately. For the therapeutic massage professional, palpation is an essential and continuous process, and the hands become skilled with experience. The main considerations for palpation in basic massage are the ability to differentiate between types of tissue, the ability to distinguish differences of tissue texture in the same tissue types, and the ability to palpate through various layers from superficial to deep. We will be doing several fun activities to encourage this sense as it develops into a skill!     Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Understand that hands are our most versatile, exquisite assessment tool; Begin to develop the ability to differentiate between types of tissue; Begin to develop the ability to distinguish differences of tissue texture in same tissue types; Begin to develop the ability to palpate through tissue layers from superficial to deep; Understand that the massage therapist’s entire self must become sensitive to subtle differences in the client’s body;  Discern that with palpation what is going on must be felt and not thought about because too much thinking shifts awareness away from kinesthetic input; Identify and address during massage elements relating to function and dysfunction of posture through palpation; Complete a palpation assessment of the various layers, tissues and systems of the body; and Use massage application as palpation assessment.  Course Prerequisites: none   Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, 5th Edition by Sandy Fritz, Essentials Sciences for Therapeutic Massage, 4th Edition by Sandy Fritz & M. James Grosenbach.  Also bring massage setup (flat and fitted twin sheet, pillow case, 3 hand towels and hand/foot sanitizer) and a bottle of drinking water.   Recommended References:  The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual by Joseph E Muscolino.

4 sessions.

Start date: 07/31/17

End date: 08/03/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (7/31/2017-8/3/2017)

Tuition: $129.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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8 HOURS - certificate awarded upon successful completion of course. This class covers the critical material needed to individualize every treatment each time a client comes for a session. Particularly when our treatment plan and desired outcomes include more than relaxation and stress reduction, the massage professional must be adept at assessing and analyzing the clients' needs. We will break down in depth physical assessment - standing, mechanical balance and gait, palpation assessment – all the way from near touch to body rhythms, and briefly discuss ROM assessment and muscle activity assessment.    Course Prerequisites:  100 hour Basic Swedish Massage Techniques course   Required Reading / Instructional Materials:  Please wear comfortable massage working clothes but also bring a bathing suit or work-out attire that is conformed to the body to complete postural analysis.    Recommended References:  Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage 5th edition by Sandy Fritz Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage 4th edition by Sandy Fritz

3 sessions.

Start date: 08/07/17

End date: 08/09/17

Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (8/7/2017-8/9/2017)

Tuition: $99.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Room :  Community Education Room 5



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