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Masseuse Classes and Courses Overview

Masseuse classes are offered at private holistic and massage therapy schools, as well as community colleges and technical colleges. Read on to learn more about the courses offered in this field of study.

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Essential Information

Many masseuse programs culminate in a certificate, but some schools offer 2-year associate's degrees to massage therapists who wish to specialize in areas like medical massage, sports massage and pre- and post-natal massage. Some masseuse classes prepare students for state licensure as massage therapists, and may include subjects ranging from medical terminology to the types of massage. In addition, classes leading to certificates typically have a minimum number of training hours and may span up to one year.

Here is an outline of the common concepts taught in masseuse classes:

  • Forms of massage
  • Anatomy
  • Body movement
  • Physical and emotional well-being
  • Trigger points

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List of Courses

Massage Course

Some masseuse programs teach massage techniques in one long course that might cover Zen, Swedish, medical and other forms of massage therapy. Other massage therapy schools break up their courses so that students can specialize in a particular type of massage. Students might also choose to study pregnancy massage, infant massage, sports massage or deep tissue massage. Typically, massage courses for masseuses involve a lot of hands-on work, and massage students are likely to take massage courses throughout their studies.

Anatomy and Physiology Course

An anatomy and physiology course for massage therapy students might discuss body and system structure and dietary concerns. Many massage therapy programs require an anatomy and physiology course early in a student's program.

Human Kinesiology Course

Massage therapy students learn about human body movement and its relation to massage in a kinesiology course. Students learn about joint and muscle movement and posture and alignment. Other topics covered in a kinesiology course for masseuses might include skeletal structure, diagnostic techniques and pain treatment.

Psychology Course

Students preparing to become masseuses take a psychology course to learn about communication and ethics. Students learn about interpersonal communication and professional and personal boundaries. Other topics in a masseuse psychology course might include professional ethics in massage.

Career Training Course

In a career training course, students might work with real clients in a spa or hospital setting and learn how to run a massage business. Masseuse students in a career training course might also learn about marketing and business practices.

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