Massage Therapy

750 Hour Curriculum

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Find Your Future with Massage Therapy at Blue Cliff

This 750-hour program includes a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, which form the basis for training in specific massage techniques. Hands-on techniques include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Spa Massage, Sports Massage, Basic Shiatsu and Supervised Clinical Practice. This program also includes a course in Marketing with professionalism leading to the development of an operational business plan.

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This 750-hour program includes a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, which form the basis for training in specific massage techniques.  Hands-on techniques include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Spa Massage, Sports Massage, Basic Shiatsu and Supervised Clinical Practice.  This program also includes a course in Marketing with professionalism leading to the development of an operational business plan.

Learn by doing in our Massage Therapy Courses

The students will master the basic techniques of Swedish massage, including specific draping options for a one hour full-body protocol.

These techniques include effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement. The student will learn contraindications and indications for massage, stroke execution and variation to determine relaxation or energizing effects. Each student gives and receives massage in the classroom under supervision. Proper body mechanics and self-care is taught as key to longevity in the profession. The student will learn how to take a client history. Each student is required to document a minimum of ten massages given to the public in the student clinic.

Proficiency Goals

  • Demonstrate proficiency and confidence in both relaxation and clinical massage techniques.
  • Gain the practical knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, relating to massage.
  • Gains practical knowledge of the structure of the human body and the function of the human body system.
  • Demonstrates the palpation skills to locate and identify various body structures.
  • Understand contraindications and indications for massage therapy.
  • Shows proficiency in the application of techniques including deep tissue, connective tissue, and neuromuscular massage therapies.
  • Ability to perform range of motion and orthopedic testing.
  • Gains knowledge of trigger point patterns and their effect on function.
  • Demonstrates the ability to perform Swedish massage therapy, including the techniques of effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement.

Proficiency Goals Cont.

  • Gains and understanding of ethical and professional issues and client screening. Exhibits knowledge
    and skill in designing an effective treatment plane for the client’s condition.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in adjunct techniques/methods (hydrotherapy, stretching, joint mobilization and muscle energy techniques).
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in Russian techniques and Medical Massage Techniques.
  • Gains an ability and knowledge of sports massage techniques.
  • Has practical knowledge of Eastern and Western Practices theory and application.
  • Gains an understanding of energy concepts including Shiatsu.
  • Gains the knowledge for appropriate communication with other health professions, including client referral.
  • Able to manage the many facets of a professional practice, from legal/professional issues to marketing strategies.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with clients and prospective employers.
  • And Much Much More!!!

Employers Love Our Students!

Blue Cliff strives to develop and maintain very strong relationships with local employers. Employers are looking to hire our students day to day! What are you waiting for?

Real People, Real Careers

Career Options

  • Cruise Line
  • Day Spa
  • Hospital or Doctor’s Office
  • Own a Day Spa
  • Private Practice in a Studio
  • Athletic Team
  • Chiropractor Assistant
  • Athletic Club
  • Executive and on-site
  • and much much more

What Classes Will You Take?

750 Hour Curriculum

  • Anatomy, Physilogic & Pathophysiology (100 Hours)
  • Anatomy: Palpatory & Kinesiology (68 Hours)
  • Basic Shiatsu** (35 Hours)
  • Body Mechanics (includes Thai Chi)** (19 Hours)
  • Chair Massage* (10 Hours)
  • Charting** (10 Hours)
  • Community Outreach*(**) (25 Hours)
  • Complementary Modalities*(**) (20 Hours)
  • CPR/First Aid*(**) (7 Hours)
  • Health & Nutrition** (12 Hours)
  • HIV*(**) (3 Hours)
  • Integration of Program Theories** (5 Hours)
  • Laws, Legislation & Ethics** (10 Hours)
  • Marketing*(**) (20 Hours)
  • Massage I: Swedish Massage (45 Hours)
  • Massage II: Integrated Deep Tissue Techniques** (45 Hours)
  • Massage III: Neuromuscular Therapy** (45 Hours)
  • Massage IV: Medical Massage** (45 Hours)
  • Massaging Special Populations** (34 Hours)
  • Reflexology*(**) (15 Hours)
  • Spa Massage ** (32 Hours)
  • Sports Massage & Russian Sports Massage** (45 Hours)
  • Supervised Clinic Practice (Business)** (100 Hours)
  • TOTAL CLOCK HOURS: 750

When Will You Take Them?

First you have to choose between our day program or night program depending on what fits your schedule best.

Day Program

Schedule:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Night Program

Schedule:

Monday- Thursday 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Classes with an * may be taken out of sequence and ** any sequence after Massage I: Swedish Massage. All
schedules are subject to change without notice, and the latest schedules are enclosed with this catalog.
Curriculum & schedule is subject to change by the school. If curriculum objectives are met in a given modality
above, the balance of the hours may be attended in another course/module. All training hours earned and
measured only in clock hours.

Don’t take our word for it, hear what these students have to say.

I was a student at Blue Cliff. When I initially spoke to the staff there it was a great opportunity for me to initially get in and start something I’ve been wanting to do for probably 5 years. When I got started we had an incredible staff of people. Our instructors were knowledgeable down to just all their knowledge of A&P and the body. Anyway, I guess what I wanted to say was Blue Cliff gave me the opportunity to work in this wonderful place, this spa and resort. It’s a fantastic way to make a living. They just gave me the tools I needed to get my foot in the door, and it’s a great opportunity to be at Blue Cliff.

Christy Kingry

Blue Cliff Graduate, Grand Hotel

I’ve been working as a massage therapist since the summer of 2007.  I do techniques including integrated massage with Swedish, deep tissue and other techniques.  I graduated from Blue Cliff Massage Therapy School.  It was a great experience.  They have a beautiful facility.  They are excellent in helping you achieve all of your dreams.  The teachers at Blue Cliff college have been awesome.  They’ve helped me prepare for my career and provided great deals of friendship and leadership.

Jessica Kyle

Graduate

I am glad I went to Blue Cliff because it allowed me to do what I love which is massage therapy & fitness and now I own my own business and I am my own boss and made going to school more affordable and I was able to complete everything within about a year.

Twan Ngueyen

Graduate, Owner of a Health Business

I went to Blue Cliff for 750 hours a day regularly to prepare for a job, and they have a great business program to help you find jobs… They helped me out a lot and prepared me for the field… I started off working with friends and families to get better adjusted, and then I started working with chiropractors.  Which helped me out a lot and I want to work with more chiropractors.

Kelvin Prince

Graduate

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