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These are the specifications of the Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine’s
Physical Therapy and Massage – Diploma Course:
|1. Awarding Institution / Body:||School of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, University of America, USA|
|2. Teaching Institution:||Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine|
|3. Programme Accredited by:||School of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, University of America, USA|
|4. Final Award||Compulsory course for students enrolled in the Doctor in Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine|
|5. Programme title:||Physical Therapy and Massage – Diploma Course|
|6. Course Code and level:||DNHM8014|
|7. Duration of programme:||One trimester or 12 weeks|
|8. Total number of study hours:||Equivalent to 5 US credits or 75 clock hours of study|
|9. Enrolment requirements:||Students enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine|
|10. Enrolment date:||Second Year, First Trimester|
|11. Fees:||Full payment: €598 euros; Instalment plan: €200 per month for 3 monthly payments.|
Physical Therapy and Massage
Massage therapy is used to help manage a health condition or enhance wellness. It involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout human history, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain.
The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques. The most common form of massage therapy in Western countries is called Swedish or classical massage; it is the core of most massage training programs. Other styles include sports massage, clinical massage to accomplish specific goals such as releasing muscle spasms, and massage traditions derived from Eastern cultures, such as Shiatsu and Tuina.
The healing touch of massage is one of the best gifts you can give your body. It has been used in human societies for thousands of years as one of the principle therapies for both mind and body healing. Massage is not only an aid for relaxing away stress and tension and stimulating healing, it also boosts circulation and helps tired bodies to rejuvenate themselves, ready for the rigours of everyday life.
The course consists of 12 Lessons, such as:
LESSON 1 – Introduction to Massage – preparing to massage, hand exercises, cautions and contradictions
LESSON 2 – Essential Oils – choosing and blending oils, applying oils, various oils and their effects, lotions, creams and powders
LESSON 3 – The Power of Massage – key benefits, massage sequence, stroking and fan stroking, circle stroking, circle thumb stroking, raking, kneading, wringing, rolling
LESSON 4 – Percussion – pummelling, hacking, plucking, cupping, shaking, rocking
LESSON 5 – Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage – basic anatomy, deep effleurage of the chest, spine and shoulder, petrissage of shoulder, neck and lower back
LESSON 6 – Leg and Arm Massage – basic anatomy, massage to clear lymph, effleurage of the shoulder, biceps, arm and palm, petrissage and compression techniques
LESSON 7 – Abdomen and Rib Massage – basic anatomy, ribs and diaphragm and specific techniques for the abdomen
LESSON 8 – Hand and Foot Massage – check the hands and feet, colour, temperature, skin condition, tension, moisture, the flexibility of joints, condition of nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, different massage techniques
LESSON 9 – A Professional Approach – setting up in business, easing muscle soreness, understanding anatomy and physiology of the various bodily systems
LESSON 10 – Self Massage – face and scalp, neck and shoulders, leg and feet, abdomen and lower back, arms and hands
LESSON 11 – Swedish Massage – terminology, effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement (percussion), passive and active movements
LESSON 12 – Manual Lymphatic Drainage – how it works, when to use it, treating a partner, pump and scoop, rotary movements
Physical Therapy and Massage – Part 2
A massage therapist manipulates the soft tissues of the body through firm pressure and fluid movements. Manipulating the tissues breaks up deposits in the muscles, increases flexibility, elicits a healing response, and improves overall wellness.
There are different types of massage and the therapist who is working with the client will determine the type of massage that is best suited to their particular needs.
The healing touch of massage is one of the best gifts you can give your body. It has been used in human societies for thousands of years as one of the principal therapies for both mind and body healing.
Massage is not only an aid for relaxing away stress and tension and stimulating healing, it also boosts circulation and helps tired bodies to rejuvenate themselves, ready for the rigors of everyday life.
The course consists of 12 Lessons, such as:
Lesson 2 – Pregnancy, Baby and Children Massage
Lesson 3 – Massage for Health Part 1
Lesson 4 – Massage for Health Part 2
Lesson 5 – Sport Massage
Lesson 6 – Massage and the Elderly
Lesson 7 – Chinese Massage
Lesson 8 – Indian Massage
Lesson 9 – Indian Head Massage
Lesson 10 – Thai Massage
Lesson 11 – Shiatsu
Lesson 12 – Reflexology