MTH - Massage Therapy

MTH 108  Introduction to Aromatherapy  (1-0-1)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: RDG 100 or satisfactory test scores

This course introduces basic aromatherapy skills to enable the student to be an educated consumer of aromatherapy products and incorporate aromatherapy into a professional regimen, including but not limited to nail technicians, licensed practical nurses and patient care technicians.

MTH 110  Principles of Yoga  (1-0-1)  

Offered Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: RDG 100

This course is an introduction to the physical, philosophical and scientific aspects of Yoga. Topics include the study of vitality and wellness involving the process of spinal alignment, breath and physical energy sequencing for muscle conditioning and mental vigor. Students will learn how to release specific muscle groups by combining Thai Yoga stretches with Positional Release techniques. Students will be working on the ground (yoga mats) using their hands, knees, forearms, feet and elbows to apply compression techniques and stretches.

MTH 120  Introduction to Massage  (3-3-4)  

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101

Co-requisites: MTH 121, MTH 136, MTH 137 (required)

A comprehensive introduction to therapeutic massage including history, theories, benefits, contraindications, ethical considerations and S.C. law for licensure. Swedish techniques are introduced.

MTH 121  Principles of Massage I  (3-3-4)  

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: MTH 120

Co-requisites: MTH 136, MTH 137 (required)

This course is an in-depth study of Swedish massage techniques and applications to a complete body massage.

MTH 122  Principles of Massage II  (2-6-4)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisites: MTH 121, MTH 136, MTH 137

Co-requisites: MTH 123, MTH 124, MTH 139 (required)

This course introduces basic assessment skills and applications of therapeutic techniques to muscles, tendons, ligaments and other structures.

MTH 123  Massage Clinical I  (1-6-3)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisites: MTH 121, MTH 136, MTH 137

Co-requisites: MTH 122, MTH 124, MTH 139 (required)

This course provides a clinical massage setting for experience in all aspects of delivering therapeutic massage.

MTH 124  Massage Business Application  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisites: MTH 121, MTH 136, MTH 137

Co-requisites: MTH 122, MTH 123, MTH 139 (required)

This course addresses the basic business skills necessary to operating a massage business including writing resumes, marketing, bookkeeping, taxes and record keeping.

MTH 129  Principles of Massage IV  (4-0-4)  

Offered Fall and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: RDG 100 or satisfactory test scores

This course is a practical application of oriental modalities integrated with pathological effects, including meridians and potent pressure points, acupuncture points, reflexology basic points and understanding shakras, muscle energy work with the muscle timeline and other basic oriental modalities.

MTH 130  Aromatherapy I  (1-3-2)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: RDG 100 or satisfactory test scores

This course covers the basic identification, properties and application of therapeutic essential oils.

MTH 132  Massage Therapy Seminar  (1-0-1)  

Offered Fall and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Current LMT or department head approval

This course includes the integration of didactic and clinical techniques in massage therapy. This course offers auxiliary modalities including but not limited to hot stone, polarity, sports massage, somatic-emotional release, or qigong. Student should check with faculty to verify topic per semester.

MTH 133  Massage Clinical II  (1-3-2)  

Offered Fall and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: MTH 123

This course provides a clinical massage setting for experience in all aspects of delivering therapeutic massage using advanced techniques and specialized modalities.

MTH 135  Massage Practicum  (1-3-2)  

Offered Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisites: MTH 121, MTH 136, MTH 137

Co-requisites: MTH 122, MTH 123 (required)

This course provides practical experience in all aspects of therapeutic massage application using advanced techniques & specialized modalities in the professional setting. Students will observe facility & business operations under supervision of licensed massage therapists or licensed medical staff.

MTH 136  Kinesiology for Massage Therapy  (1-3-2)  

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101

Co-requisites: MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 137 (required)

This course is a study of body movement and the body’s muscular and structural factors, such as posture and gait, in relation to massage therapy. Specific emphasis will be placed on the effects of massage therapy on the way the body reacts during various activities.

MTH 137  Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy I  (1-5-2)  

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101

Co-requisites: MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 136 (required)

This course will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the effects of massage on the body as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the skeletal, muscular and circulatory systems, including indications/contraindications for massage and relevant pathologies.

MTH 139  Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy III  (2-0-2)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisites: MTH 121, MTH 136, MTH 137

Co-requisites: MTH 122, MTH 123, MTH 124 (required)

This course is a study of the effects of massage on the sympathetic/parasympathetic divisions and the release of neurotransmitters and hormones.

MTH 142  Sports Massage  (0-3-1)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisites: MTH 121 and department head approval

This course is a comprehensive introduction to sports massage providing didactic and practical experience in the application of pre- and post-event sports massage and other select modalities. Class meets off-campus and works with area colleges and/or professional sports teams. Participation in this class requires adherence to the HSN divisional immunization policy. Students must have their own reliable transportation to off-site facility. Students will be admitted to this class based on weighted admissions.

MTH 143  Applied Massage Therapy for Athletes  (0-3-1)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisites: MTH 120, MTH 121 and department head approval

Co-requisite: MTH 122

This course provides both didactic and practical applications of sports massage for athletes. Emphasis will be placed on the specific needs of the athlete as it relates to injury prevention or treatment of sports-related injuries.

MTH 144  Somatic Emotional Release  (0-3-1)  

Offered Summer Semester

Prerequisites: MTH 120, MTH 121 and department head approval

Co-requisite: MTH 122

This course is the study of client/therapist mind/body awareness, with emphasis on professional boundaries and scope of practice. Students will learn, practice and experience integrative techniques for appropriate response to the client’s emotions during massage.

MTH 146  Polarity Therapy  (0-3-1)  

Offered Summer Semester

Prerequisite: RDG 100

This course offers practical application of a diverse range of polarity protocols and a basic understanding of the philosophy behind polarity therapy.