Western Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
We use a "whole-brain" approach to learning that includes sculpting muscles with clay, games, creative projects and symbolism, all of which help students to gain a tangible understanding of the human body and how the natural healing process works.
Eastern Anatomy & Physiology
Ancient holistic healing systems are presented and compared with modern scientific discoveries regarding the correspondences between the physical body, the emotions and the mind. An experiential understanding of the chakras and subtle energy work is presented along with theory and techniques from India, Thailand, Polynesia, China and Japan.
Massage lab begins with training students on Swedish massage one stroke at a time. Many allied modality techniques are taught in addition to the basic Swedish massage, offering students a thorough training for job employment once licensed. As students become more proficient with Swedish massage, we begin to introduce allied modalities and other bodywork techniques such as; Hydrotherapy(Hot packs, Cryotherapy), Native American Hot Stone massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Chair massage, ROM, Sports, Active Isolated Stretching, Thai massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Aryurveda Shirodhara, Neuromuscular therapy, Reiki, Body Rolling (self massage), infant massage and Cranial Sacral therapy.
We provide a 'state of the art' ceramic tiled room with two Vichy shower stations and a Hydro-therapy tub for training students and servicing clientele in a wet/hydrotherapy spa. Students learn the Vichy table rinse as well as the procedure for assisting the client off the table for a shower rinse. We begin with Aromatherapy Salt Glow Exfoliations (wet and dry), Hot/Cold Contrast Baths and Herbal Infusion Baths.(Refer to Student Clinic menu of services)
Integrative Case Studies
In MSS0252 Massage Therapy I, students begin learning Swedish Massage strokes, protocols, body mechanics and routines. By MSS0262 Massage Therapy II, students change their focus to the client/patient needs, indications, contra-indications, endangerment sites and pathology. Students learn how to gather medical information, create medical charts, practice S.O.A.P. notes, practice medical terminology, and how to operate a clinic setting. Clients, Instructors and Students have a circle of communication through our "Clinic Critiques". In MSS0263 Massage Therapy III students are now creating treatment plans and developing critical thinking skills for individual client/patient needs.
Palm Beach State/FAU Learning Exchange Program
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Gross anatomy at the Florida Atlantic University Biomedical lab; FAU Medical students and faculty teach Palm Beach State Massage Therapy Senior students gross anatomy bringing all they have learned 'to life'. In exchange, Palm Beach State Massage therapy senior students and instructors teach Complimentary and Alternative Medicine and Compassionate touch to FAU medical students.
Do you want to be self employed or work for someone else? Since we are a vocational program, we focus on training our students to work wherever they desire. Do you see yourself in a Medical setting or hospital, a five star resort, spa, or cruise ship? We want all our licensed graduates employed and happy with their employment. Palm Beach State College has it's own "Small Business Development Center" whereby certified business analysts are available to offer education, support and encouragement to students who choose to create their own business.
Student therapists take Chair Massage on the road. We take our chairs to your community affairs or activities as long as the event meets with our schedule. Our best times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12-3pm or Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:30pm. Typically we provide three chairs, five massage therapy students and one instructor.