Certified Massage Therapist, 600 Hours, 8 months
Upon completion of Aspen Massage Institute's certified massage therapist program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (or equivalent test). AMI offers career counseling to assist graduates in determining their career objectives.
Students will learn the basic theory and practice of Swedish massage, as well as the principles, values, ethical and legal implications of bodywork. They will learn how to accommodate various types of clients with different health/body concerns, how to document sessions, and how to determine if and when massage therapy is contraindicated. Students will build upon the skills developed, and explore advanced tool use and specific muscle work. They will learn to create protocols to address specific concerns, as well as how to truly listen to clients in order to tailor client-focused care, while maintaining personal boundaries and care.
Through the studies of anatomy (structure), Physiology (function), Kinesiology (movement), and Pathology (dysfunction), this course is designed to give an in-depth knowledge of the body as it applies to massage therapy. Students will understand the human body in health and disease through discussion of body systems—skeletal, organ, integumentary, digestive, circulatory, nerve, lymph, etc. Students will learn through lecture, interactive multimedia presentations, and hands-on palpation.
This course will tackle the subject of how to create a thriving business through high ethical and legal standards. Personal & professional development, determining individual goals and purpose, relating to and communicating with others, including interview skills, resumé writing, confidentiality, trust, dual-relationships, boundaries, financial considerations, chair massage, self promotion, licensing and certification, and the art of listening will be key features in lectures.. Ethical conduct and standards of practice, including AMTA and ABMP Codes of Ethics, and Colorado Massage Therapy Laws will also be incorporated, as well as exploration of different employment options—particularly in the Roaring Fork Valley.
This course offers a basic introduction to a variety of modalities, including Thai, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Cupping, Reflexology, and others.
Students will be taught the history, benefits, and applications of various methods of hydrotherapy, as well as a basic series of common practices found in many day spas. including (but not limited to): cold/warm/hot towel applications, wet sheet wraps, hot/cool alternation for circulation, compresses, scrubs, wraps, hot stone treatments, aromatherapy, and advanced facial massage and application of products (not to be considered esthetics). We will utilize the hot tub, cold plunge pool, cool water activities, and steam room as well.
Students will learn to work with athletes on a basic level. Students will be introduced to pre-event, post-event, maintenance and restorative massage. Emphasis will be placed on common sports injuries, enhancing athletic performance, facilitating stretching and recovery.
Students will learn theory, palpation, and treatment techniques for trigger points, incorporating the understanding of fascial patterns, and treatment of pain.
This course will work with Neuromuscular Therapy to give fundamental instruction of how to work with the connective tissue of the body (fascia) and incorporate this knowledge into deep-tissue work.
This course provides certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid through the National Safety Council.
1 class on Chair massage, and 2 classes of Prenatal massage.
Preparation for the MBLEx exam to become a licensed massage therapist.
Students will implement learned classroom techniques in a structured environment working on public clientele. In addition to performing massage and bodywork techniques, students will learn how to manage spa programs and customer services, as well as self-promotion and marketing. Another large part of this learning process is knowing how to document sessions for future sessions.