HA-104: Western Massage II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-104 Western Massage II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory, offered in Fall or Spring semester

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): HA-102; All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites (if any): BI-331

Course Description in college catalog:

This course will expand on the material and skill learned in Western Massage I. Advanced deep tissue and stretching techniques will be explored, as well as working with clients in side lying position and seated in a chair. Students will learn approaches for using massage in pre-and post-event sport situations, along with cramp relief techniques and heat and cold application. Also introduced will be basic assessment and treatment documentation skills necessary for focused therapeutic massage work.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Massage Therapy

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively through written and oral forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in massage therapy. Students will be able to perform client assessment and create a treatment plan. Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased mastery of palpation skills identify by touch specific muscles and their attachment sites, as well as textures of muscle and fascia.
  • Apply appropriate techniques of draping and bolstering to clients in a side lying position.
  • Set-up and perform a chair massage with proper body mechanics.
  • Demonstrate basic assessment techniques and develop therapeutic massage treatments based on findings.
  • Provide massage to athletes in pre-and post-event situations.
  • Apply cramp relief techniques in sports or clinical massage settings.
  • Apply basic applications of connective tissue massage.
  • Apply basic myofascial pain and dysfunction (trigger point) techniques.
  • Use therapeutic applications of heat and cold in massage.

Program-specific outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the art and science of massage therapy, within a holistic health framework.

Comprehend knowledge of and apply Eastern and Western Massage Therapy techniques.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:


Table Methods
Assessment Item % Of Final Grade
Class Performance 10%
Lab Reports 10%
Midterm Practical 15%
Midterm Written 15%
Final Practical 25%
Final Written 25%

Failure of the practical evaluation will constitute a failure for the course


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