HA-209: Thai Massage

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-209 Thai Massage

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): I hour lecture 3 hours laboratory; offered in Fall or Spring Semester

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): CPR and First Aid Certification, BI-302, BI-331, HA-103; HA-104; or permission of instructorinstructor

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is designed for advanced massage therapy students. This course provides an introduction to traditional Thai massage and Thai culture. The lecture will review the history and theoretical foundations of Thai massage and discuss the role of massage in traditional Thai medicine. The practicum will prepare students to use stretches and pressure with hands, arms, knees, and feet to deliver a basic two-hour massage sequence in the front, side, back, and seated positions.

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:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in:

Student Learning Outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate appropriate interviewing and pre-massage assessment a. Communicate effectively with lab partners regarding health histories

b. Assess lab partners conditions and use clinical reasoning skills to design a care plan
Demonstrate a practical understanding of energetic balance and imbalance a. Identify and interpret energetic variations in lab partners Thai-based meridian system

b. Assess lab partners mind/body/energy system to create a care plan
Appropriately modify massage treatment when applicable a. Discuss potential use of Thai massage for musculoskeletal disorders

b. Demonstrate safe and effective Thai massage modifications regarding cautions and contraindications
Develop an understanding of Thai culture and traditional Thai medicine a. Write a research paper on an aspect of Thailand, its culture and medicine

b. Present findings to class regarding Thailand
Display proper body mechanics, pacing, and fluidity during a massage treatment a. Safely and effectively apply Thai massage movements, stretches, compressions with lab partners on a mat on the floor

b. Demonstrate a smoothly flowing Thai massage treatment.


Program-specific outcomes

Demonstrate a strong foundation in the biological sciences, together with a broad based general education in the liberal arts

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

Comprehend theoretical 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:

Evaluation will include written and practical components. Written evaluation will include papers and presentations on Thai history, geography, and culture and a final written exam (multiple choice and short-answer questions.) The practical evaluation will include ongoing assessment of hands-on work throughout the semester and a final practical exam. Grading for the practical will be based on a rubric to ensure consistency in evaluation.


Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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