Massage (MAS) Courses


MAS 110 Swedish Massage (3-4) 4 hrs.

In this first semester course entry level massage students will learn the history, theory and techniques of Swedish massage. The five strokes of the Swedish system and the application of these strokes in full body massage will be taught. Other topics include draping techniques and client positioning. An overview of the indications, cautions, and contraindications for Swedish massage, basic hygiene, massage equipment, lubricants and supplies will be presented. Instruction in body mechanics and self-care techniques will also be covered. The course prepares students for 200 level massage courses. Corequisite: BIO 171, MAS 117 with a grade of C or better.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 117 Health for Massage Therapists (2-2) 2 hrs.

As the FYE for the Therapeutic Massage Program, the course focuses on lifestyle factors and their relationships to well-being, healthy behaviors, and disease. A wide variety of health content areas are explored, including biomechanics, disease prevention, nutrition, personal and community health, and communication skills for productive relationships. Corequisite: MAS 110.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 205 Medical Massage (5-2) 5 hrs.

This course is intended for fourth semester massage therapy students and runs in conjunction with the Massage Practicum (MAS 250). Topics include specific medical terminology, pathologic conditions, massage techniques for pathologies and injuries, subjective and objective assessment and planning documentation for medical/insurance cases, and the benefits of massage in the treatment of illness and prevention of complications. It also provides an introduction to medical massage in various healthcare settings including hospitals for in-patients and out-patients, clinics, and private practice. This course will include both theory and supervised practice. Prerequisites: BIO 165, BIO 171, BIO 172, BIO 265, MAS 110, MAS 117, MAS 210, MAS 211, MAS 215, MAS 245 with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: MAS 220, MAS 250.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 210 Shiatsu I (4-3) 4 hrs.

Second –semester massage students will learn the fundamentals of classical Shiatsu theory and the emerging styles of classical and modern Shiatsu modalities. Topics covered include the history of Chinese medicine, traditional Chinese medical concepts as they relate to Shiatsu, Chinese-medicine-based anatomy, and Chinese medicine-based philosophy. The methods of assessment and the techniques for formulating a treatment will also be covered. This course prepares students for Shiatsu II (MAS 211). The students will be introduced to the practice of Shiatsu with hands-on demonstrations and practice during the laboratory component of the course. Prerequisite: BIO 171, MAS 110, MAS-117 with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: BIO 165, BIO 172.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 211 Shiatsu II (4-3) 4 hrs.

This course allows third semester massage students to advance their conceptual understanding and hands-on practices of the Shiatsu technique. The philosophy of Chinese medicine theory taught in MAS 210, Shiatsu I, is expanded upon and is the bases for the evolution of the Shiatsu technique practiced in this course. Topics covered include more in-depth study of the Chinese medicine based meridians, and the study of specific acupressure point locations. Methods of applying these points to clients are covered in the laboratory component of the course. Students learn to give full Shiatsu sessions and create shiatsu treatment plans for individual clients that address specific medical and emotional issues. Prerequisite: BIO 165, BIO 171, BIO 172, MAS 110, MAS-117, MAS 210 with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: BIO 265, MAS 215.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 215 Connective Tissue and Neuromuscular Massage Therapies (3-4) 4 hrs.

This is a third semester course that will cover two bodywork modalities utilized in the relief of myofascial (soft tissue) pain/dysfunction syndromes: 1) Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), which emphasizes the role of the nervous system in muscle pain, and 2) Connective Tissue Therapy (CTT), which focuses on the freeing muscle structures from hardened/adhered connective tissue. Other topics include: Client interviewing and documentation/SOAP note charting, Client assessment (postural evaluation, ROM and Special/Orthopedic testing), Chair massage, Pain and Pain Management, Soft tissue disorders, Hydrotherapy, and the significance of touch and non-verbal communication in massage. During the laboratory component of the course students will apply knowledge gained from lecture to hands-on practice. Prerequisite: BIO 171, BIO 172, MAS 110, MAS-117, MAS 210 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite: MAS 211.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 220 Law and Ethics (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course informs the 4th semester student about the legal and ethical aspects for the profession of licensed massage therapist (LMT). Topics included in the course are NYS and national legal standards, professional conduct/misconduct, liability coverage, professional boundaries, confidentiality and informed consent. The business aspects of becoming and LMT will be covered as well, including career opportunities in the massage therapy field and current national statistics, employee vs. self-employed, financial planning, client record-keeping, resumes and cover letters, and working with insurance companies. Students will experience the professional environment of an LMT as well. License requirements for massage therapists in NYS including reviewing the licensing application form and fee schedules will be covered. Prerequisite: BIO 165, BIO 171, BIO 172, BIO 265, MAS 110, MAS 117, MAS 210, MAS 211, MAS 215, MAS 245 with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: MAS 205, MAS 250.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 225 Complementary and Alternative Therapies (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course explores the variety of options available for use in the pursuit of holistic health to prepare students intending to work in careers related to complementary/alternative (CAM) therapies. These therapies will be viewed as alternative or complementary to the existing Western medical system. This course will explore the theories, clinical research, politics and controversies surrounding the use of the various CAM healing modalities. It will also provide the student with information to evaluate the use of CAM therapies for healing and health maintenance. This course is open to any student interested in alternative or complementary healing practices. Students who are enrolled in the massage therapy program must obtain a C or better in this course.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 240 Massage Field Experience 2 hrs.

Seventy hours of field experience will be spent in a massage/complementary treatment center. The student will enter the facility under terms laid down by said facility. The facility will provide direct supervision and the field coordinator indirect supervision for the student. Five hours of classroom experience will also be included. Prerequisite: MAS 110, MAS 210 with a grade of 'C' or better.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 245 Massage Therapy Research (2-0) 2 hrs.

This course introduces 2nd semester freshman students to research and critical appraisal in the Complementary and Alternative Health Care field with a special emphasis on Massage Therapy Research. It will focus on the need to ask questions about the profession and how to construct good clinical questions. Topics will include: becoming a reflective massage therapist, finding evidence to support the work of the massage therapist, understanding the scientific evidence, evaluating the evidence and then applying the evidence to practice. Prerequisite: MAS 110, MAS 117 with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: BIO 165, ENG 103, MAS 210.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 250 Massage Therapy Practicum (0-4) 2 hrs.

This course affords fourth semester massage therapy students the opportunity to administer their massage skills to fellow students, and other members of the college community. Supervised by the massage therapy faculty, the clinic sessions closely simulate a professional massage therapy practice. Students will utilize professional communication skills, intake procedures, massage techniques, as well as post-massage feedback from clients and instructors. Students keep detailed records of their work, and reflect upon their experiences and progress. The practicum offers students a wide range of clinical experience to benefit their future massage therapy practices, as well as provides the college community with the benefits of massage. This course runs in conjunction with Medical Massage (MAS 205). Prerequisites: BIO 165, BIO 171, BIO 172, BIO 265; MAS 110, MAS 117, MAS 210, MAS 211, MAS 215, MAS 245 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisites: MAS 205, MAS 220. Students enrolled in the Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care Program must obtain a “C” or better grade in this course and any other coursework with a MAS prefix, as well as the above listed BIO prefix courses.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


MAS 255 Massage Travel/Study Experience (3-0) 3 hrs.

This course provides students with an observational and hands-on study of various massage techniques and healing modalities that derive from other cultures. This course may be conducted in different locations throughout the world where specific styles of massage therapy techniques originated. Students will also partake in lecture about the cultural history and underlying theory that these practices are based on, as well as travel within the country to visit historical sites that are relevant to the history of massage therapy and wellness in the specific culture. Due to the extensive travel requirements, a limited number of students will be enrolled in each section. Unless otherwise specified by the course instructor, the course will be limited to students who are matriculated in the Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care Program with a minimum of two semesters completed, or have a New York State Massage Therapy License.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF