Massage (MAS) Courses

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

In this course the student 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 will include techniques for draping and body positioning of clients. An overview of the indications and contraindications for Swedish massage, basic hygiene, equipment, lubricants and supplies will be presented. Instructions in body mechanics and self-care techniques will be covered. Corequisite: BIO 171 with a grade of C or better and HPE 217.  F   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course will cover an introduction to medical massage including various healthcare settings: hospital for both in-patients and out-patients, clinics, and private practice. Topics include: specific medical terminology, pathologic conditions, specific 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 the prevention of complications. This course will include both theory and supervised practice. Prerequisites: BIO 165, BIO 171, BIO 172, BIO 265, MAS 110, MAS 210, MAS 211, MAS 215, MAS 245 each with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: MAS 220, MAS 250.  F   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course will present the fundamentals of classical Shiatsu theory, the emerging styles of classical and modern Shiatsu modalities, the history of Chinese medicine, traditional Chinese medical concepts as they relate to Shiatsu, Oriental anatomy, the anatomy of energy, and Oriental physiology. The methods of assessment and the techniques for formulating a treatment will also be covered. This course will prepare students for MAS 211 Shiatsu II. The students will be introduced to the practice of Shiatsu with hands-on demonstrations and practice, during the two-hour laboratory component of the course. Prerequisite: BIO 171, MAS 110 with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: BIO 165, BIO 172.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

MAS 211 Shiatsu II (1-3-3) 4 hrs.

This course will emphasize hands-on demonstrations and practice of the Shiatsu Technique. The philosophy of Oriental thought and Oriental medical theory taught in MAS 210, Shiatsu I will be expanded upon and will be the basis for the evolution of the Shiatsu technique practiced in this course. Central theoretical concepts will be reviewed through a combination of lecture and hands-on palpation of energy centers, meridians, and acupressure potent points (tsubos). Students will practice energy assessments and will learn to give a full Shiatsu treatment. The practice of Shiatsu involves body mechanics which train the practitioner to originate thought, energy, and movement from the Hara. Therefore, the study of Shiatsu involves not only the study of a physical technique, but requires the integration of Oriental philosophical principles to reach a state of centeredness and calm necessary to energy assessment. Students will learn the concepts of “Bodymind” as one entity. Prerequisite: BIO 165, BIO 171, BIO 172, MAS 110, MAS 210 each with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: BIO 265, MAS 215.  F   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course will cover two bodywork modalities utilized in the relief of myofacial (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 and adhered connective tissue. Prerequisite: MAS 110, MAS 210, BIO 171, BIO 172 each with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite: MAS 211.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course informs the student about the legal and ethical aspects for the profession of a 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 an 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 210, MAS 211, MAS 215, MAS 245 each with a grade of 'C' or better. Corequisite: MAS 205, MAS 250.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course explores the variety of options available today for use in the pursuit of holistic health. Alternative therapies will be viewed as complimentary to the existing medical system. This course will look at the theories, clinical research, politics and controversies surrounding the use of various alternative healing modalities. It will provide the student with information to evaluate the use of complementary therapies for healing and health maintenance. The format of this course includes lecture, class discussion, guest speakers, audio-visual aids and student presentations. This course is open to anyone interested in alternative therapies. (Also listed as NUR 220)  B   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.  SU   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course introduces 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, Corequisite: MAS 210, BIO 165 and ENG 103.  S   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

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

This course affords massage therapy students the opportunity to administer their massage skills to fellow students, college employees, and members of the community. Supervised by massage therapy faculty, these clinic sessions closely simulate a professional massage therapist’s practice. Students will utilize 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 in workbook study. A percentage of each student’s practice sessions are community service massages. The practicum provides students with a wide range of experience and provides the community with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Pre-requisites: BIO 171, BIO 172, BIO 165, BIO 265; MAS 110, MAS 210, MAS 211, MAS 215, MAS 245 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisites: MAS 220, MAS 205. 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.  S   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.  SU   View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF

Key to Course Offering Times

F Fall
S Spring
B Both or either Spring and Fall semester
JP Jan Plan/Winter Session
SU Summer