CPR/First Aid Certification – 8 hours
Each class will make a field trip to a location that teaches Red Cross First Aid and CPR and become certified. This training meets the OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs and combines lecture, interactive video demonstrations that feature emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a variety of environments. This hands-on training will teach the participants lifesaving skills. In the First Aid class the participants will learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies. The Adult CPR class teaches participants how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults. The CPR Child and Infant class teaches participants how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under the age of 12.
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nutrition – 20 hours
This course highlights the basic role of nutrition in overall health and wellbeing. The science of nutrition is the study of nutrients and how the body handles those nutrients. The roles of nutritional assessments and nutrition’s role in the prevention of disease are discussed. Digestion, absorption and transport of nutrients and their effects on the circulatory, vascular, lymphatic and muscular system are discussed in detail, as well. Other topics include nutrition’s role in energy balancing and weight control, water soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins, trace minerals and fluid and electrolyte balance. Fitness levels and physical activities are discussed in relationship to nutrients and body adaptations. The special nutrition related problems of athletes are discussed as well as the use of glucose and ATP during regular physical activity and how that affects the muscle-spasm-pain cycle. Instructors will also address nutritional deficiencies in relationship to disorders such as reflux esophagitis, hiatal hernias, diabetes, hypoglycemia, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, HIV, AIDS and ulcerative colitis.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome Massage – 5 hours
Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome characterized by pain amplification, musculoskeletal discomfort and systemic symptoms. In fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain, the superficial fascia is often “stuck” feeling. In this layer of fascia, there is a great potential to store excess fluid and metabolites. In chronic myofascial pain the local tissue changes are very similar to mechanically induced muscle damage. In the acute states, the changes are accompanied by edema and in chronic forms by local fibrosis. Chronic myofascial pain can be found body wide. In this course, instructors will detail the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and CMPS. Coexisting conditions are discussed, as well as “fibro-fog” and other cognitive deficits relating to FMS and CMPS. Instructors will demonstrate bodywork that clients can be taught to perform themselves and beneficial breathing and stretching exercises.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage – 5 hours
The techniques of lymphatic drainage massage are gentle, slow, rhythmic and in a somewhat circular movement to encourage the flow of lymph into and through the lymphatic capillaries and eventually toward the lymph nodes that drain the area being massaged. Lymphatic Drainage Massage was developed by French physician Bruno Chikly. Instructors for this course will demonstrate the proper sequence of movements that are required to perform LDM. Introduction to Anatomy Trains: Fascia and Biomechanical Regulation – 5 hours Myofascial release deals with the fascia of the body. The fascia is interconnected to every other part of the body, and actually helps to support the body’s very structure, including the musculoskeletal system. When injury, inflammation, or physical or emotional trauma occurs, the fascia can become tight and cause pain and/or restricted range of motion. Instructors will demonstrate a routine for Myofascial release that encompasses a gentle stretching and elongation of the connective tissues in and around the muscles. Particular attention is spent at areas that have trigger points. Myofascial Release Massage restores balance, health and elasticity while relieving muscular pain. The numerous ways that Myofascial Release Massage can help with many acute and chronic conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, and stress-related illnesses, are discussed.
Licensing Board Review – 42 hours
An in-depth question and answer session will review all of the material studied at the North Georgia School of Massage in preparation for taking the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Effective study habits and learning strategies will be discussed throughout the entire course. Study session goals will employ an interweaving study strategy. Test Prep Books for the MBLEx study Guide 2020-2021 will be issued and all practice tests completed. The comprehensive reviews will help to find areas that need to be reviewed again and the information clarified.
Supervised Clinic Hours – 100 hours
At the instructor’s discretion, the student will be allowed to continue their supervised clinic hours.