Program – European Medical and Therapeutic Massage 

1. A&P/LT— ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY/LAB-THEORY  (103 total hours)

Course content is presented according to body systems and focuses on the body working together to promote homeostasis. Mastery of the main concepts is encouraged with full-color art, animations, audio, and video, and online resources. Multiple exercises, games, quizzes, and tests to reinforce learning and test knowledge of anatomy and physiology are utilized, as well as hands-on palpation and demonstration with students and instructors. This course is for medical professionals who want to learn anatomy and physiology to pursue a field in the healthcare and manual therapy industries. The course is conducted in coordination with Massage Therapy. Pre-requisite: None

2. MM/LT — MEDICAL MASSAGE /LAB-THEORY  (15 total hours)

Medical and rehabilitative massage techniques are introduced and instructed in detail for the advanced student who has already completed both MASSAGE THERAPY and SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY. This approach to evaluation, assessment, implementation, and analysis of massage therapy for acute and chronic conditions and pain complexes is geared toward the manual therapist who has a goal of returning the client to homeostasis, integrating postural and behavioral change in the client, and aggressive treatment using specific techniques. Techniques include a spectrum of deep tissue, trigger point, advanced kinesthetic, soft tissue release, myofascial release, facilitated stretching, and intuitive touch with a goal of immediate relief of symptoms from a homeopathic and self-healing approach used. The following conditions will be learned: Achilles Tendonitis, Bicipital Tendon, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dowager’s Hump, Golfer’s Elbow, Hamstring Strain, Headache Technique, Hiatal Hernia, Iliotibial Band Treatment, Knee Pain, Low Back Pain, Menstrual Cramps, Muscle Cramp Technique, Plantar Fasciitis, Pottenger’s Saucer, Rotator Cuff, Shin Splint, Tennis Elbow, Tibial Torsion, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Upper Cross Syndrome and many more… Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy, Swedish Massage Therapy.

3. MT/LT — MASSAGE THERAPY/LAB-THEORY  (40 total hours)

Massage therapy introduces the philosophy and history of Eastern and Western massage, ethical and legal requirements of massage therapy, terminology, self-care and body mechanics for physical performance, and career goals and opportunities in the manual therapy field. This class also focuses on massage styles, basic strokes, and multiple modalities. This course prepares you for Swedish Massage. Pre-requisite: None


This 176-hour course is designed to focus on the concepts and principles of palpatory anatomy, kinesiology, and movement. The purpose of this course is to emphasize the development of skilled palpation as a fundamental component of effective manual therapy techniques. A solid knowledge base and understanding of how muscles and joints interact based on their structure and function will be created and enhanced through a Functional Skills Model. Pre-requisite: None

This Functional Skills Model combines palpatory anatomy, kinesiology, and movement, which help ingrain the accurate location of various anatomical structures through kinesthetic experience, quality of touch, and effective client communication. This model incorporates a unique, experiential, and participatory class environment, where students can retain information while learning to use critical and creative thinking processes. In the Functional Skills Model, students actively perform various movements of daily living with a Resistance Band (R Band), creating a kinesthetic impression. Students will also palpate the targeted muscle, which will help students gain a better understanding of the designated muscle’s location, size, texture, role in posture, and dynamic movement. Prerequisite:  Anatomy & Physiology Introduction.


Youth, scholastic, collegiate, recreational, and professional athletes will be treated with modalities used in a comprehensive approach to the athlete, inherent sports-related injuries, conditions, and environment. A visit to a sports facility will be planned. Guest recreational and professional athletes will be included for students’ hands-on practice and theory. Skills including deep tissue, trigger point, soft tissue release, Swedish, and pre-/post- event techniques for sports enhancement and improvement, to maximum potential are used in this education module. Unique to this course is the intensive training on the sports mind, psychology, pathology, and pharmacology correctly utilized in the sports environment, ethical and confidentiality concerns Workmen’s compensation, corporate sponsorship, and the athlete, parenting, and youth interaction for the sports massage therapist, sports addiction, and national and international athletic associations and purposes. This course will prepare the therapist for a position in a sports-focused environment including professional teams, fitness centers, scholastic, and collegiate atmospheres, and will enhance the intuitive therapist for application to professional treatment. Pre-requisite:  Massage Therapy.

6. PATH/LT  — PATHOLOGY/LAB-THEORY  (40 total hours)

This basic pathology course for massage therapists provides a foundation in general pathology and systems present in human anatomy and function that jeopardize homeostasis. The pathways of inflammation and repair, fluid and hemodynamic derangements, and the study of immunology, infections, metabolic deficiencies, and environmental contributors and vectors are addressed. Specific organ and system disease presentations are explored through all human functional systems, including specific side effects, effects on homeostasis, and contraindications to the profession of massage therapy. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy.


Specialty Massage Modalities provides advanced training for students in soft tissue and movement modalities and enhances the student’s ability to utilize creative problem-solving skills through practical applications. Students will learn techniques that are necessary for myofascial therapeutics, Seating Massage (covered more fully in the Massage Therapy curriculum). Aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, soft tissue release, oncology (addressed also in course SP), side-lying (prenatal and geriatric), cranial sacral, reflexology. A passing grade of 70% on written and practical quizzes is required on each modality.  Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage Therapy and Massage Therapy.


Special Populations explores the specific groups of clients that require a more customized approach to treatment and assessment. The course includes facilitating therapy involving amputees, individuals with physical or mental developmental disabilities, pre-natal/post-natal, geriatric, pediatric, immune-compromised patients, institutionalized individuals, and scholastic. Special Populations include theory and practical demonstration of adaptive techniques using adaptive equipment, clarifying American Disability Association guidelines, nondiscrimination, and ethics, the scope of practice, medical professional communication in the holistic approach, and review of universal precautions. The course provides specific training to allow for the mobility of students into multiple therapeutic environments and advanced assessment and treatment skills. Pre-requisite:  Massage Therapy.


Swedish Massage Therapy provides the principles of fundamental theory and techniques necessary for administering Swedish components of massage, including the history of Swedish massage, in conjunction with associated anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology unique to this modality. The class includes body mechanics and preparation unique to Swedish massage. The course requires performance in the practice of this modality from each other and instructors. A grade of 70% on both practical and written examinations is required. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy.


This course consists of 5 hours. CPR, AED, for Adult are covered by a two-year certification. Individual certificates for the achievement of 75% in written and practical skills examinations will be distributed by the Heart Saver. Pre-requisite: None.

11. ETH/T — ETHICS /THEORY    (20 total hours)

This course explores ethical practice including legal and moral requirements, history of ethical practice, sexual misconduct, confidentiality, HIPAA, roles and boundaries, the scope of practice, professionalism, business practices, and harassment. Text, video, role-playing, and guided situational networking are used for instruction. Pre-requisite: None


Live session Client with Real injuries and conditions performed by Dorel Lacatus LMT in the front of the class. It’s all about Pain, Trigger Point, Fascia, Orthopedic Assessments, and Application Methods will be applied. You will learn theories of pain, types of pain, pain perception, and pain management. You will be able to perform orthopedic assessments, including a range of motion, posture, and gait. Steps used in treatment planning and various methods and tools used in clinical massage. You’ll be able to describe massage considerations for patients in hospice care and state the stage of grief and their characteristics. Prerequisite: None

13. BM/LT — BUSINESS MASTERY/LAB-THEORY  (20 total hours)

Business Mastery outlines the possibilities of therapists in the massage industry including structures of business operation as employees and independent contractors, marketing, advertising, customer service, resume writing, and interview skills. Students will learn the foundation of successfully managing a bodywork business, including local, State, and Federal taxes and reporting (including Social Security and Medicare), as well as record keeping and accounting. Career goals are reviewed with instructions on developing a business plan, marketing, medical and third-party billing, and accepting credit cards. A proposed individual plan of activities for each student is required with a subsequent presentation to the class. Pre-requisite: None

14. C/LT — CLINIC/LAB-THEORY  125 hours (60 hours Hands-On clinical, 6 hours Assessment & Documentation, 5 hours of theory)

Participation in the European Medical School of Massage Clinic Program provides students with an opportunity to enhance their medical massage education and experience through on-campus clinical experience. During the clinic, a student will no longer be in the student role; you will assume the role of a professional in training dealing directly with the public. The student will handle real issues and provide professional medical massage treatment to real clients. In that capacity, the student must be especially mindful of performing professionally being professionally responsible, and maintaining confidentiality. The clinic is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and to gain important experience and references that can help you secure a customer base at the culmination of your medical massage education. The program will also provide the student with experience in professional business practices including, customer services, troubleshooting industry-related issues, business management, and administrative duties including appointment scheduling, medical billing, and equipment care and maintenance. The student will be on campus and a supervising licensed massage therapist instructor with supervised training, mentoring, and application of medical massage therapy services. During this one hundred-forty (125) hours of practicum, the student is expected to perform at least sixty (60) hours of hands-on clinical experience, four (5) hours of clinic introduction, and seventy-six (60) hours of client assessment/documentation. Pre-requisite: Weeks 1 through 14 of Swedish and Therapeutic  Massage Curriculum.