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Massage Therapy Diploma Program Winnipeg

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Prepare for your new career as a Massage Therapist with the Massage Therapy diploma program at Robertson College. Combining theory with practical training, this comprehensive program covers everything that Massage Therapists must know, fully preparing you for a career in physiotherapy clinics, spas, chiropractic practices, sports injury clinics, fitness centres and wellness centres.

Program Overview

The 2-year Massage Therapy program at Robertson College Winnipeg provides research and evidence-informed education that meets the National Standards in all areas of the program – with a strong focus on anatomy, therapeutic techniques and research to ensure our graduates are prepared to meet the requirements of provincial regulation and to start their careers as a Registered Massage Therapist. 

Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools

Topics of Study

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology - 100 hours

Provides an introduction to basic scientific methods and critical thinking, as well as anatomy and physiology. A key goal is to become familiar with normal superficial anatomy and basic physiology to improve the comprehension of more specific and detailed information as presented later in the program.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy I - 75 Hours

Explores the skeletal system and its development. Students learn to identify bony landmarks, the articulations of the skeletal system as well as the relevant ligaments and the nerve supply of the upper and lower extremity

Musculoskeletal Anatomy II - 90 Hours

Develops an understanding of the entire muscular system and skull, including an examination of location, origin, insertion, action and nerve supply of each muscle. Instructors also demonstrate and guide accurate palpation of accessible muscles.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy III - 90 Hours

Studies the muscular system of the vertebral column, thorax, abdominal wall, abdominopelvic cavity and the perineum, including a thorough examination of the location, origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply of each muscle. Along with the above, accurate palpation of accessible muscles
is demonstrated with guided practice of proper techniques.

Pathophysiology I - 90 Hours

Provides an understanding of blood and its disorders. Students learn about the immune system, its organization and components as well as its disorders. A key goal is to familiarize students with normal physiology and then the pathophysiology association with the system.

Pathophysiology II - 100 Hours

Provides an understanding of systemic and/or orthopedic pathology as it relates to the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, respiratory and circulatory systems. This course also provides an understanding of the normal physiology of the endocrine and circulatory systems.

Pathophysiology III - 110 Hours

Reviews pathophysiology as it relates to the digestive, urinary, reproductive, and the integumentary and endocrine systems.

Physiology I - 90 Hours

Explores how cells, tissues, organs and the organ systems function together to create one organism. A key goal is to familiarize students with normal physiology to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented later in the program.

Physiology II - 90 Hours

Provides an understanding of the muscular system as well as the nervous system, including its organization and components, neurons, synapses and receptors, the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the cardiovascular system. A key goal is to familiarize students with normal physiology to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented later in the program.

Clinical Massage Treatments I - 110 Hours

Develops an understanding of postural dysfunctions and its treatment utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises. Students learn to examine postural dysfunctions (fascial and muscle imbalances, ITB friction syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, hyper/hypolordosis, scoliosis), overuse injuries (plantar fasciitis, periostitis and compartment syndromes, tendonitis, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis), conditions of the head and neck (WAD, torticollis) and joint dysfunctions (DDD, OA, RA, AS, and gout), as well as a review of musculoskeletal injuries.

Clinical Massage Treatments II - 100 Hours

Provides an understanding of CNS disorders including communication aids, ambulation aids, decubitus ulcers, seizures, hemiplegia, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, MS, Parkinsons, respiratory conditions (sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma), systemic conditions
(fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, dupuytren’s contracture, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes), circulatory dysfunctions (hypertension, heart failure), and compression and peripheral nervous system conditions. Students also learn about the treatment of CNS disorders utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises.

Clinical Massage Treatments III - 85 Hours

Provides opportunity to review treatment and assessment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) for all conditions learned to date. Students address research, create poster projects and prep for board exam practice/prep. Students also review how to interpret assessment findings in order to formulate a clinical impression/differential diagnosis for all previous conditions covered.

Orthopedic Assessment I - 100 Hours

Provides the understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straight forward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. This course provides an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, gait and posture analysis.

Orthopedic Assessment II - 70 Hours

Students develop an understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straight forward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. This course provides an understanding of principles and
concepts of assessment, as well as assessment of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand and hip.

Orthopedic Assessment III - 70 Hours

Provides an understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straightforward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. This course provides an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, as well as assessment of the knee, lower leg, ankle and foot. As well a review of all orthopedic assessment studied thus far, as well as practice using orthopedic assessment with case studies.

Orthopedic Assessment IV - 45 Hours

Builds on the foundation formed in previous courses, students continue to develop their knowledge of orthopedic physical assessment and obtain an even greater understanding of the concepts and principles of assessing the spine and peripheral joints.

Pharmacology - 15 Hours

Introduces the general principles underlying the use of drugs. In addition, students are introduced to common uses and effects of drugs, implications of how medications are administered, and client safety guidelines to incorporate into everyday practice.

Communication and Ethics - 60 Hours

Provides an understanding of the acceptance of responsibility for professional communication, conformance to intraprofessional and inter-professional communication methods and standards, and use of conflict resolution and problem solving techniques. It will also provide an understanding of the establishment of professional client relations, formation of sound judgments about therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic boundary and trust issues, and the formation of sound judgments about sexual impropriety, boundary and trust issues.

Business and Legal Practice - 40 Hours

Reviews accepted business management concepts, the establishment of external business relationships, the development of adequate documentation and record keeping, conformance to common law, and participation in quality assurance program.

Introduction to Research - 40 Hours

Introduces the topic of research including what research is, the importance of research, and the various methods that researchers use to investigate problems. As part of the course, students are challenged to develop a research proposal.

Clinical Rehabilitation and Kinesiology - 50 Hours

Provides an understanding of the application of general principles of kinesiology, general principles of therapeutic exercise, the application of range-of-motion exercises, and the application of resistance/strength exercises. As well, this course will provide an understanding of the application of cardiovascular exercise, application of static control, movement and functional rehabilitative applications, and design of an exercise program.

Exercise and Nutritional Physiology - 50 Hours

Explores basic concepts of exercise physiology, the role of macro nutrients, the role of micronutrients, the role of fibre, and basic nutritional concepts.

Massage Theory and Practice - 110 Hours

Reviews the history and contemporary use of Massage Therapy, the application of various massage theories, the practice of appropriate client care, support of public health practices and the application and understanding of Swedish massage techniques.

General Principles and Techniques I - 55 Hours

Provides with an understanding of general treatment principles, stretching, joint mobilization techniques, traction & nonspecific mobilization, lymphatic drainage, and hydrotherapy.

General Principles and Techniques II - 145 Hours

Develops an understanding of connective tissue techniques, neuromuscular techniques, and friction therapy. As well, it examines treatments for pain syndrome management techniques, gastrointestinal conditions and common musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprains, strains, cruciate, meniscal injuries, etc.

Public Clinic/Outreach - 310 Hours

Facilitates a dynamic learning process to ensure students attain “Hands-on Treatment Credits” under the supervision of Registered Massage Therapists. Clinic and outreach allows students to combine the knowledge and skills from other courses and apply it directly to patient care. Robertson also provides group outreach opportunities at carefully picked events that allow students to treat specific demographics and gain experience treating a variety of conditions not often seen in a public clinic.

CPR / First Aid - 10 Hours

As part of this program, students attain First Aid/CPR certifications.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent i.e. GED, ABE, post-secondary Diploma or Degree) verified by copy of transcript
  • Passing grade in English; Grade 11 or 12 Biology and/or Chemistry, verified by Registrar
  • For applicants whose first language is not English or International Students, proof of English proficiency is required (CLB, TOEFL or IELTS assessments) or the successful completion of Wonderlic English Test
  • Criminal Record Check – Sterling Backcheck (CRC with Vulnerable Sector Search required upon the start of Year 2 of the program)

Program Notes

If you’re looking for an affordable massage treatment, consider booking a massage at the Robertson Massage Therapy Clinic.

Marianela Lopez

Marianela Lopez, PhD brings exceptional depth and experience to her role as Program Coordinator and Instructor at Robertson College. Marianela has extenstive experience in research & development and was the Senior Scientist with Cangene Corporation in Winnipeg, studying bacterial infections for humans. She is also a Post Doctoral Fellow through the University of Saskatchewan on Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, holds a Masters degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and is a Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular Immunology from Washington State University.

Marianela Lopez
, PhD

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