Massage Therapy

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Massage Therapy

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Field Component, Hospitality, Multicultural Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Introduction to Spa Treatments or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Massage therapy has a long tradition in cultures around the world and it is used in a variety of health-related purposes: to relieve pain, increase relaxation, reduce stress, address anxiety and depression and aid general wellness. This course brings students to a full understanding of the skills and knowledge required by a professional massage therapist. Students will gain an overview of the traditional and modern schools of thought in message therapy. A strong focus will be placed upon principles and theories of hydro therapy, biodynamic therapy, lymphatic drainage and reflexology. Massage techniques examined during the course include but are not limited to: Swedish, Thai, Ayurvedic and shiatsu massage, massage with hot stones and essential oil, deep tissue massage, sport massage. Students will also learn how professional massage therapists comply with the growing health and safety concerns in the spa environment. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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