Lakewood School is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) offering a comprehensive training program in Therapeutic Massage.
We offer a 10 month, 750 clock hour, professional Massage Therapy program. Graduates earn a Diploma and the title of Massage Therapist.
Students learn a holistic approach to bodywork that includes relaxation massage, assessment skills and therapeutic applications. Personal growth and self care are part of the educational process.
Students choose from a variety of topics for the workshop electives and work in a supervised clinic for the practicum portion of the program.
There are a number of settings where massage therapists practice. Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2014-2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook .
Course DescriptionsAnatomy and Physiology - 80 Hours (Online Course)
Students will gain a sound understanding of the structure and function of the human body. In this course we study all the systems of the body especially as they relate to massage. This course is taught primarily online and students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students will have some in-class A & P content and review.
Pathology - 64 hours (Online Course)
This course addresses the functional changes in the body that result from disease processes. The content corresponds to the Anatomy course content. Students will learn infection control and adaptations and contraindications to massage therapy. This class is taught online and students must have access to a computer and the internet.
Kinesiology - 100 Hours
Kinesiology means the study of movement. In this course, we study bones and numerous muscles, where they’re located and movements for specific muscles. The lab portion of this class includes palpation range of motion and stretching.
Professional Development - 118 Hours (40 Hours Online)
This course includes interactive classroom experiences where we explore client scenarios and develop communication skills. Topics include professional relationships, scope of practice, and career preparation. Students will create components of a business plan. Some components of this course are taught in a distance learning format.
Massage Theory and Techniques - 148 Hours
Students begin by learning to perform a relaxation massage for the healthy adult. Therapeutic techniques are then introduced which may provide pain relief and increase range of motion. Students learn to create an individual plan of care for the clients they serve.
Supplemental Program - 48 Hours
These classes include a wellness series where we explore concepts of wellness and holistic health. These classes are Wellness I, Wellness and Energy, and Nutrition. Also included are Ethics, Hydrotherapy, and Pathology. The Ethics Supplemental Class is required for graduation.
Student Clinic - 96 Hours
In Student Clinic, students work with clients from the public with a Lakewood faculty member on site. This supports the transition from school into a career setting. We also go out into the community for outreach clinics. This is a fun way to increase public awareness of the benefits of massage and increase employment opportunities upon graduation.
Workshop Electives - 96 Hours
Workshops provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of bodywork modalities and techniques that are complimentary to massage and may be incorporated in a massage session. This allows students to develop their coursework in areas of their particular interest.