The Advanced Massage Program: Clinical Assessment and Correction Specialization is designed for those students with the ability and intent to provide therapeutic (corrective) treatments for their clients. At MCG Career College, we believe that this area of training has been substandard in the industry for many years and results in graduates that use relaxation techniques for therapeutic treatments.
This second year course teaches proper assessment and correction techniques, used specifically for therapeutic applications. All concepts taught in the first year Basic Relaxation Massage program are reinforced and expanded upon, but the emphasis is now on assessment and corrective techniques for acute and chronic pain found in the soft tissues and associated structures of the body.
In addition, Advanced Therapeutic students are taught the Lensen™ Technique, which combines elements of osteopathy with massage therapy. As one of the only institutions in Alberta to offer this training, graduates receive a Certified Lensen™ Therapist certificate in addition to receiving their Advanced Therapeutic Massage program diploma.
This program is 1288 hours and takes place over 10 months. It follows the same format and requirements as the Basic Relaxation Massage Program over a longer time period.
Completion of both the Basic Relaxation Massage program and the Advanced Therapeutic Massage program will provide the graduate with 2288 hours of instruction.
Like the Basic Massage Therapy program, the Advanced Massage Therapy program is a blend of distance and classroom learning, with a hands-on, practical component. In between the once-a-month classroom sessions, students must complete home study assignments, correspondence work and practical work experience.
Classroom instruction: Students must attend 7, 9-day classroom tutorials spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Each day is divided into 2 classes: ½ day of academic instruction and ½ day of massage treatments. At the start of every weekend of classroom instruction (with the exception of the first class), students must write an examination consisting of the material taught in the previous month including all assigned home study for that month. If the student does not complete the materials as assigned they will be unable to successfully complete the exam. Classes take place on both Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Home study assignments: These are assigned at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction to be completed prior to the next class. They provide reinforcement and expansion of the concepts presented in class.
Correspondence lessons: These are supplied at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction. The student is required to complete and submit the correspondence lesson at the next scheduled class. These lessons provide the student with the ability to improve their critical thinking and reading skills, and to prepare them for the independent nature and business of massage therapy.
Practical work experience: Students must obtain the required hours of supervised work experience within a specific time frame.