Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. Sports Massage addresses the specific needs of athletes. It can use Swedish massage methods, cross fiber friction, trigger point therapy, stretching methods, etc. It is used during training, and before or after events, to enhance performance and to promote post-injury healing. The three sports massage classes listed below will give you the ability to be able to successfully work with athletes in many different fields.

Sharon Oshita

These classes may be taken as part of the 250 , 500 or 650 hr Massage Therapist Program or as continuing education classes: SPORTS MASSAGE-Principles of Sports Massage (16 hrs), SPORTS MASSAGE-Injuries and Sports Massage (24 hrs) 



SPORTS MASSAGE-Principles of Sports Massage (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, May 30 & 31 (9 am - 6 pm).. In this class we will discuss the various considerations when working with active/athletic individuals and the different phases of their activities, such as pre-event, inter/intra- event, post-event, and recovery. The timing of the massage session will determine the intent of the massage session. Are you trying to "warm-up" the body/muscles, excite the CNS, get the athlete psychologically "up" for competition? Are you trying to maintain a particular physical/mental state? Are you trying to determine what might be needed to improve performance for the next competition/event? Or perhaps you're just assisting in the recovery of an athlete after a competition/event? What techniques might you use to attain these goals? These are the types of questions we'll be addressing. Understanding what you're trying to accomplish will allow you to explore the various approaches/techniques and reasoning behind the decisions to maximize an individual's level of activity and competitive nature. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Sharon Oshita Cost: $224. Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.

SPORTS MASSAGE-Injuries and Sports Massage (24 hrs) Fri, Sat & Sun, Jun 12, 13 & 14 (9 am - 6 pm) . In this class we will discuss common injuries and conditions found with the active/athletic population and how we might approach them as massage therapists. It will include, but not be exclusive to the discussion of an overview of anatomical structures of the area, (muscles, bones, joints), mechanism of injury, stages of healing tissue, the proper use of ice vs. heat, and observation and assessment of body movement. We will also discuss the pathology of specific injuries to help you to "DO NO HARM" as a massage therapist and understand what is indicated and contraindicated for a particular stage of injury for that person. Understanding of anatomy and physiology is helpful. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Sharon Oshita. Cost: $360 Prepay: 2-Wk $350, 4-Wk $340.


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