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Massage Therapy Program London

Program Overview

Massage Therapy is a rapidly growing field and recognized as an essential part of health care and overall wellness.

Westervelt’s Massage Therapy program is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, the industry association that designates Massage Therapists and oversees the mandate of Ontario Massage Therapy schools ensuring the public interest is placed at the center of Ontario Massage College activities.

Westervelt College is also a member of the Ontario Council of Private Massage Therapy Colleges.

College of Massage Therapists of Ontario 

Ontario Council of Private Massage Therapy Colleges

Program Courses

The Massage Therapy program in our London, Ontario campus is taught by massage therapists who have years of experience and expertise. Westervelt classrooms are set up for success, and you’ll gain the crucial hands-­on experience you will need to succeed in our unique clinic classrooms. Also, you’ll gain valuable experience during the massage clinic.

  • Business and Legal Practice

    This course will provide students with the fundamentals of accepted business management concepts, the establishment of external business relationships, the development of adequate documentation and record keeping, compliance with legislation, conformance to common law, and participation in a Quality Assurance Program.

  • Career Strategies

    Taught by our professionals in Graduate Employment Services, this course is designed to train students to research and how to obtain their desired career goals. Topics covered include: current employer expectations in the selection process, winning resume styles, interview skills and techniques, and successful strategies to develop and conduct their personal career search.

  • Clinical Massage Treatment I, II & III

    Clinical Massage Treatment I

    This fundamental course provides students with a great understanding of musculoskeletal injuries and overuse injuries. Students develop treatment techniques utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises while working with contusions, strains, cruciate and meniscal injuries, plantar fasciitis, periostitis and compartment syndromes, as well as, frozen shoulder, tension headache, fascial and muscle imbalances.

    Clinical Massage Treatment II

    This fundamental course provides students with a great understanding of conditions of the head and neck, postural dysfunction, and joint dysfunctions. Students develop treatment techniques utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises while working with whiplash, torticollis scoliosis, hypermobility/hypomobility, pediatric, geriatric and many other disorders.

    Clinical Massage Treatment III

    This fundamental course provides students with a great understanding of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, and systemic disorders. Students develop treatment techniques utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises while working with decubitus ulcers, seizures, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, crush and severance injuries, nerve lesions, sciatic nerve lesions, sinusitis, emphysema, asthma, hypertension, irritable bowel, inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia, skin pathologies and many other disorders.

  • Clinical Rehabilitation and Kinesiology

    In this course students develop an understanding of the application of general principles of kinesiology and therapeutic exercise, the application of range of motion exercises, and the application of resistance/strength exercises. Other topics of study include: application of cardiovascular exercise, application of static control, movement and function rehabilitative applications, and the design of an exercise program.

  • Communications and Ethics

    This course will provide students with an understanding of the acceptance of responsibility for professional communication, conformance to intra-professional and inter-professional communication methods and standards, use of conflict resolution and problem solving techniques. Students also gain an understanding of the establishment of professional client relations, formation of sound judgements about therapeutic versus non-therapeutic boundary, trust issues, and the formation of sound judgements about sexual impropriety, and boundary issues.

  • Exercise and Nutritional Physiology

    Upon completion of this core course, students will have gained valuable knowledge in concepts of exercise physiology, the role of macro nutrients, the role of micronutrients, the role of fiber, vitamins and minerals and basic nutritional concepts.

  • General Treatment Principles and Techniques I & II

    General Treatment Principles and Techniques I

    Utilizing the knowledge gained in earlier courses, this course provides students with an understanding of general treatment principles, stretching, connective tissue mobility, and mobilization techniques. Other techniques developed are joint mobilization, traction and non-specific mobilization.

    General Treatment Principles and Techniques II

    Continuing from the principles and techniques learned in Hlth380, students further study techniques in neuromuscular (trigger point therapy), lymph drainage, hydrotherapy, breast massage and pregnancy. Along with these techniques, pain syndrome management and stress syndrome management techniques are developed and other special considerations such as: mood, anxiety, and dementia are studied.

  • Introduction to Research

    This course introduces students to the topic of research; defining what research is, why we do research, and the various methods that researchers use to investigate problems. In this course, students are expected to complete a research proposal for a sample research project.

  • Massage Theory and Practice

    This course explores the interpretation of the history and contemporary use of Massage Therapy, analysis, and application of various massage theories. Student will begin learning specific massage therapy techniques and incorporate them into a full body relaxational focused massage treatment. Other topics include: practice of appropriate client care, and support of public health practices.

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy I, II & III

    Musculoskeletal Anatomy I

    In this course, students gain an understanding of the skeletal system including identification and boney landmarks, as well as, the articulations of the skeletal system. Other areas that will be examined include the origin, insertions, actions, and nerve supply of the muscles upper extremity.

    Musculoskeletal Anatomy II

    Building on the foundation learned in Hlth300, students continue to gain knowledge of the skeletal system including identification, boney landmarks, and articulations of the skeletal system. Deeper examination of the origin, insertions, action and nerve supply of the muscles of the forearm, lower limb, as well as, the head and neck continues within this course

    Musculoskeletal Anatomy III

    Continuing to build on significant knowledge learned in Hlth300 and Hlth305, students are provided with a deeper understanding of the skeletal system including identification, boney landmarks, and articulations of the skeletal system. Further studies explore the origin, insertions, actions and nerve supply of the muscles of the vertebral column, thorax, abdominal wall, floor of the abdominal pelvic cavity, and perineum.

  • Orthopedic Assessment I, II, III & IV

    Orthopedic Assessment I

    Upon completion of this course, students will have explored and gained 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 will also provide an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, as well as, assessment of the spine and temperomandibular joint, gait, range of motion, pain and posture analysis.

    Orthopedic Assessment II

    Building on the foundation learned in Hlth350, students develop a greater understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straightforward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment. Students also develop a fuller rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. Upon completion, students will have a larger understanding of the principles and concepts of assessment, including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and hip.

    Orthopedic Assessment III

    Continuing to build on the strengths developed in Hlth350 and Hlth355, this course provides students with a better understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straightforward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. Students acquire an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, as well as, assessment of the knee, lower leg, and ankle.

    Orthopedic Assessment IV

    Continuing to build on the strengths developed in Hlth350 and Hlth355, this course provides students with a better understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straightforward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. Students acquire an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, as well as understanding of a Rule In and Rule Out assessment.

  • Pathophysiology I, II & III

    Pathophysiology I

    Upon completion of this course, students will have gained fundamental knowledge of blood and its disorders, the immune system; its organization, components, and disorders. A key goal for students is to become familiar with normal physiology and then the pathophysiology associated with the system.

    Pathophysiology II

    Continuing to build on the foundations developed in Hlth360, this course provides students with a deeper understanding of systemic and orthopedic pathology as it relates to the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, and circulatory systems.

    Pathophysiology III

    Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired all pathophysiology knowledge required of a Massage Therapist as relates to respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, integumentary systems, and psychopathologies

  • Physiology I & II

    Physiology I

    Upon completion of this course, students will have a valuable understanding of how cells, tissues, organs and organ systems function together to create one organism. The key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology and to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented further into the students’ course of study.

    Physiology II

    This course builds on the fundamentals learned in Hlth310, students gain added knowledge of the nervous system; it’s organization and components, neurons, synapses, and receptors. Other systems studied are the musculature system, the central nervous system, and the peripheral nervous system. A key goal for students is to become familiar with normal physiology and to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented further into their program.

  • Clinic I, II & III

    Clinic I

    This course will provide the student with experiences in relaxation massage for the clinic setting and to integrate rehabilitative massage techniques to all regions of the body. In addition, this course will provide students the opportunity to provide massage for special populations in other health care settings such as: residential and day care facilities, and with special populations. Students will develop skills in SOAP charting; documenting all massage services provided and will continue to develop the degree of clinical detail required in their documentation. Emphasis will continue to be placed on developing professional communication skills, self-care therapies, and self-monitoring skills. Students will continue to participate in ongoing discussions of professional boundaries, application of massage technique, and therapeutic intent.

    Clinic II

    This course continues to provide the student with experiences in relaxation massage for the clinic setting and to integrate rehabilitative massage techniques to all regions of the body. In addition, students carry on with providing massage for special populations in other health care settings, developing skills in SOAP charting; forming the degree of clinical detail required in their documentation. Emphasis is still placed on developing professional communication skills, self-care therapies, and self-monitoring skills. Students continue to participate in ongoing discussions of professional boundaries, application of massage technique, and therapeutic intent. As with Hlth412 - Clinic I, work will be observed and critiqued as part of fostering their development.

    Clinic III

    Building on the skills acquired throughout their program and from Hlth410 and 412, this course continues to provide the student with experiences in relaxation massage for the clinic setting, integrating rehabilitative massage techniques to all regions of the body, and additional skills in SOAP charting; emphasis continues to be placed on developing professional communication skills, self-care therapies, and self-monitoring skills. Once again, student work is observed and critiqued as part of fostering the students’ development.

  • Outreach

    This course will provide students contact with special populations and unique conditions that may not present themselves in clinic. Community outreach provides therapy to those individuals who may not be able to travel to our facilities. While case studies provide students with great knowledge, outreach allows students to gain experience assessing and treating challenging cases over several treatment sessions.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this program may choose to become entrepreneurs by opening their own massage clinic or may seek career opportunities in physiotherapy clinics, health spas, chiropractic practices, sports injury clinics, fitness centers, wellness centers.

Tuition & Fees

Massage Therapy Diploma Program tuition fees for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.

Program CodeMT
Tuition$17,372
Books$603
Fees$2,200
Total$20,175

Uniforms are included in the fees.  Linen service and laundering for the on-site clinic is provided by the college free of charge.

Financial assistance is available to students who qualify. For assistance, please contact our Admissions team for more information.

Program Details

Duration18 Months
Program TypeDiploma Program
Tuition
Tuition, Fees & Books $20,175.00
Start Dates
  • October 10, 2017(MT)