Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy Program

Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy Program

Courses Available with Dates Valid

  • Acupressure (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2017
  • Acupressure 2 (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
  • Acupressure 3 (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
  • Advanced Palpation (1 credit, lower division level) September 2000 through May 2003
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through April 2006
  • Anatomy & Physiology 2 (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012
  • Anatomy & Physiology 1: Muscles and Anatomy & Physiology 1: Bones (2 credits, lower division level) April 2006 through November 2012
  • Anatomy & Physiology 1: Bones, Anatomy & Physiology 1: Muscles and Anatomy & Physiology 2 (3 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Business Fundamentals (formerly Business Practices 1 & 2); (2 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through November 2017
  • Business Practices 1 (formerly combined with Business Practices 2 and called Business Practices); (1 credit, lower division level) October 1995 through September 2003
  • Business Practices 2 (formerly combined with Business Practices 1 and called Business Practices); (1 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through September 2003
  • Clinic (2 credits, lower level); January 2004 - November 2012 (1.5 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Clinic 1 (1 credit, lower division level) April 2000 through September 2003
  • Clinic 2 (1 credit, lower division level) September 2000 through May 2003
  • Clinic/Externship (formerly Clinic/Internship); (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through December 2003
  • Clinical Kinesiology (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through September 2003
  • East-West Pathology (2 credits, lower level); October 1995 - November 2012 (3 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Human Kinetics (2 credits, lower division level) January 2000 through May 2003
  • Hospital Clinic (1 credit, lower division level) January 2004 through December 2006
  • Introduction to Kinesiology (1 credit, lower level); September 1999 - September 2003
  • Kinesiology (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2017
  • Kinesiology of the Lower Extremities (1 credit, lower division level) December 2002 through November 2017
  • Kinesiology of the Trunk (1 credit, lower division level) December 2002 through November 2017
  • Kinesiology of the Upper Extremities (1 credit, lower division level) December 2002 through November 2017
  • Medical Massage 1 (1 credit, lower division level) May 2003 through April 2006
  • Medical Massage 2 (1 credit, lower division level) September 2003 through August 2006
  • Massage Therapy 1 (5 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (4 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Massage Therapy 2 (5 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (4 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Massage Therapy 3 (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (4 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Massage Therapy 4 (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
  • Neurology (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2017
  • Palpation (formerly Palpation Lab); (1 credit, lower division level) October 1995 through September 2002
  • Pathology (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through September 1999
  • Pathology (formerly Clinical Pathology) (2 credits, lower division level) September 1999 through November 2012; ( 3 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
  • Personal Potential (1 credit, lower division level) October 2002 through November 2012
  • Professional Foundations 1 & 2 (2 credits, lower division level) 1995 through October 2002
  • Professional Potential (1 credit, lower division level) October 2002 through November 2012 
  • Soft Tissue Structure & Function 1 (3 credits, lower division level) January 2003 through April 2006
  • Soft Tissue Structure & Function 2 (3 credits, lower division level) May 2003 through August 2006
  • Spa Massage 1 (3 credits, lower division level) May 2003 through April 2006
  • Spa Massage (formerly Spa Massage 2); (3 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through January 2012
  • Spa Practices 1 (2 credits, lower division level) May 2003 through November 2012
  • Spa Practices 2 (2 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through November 2012
  • Spa Practices 3 (2 credits, lower division level) January 2004 through November 2012
  • Visceral Anatomy & Pathology (3 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through December 2006
  • Wellness 1 (1 credit, lower division level) January 2003 through April 2006
  • Wellness 2 (1 credit, lower division level) May 2003 through August 2006
  • Wellness Topics for the Massage Therapist (formerly Anatomy & Physiology 3); (3 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017

Source of Records

The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy; 75 Kitts Lane; Newington, CT 06111

About the Training Sponsor

The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) located in Newington, Connecticut, with branch campuses in Westport and Groton, Connecticut, has operated as a private occupational school since 1982. The Center's mission is to provide career training in massage therapy; to offer education, products and services that enhance personal growth and professional development for massage therapists and to encourage understanding, acceptance and utilization of massage therapy as a health care service. The Center currently offers four programs: The Massage Therapy Program, which provides a thorough and broad-based entry education; The Spa Massage Therapy Program which includes additional training in spa treatments; the full-time Massage Therapy Program, an accelerated and abbreviated program; and the Clinical Massage Therapist Program, which provides an in-depth and extensive entry-level training for students intending to practice massage therapy with a restorative orientation.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Acupressure (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2017
To introduce the theory, terminology and basic skills of acupressure, an Asian form of massage therapy. Principles of meridian theory, assessment of kyo and jitsu and application of acupressure to specific situations is included.

Acupressure 2 (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
Students explore in more depth meridian theory and acupressure techniques that build on the foundation of Acupressure.

Acupressure 3 (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
This course is a clinical integration of Acupressure and Acupressure 2 where students apply all knowledge learned to describe client patterns of disharmony and address imbalance using the most effective methodology.

Advanced Palpation (1 credit, lower division level) September 2000 through May 2003
Students revisit and deepen the fundamental skills of palpation.

Anatomy & Physiology I (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through April 2006
To explore the structure and function of the human body.

Anatomy & Physiology 1: Bones Anatomy & Physiology 1: Muscles (formerly Anatomy & Physiology 1) A&P1: Bones and A&P1: Muscles (2 credits, lower division level) April 2006 through November 2012; A&P1: Bones, A&P1: Muscles and A&P2 (3 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
To explore the structure and function of the human body.

Anatomy & Physiology 2 (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012
(NOTE: After November 2012 must be combined with A&P: Bones and A&P: Muscles; see above)
To continue the study of the structure and function of the human body.

Business Fundamentals (formerly Business Practices 1 & 2); (2 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through November 2017
To teach foundational business theory and skills to help prepare students for careers as licensed massage therapists.

Business Practices 1 (formerly combined with Business Practices 2 and called Business Practices); (1 credit, lower division level) October 1995 through September 2003
To teach foundational business theory and skills to help prepare students for careers as licensed massage therapists.

Business Practices 2 (formerly combined with Business Practices 1 and called Business Practices); (1 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through September 2003
Continuation of Business Practices 1.

Clinic (2 credits, lower division level) January 2004 through November 2012; (1.5 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
Provides students with opportunities to synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills in working directly with the public in a supervised setting. Students assess individual needs and medical history of each client and make a therapeutic session plan. Treatments may include relaxation/stress reduction, specific work attending to soft tissue dysfunction, acupressure and/or eclectic combinations incorporating many modalities. Clinic supervisors guide student practitioners and provide feedback. Client sessions are reviewed in a classroom setting with continued emphasis on elements of professionalism, the therapeutic relationship, technical and clinical efficiency and the unique aspects of any condition encountered during the clinic.

Clinic 1 (1 credit, lower division level) April 2000 through September 2003
This course provides students with opportunities to synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills in working directly with the public in a supervised setting at the Center. Students assess individual needs and medical history of each client, and make a therapeutic session plan accordingly. Treatments may include relaxation/stress reduction, specific work attending to soft tissue dysfunction, acupressure and/or eclectic combinations incorporating many modalities.

Clinic 2 (1 credit, lower division level) September 2000 through May 2003
A continuation of Clinic 1.

Clinical Kinesiology (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through September 2003
To prepare the student to assess and address the musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions most commonly seen in the clinical settings that are likely to employ massage therapists.

Clinic/Externship (formerly Clinic/Internship); (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through December 2003
Students apply their knowledge and skills in working directly with the public and in supervised settings at the Center and in the field during the final term of study. Students assess clients' needs, plan and execute massage therapy sessions and review sessions with supervisors.

East-West Pathology (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (3 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
Students learn the mechanisms of disease from an Eastern point of view where they are exposed to concepts of pathology from meridian and Traditional Chinese Medicine theories.

Hospital Clinic (1 credit, lower division level) January 2004 through December 2006
To prepare students to identify elements of the safe use of massage, demonstrate elements of documentation, identify which massage technique is best suited for the patient, and demonstrate proper body mechanics while working around medical equipment.

Human Kinetics (2 credits, lower division level) January 2000 through May 2003
This course builds upon the problem solving and observational skills developed in Introduction to Kinesiology.

Introduction to Kinesiology (1 credit, lower division level) September 1999 through September 2003
To provide the basis for understanding human kinetics.

Kinesiology (2 credits, lower level); October 1995 - November 2017
Study of human movement including further exploration of the musculoskeletal system, efficient posture and body mechanics, and active and passive movements.

Kinesiology of the Lower Extremities (1 credit, lower level); December 2002 - November 2017
This course takes the student through an in-depth, regional examination of human structure and biomechanics of the lower extremities of the body. Focus is placed on advanced concepts of normal kinesiological functioning, including structures, joint movements, muscles, palpation, exercises to enhance function, case histories, and major functional concerns. Musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions and pathologies, which are most commonly seen in clinical settings, are presented in light of their kinesiological origins. Each condition is covered with respect to its soft tissue assessment, massage approaches, and exercise indications.

Kinesiology of the Trunk (1 credit, lower division level) December 2002 through November 2017
This course takes the student through an in-depth, regional examination of human structure and biomechanics of the trunk of the body. Focus is placed on advanced concepts of normal kinesiological functioning, including structures, joint movements, muscles, palpation, exercise to enhance function, case histories, and major functional concerns. Musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions and pathologies, which are most commonly seen in clinical settings, are presented in light of their kinesiological origins. Each condition is covered with respect to its soft tissue assessment, massage approaches, and exercise indications.

Kinesiology of the Upper Extremities (1 credit, lower division level) December 2002 through November 2017
This course takes the student through an in-depth, regional examination of human structure and biomechanics of the upper extremities of the body. Focus is placed on advanced concepts of normal kinesiological functioning, including structures, joint movements, muscles, palpation, exercises to enhance function, case histories, and major functional concerns. Musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions and pathologies, which are most commonly seen in clinical settings, are presented in light of their kinesiological origins. Each condition is covered with respect to its soft tissue assessment, massage approaches, and exercise indications.

Massage Therapy 1 (5 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (4 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
Students learn basic massage therapy theory, terminology, and skills.

Massage Therapy 2 (5 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (4 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
Intermediate and advanced massage therapy skills build on the basics learned in Massage Therapy 1.

Massage Therapy 3 (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2012; (4 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
Students apply massage therapy skills in working with athletes, fitness participants, and others engaged in physically strenuous activity. Students study the physiological effects of massage in relation to training, performance, and injury prevention. Emphasis on pre-event, post-event, training, and other therapeutic situations.

Massage Therapy 4 (2 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
This advanced course focuses on the refinement of clinical assessment skills. Students put into practice the theory learned in Clinical Kinesiology.

Medical Massage 1 (1 credit, lower division level) May 2003 through April 2006
To provide an overview of the current state of the medical massage field. General principles of massage treatment work are presented, including pain management approaches and treatment versus comfort orientations. Students learn the components of a well-designed research study and practice critical reading skills.

Medical Massage 2 (1 credit, lower division level) September 2003 through August 2006
To teach students to apply pathophysiology to special needs of various clinical populations.

Neurology (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through November 2017
This course teaches the basics of neuroanatomy and the mechanisms of impulse conduction.

Palpation (formerly Palpation Lab); (1 credit, lower division level) October 1995 through September 2002
Students develop palpation skills and knowledge of basic musculoskeletal anatomy, adding depth to the practice of massage therapy.

Pathology (2 credits, lower division level) October 1995 through September 1999
Students study abnormal health conditions most likely to be seen in a massage therapy practice. Special attention is given to contra-indications and precautions for massage therapy, and modifications to sessions to best serve recipients with various conditions. When and how to refer to other health practitioners is included.

Pathology (formerly Clinical Pathology); (2 credits, lower division level) September 1999 through November 2012; ( 3 credits, lower division level) November 2012 through November 2017
This course provides an introduction to the theories and mechanisms of disease while focusing on the pathological conditions most likely to be encountered in a massage therapy practice.

Professional Foundations 1 & 2 (2 credits, lower division level) 1995 through October 2002
In Professional Foundations 1, basic professional skills necessary to take responsibility for providing a safe and therapeutic environment. Body mechanics and alignment, grounding, centering and mindfulness skills are developed and applied. Emphasis is on reducing the risk of personal injury while giving massage, and establishing healthy and ethical therapist- client relationships. In Professional Foundations 2, students discuss professional issues related to the therapist-client relationship, ethics, self-responsibility and communication skills.

Professional Potential (1 credit, lower division level) October 2002 through November 2012
(NOTE: Professional Potential name changed from Professional Foundations 2 in October 2002)
Includes all of Professional Foundations 2 plus goal setting, conflict resolution, working with trauma, values clarification and leadership.

Soft Tissue Structure & Function 1 (3 credits, lower division level) January 2003 through April 2006
To develop a clear conception of normal musculoskeletal function to provide the groundwork for understanding the applications of massage therapy in promoting health and well-being.

Soft Tissue Structure & Function 2 (3 credits, lower division level) May 2003 through August 2006
To teach the students to think broadly about their clients' bio-mechanical backgrounds and apply their knowledge of human movement to better serve their clients' soft tissue conditions.

Spa Massage 1 (3 credits, lower division level) May 2003 through April 2006
To teach the student how to make a well-paced 50 minute session soothing and relaxing.

Spa Massage (formerly Spa Massage 2); (3 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through January 2012
To teach the student to identify problem areas and work on them using classic western techniques along with friction techniques, sustained compression, and mechanical vibration.

Spa Practices 1 (2 credits, lower division level) May 2003 through November 2012
To teach students principles and practices of aromatherapy, facial rejuvenation, and natural skin care.

Spa Practices 2 (2 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through November 2012
To teach the student reflexology, foot soaks and heated stone massage techniques and ways to integrate these modalities into either a spa environment or into a private massage practice.

Spa Practices 3 (2 credits, lower division level) January 2004 through November 2012
To teach the student to discuss and demonstrate techniques such as dry brush, phytogel exfoliant, gommage, self-tanning, salt and herbal detoxification.

Visceral Anatomy & Pathology (3 credits, lower division level) September 2003 through December 2006
Students become familiar with the language of anatomy and physiology; understand the general organization of the human body; understand the structure and function of the major systems of the human body; appreciate the importance of the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology; understand how massage therapy contributes to the optimal functioning of the human organism.

Wellness 1 (1 credit, lower division level) January 2003 through April 2006
To teach the student to develop awareness of stress on body systems; discuss how an individual defines optimal wellness; develop awareness of physical and emotional well-being; practice activities and exercises to support wellness through cognitive restructuring, behavioral change, detoxification, sensory input, meditation and movement.

Wellness 2 (1 credit, lower division level) May 2003 through August 2006
To teach the student to understand the importance and have experiential knowledge of the integration of mind, body, spirit, emotions and environment in relation to levels of wellness.

Wellness Topics for the Massage Therapist (formerly Anatomy & Physiology 3); (3 credits, lower division level) April 2000 through November 2017
Advanced topics in anatomy and physiology are presented in order to provide the scientific underpinnings for clinical education concurrently being received in Clinical Kinesiology and Massage Therapy 4.