Living Body: Kinesiology / Bones & Muscles

Class details

  • Class Hours: 50
  • Instructor
    Mark Olson, Ph.D.
  • Prerequisites: None
  •  Class Materials: Trail Guide to the Body”, by Andrew Beil (3rd or 4th Edition) 2 sets of twin sheets.
  • Checkin at Harbin front gate as early as 12pm Sunday.
    You may enter the classroom building at 6pm to bring in your bedding and food if you'd like. Class orientation begins promptly at 6:30 pm for a 7pm class start time.

This course is a concentrated study of the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, and joints) and its pathologies. Our instruction includes an introduction to medical terminology and the use of supportive health care research. This course is required for all our program certifications and designed specifically for massage students, with special emphasis on issues related to massage. We incorporate a generous amount of hands-on palpation and demonstration on classroom skeletons and models, while following the illustrations in the required text. Lectures are enhanced with powerpoint slides, books, models, charts, quizzes, games, and review.

Also covered are the fundamentals of human kinesiology. Students learn to palpate the major muscles and understand their actions and functions. Using postural assessment and palpation, students learn to distinguish muscles that are tight and facilitated from those which are weak and inhibited. We also demonstrate and practice stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscle groups we cover.

As we cover the musculoskeletal structure and function of each section of the body, we detail common pathologies, including indications and contraindications for massage therapy. We discuss a range of musculoskeletal conditions such as atrophy, hypertonicity, adhesions, tendonitis, and trigger points, showing how they affect muscle function and how to discover them in massage therapy settings.

Students leave this course far more confident and ready to professionally and safely handle the range of musculoskeletal conditions they may see in their practice, from pathologies to optimal athletic fitness.