The Living Body: Systems and Pathologies

Class details

  • Class Hours: 50
  • Instructor: Julia Bystrova
  • Prerequisites: None
  •  Class Materials: Class details coming soon.
  • 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. Class orientation begins promptly at 6:30pm for a 7pm class start time.

This course is designed to help body workers “see” into the body and be more effective as therapeutic practitioners. This class teaches you how to “build a body,” by providing an overview of cells, tissues, organs, the major body systems and how they relate to each another. You learn about the benefits, physiological effects and contraindications of massage, as well as many of the pathologies that you could see in the course of your practice. You will also have an introduction in important ways you can support your client when you run across the more common issues and how to look up or refer out for lesser known issues.

As we cover each system, we detail common diseases and disorders, including indications and contraindications for massage therapy. You will be able to make informed decisions about the safety and applicability of massage moves and modalities, given specific client conditions. Maintaining relevance to massage therapy, we include specific client examples. We give students information and safe, effective strategies to address specific client disorders and diseases. In some cases, we discover contraindications and areas of caution. In others, we explore indications and special applications of techniques. We include attention to special populations, such as the elderly, pregnant women and infants/children. Classes of medications, including side effects and their implications on massage, are carefully covered. In addition to lecturing on a series of common pathologies, we include exercises to help students develop critical thinking skills, be able to find information independently, and identify the variables that contribute to informed decisions.

Each day will include time for massage and other exercises that focus on a specific body system. You learn it all through lively interaction, lecture, games, and movement in a creative learning environment. Together with “Living Body: Bones & Muscles/Kinesiology,” this class helps prepare bodyworkers to take the MBLEX Exam and any serious body worker will find it to be an essential part of her/his learning. This class will be a valuable tool for the Land or Water therapist and along with Bones & Muscles will fulfill the requirement for Anatomy in the core programs at the school.