OPTM3 Fundamentals of Massage

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Level: 4
Credits: 10

  • Directed Learning hours: 50
  • Self Directed Learning hours: 50
  • Total Learning Hours: 100

Course Blog


  • This course aims to provide students with a theoretical framework within which to practice relaxation massage.


  • None


Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of massage practice
  2. Describe different cultural and philosophical approaches to massage
  3. Describe the effects of and contraindications to massage
  4. Describe the scope of massage practice
  5. Describe ethical and legal considerations in massage practice
  6. Use client health records effectively in a relaxation massage practice
  7. Describe how issues of sustainability relate to massage practice


  • Scope of massage
  • The historical development of massage
  • Ethical and legal considerations relevant to massage
  • Record keeping for relaxation massage practice
  • Sustainable massage practice

Attendance Requirements

Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • Fritz, S. (2004). Mosby’s fundamentals of therapeutic massage (3rd ed.). Missouri: Mosby.
  • Premkumar, K. (2000). Pathology A to Z – A handbook for massage therapists (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.