Core Courses

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Length of Course: 150 hours

This course is divided into five different sections (listed below). Within each unit, student testing is an ongoing process. A final test of all units is given at the end of the term.

Anatomy & Physiology (Intro)

An introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, giving the student a foundation for more specific subject knowledge areas. The course covers a brief description of the systems of the body and covers the cell, cellular metabolism, tissues, skin and integumentary systems.

Support and Movement

In-depth studies of the muscular and skeletal systems, giving the student an understanding of Kinesiology. Major muscles are studied, and origins and insertions are emphasized. The bones of the skeletal system are learned as well as their cellular makeup, sizes, functions and points of attachments for muscles and tendons. The body is viewed as a continuous lever system in motion and the ossification process of bones is explained.

Nervous System

Covers the central and peripheral nervous systems and their three functions: sensory, integrative and motor. A study of nerve cells, nerve pathways and reflex arc are incorporated along with study of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. An understanding of the somatic senses of touch, pressure, temperature and pain in conjunction with the special senses of smell, taste, hearing, equilibrium and vision. Because of its close relationship with the nervous system, the endocrine system is reviewed at this time.

Body Systems

The other systems of the body such as respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive and urinary systems are studied. Along with these systems, the students will be given a knowledge of nutrition and metabolism. The makeup of blood, water and electrolyte balance are covered.

ACUPRESSURE

Length of Course: 20 hours

This course will cover basic Chinese medical theory. The fourteen major meridians and key acupressure points will be studied. Diagnostic methods will be introduced; these include looking at the tongue; feeling the pulse and palpating the Hara (abdomen). If time permits, point combinations for common symptoms and aductive therapies such as cupping, moxabustion, and gua sha will be covered.

C.P.R./FIRST AID

Length of Course: 8 hours

This complete course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation will result in a two-year New Hampshire Safety Council Certification. This workshop will cover the fundamental principles and skills of First Aid and CPR. Included topics are: bandaging, artificial respiration, heart attacks and stroke, shock, care of wounds, etc.

PRACTICUM

Length of Course: 125 hours

A minimum of one-hundred twenty-five hours of practicum hours must be completed at the Institute’s on-site Student Therapy Clinic, located next to the Institute. Students will join small sub-groups weekly (that may change monthly) and work on both fellow students and clients of the Clinic. Time is spent on massage techniques so that the student will develop his/her own individual method of massage therapy.

EASTERN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AND ITS PHILOSOPHIES

Length of Course: 18 hours

Students will learn the history of various traditional healing methods and the basis of Oriental thoughts about life beyond science. Included will be the concept of yin and yang, meridian lines, pressure points, origins of the five phases– all related to the human body and its natural way of healing. Comparative analyses between Eastern and Western medicines and how to powerfully combine the two will also be studied.

ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM — HEALTH SERVICE MANAGEMENT

Length of Course: 50 hours

This course has a two-fold purpose—familiarizing the students with New Hampshire law regarding Massage Therapy (RSA 328-B), boundary issues, etc., and the successful management of a Massage Therapy practice. The course is divided into three parts: first, presenting the students with the principles of management (including client interview; state/local rules and regulations; etc.); second, offering the student practical experience in dealing with specific clientele (handicapped, elderly, children, etc.) and the general public; and third, developing skills by researching independently areas of personal interest in massage therapy as a career. Each part of the course will be separately scheduled, as follows:

  • Lecture and classroom time: 27 hours
  • Public Awareness Event 10 hours(Sponsored and approved by NEIWH)
  • Independent project / Business Plan 13 hours
  • Classroom and lecture time will be regularly scheduled.

GRIGORIAN METHOD ® (Method developed by Dr. Grigore, Shiatsu Master)

Length of Course: 54 hours

The Grigorian Method ® developed by Gabrielle Grigore, is an effective, unique body treatment that focuses on the human skeleton. The Method employs a systematic treatment using joint movement and range of motion in combination with pressure points exercised upon a fully-relaxed, passive client. This Method facilitates the release of restrictions and increases the body’s flexibility and resiliency. It is a preventative treatment for inflammatory diseases as well as a useful means of body maintenance and therapeutic recovery.
The Grigorian Method ® treatment forms a bond of trust between client and therapist due to its safe, holistic nature.
The Grigorian Method ® course is taught with an emphasis on exercise and body mechanics so that the therapist will have a greater understanding of body limitations with respect to age, weight, height, predispositions, environmental factors, and lifestyle. Students will learn a step-by-step protocol of technical procedures. More advanced procedures include an exclusive application of fruits and vegetables to the body.

GRIGORIAN ORGANIC SPA REFLEXOLOGY ® (the basics)

Length of Course: 24 hours

Discover the hidden secrets of nature's way of healing through the application of fruits, vegetables and organic products to the feet, hands, and face. Created by G. Grigore, this spa treatment uses new hand techniques and additional means to achieve precise levels of pressure. This pressure, applied to related reflex zones, influences the functions of one or more organs of the body and stimulates the body's natural capacity to heal itself. The students will be able to administer a full 1¼-hour treatment session! This course is a prerequisite to "Grigorian Organic Spa Reflexology ® —Beyond Basics."

HYGIENE AND PATHOLOGY

Length of Course: 42 hours

Proper hygiene for massage practitioners when dealing with the general public and the ability to recognize and deal appropriately with diseases and clinical pathologies presented the professional is the main focus of this course.

HYDROTHERAPY

Length of Course: 18 hours

This course includes all aspects of hydrotherapy: the effective use of ice/cold/hot water modalities. The application of hydrotherapy internally and externally for various disease and pain processes is covered. Special emphasis is placed on hydrotherapy application for pain relief, improvement of strength and endurance and balance improvement. The course includes hands-on "get wet" clinics designed to familiarize the student with current techniques and all equipment used in hydrotherapy settings. Theory, benefits, history and contraindications are included. While the lecture is held on campus, hands-on courses are held directly at clinical pool sites with the instructor.

INTRODUCTION TO TOUCH THERAPIES

Length of Course: 45 hours

This course serves as students’ introduction to the current methods, trends and theories in the therapy field. Covered are various histories and origins of numerous modalities along with classes in tools and resources for the professional. Indications and contraindications of massage are explained before hands-on techniques are demonstrated.

NEUROMUSCULAR TECHNIQUE

Length of Course: 32 hours

Neuromuscular Technique is a form of deep-tissue massage that relieves pain, reduces muscle spasms and increases circulation to the inner part of muscles. Students learn various techniques using elbows, thumbs, knuckles and fingers.

SEATED MASSAGE

Length of Course: 22 hours

Instruction in a sequence of Swedish and Russian strokes to relax the entire body without oils while seated in a massage chair. An excellent modality for introducing massage for a first-time client; in an office setting when time is short and in situations where clients cannot lie horizontally.

SPORTS MASSAGE

Length of Course: 30 hours

Sports massage technique and application will be introduced. Students will learn how to apply the techniques to pre- and post-event situations. Contraindications will be discussed in the context of First Aid for athletes at events. While 24 hours will be held on campus, 6 hours will be utilized working on athletes at various public sporting events. (examples: Boston Marathon, Health Source Road Race, Portsmouth's Tour de Cure, Heart to Heart Road Race, etc.)

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Length of Course: 54 hours

Students learn a brief history of Swedish massage, then students are given "hands-on" instruction of the basic strokes of effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration. Through individual instruction and practice with fellow students, the student learns to give a full Swedish massage. Students will be required to receive two professional massages treatments.

MASSAGE CAREER & EQUIPMENT

Length of Course: 18 hours

This course is divided up into four classes that will be offered periodically through out a student's enrollment, as such, the classes within this course will not take place in consecutive order once per week.

Institute Orientation :    The students will learn the policies of N.E.I.W.H., and what is expected of them on and off-campus. Students will receive a Student Handbook and class schedule. The students will also learn how to use their online services.
Equipment for Massage Therapy :    The class gives the students an opportunity to learn about the equipment that is used within the massage therapy profession such as tables, chairs, oils, and creams.
Clinic Orientation :    After completion of the Swedish Massage course, students may now work on clients. This class will introduce students to the details of working off-campus and in the on-campus Clinic of Massage Therapy .
Exam & Licensing Information :    This class will instruct students on what N.E.I.W.H., The National Board, and the State of NH expects of a student when taking their Final Practical and Final Theoretical exams. This class will inform them on how to apply to take the National and State Practical Exams.