Guiding Light Instruction Format
School of Massage Therapy’s 750-hour certification course includes 630
supervised classroom instruction hours and 120 independently scheduled
instructor-supervised clinical application hours.
Classroom Instruction (Academic)
- Instructors follow a basic textbook guideline for
- Required reading and workbook
assignments will follow the textbook format.
- Lecture aids will include DVD and video visual aids and supplemental
- Charts and models will also be used in presentation as lecture aid material.
- Students will recreate the anatomy of the body
with art creations.
- Unique study aids will be made
to help assimilate the academic
- Instructors will use hands-on visual aids to demonstrate course instruction.
- DVDs and video aids will also be used for demonstration purposes.
- Students will practice the client/therapist relationship and professional
relationship with other health care practitioners.
- Students will work independently on their community service projects.
- The instructor will offer time outside of regular class time to assist the
student in the planning state of the project.
- Once the project has been completed, the student will give the instructor, classmates
and other massage therapists a presentation.
- This exercise will allow the student to gain experience giving educational and
informative presentations to community group organizations or to health care
will learn by utilizing their hands in these different areas:
- Techniques and basic routines
- Assessing range of motion and restriction
- Feeling the tissues
- Interacting with “Chi”
project (Business Plan)
- Student will learn how to construct a business plan.
- Student will learn to set goals and organize his or her thoughts into practical
- Guiding Light has a library with a variety of books, magazines, educational
videos, DVDs, CDs and computer software available on-site for the student to
9. Heart Saver
CPR & First Aid
- Heart Saver CPR and First Aid class is through the Jefferson County Health
Center in cooperation with Guiding Light School of Massage Therapy.
- Clinical hours will begin once the student has successfully performed basic
Swedish massage and has the needed consultation/assessment skills appropriate
for Swedish massage.
- As the student gains experience with client contact and successfully performs
each of the modalities taught, the student will infuse these skills into the
Basic Swedish Routine.
- At the end of the training, the student will demonstrate the ability to perform
a Therapeutic massage using various techniques he or she has learned.
- Students will have the opportunity to conduct Clinical Massage Therapy sessions
in a private practice setting, which simulates the environment a student will
establish in their own practice.
- Students will conduct themselves as if it is their business practice.
- Each student will have a private/quiet room for clinical training. This is
unlike other school settings that establish an assembly line clinical training
setting with very little privacy that does not imitate a professional practice
Elective Course Studies
have demonstrated the skill appropriate to the elective course level to receive
a certification for that particular elective.