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WELL 665 SELECTED TOPICS IN WELLNESS (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 8-9, 16-18, 24-27 or 32-36 lecture.
Short courses designed to increase or develop new skills and knowledge realted to self enhancement; information for students interested in exploring career opportunities in the Massage/Spa/Wellness fields. Some classes may go beyond the introductory level to assist students and working professionals in expanding current knowledge and skills.

WELL 665SA - INTRODUCTION TO HERBAL MEDICINE (0.5) This short course will explore herbal medicine and ways to use it for health and well-being. Historical background of herbal medicine will be provided, along with information for several herbs that can be incorporated into daily life in the form of massage oils, tinctures, poultices, teas, etc. Students will take home massage oils infursed with herbs for their own use. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15.
WELL 665SB - SELF-HELP STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES (0.5) Students will explore self-help healing tools that will support the practitioner when working with clients. These tools are beneficial for anyone working with the public, particularly work that requires sensitive awareness and communication. Students will learn simple practices that help to center and ground ourselves as we open our hearts compassionately. Each participant will leave the class knowing straightforward processes they can follow to achieve balance and clarity as they work with people who are in need of thoughtful attention. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring a yoga mat or large towel to class.
WELL 665SC - INTRO TO FACE & DÉCOLLETÉ MASSAGE (0.5) Introduction to massage movements used specifically for the face and décolleté. The course will examine the therapeutic value of non-threatening touch, the anatomy of the chest, upper arms and face, and proper hygiene and sanitation for the safety of the therapist and recipient. Students will learn various techniques to enhance their esthetics massage or spa technician skills and explore proper posture and body mechanics. Note: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring 2 clean sheets to class.
WELL 665SD - INTRODUCTION TO HAND MASSAGE (0.5) Introduction to beginning massage movements used specifically for the hands. Emphasis on the therapeutic value of non-threatening touch, anatomy of the hands, proper hygiene and sanitation, reflex points that can be stimulated to maintain physical well being, proper body mechanics, exposure to massage products, and contraindications. Note: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring 2 clean sheets to class.
WELL 665SE - INTRODUCTION TO FOOT MASSAGE (0.5) Introduction to beginning massage movements used specifically for the feet. Emphasis on the therapeutic value of non-threatening touch, anatomy of the fee, proper hygiene and sanitation, reflex points that can be stimulated to maintain physical well being, proper body mechanics, exposure to massage products, and contraindications. Note: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring 2 clean sheets to class.
WELL 665SF INTRODUCTION TO NECK AND SHOULDER MASSAGE Introduction to beginning massage movements used to release stress and tension from the neck and shoulder area. Emphasis on the therapeutic value of non-threatening touch, neck and shoulder anatomy, proper hygiene and sanitation, exploration of proper body mechanics, exposure to massage products and contraindications. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring 2 clean sheets to class.
WELL 665SG INTRODUCTION TO BACK MASSAGE Introduction to beginning massage movements used to release stress and tension from the neck and back area. Emphasis on the therapeutic value of non-threatening touch, the neck and back anatomy, proper hygiene and sanitation, exploration of proper body mechanics, exposure to massage products and contraindications. May be repeated twice for credit. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring 2 clean sheets and a pillowcase to class.
WELL 665SH INTRODUCTION TO FLOWER ESSENCES This course will explore the world of flower essences as a viable healing modality used to address emotional issues and body-mind health. Emphasis on the history of flower essences, methods of preparation, conditions and methods for selecting a particular essence, and flower essence usage. Students will prepare a personalized emergency formula. May be repeated twice for credit. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15.
WELL 665SI INTRODUCTION TO AROMATHERAPY This course will explore aromatherapy’s healing gifts and the variety of application uses. Topics include the history of aromatherapy, preparation methods, and the conditions and methods for selecting a particular essential oil. Students will prepare an essential oil combination in a lotion carrier. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15.
WELL 665SJ INTRODUCTION TO GEM ELIXIRS This course will explore the world of gem elixirs and how to use them as a viable healing modality to address emotional issues and body-mind health. Students will learn which gem elixirs are needed for certain conditions and how to choose them appropriately. There will be discussion about the variety of uses available for gem elixirs (oral preparations, environmental sprays, bath stones, or adding to lotions, creams or carrier oils). Students will prepare a gem and elixir formula for themselves that specifically addresses how they respond to stresses and life challenges. May be repeated twice for credit. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15.
WELL 665SM INTRODUCTION TO DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE I (1)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Passing performance in a basic massage therapy education program or at least a year of experience as a working massage therapist.

Introduction to deep tissue massage for the upper body. Theory, basic technique, and body mechanics applicable to deep tissue massage will be presented, demonstrated, and practiced as applied to the upper body. NOTE: Students are advised to review the anatomy of the upper body prior to the first day of class. Students must bring 2 flat or 1 fitted and 1 flat sheet; 1 large towel; 1 small towel; 2 pillowcases; and lubricant of choice to class.

WELL 665SN INTRODUCTION TO DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE II (1)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Passing performance in a basic massage therapy education program or at least a year of experience as a working massage therapist.

Introduction to deep tissue massage for the lower body. Theory, basic technique, and body mechanics applicable to deep tissue massage will be presented, demonstrated, and practiced as applied to the lower body. NOTE: Students are advised to review the anatomy of the lower body prior to the first day of class. Students must bring 2 flat or 1 fitted and 1 flat sheet; 1 large towel; 1 small towel; 2 pillowcases; and lubricant of choice to class.

WELL 680SD TAI CHI FOR HEALTH (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester.

Simple short form (24) movement techniques and breath work to improve health & well-being will be presented, demonstrated, and practiced. Transfer credit: CSU.

WELL 700 MASSAGE THEORY AND PRACTICE I (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 40-45 lecture/24-27 lab. Prerequisite: Admission to massage therapy program by special application.
Exploring massage by introducing students to the history, knowledge, skill development, and practice associated with the massage therapy profession. Topics include massage theory, practical experience, Swedish/relaxing massage techniques as well as fundamentals of deep pressure and an introduction to other popular massage modalities. Students also explore professional standards, ethics, musculoskeletal and associated anatomical and physiological systems among other related topics.
WELL 701 MASSAGE THERAPY I (12)
Hours/semester: 152-171 lecture/120-135 lab. Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Development of skills and knowledge in massage therapy techniques. Topics include massage theory, practical experience, anatomy and physiology. Upon completion of WELL 701 and WELL 702, students will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement from Skyline College and will also be eligible for a 500-hour certification in the state of California as a Massage Therapist.

WELL 702 MASSAGE THERAPY II (12)
Hours/semester: 152-171 lecture/120-135 lab. Prerequisite: WELL 701 or equivalent.
Develop additional skills and knowledge in massage therapy techniques and various wellness modalities. Topics include massage theory, practical experience, anatomy, physiology, with emphasis upon business practices, and ethics. Students will work in the massage clinic to gain mastery of the skills learned in the classroom. Upon completion of WELL 701 and WELL 702, students will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement from Skyline College and will also be eligible to apply for a 500-hour certification in the state of California as a Massage Therapist.

WELL 703 HOLISTIC HEALTH SCIENCE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/120-135 lab. Prerequisite: WELL 701 or equivalent.
Holistic approach to understanding the structure and function of the human body, incorporating Western and Eastern perspectives of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. Eastern perspectives will encompass the five elements and the associated physiology of the Zang/Fu organs. Fundamental understanding of the clinical applications for integrating science and respective medical philosophies which supports communication among multi-disciplined practitioners.
WELL 704 MASSAGE TECHNIQUES AND CLINICAL/SPA EXPERIENCE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 40-45 lecture/24-27 lab. Prerequisite: Admission to massage therapy program by special application; and WELL 700 or equivalent.
Exploring and learning specificity of bodywork techniques with emphasis on grounding, quality of touch, connection, proper application of technique/s, palpation, draping, body mechanics, self-care, and injury prevention. Developing and practicing these various techniques to expand and cultivate the ability to implement bodywork based upon individualized needs while fostering effective communication, assessment and treatment strategies. Skills will be practiced on the general public in a state of the art professional setting.
WELL 705 MASSAGE THEORY AND PRACTICE II (3)
Hours/semester: 40-45 lecture/24-27 lab. Prerequisite: WELL 700 and WELL 703 or equivalent. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in WELL 708 and WELL 710.
Exploring massage therapy by further integrating spa and clinical perspectives associated with professional disciplines, knowledge, skill development, assessment and practice. Marketing, business, government laws and regulations, marketing, and maintaining proper documentation will be discussed. Topics include greater depth in massage theory, integrative massage techniques, tissue manipulations, and massage associated specifically to various special populations. Transfer credit: CSU.
WELL 707 FOUNDATIONS OF AROMATHERAPY AND ESSENTIAL OILS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 32-26 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Exploration of the history and use of essential oils , focusing on physiological function, extraction methods, safety, storage and purity. Study of selecting essential oils, dilutions in carrier oils, blending, and their different therapeutic properties for sustainable health and well-being.Transfer credit: CSU.
WELL 708 PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: WELL 703, or previous Anatomy and Physiology course taken at a CAMTC-accredited institution.
An integrative perspective on the science of the causes and effects of diseases and the disease process in the context of massage therapy. Focus on physiological mechanisms, disease states and symptoms, clinical assessments and indications / contraindications associated with diseases and disorders. Basic principles of pharmacology and commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals are also covered. This course cultivates greater understanding, dialogue and collaboration between clients/patients and holistic medicine health care professionals. This course does not teach students to diagnose since that is outside the scope of practice for massage therapy.
WELL 710 CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY AND APPLIED BIOMECHANICS FOR MANUAL THERAPY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: WELL 703 or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Client assessment through palpation of the structures and landmarks of the human body. Examination and analysis of the functional movements required for assessments. Applied biomechanics specific to neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Palpation skills include functional range of motion assessments such as motion implementation, manual muscle testing, and goniometer readings, among other assessment skills. Principles of structural kinesiology are presented in relation to functional mobility, body mechanics, gait, applied biomechanical analysis and joint specific palpation skills.
WELL 711 SPORTS MEDICINE AND MANUAL THERAPY (3.0)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: WELL 703 or an equivalent course from a CAMTC-accredited institution. Recommdned: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to the theory and practice of various manual therapy techniques used within the sports medicine, including sports, trigger point, neuromuscular therapy, and facilitated stretching. Emphasis is on critical assessment and evaluation in order to determine the best manual therapy and massage techniques.
WELL 713 ASIAN BODYWORK TRADITIONS THEORY AND PRACTICE (3.0)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 40-45 lecture/24-27 lab. Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program or existing CAMTC massage therapy certification. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent; and WELL 720 or WELL 725 or WELL 740, or equivalent.
Exploration of the foundations of classical Shiatsu theory, emerging styles of contemporary Shiatsu modalities, Chinese acupressure, and integrated techniques. History of Japanese medicine and traditional Chinese medical concepts as they relate to Shiatsu and acupressure. Focus on Shiatsu and acupressure theory, Eastern perspectives of anatomy and physiology, the concept of energy and its dynamic relationship with health, prevention and disease. Various bodywork assessments, techniques and treatment strategies associated with both ancient energy-based traditions will be covered. Transfer credit: CSU.
WELL 714 MASSAGE THERAPY EXAM PREPARATION (2.0)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 40-45 lecture/24-27 lab. Prerequisite: WELL 700, WELL 703, WELL 704, WELL 705 WELL 708, WELL 710, WELL 711, WELL 713, WELL 725 and WELL 740; or a minimum of 500 hours of coursework from a CAMTC-accredited institution.
Preparation and review for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam.
WELL 717 ONCOLOGY MASSAGE (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: WELL 703, WELL 704, WELL 705, and WELL 708or a CAMTC-certified massage therapist already practicing.
Exploration of the art of touch to create effective and safe massage treatment strategies/sessions associated with oncology. Introduction to guidelines for a range of bodywork that can be used effectively within hospital, private practice, and hospice settings. Review standards of care for cancer patients, research protocols, and other topics related to cancer treatment and survivorship. Focus on body positioning, pressure, and safety aspects working with and around medical devices, hospital standard precautions, inpatient and outpatient care, as well as reviewing medical records for patient information to modify massage treatments based on surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
WELL 721 FOUNDATIONS OF AYURVEDIC AND CHINESE MEDICINE THEORY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: WELL 713 or WELL 725 or WELL 740, or equivalent.
Exploration of the basic principles and practices of Ayurvedic and Chinese medical theories and their view of the human body as fields of shifting and flowing energy in dynamic relationship with nature and the Universe. Comparative perspectives and benefits of these therapeutic approaches, including channels (meridians - TCM, srotamsi and nadis in Ayurvedic), and points (acupoints and marma), essential oils, the use of finger pressure points and various massage techniques in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine theories.
WELL 725 INTRODUCTION TO CONSCIOUSNESS, INTENT AND MEDITATION (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
Explores consciousness from global ancient traditions of healing and how levels of consciousness are nurtured and cultivated through dynamic relationships between mind, body, and spirit. The focus is to understand consciousness and its dynamic relationship with intent and meditation from multiple perspectives and integrate these methods into our personal and professional lives to promote individual wellness, health and healing.

WELL 740 CONSCIOUS EATING: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO HEALTH AND HEALING (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Explores the connection between health and eating from various cultural perspectives. Demystifying food used for healing from global medicinal perspectives comparing similarities and differences. Encompassing dynamic relationships between the food we eat, our consciousness, attitudes, and the environment in which we live and how it relates to our health. Providing greater clarity and more informed choices promoting a sustainable approach to health and healing.

WELL 760 INTRODUCTION TO “WHOLISTIC” HEALTH (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to a variety of wholistic health modalities, including massage therapy, yoga, breath work, herbology, aromatherapy, flower essences, gem elixirs, and Ayurvedic and Chinese health care systems. Structured to benefit students who wish to take the course for personal or professional purposes. Students will learn to evaluate personal lifestyle habits and be introduced to various natural healing modalities they can incorporate into their daily lives. Transfer credit: CSU.

WELL 765 EVERDAY USES OF HERBS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Designed to explore the use of herbs to assist with health and well-being. Topics include the history, preparation methods, and everyday use of herbs. Students will become knowledgeable about how to make herbal products, formulas, and an herbal first aid kit, along with learning methods to use in selecting herbs appropriately for everyday use. Students are aware that they do not diagnose or prescribe and that the knowledge they gain can be used in conjunction with, not in lieu of, regular medical assessment and treatment.

WELL 770 AROMATHERAPHY FOR WELLNESS (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Designed to explore the use of essential oils to assist with stress reduction and well-being. Topics include the history, extraction methods, and everyday uses of essential oils. Students will become knowledgeable about methods of application and how to dilute essential oils in carrier mediums. Students are aware that they do not diagnose or prescribe and that the knowledge they gain can be used in conjunction with, not in lieu of, regular medical assessment and treatment.

WELL 785 - SPA TECHNICIAN TRAINING (8.0) Thorough study of wellness services available in day and destination spa businesses. Focus is on health, fitness, and stress management. Students will develop skills in spa treatments, product knowledge, customer relations, business operations, and the job search. May be repeated once for credit. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15.
WELL 880SA - INTRODUCTION TO "WHOLISTIC" HEALTH (3.0) Introduction to a variety of wholistic health modalities, including massage therapy, yoga, breath work, herbology, aromatherapy, flower essences, gem elixirs, and Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. May be repeated once for credit.
WELL 880SB - INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY (3.0) Introduction to massage therapy focusing on non-threatening touch, anatomy, massage techniques, exploration of body mechanics, safety and sanitation protocol, exposure to massage products and contraindications. Students are required to give and receive bodywork. May be repeated once for credit. Note: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. Students are required to bring 2 clean sheets to class.</>
WELL 880SC AROMATHERAPY FOR WELLNESS (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

This course will explore the use of essential oils to assist with stress reduction and well-being. Topics include the history, extraction methods, and everyday use of essential oils. Students will become knowledgeable about contraindications, how to dilute essential oils in carrier mediums and create an essential oil first aid kit, along with learning methods to use in selecting and blending appropriate essential oils for everyday use.

WELL 880SF THEORY AND PRACTICE OF FACILITIATED STRETCHING (1.5)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 24 lecture hours and 8 lab hours/semester.</>

The use of facilitated stretching for lengthening muscle tissue and fascia will be presented in theory and practive. Applicable anatomy and physiology will be presented, although the primary focus of the course will be practical application of technique. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

WELL 880SG WORKING WITH TRIGGER POINTS (2)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester.Recommended: Graduation from a professional massage therapy training program or experience working as a professional massage therapist.

Etiology, physiology and characteristics of trigger points will be presented. Effective techniques to identify and deactivate trigger points will be demonstrated and practiced in this hands-on course.(Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

WELL 880SH DEEP TISSUE TECHNIQUES: SEATED POSITION (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester.

Use of the seated position for the application of deep tissue technique is presented. Advantages of this position are discussed and hands-on application is demonstrated and practiced. Use of deep tissue technique during chair massage sessions will be described as well.

WELL 880SI SPORTS MEDICINE AND MANUAL THERAPY (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

48-54 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: WELL 702 and/or BIOL 250, or equivalent; or Certified Massage therapist, or massage therapy student with anatomy and kinesiology background, or any allied and/or holistic health care practitioner/professional.

Designed to refine, develop and apply manual therapy techniques, assessment strategies and critical thinking in how to adapt various massage techniques within the sports medicine arena. Students will expand on anatomy, kinesiology and applied biomechanical components involved with sports medicine assessment/s and manual therapy implementation. In addition we will address current perspectives within the massage/manual therapy field and differentiate between different techniques as deep tissue, myofascial release, orthopedic, clinical, neuromuscular, PNF/MET, strain/counterstrain techniques, trigger point, integrative manual therapy along with various other techniques and manual therapy modalities implemented. Develop knowledge within the multi-disciplined field of sports medicine as well as collaboration among diverse allied health care practitioners. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

WELL 880SK ADVANCED RELAXING MASSAGE: NECK/SHOULDER GIRDLE INTENSIVE (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Graduation from a professional massage therapy training program or experience working as a professional massage therapist.

Designed for the practicing professional, this 16-hour continuing education course centers on treatment of the important neck/shoulder area in relaxation massage. Review of relevant anatomy, demonstration of technique, discussion of challenges and options, and plenty of time for hands-on exploration and practice are included. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

WELL 880SN INTRODUCTION TO REFLEXOLOGY (2)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

32-36 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: COSM 730 or COSM 745 or COSM 776 or WELL 701; or Certified massage therapist, or previous massage therapy training, or other allied holistic health care practitioners/professionals assessed on an individual basis.

Exploration of reflexology history, theory, techniques and sequences. Understanding and interpretation of how reflex points relate to the body. Navigation of individualized assessment criteria and associated techniques with various sequences of reflexology in conjunction with hand and foot massage. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

WELL 880SO AYURVEDIC AROMATHERAPY (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Ayurvedic aromatherapy is an ancient healing technique with emphasis on using essential oils to bring the body into balance for health and healing. Focus on Ayurvedic foundations, concepts of Dosha and use of essential oils to support of the immune system and counterbalance stress and anxiety. Addresses how and what essential oils are appropriate to balance Chakras and individualized Dosha constitutions for maintaining health and wellness.