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Classical and Integrative Massage
KHN 108

Classical muscle massage
is a collective name for various forms of muscle massage, the aim of which is among other things to soften muscles and stimulate the circulation of blood; it is perhaps better known as Swedish muscle massage. Initially, the concept of muscle massage, as distinct from other massage techniques, is defined. The value of muscle massage is discussed, as is the function of touch and several other basic aspects that are the prerequisite for administering massage. Work postures and the use of oil is also dealt with. After that, the main massage strokes in muscle massage is presented. Each body part receives pointed attention, the muscles of the human anatomy is examined and then treated as a whole. The main aspect of this subject is the work of students, who massage each other under the supervision of the instructor. The course ends in a study assessment, where it is expected that students are familiar with the chief muscles and proper massage strokes.

This part of the study is taught already in the autumn semester and is a kind of basis or preparation for learning other massage techniques, where emphasis is placed on diversity of strokes along with muscle stretches, and a presentation of muscle trigger points is given. It is considered important that students should know this form of treatment and the underlying premises. By administering classical massage it is endeavoured to soften muscles and facilitate the flow of blood- and lymphatic fluids.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5 in each part of the subject. Assignments are done in writing, examination is practical. Number of lessons is 130. Units: 5.

Instructor: Mr. Finnbogi Gunnlaugsson, certified therapeutic masseur and FIN certified master masseur.

Integrative Massage is defined and the people in need of this form of massage are discussed. The link between stress and disease is examined, including some heart diseases and the connection between breathing and stress. Upon evaluation it is expected that students are able to define the concept of integrative massage, the elements of which it consists, and furthermore be able to perform massage according to the wishes and needs of the receiver.

This part is taught at the end of the spring semester. Emphasis is placed on that students should know integrative thought and the philosophy behind it. The interwoven influences of energy and matter is treated in such a way as to enable students to perform massage combining the sense of the two, in addition to the knowledge acquired through other subjects. Integrative deep massage and integrative relaxing massage will also be taught.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5 in each part of the subject. Assignments are done in writing, examination is practical. Number of lessons: 104. Number of Units: 4.

Instructor: Ms. Fjola Rut Runarsdottir, FIN certified master masseuse.

SVN 104

The treatment named after Dr. William Fitzgerald is taught. Reflexology is based on the theory that there are areas in the feet that correspond to certain organs, thereby influencing certain bodily functions. This means that by massaging or applying pressure to these areas, it is possible to reduce tension in the person receiving the massage. The chief gain of reflexology consists of relaxation and well-being, it alleviates tension and stimulates the circulatory system.

It is intended that students shall gain knowledge of reflexology, the ideology behind it, and chief massage methods. The history and development of reflexology is dealt with. Students learn about the principal reflex areas of the feet, diagnosing and treatment of these areas and the effects of that treatment.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5 in the subject. Examination is written and practical. Assignments and reports are also done. Number of lessons: 130. Units: 5.

Instructor: Ms. Maria Norddahl, principal, teacher, FIN certified master masseuse.

Specialised Muscle Stretces
Sports injuries

VTG 102
ITHM 102

These subjects are taken in direct succession. First of all the major voluntary-motion muscles of the body are reviewed. Students learn to perform specialised muscle stretches (along with PNF stretches) and obtain knowledge of their purpose. Students learn about voluntary muscle contraction, its source, muscle attachment and function. The course is completed by a practical exam.

The latter part reviews the most common injuries and wounds resulting from sport activities. A thorough description is given of the nature and symptoms of injuries, the diagnosis and treatment performed by doctors and physiotherapists, and how massaging can be of use in the rehabilitation process.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5 in each part of the subject. Examination is written and practical. Number of lessons: 104. Number of Units: 4. (52 lessons/2 units in each part of the course).

Instructor: Ms. Linda Karen Guttormsdottir, physical therapist, FIN certified masseuse.

Sport Massage

ITHN 105

It may be said that sport massage is a specialised version of the traditional classical muscle massage, often referred to as Swedish massage. Students learn to use the methods most suitable for athletes before, during, and after taking part in a competitive event. The ways in which muscle massage may help athletes to prepare for competition with the aim of reducing the chances of injury and facilitating the body's release of waste substances, are reviewed.

Students learn about sport massage and to apply the methods most suitable for athletes both before and after training or taking part in competitive events. Students will learn how muscles are prepared for exertion in order to reduce the chances of spraining and injuring muscles, and how the release of waste substances from muscles after much exertion may be facilitated.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5. Examination is both written and practical. Number of lessons: 78. Number of units: 3.

Instructor: Mr. Gudbrandur Einarsson, FIN certified master masseur.

Myo- and Kinesiology

VHF 102, 202

In presenting this subject the chief basis is the theory that the body's energy flow may be influenced by massage. The laws that apply to Chinese acupuncture are used in this form of massage. These studies endeavour to obtain a certain strength between the muscles of the body by performing muscle tests. Students learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), i.e. the ideology behind Yin and Yang (the opposing forces of balance), and the 14 paths of energy, which conduct the energy flow of the body, where they are situated and how they work.

Students familiarise themselves with "specialised muscle testing" and how to apply it in connection with the activity of energy paths. Students learn to assess the activity of energy paths and how to activate them. The course is practical in most respects.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5 for the course. Examination is both written and practical. Number of lessons is 104. Units: 4.

Instructor: Mr. Orn Jonsson, certified therapeutic masseur, FIN certified master masseur.

Aromatherapy and Lymph Massage

ISN 103, 203

This is a system of massage strokes, applied from the limbs to the nearest gland system with the aim of stimulating the flow of lymphatic vein fluids. This kind of massage is chiefly intended to effect a more rapid release of waste substances from the body, counteract undesirable concentration of excess fluids, and to give a good relaxing effect.

Students gain an understanding of lymph massage, the mixing of natural essential oils and their use, action and interaction. Students shall learn how to compile reports, i.e. to obtain information from the massaged person. Students learn about lymp massage and its effects on the body.

Aromatherapy: Instruction is given regarding information gathering and report making. The importance of using good oils with due consideration of skin type is explained. The basics of oil mixing are taught, as is the use of scented oils in order to increase the effectiveness of massage. Material gathered by instructor will be used.

Evaluation: Students must obtain a minimum grade of 7.5 for both courses. Examination is oral and practical. Number of lessons: 156. Units: 6.

Instructor: Ms. Margret Alice Birgisdóttir, FIN certified master masseuse.

Elective Subjects

ITHN 105

The past few years we have offered Shiatsu massage (Japanese pressure point massage) as elective subject. We have endeavoured to teach this subject in direct continuation of the myo- and kinesiology course.

Evaluation: Attendance is 100% obligatory in this subject. Number of lessons: 26. Units: 1.

Instructor: Mr. Mouliko N.O. Halen, a widely known instructor in this field, who will come from Norway in order to teach this course.

Total number of Lessons

The practical part of massage studies constitutes 32 units or 788 lessons. In addition there are lectures and shorter courses. The total number of lessons is therefore usually about 830 - 840.