Our 706-hour certification in massage and bodywork includes comfortable classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment & instruction.
Our program teaches clinical neuromuscular therapy, anatomy and physiology, facilitated stretching and effective Swedish massage along with much more. Our program also exceeds the current national average, giving you a wonderful entry into your career. No prerequisites required.Our curriculum is 25 years tested in the state of Colorado and has produced hundreds of successful and capable massage therapists. The curriculum is designed to teach you how the body works so that you can provide the exact therapy needed in almost any situation.
This program is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board. Our Massage and Bodywork programs fully prepare you for Colorado Registration required testing(MBLEx) and ABMP memberships. Green Leaf School of Massage and Bodywork is located in the town of Broomfield, Colorado.
LS – 32 hours– This course teaches students powerful strategies to be more effective learners. Through experiential super-learning techniques students are assisted in discovering their own learning style and how to make the best use of it. Then students learn strategies designed to enhance integration and embodiment of information. The focus includes strategies for the classroom, for test taking, and for studying outside of class. Students become very empowered, confident, optimistic, and self-motivated learners.
Business & Marketing
B – 34 hours– This course provides the business understanding of the business model within the massage and sports recovery industry. This will include understanding of franchising, accounting, and records practices needed to run a successful massage therapy business. Students learn to use intake forms, soap notes, business plans, and marketing plans.
Therapeutic Massage 1
TM1 – 44 hours– This course provides the basic understanding of Swedish massage and the skills needed to perform an efficient and effective 50-minute massage. Some of the topics covered are ethics, professionalism, draping, safety issues, oils and lotions, basic Swedish style, benefits of massage, and contraindications.
Therapeutic Massage 2
TM2 – 44 hours– This course provides additional massage techniques for stress reduction and a variety of therapeutic applications. Topics covered include tissue preparation, cross fiber techniques, massage for injuries, hydrotherapy, lymph drainage, passive stretching, client homework, reflexology, unique session packages, and others.
Therapeutic Massage 3
TM3 – 48 hours– This course provides the skills of applying massage techniques for specific settings and populations. Topics covered include limited time massages, sports massage, athletic tune-ups, on-site massage using a massage chair, chair massage techniques using regular chairs, massage for pregnancy, massage for the elderly, massage for toddlers and infants, massage for the challenged, dry massage, clothed massage and other techniques.
Experiential Anatomy & Physiology 1
AP1 – 36 hours– This course provides the knowledge of anatomical terminology, the skeletal system, the myofascial system, and the integumentary system. Students gain a thorough and applicable understanding of anatomy and physiology in relation to massage, health, pathology, and healing.
Experiential Anatomy & Physiology 2
AP2 – 32 hours– This course provides the knowledge of the rest of the body’s systems, the design of the body, and the effects of stress on the body. Students finish their study of the anatomy and physiology of the body’s systems in relation to massage, health, pathology, and healing. Among other topics, mind-body physiology and the tissue repair cycle are also studied.
Experiential Anatomy & Physiology 3
AP3 – 32 hours– This course provides knowledge and understanding of the principles and pathologies specific to the myofascial and nervous systems. Additional topics covered include the mechanics of healing, proprioception, the mechanics of pain, theories of pathology, neuromyopathic cycles, and muscular pathologies.
TR – 28 hours– This course allows students to build professional quality therapeutic relationships that honor the client’s needs, desires, perspectives, and process. Topics covered include the process of healing and change, professional boundaries, rapport skills, basic NLP skills, client outcomes, influencing with integrity, and more.
Therapy Integration 1
TI1 – 36 hours– This course introduces students to their major research projects and helps them to bring together and integrate all that they have learned at this point in the program. The focus will be on case studies, individual assessment, feedback, and integration.
Therapy Integration 2
TI2 – 40 hours– As the student progresses through the program, this course provides the same quality experience through individual assessment, feedback, and integration as Therapy Integration 1. Students focus on increasing professionalism and effectiveness throughout this course.
Therapy Integration 3
TI3 – 20 hours– This course provides the students with their final follow up on their major research projects and helps them to bring together and integrate all that they have learned in the program. The focus will be on final case studies, final individual assessment, program feedback, and final integration.
ASK – 24 hours– This course teaches the sensitivity and techniques needed for massage therapists to accurately sense the conditions of the body. Topics covered include palpation skills, muscle condition assessment, posture assessment, range of motion assessment, and movement and gait assessment. Students will find that this information greatly adds to their understanding of the body and what is happening beneath their hands.
PT – 32 hours– This course is based on how the anatomy and pathologies operate in a human body. Students learn to think and understand the body, and how we use the body, pathologically. This Information will add value and understanding to the pathologies of the muscular system, skeletal system, respiratory system, lymphatic and immune system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system, endocrine, urinary, and reproductive systems. Participants are given a model of exploration to discover these pathologies as well as lists of some of the common interpretations. Supportive learning aids are available.
Transformational Neuromuscular Therapy 1
T-NMT1 – 52 hours– This course provides foundational neuromuscular theory, principles, muscle strokes, and experiences. This form of neuromuscular therapy is uniquely effective and provides the opportunity for clinical or mind-body applications. Clients find themselves releasing deep held tensions from the myofascial system as well as creating self-supportive and healing neuropathways of thought and movement. Topics covered include basic muscle stroke patterns, basic muscle stroke movement patterns, specific muscle strokes, and posture conditions.
Transformational Neuromuscular Therapy 2
T-NMT2 – 52 hours– This course continues the area of study begun in Transformational Neuromuscular Therapy 1. Additional muscle strokes and patterns are taught, and pain mechanisms are reviewed in the context of muscle therapy. Students begin to explore integrated movement patterns during this class, and they study additional posture conditions.
Transformational Neuromuscular Therapy 3
T-NMT3 – 48 hours– This course enhances and integrates the area of study covered in Transformational Neuromuscular Therapy 1 and 2. In addition to more muscle strokes and patterns, students learn trigger point therapy, practical muscle testing, multiple session patterns, working with common injuries, more posture conditions, and case studies.
AS – 34 hours– This course teaches several effective, efficient, and safe methods to stretch the myofascial system. These techniques release tensions, improve proprioception, create better balance in muscle groups and systems, and increase the range of motion. Student will know which techniques will bring the best results for the presenting symptoms of the client. This information greatly increases the massage therapist’s effectiveness and ability to facilitate her/his client’s myofascial healing.
Internal Organ Massage & Balancing
IO – 38 hours– This course teaches techniques for assisting the healing of the internal organs that include massaging the organs, mobilizing the organs, clearing areas that disturb or relate to the organs, and many reflexes that stimulate the physiological functioning of the organs. Concepts and techniques are explained in depth and practiced in class. Easy to follow handouts contain the class information as well as contraindications, cautions, and symptom information about each organ. This course is a must for a thorough massage therapist.