Technical Standards

The following listing has been prepared to assist you in understanding the technical standards of the Therapeutic Massage program in order to affiliate in the clinical setting and enjoy longevity in the profession.  The technical standards as stated here reflect performance abilities that are necessary for a student to successfully complete the requirements of the Therapeutic Massage curriculum.  It should be noted that under the Americans with Disabilities Act "A qualified person with a disability is one who can perform the essential function of a job with or without reasonable accommodation."

Standard Examples of Necessary Behaviors
(not all inclusive)
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals of various socioeconomic, lifestyle, emotional, cultural, ethnic and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with clients, colleagues, members of the business community and other health care professionals.  Demonstrate patience and empathy with clients.  Demonstrate giving and receiving therapeutic touch with a variety of individuals.
Perform practice work with all class members, instructors, clinic clients and community service populations.
Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

Collect assessment data. Explain treatment procedures. Read charts and instructions   accurately. Document and interpret clinical findings and treatment protocols. Communicate effectively, efficiently and appropriately with peers, faculty, supervisors, other professionals and clients.  Exhibit teamwork skills and a spirit of cooperation.

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.

Identify cause and effect relationship in clinical situations. Assimilate knowledge from lecture,  laboratory and clinical areas. Retain factual information and use it appropriately.    Develop treatment plans. Demonstrate sufficient observation skills to collect data on client   treatment and assure client safety during massage treatment.

Physical abilities sufficient to move around massage tables and treatment areas and use
laboratory equipment.
Move around clinical space and equipment. Stretch, bend, lunge or squat as the need arises.  Perform bimanual activities easily. Be free of musculoskeletal disorders which could inhibit work.

Physical health sufficient to perform and receive therapeutic massage. NOTE: A JCC Physical Form must be completed and submitted prior to beginning the program.

Have stamina to stand and ambulate around the massage table for long periods of time.  Be free of disabling or contagious disease. Feel comfortable with touch, and with sick or injured clients.

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective therapeutic massage. Use equipment appropriately. Use thermal treatment applications. Assist clients with transfer and movement on massage table. Drape appropriately. Move clients
through range of motion activities.
Auditory and visual abilities sufficient for physical assessment and monitoring of treatment.

Observe client in assessment phase. Observe and respond to client during treatment phase. Educate client post-massage.

Tactile ability sufficient for assessment and treatment.

Perform palpation techniques, perform range of motion with clients, perform soft tissue
treatment modalities, perform various manual flexibility techniques. Detect and evaluate change in the palpated findings.

Critical thinking ability sufficient for professional judgment.

Adhere to personal and professional ethics. Adhere to healthcare privacy rules.
Adhere to professional standards of boundaries.
Cognitive and perceptual abilities to progress through the coursework and apply skills gained
to professional level.
Modify behavior/performance in the classroom or clinic after feedback from the
instructor or clinical supervisor. Show problem-solving ability sufficient to organize and complete multiple tasks accurately and within assigned time frames. Independently initiate routine job tasks. Respond independently and quickly to emergency situations. Deal with abstract and concrete variables, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw
valid conclusions.