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Anatomy & Physiology: Level I

(59.5 Hours)

During this course students will study the major physiological systems of the body from a holistic perspective and in order to prepare for either massage licensing exam.  The systems studied include Cell & Tissues, Skeletal, Muscular, Integumentary, Digestive, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Excretory, Nervous, Reproductive and Endocrine.  There will be a major focus on how these systems interrelate and are potentially affected through massage.  Dysfunction and Pathology within these systems and common ailments as they relate to massage will be studied.  Medical terminology, including prefixes, suffixes, and root words are studied. Throughout the course we will explore anatomy and kinesiology (actions) of the major muscle groups within the body, building upon what was learned in Deep Muscle Massage.  Mid- level and superficial muscles will be palpated.  Lab time will be spent identifying major landmarks, i.e. bony prominences and the attachments of superficial and mid-level muscles.


This course will better prepare students to understand day-to-day situations presented by their clientele.  Knowing the correct medical terminology taught in this course, students will also be able to more accurately communicate with their clients, physicians, chiropractors, allied health professionals and insurance companies as well as conduct themselves with greater assurance and professionalism.  Knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite for training in many advanced bodywork modalities including Sports Massage and Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy. A holistic health framework will be incorporated throughout this class.

Anatomy & Physiology: Level II

(52.5 Hours)

Prerequisite:  Completion of at least the first ten weeks of Anatomy and Physiology: Level I, or OT or PT background


Kinesiology and many pathologies within the neuro-muscular and musculo-skeletal systems will be studied, e.g. scoliosis and its effect on viscera and its corresponding muscular patterns, postural distortion, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel, Periformis Syndrome, frozen shoulders, occupational related injuries, and many others. Students will learn to muscle test to see if all the muscle groups are working and if the muscles are firing in proper sequence. This course will thoroughly cover trigger point referral patterns as well.  Lab time will be spent reviewing once more the major landmarks, i.e. bony prominences and the attachments of superficial and mid-level muscles.  This course will provide additional preparation for either licensing exam. Holistic health concepts will be incorporated throughout this class. Students will have the option of building all the muscles of the body with clay on models of the Maniken® II under the direction of the instructor, yielding a 3-D perspective and a kinesthetic learning experience.


Anatomy and Physiology: Levels I & II are instructed by Dr. Robert F. Swift, D.C.

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Praise for the Course

"Dr. Swift is a great teacher, extremely knowledgeable, and also makes it fun! -Michael L.

"Dr. Swift made learning exciting and interesting every class." -Student from February 2017 class

"What I liked most about this course was absolutely everything. Dr. Swift is an extremely smart person and I love his lectures!!! Great class, great teacher!!!" -Jen K.

"Doc Swift is awesome. Very knowledgeable about topics and life in general! Absolutely love his class!! I learned so much!" -Student from October 2016 class