Health Options Institute

Empowering Students to Succeed for Over 34 Years


Deep Muscle Massage

(125 Hours)

The student will learn a wonderful Deep Muscle Massage technique. Additionally, the student will be taught the effects of postural distortion and dysfunctional biomechanics.  A thorough understanding of how the body gets into pain and then out of it will be covered, so the student may communicate this to his/her clients as well as to medical professionals.  All stages of client rehabilitation will be covered.  The student will also learn the basic anatomy and kinesiology of the muscles, bones, anatomical directions, and anatomical movements.  The student will learn to work the muscles of the body, using crème or oil, while applying elements of Shiatsu, Swedish massage and Polarity.  Mobilization exercises are learned for each area of the body using the Aaron Mattes system of active isolated stretching.  All of these techniques are then combined to provide a relaxing and invigorating massage. There are guided meditations prior to practice sessions.


Holistic principles, the body/mind connection, the pros and cons of different work settings, pricing, marketing strategies, client retention, business ethics, atmosphere, and many aspects of setting up and operating a massage business will be taught.    The student will be taught the appropriate use of medical terminology in order to effectively relate his/her knowledge to other health care practitioners, as well as how to relate theoretical knowledge to clientele in laymen’s terms.  A major focus is on body mechanics, so that the student may learn to use his or her body most efficiently. Other subjects include benefits of massage, contraindications and precautions, and nutrition and pathology.


During the final two weeks, the student will administer a supervised massage in its entirety.  Clear notes are provided in binders to minimize note-taking, containing all theoretical knowledge and step by step guidance on how to do the routines.


Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion, the student will be able to administer a relaxing massage in a professional manner.  The student will have a holistic context in which to perform massage. The student will be able to perform stretches for their own self maintenance.  The student will have a basic understanding of Anatomy and Kinesiology and a thorough understanding of pain mechanisms and how massage works scientifically to relieve pain.


Deep Muscle Massage is instructed by Deborah Baer (Daytime Instructor, first picture below) and Elizabeth Anne Grubb (Evening Instructor and Director, second picture below).

Praise for the Course

"Excellent training with emphasis on learning and retention of techniques. The lectures were well done and well-paced because only important information was taught, which was time saving. I enjoyed this class and learned a tremendous amount of valuable information, which I will continue to use in my massage therapy career." -Student from December 2015 class


"I am so ​happy to be a student at Health Options Institute! Excellent class, both teachers extremely knowledgable! I feel very confident, upon graduation, I will be very successful in the work place because of my education here at HOI." -Jennifer K., June 2016


"I enjoyed coming to class. Between the friendly people and awesome teachers, I learned so much and made great friends." -Ashley S.


"Excellent, patient instructors always willing to help. Great course." -Michael L.


"I had a great time in this class and learned a lot from the wonderful instructor!" -Briana R.





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D​eep Muscle Massage Students Having Fun