Health Options Institute

Empowering Students to Succeed for Over 34 Years


Sports and Therapeutic Techniques

(56 Hours)

The student will learn 4 styles of massage, one derived from Eastern European techniques, one from Rich Phaigh's technique, one from Benny Vaughn's technique, and the other from Russian Massage that may be integrated in with other massage techniques learned in other courses. The main focus will be on performing Outcome-Based Massages using client assessment, compressive strokes, cross fiber strokes, mobilization techniques, strain/counterstrain, and myofascial techniques. These awesome techniques may be used with all clients, not just athletes. Numerous adjunct and pertinent topics will be covered, including the three phases of soft tissue repair and safe usage of hydrotherapy (hot and cold packs). On completion, the student will be able to perform sage and effective massages to treat muscle imabalances and hypertonicity from repetitive overuse in daily living and injuries. A certificate of completion is received.


Course Objectives:  Students will be able to perform safe and effective massage therapies for all client populations, including athletes who become injured. We will be able to encourage athletes toward total wellness and help them stay injury free. By working with the physiological systems of the body, the therapist will learn to work smarter, not harder.


Sports and Therapeutic Techniques is instructed by Donna Ondek.

Praise for the Course

"What I liked most about this course was the hands on learning. Donna is great at showing and teaching hands on." -September 2016 student

"The hands on routines I learned are my "go to." Plus, I could not live without the small corrective "tips" that made me the LMT I am." -J.C.

"The hands on releases have been so useful!" -September 2016 student

"The pace was good and the information was very interesting." -September 2016 student

"Love the content & information. Really inspired me as well as motivated me to learn more to become more proficient." - May 2018 student

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