Massage Training Admission
The CRSIM massage therapist training program is unique, adding life abroad in Costa Rica to further challenge and educate students. Therefore, we have admission requirements to ensure the success of our
students with their online coursework & personalized training in Costa Rica.
Students need the following upon start of program:
- 18 years of age or older
- High school diploma or GED
- Letter of intention
- Current CPR certification
- Emotional preparedness & adaptability for life abroad
- Valid passport
- Traveler’s insurance
- 6 weeks of Costa Rica living expenses
- Completed application with $50 registration fee
Included in the CRSIM Massage Therapist Training Program
Our integrated therapist training program’s unique elements; online training, Tica family homestays and Heredia’s close proximity to tropical travel destinations, keep costs competitive and affordable.
Our program covers 500 hours of integrated NCBTMB certified massage therapy training & immersion into the Costa Rica experience. Below is a breakdown of all we cover.
Online Coursework –190 hours
Section I – Basics of Anatomy. Learn the terminology of anatomy as well as the locations and divisions of the body. Levels of organization as well as a basic overview of the systems of the body will be reviewed.
Section II – Structure of the Cell and Skin. Study the anatomy of a cell and the structure and functions of the cell. Also included will be the integumentary system.
Section III – Skeletal System and the Digestive System will be covered during this session.
Section IV – Respiratory System, Excretory System, Cardiovascular System will all be covered in this session of study.
Section V – This session will be covering the Reproductive System, Lymph System and the Nervous System. This session will also include a cummulative test over all the above materials.
Section VI – The Muscular System will be studied in depth. We will also be doing Kinesiology and learning the locations, names, origins and insertions of all the muscles of the body.
Costa Rica Hands-on Training – 310 hours
Basic Swedish Massage 35 hours: The first three weeks of class we will learn the basics of Swedish Massage. The strokes and the use of oils will be taught as well as the development of proper body mechanics, proper draping techniques, and client/therapist communication. At the completion of the Basic Swedish modality the student will be prepared to work in the student run clinic.
Advanced Swedish Massage 15 hours: In the Advanced Swedish class we will study Range of Motion techniques as well as infant, pregnancy and special populations massage.
Connective Tissue Massage 35 hours: Connective Tissue Massage teaches the student to work with the fascia of the body. They will learn a different level of working with the body to promote relaxation, vitality, and structural awareness in the client.
Shiatsu Massage 16 hours: This bodywork deals with the energy systems of the body. We will work with the chi (energy) along with the meridians of the body. We will study the 12 meridians as well as the 5 elements.
Lymph Drainage 16 hours: Our lymph system is a very complex system that affects us on every level. In this modality we will study the lymph system in depth as well as learning the strokes and sites needed to facilitate the lymph drainage system to function optimally.
Sports Massage & Hydrotherapy 16 hours: In Sports Massage we take our understanding of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology and put them to use. We study the athletes as well as pre-event, post-event and maintenance massage. In hydrotherapy we will learn the many uses of water in its' different forms to help rehabilitate as well as maximize performance for the athlete as well as in injury prevention.
Reflexology 16 hours: Here we will study the reflex areas of the feet that correspond with all the major organs, glands, and body parts. We will also use the meridian work from Shiatsu to help us in encouraging the pathways of the body.
NMT 16 hours: Neuromuscular Therapy is a very simple yet very effective way to reduce pain, tension and stress that results from injuries, poor posture and poor nutrition. NMT also helps re-educate the neuro-muscular system so that habitual patterns of restricted physical movement are reduced, and awareness of tension holding patterns is increased.
Integrative Massage 35 hours: In this modality students will be given the opportunity to be creative in refining their massage as well as blend the different modalities together to create their own creative massage!
Professional Business 4 hours:Drawing upon years of business experience, as well as the experience of other therapists, this class will fully prepare the students for their venture into the body work profession. We will learn the basics of advertising, client retention, as well as staying competitive in today's market.
Ethics 6 hours:In preparation for the NCE the students will extensively look at the ethics of the bodywork profession. Each student will be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them to be ethical in their bodywork profession.
Clinic Log Book 50 hours: At the completion of the 43 massages the students will be required to turn in their completed log book. The log book contains the intake forms for every client as well as SOAP notes and feedback sheets.
Clinic Massages 50 hours: Every student is required to complete 43 student massages. They are provided a clinic to work in, or they are encouraged to check out a massage table and work on their own.
Costa Rica Life Abroad – 6 Weeks
Travel planning assistance
Ground transportation from SJO airport
6 week home stay including 3 meals/day & weekly laundry/maid services
3 trips to main attractions in Costa Rica such as Arenal Volcano