Students must possess the following abilities or be able to perform those using compensatory
techniques and/or adaptive devices. These essentials are:
The ability to safely bend, twist, and lift to assist a client moving from one surface
The ability to apply manual resistance to a client’s arm, leg or trunk during massage.
The coordination, balance, and strength to safely guard and protect a patient negotiating
walking with an assistive device and moving from a massage table to a chair.
The ability to perform chest compressions necessary for CPR.
The ability to crouch, kneel, reach, and push/pull, to perform massage with clients.
The agility to move quickly to ensure client safety.
The physical capacity to work 8-10 hours during on- site student clinic and clinical
Sufficient manual dexterity to safely grasp and manipulate small objects and muscle
The ability to identify color changes on the skin.
The ability to detect odors such as equipment burning, smoke, spill, environmental
hazards, and pathophysiological conditions.
The ability to feel pulse, muscle tone, and bony landmarks.
The ability to hold and use a writing instrument for documentation.
The ability to collect and integrate data about client to problem solve safely and
effectively as a massage therapy student.
The ability to handle the emotional stress of working with clients in need of compassionate
The ability to read and comprehend client information.
The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
The ability to interact effectively with clients, families, supervisors, and co-workers
regardless of their race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual
orientation, or disability.
The ability to maintain personal hygiene consistent with the close personal contact
associated with client care.
The ability to give and receive a full body massage by a professional massage therapist
or student in training; regardless of their gender, age, race, or disability.
The ability to understand the psycho-emotional effect of massage and changes one may
encounter during their training.
The ability to manage ones own emotional distress and seek appropriate support.
The ability to identify and understand the Fundamentals of Ethics for Body workers
(i.e. confidentiality, boundaries, dual relationships, power imbalance, dating, supervision,
transference, counter-transference, moral and ethics)
To abide by the policies and procedures of CCRI, as detailed in the CCRI Student Handbook,
and policies of the Rehabilitative Health Department and Therapeutic Massage Program.
To render assistance to individuals of all cultures from across the lifespan without
To comprehend and effectively communicate in the English language (orally and in writing),
using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.