Choose among a wide selection of massage therapy courses offered at École de Massothérapie Adam in Montreal. With the support of experts with profound knowledge in many areas, you can hone your own specialization based on your interests. Contact us to register or consult the course calendar for more details.
Rich and Diverse Training
We offer a number of massage therapy and alternative medicine courses.
Specialized Training Courses
*The successful completion of our Swedish Massage 1 training course is a prerequisite to enrolling in the specialized training courses.
Swedish Massage 2 Advanced
This is the next logical step after our basic course, Swedish Massage 1, which allows students to perfect their technique. The Swedish Massage 1 and 2 courses give students a chance to understand and learn the specialized manoeuvres. After reviewing the basic training course, we will strengthen your knowledge a bit further by teaching you an advanced technique.
You will systematically practice a range of massage therapy treatments by using a variety of specialized manoeuvres with an emphasis on the buttocks, thoracic cavity and abdominal regions. In this training course, new techniques using the elbow will be covered.
Widely recognized for its ability to resolve chronic muscle problems, deep-tissue massage is a technique not to be overlooked. It is an asset to any massage therapist’s training.
Hot Stone Massage
This traditional practice involves heating basalt stones in a bath filled with consistently hot water to trigger a physically relaxing and detoxifying effect. Perfect for stress relief, this massage type does not solely consist in strategically placing stones on the body and leaving them there. The therapist can place them on certain “energetic points,” such as the spinal cord, the hands, the feet and even the toes to help prepare the body for massage. The energy of the basalt stones can trigger a feeling of rebirth.
This gentle massage technique can help stimulate the circulation of the lymphatic fluid and detoxify the system, in addition to strengthening the immune system. This technique is achieved with the fingers and the palms of the hands over the whole body by following the direction of lymphatic circulation and varying pressure intensity.
Lymphatic fluid is a transparent fluid that circulates in the lymphatic vessels due to the pulsating contractions of the muscles and blood vessels. Like a waste elimination system, it drains excess fluids and toxins. Nodes located along the lymphatic vessels, especially at the folds under the armpits and on either side of the neck, allow the lymphatic fluid to be filtered to eliminate toxins and debris. When lymphatic circulation is deficient, the immune system can weaken and become toxic, which increases the risk of different health problems, including: swelling of the limbs, premature aging, cellulite, heavy legs, stretch marks, etc.
Massage for Children and Seniors
Massage is a tool that can help calm children and improve their concentration. In seniors, it is important to prioritize gentle techniques that improve blood flow in areas that are seldom mobilized, and/or to reduce any discomfort as a result of overused joints. This type of massage is ideal for those suffering from osteoporosis or arthritic pain.
Craniosacral therapy encompasses every bone in the skull, face and mouth and extends to the lower part of the spinal cord, through a principle of hydraulic motion and membranes, all the way to the sacrum. For this gentle therapy, the skull and sacrum bones undergo micromovements. It is used to realign the spinal cord, which is then able to interact with the nerve endings. Myofascial release aims to restore the length of muscles shortened by overuse, and relax the muscles by applying pressure to tense areas. This twinned technique remains an excellent tool to properly restore the postural alignment needed to perform daily activities without pain or physical restraint.
Prenatal massage should never be used in the first four months of pregnancy. The main goal of this massage is to relax the muscles; it can also help with heavy legs. Benefits include muscle relaxation and the relief of pregnancy-related tension to alleviate fatigue.
Reflexology aims to mobilize the body’s self-healing process. It is performed by exerting sustained pressure via the fingertips on the areas or reflex points located on the feet, hands and ears. Each point is linked to an organ or organic function. Reflexology is not a massage technique, even if it may seem like it at first sight. In fact, it is more closely related to shiatsu or acupuncture. Reflexology does not claim to cure specific ailments. Instead, it seeks to alleviate symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and facilitate pregnancy, relieve headaches, backaches and intestinal problems, and improve the quality of life of patients undergoing palliative care.
Sports massage concentrates on the muscle groups needed for specific sports-related tasks. With techniques to increase the recipient’s range of motion, stability and flexibility, it is an excellent pre-game strategy to restore muscle balance and enables optimal performance. Sports massage also has a restorative properties that employ techniques to relieve tired muscles after a performance. Mainly performed on healthy people, sports massage is an excellent way to help prevent muscle injury.
Therapeutic massage is used in very specific cases. As a therapy, it is used to treat psychological issues and physical ailments. This type of massage activates blood circulation and helps the organism optimize the elimination of toxins. This practice also helps to relieve back and joint pain. Many athletes revert to this massage type to relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility. In addition, this technique has a positive effect on the neurological system, lymphatic vessels and certain internal organs. The massage therapist concentrates on particular areas based on the specific needs of the patient.
The trigger point is a tight area in the muscle tissue that creates pain in other areas of the body. For example, a trigger point located in the back can create neck pain. This technique is specially designed to relieve the source of pain through pressure cycles and isolated release. Throughout this intervention, the client must breathe deeply and help identify the source of the pain in order to optimize the relief. By releasing restricted muscle areas, pain is alleviated. The pain may be significantly reduced after a single treatment. Treating trigger points on a regular basis can be a natural way to help manage pain and chronic injuries.
In the workplace, chair massage is a great way to fight and resolve problems due to stress or occupational injuries. Both preventive and curative, this massage type requires no oil and can be done directly over the clothing, anywhere the body is tense. The massage therapist will spend more time on certain areas of the body depending on the needs of the client: shoulders, neck, lower back, arms and even legs can benefit from the quick relaxing effect of a massage. Chair massages do not cause drowsiness, which allows the person receiving the massage to go back to work feeling relaxed but ready to perform. On the massage spectrum, this energizing massage is located halfway between a sports massage and a relaxation massage. Different techniques may be used depending on the area being treated and the desired effect: Swedish, sports massage, shiatsu, etc.