Anatomy and Physiology / Kinesiology

Credit Hours: 125 Hours (NCTMB required)

Anatomy and Physiology

For massage therapists, it is essential to understand the basic building blocks of the human body. During massage therapy training, they learn an integral part of anatomy and physiology: the study of basic cell structure, terminology, and all systems of the body.

These include the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems.

Each system works together for optimal wellness – this knowledge is imperative for massage therapy licenses and helps massage therapists discern how manual manipulations can enhance individuals’ lives.


Myology and Applied Kinesiology are integral parts of massage therapy.

By studying the skeletal-muscular systems, massage therapists learn how massage techniques can relax muscles to alleviate pain and other ailments the client may be experiencing.

When massage therapists take classes in kinesiology massage therapy, they gain an in-depth understanding of how muscle movements are related to the cardiovascular, lymphatic, and nervous systems.

From this information, massage therapists can employ effective massage techniques to help to heal on a deeper level as well as improve overall mobility for clients.