Camp Pebble Wellness Institute :: Online/Lab/Classes

229 E Sheridan St. |  Ely MN 55731 :: 218.365.0809 ::

Basic Massage Prep

12 hours - 6 online, 4 lab, 2 clinic

The intention of this class is to introduce students to the tools and products needed to enter into the profession of massage. This will include an overview of common terminology used in the massage world. Students will be shown the anatomy and importance of an effective massage table and how to properly prepare it for a session. Body mechanics will be addressed as a means to longevity within the massage industry alongside the importance of self care. Usage and the pros-and-cons of various oils and lotions will be discussed along with applicable massage tools. At the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate safe and effective use of all supplies and equipment.

Ethical Issues

12 hours - 12 online

This course focuses on a clear understanding of the role of ethics in therapeutic relationships. Students are introduced to the foundational principles of ethics and boundaries by exploring ethical challenges and decision making skills directly related to bodywork in a professional environment. Students will gain knowledge of personal and professional boundaries, explore power differentials and dual relationships, understand the concepts of transference and countertransference, and examine the difference between touch and intimacy. Students will be introduced to relevant credentials, laws, and regulations for a profession in bodywork. This course asks that students evaluate and assess their individual strengths and limitations in order to develop a professional code of ethics for use in their future practice of bodywork.


10 hours - 8 online, 2 lab

The intent of this course is to develop the students effective interpersonal and professional communication skills while being challenged to further develop them. Through practice and discussion, students will be able to define key communication concepts including: barriers and enhancers of communication, active listening, empathy, verbal and non verbal communication, constructive feedback, and effective conflict resolution.  By means of in-class presentations and written assignments, students will practice effective oral and written communication skills. Students will learn the importance of how to read, critique, 
and evaluate a research study in order to apply these findings to their daily practice.

Business Practices

23 hours - 15 online, 5 lab, 3 clinic

This course prepares students to gain employment or begin self-employment. 

Students work in group and individual formats to determine their professional identity as a massage therapist. The intention is developing a business plan, honing their resume writing and interviewing skills, and presenting themselves as professionals. Each student leaves the class with complete knowledge and confidence to enter the massage therapy field. We focus attention on how to build clientele through professional advertising, creating a Client Bill of Rights, and a working knowledge of the ethics, laws, and regulations of bodywork professionals.  As well as ability to evaluate research and the value of continued education.  

Anatomy/Physiology 1

26 hours - 20 online, 6 lab

This course provides an overview of the major organ systems of the body, both as a structure and how it functions. The student will be introduced to chemistry, cell biology, tissues, organs, and glandular function.  Human Physiology includes the functions and interactions of the integumentary system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, urinary system, reproductive system, and digestive system. We approach the information as a tool to understand how the body functions as a complete organism, in order for the student to develop an understanding of the implications for bodywork interventions with massage. This course is a designated science course.

Anatomy/Physiology 2

29 hours - 20 online, 9 lab

This course provides the foundation for anatomically precise bodywork therapy.  In this course we introduce the student to the human body, beginning with an overview of the body as a whole, including the body regions, planes of movement, and directional terminology. Throughout this course we focus on the general anatomy of the musculoskeletal system including vocabulary, structure, function, and classifications of the bones and joints. This class will allow the students to learn and identify all of the bones and the major muscles. This course is a designated science course.

Anatomy/Physiology 3

23 hours - 20 online, 3 lab

This course provides a deeper understanding of the individual systems that make up human physiology.  It examines the integumentary system, the external coverings of the human body and its regulatory role, the muscular system and how it permits movement, aids posture, and circulates blood, and the nervous systems role transferring messages within the body. The course also covers the respiratory system and its role to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, the urinary system as a means to eliminate waste, regulate blood, and control electrolytes, and the lymphatic systems role in maintaining fluid balance and helping with immune support. The students study the endocrine system, the body’s hormones that regulate the biological processes in the body as well as the reproductive system and cardiovascular systems role within the body.  It is important to understand all of these complex systems individually to grasp how the human body functions as a whole. This course is a designated science course.

Anatomy/Physiology 4

23 hours - 20 online, 3 lab

The final course in Anatomy and Physiology connects our deeper understanding to the body as a whole with the effect that massage can have on the body's individual systems.  By understanding how each individual system is manipulated by massage we can see the body as a more complex structure.  This makes the indications along with the contraindications more relatable. This course is a designated science course. 

Pathology/Infectious Disease

35 hours - 35 online

The focus of this class is to help the therapist develop familiarity with common diseases and conditions, their indications as well as contraindications for massage and bodywork therapy.  This includes the ability to identify situations in which clients should be referred to a physician or other health care provider. Throughout the class students gain the ability to make informed decisions about the safety and applicability of massage modalities while developing critical thinking skills that promote finding additional information independently. Throughout the course, students learn and use medical terminology. Within this course students examine the pathology of musculoskeletal injuries, joint disease, and systemic disease, including neuromuscular, neurological, gastrointestinal, integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, hematic, genitourinary, and endocrine disorders.

Standard Precautions

4 hours - 4 online

Safety guidelines include rules to protect and prevent others from experiencing harm or injury. In massage therapy facilities, policies are created to outline precautions and preventive practices to promote safety, these are typically in the form of written guidelines. Facility precautions consist of keeping the area free of debris and workplace hazards, having PPP on hand, including a client intake form, following proper cleaning protocol between clients, and more. Standard precautions are important to follow as a means to protect both the client and massage practitioner.  

Medical Terminology and Documentation

10 hours - 10 online

Documentation is necessary in the field of massage therapy, as it is common to see both first time and repeat clients over a period of time. Through documentation the therapist can manage regular clients, track progress, note special needs, and share information with other relevant care providers. SOAP notes (subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) is common practice among healthcare providers, it can be especially important as a means of documentation necessary for insurance companies. This course also covers relevant terms necessary for work in the bodywork field as a means to converse with clients and other medical professionals.

Structural Analysis

10 hours - 8 class,  2 lab

Structural analysis will focus on the assessment of posture, balance, core strength, flexibility, joint stability, and neuro-muscular coordination to address the body’s dysfunctions. It is important to look at these 6 structural surveys while working with diverse clientele and assessing their individual needs. It is also important to take these 6 areas into consideration when assessing one's own repetitive movement as a bodyworker.  

Practicum Preparation

4 hours - lecture

Hands-on practice is vital to learn and grow as a massage therapist, therefore practicum or clinical hours are required towards overall hours of study. This course breaks down necessary hours and areas of focus, documentation of said hours, scheduling practicum hours, and tools and products needed to complete them. We also cover our code of ethics, client bill of rights, and procedure for both intake and the massage sessions in order to prepare students for their externship.


15 hours - 10 class, 5 lab

Aromatherapy includes the use of aromatic materials, essential oils, and other aroma compounds to improve psychological and physical well being. It is often used as a complementary therapy alongside body work through the addition of scented oils and lotions or aromatic diffusion. This course looks at aromatherapy in its historical context and reviews the indications and contraindication consistent with its use.