Massage Therapy has rapidly gained recognition and respect in all communities as a viable means of maintaining good health. Massage Therapists work as part of a team of health care professionals to preserve health, prevent disease and injury, and restore maximum functional ability when health is lost.

The D’Arcy Lane Institute of Massage Therapy, one of the original massage therapy schools in Ontario teaching from the same core curriculum which has a high standard of excellence, was founded in 1986. Our school has grown from the original five students to an annual enrollment of over 100 students per year.

At the D’Arcy Lane Institute we are continually striving to provide our students with the highest quality of education.

Students at Darcy Lane practice massage on other students
Students will participate in outreach clinics in the community to gain hands-on experience treating various conditions, develop quick and accurate reflexes and gain experience in real life situations. Classes begin in September every year.

The program is 2200 hours in length and includes courses in:

To provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the structures and functions of the neuromuscular-skeletal and cardiovascular systems, in order to convey both an excellent level of knowledge and the background information needed for further studies in the massage therapy program.

  • General Anatomical Principles
  • Muscles
  • The Nervous System
  • Bones and Joints
  • Circulation
  • Other Body Systems
To educate the students in how to communicate and deal with prospective clients. To educate the students in interpersonal relationships, work ethics and role playing. Introduction; Self; Others; Relationships; Sharing Information About Yourself and Others; Communication: Skills and Strategies Skills Professional Regulation; The Therapeutic Relationship
To acquaint students with basic business principles To build confidence in the student in the role of business owner / operator To provide a foundation for further learning of business skills To familiarize students with Canadian business issues
To teach the student the effects, uses and contraindications of a variety of local and general applications of hot and cold. To give the student a thorough understanding of the physiological effects of hot and cold. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of relevant clinical applications of hydrotherapy techniques in massage therapy treatment and the development of effective treatment plans.
To provide a basic level of understanding of human movement and biomechanics. To educate on the various types of exercise and their appropriate therapeutic uses. To provide an understanding of the role of remedial exercise in massage treatment planning. To address the therapeutic exercise components of the conditions specified in treatments.
Nutrition: To emphasize the importance of nutritional requirements at various stages of the life cycle. To educate about food intake and energy balance and how to remain healthy. To introduce new nutritional theories and concepts. To obtain an overview of the disorders that can be caused by low fibre, high animal fat, and high salt intake. To obtain a knowledge of the problems of over nutrition in affluent countries. To give basic knowledge about disorders of nutrition due to diseases and hyper and hypo states. Public Health: The primary aim is to instruct the student in how a Massage Therapist must act in order to prevent communication of disease or infection. To provide the students with a broad picture of health, health determinants, health management and health care systems. To give a brief picture of available health care services in order that the Massage Therapist may intelligently inform the client about where (additional) information may be obtained, if needed, and what services are available. This course is designed to integrate the theoretical studies of the sciences, case history, assessments, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise therapy, and practical massage studies into the development of a safe and effective treatment approach.
To provide a general level of understanding of pathological mechanisms and the alteration of normal physiological patterns in disease / injury states. To provide information about specific pathologies with emphasis being placed upon those commonly encountered in clinical practice. To discuss the clinical implications for Massage Therapists of pathological occurrences and conditions. To help develop the students understanding of when to refer and when to communicate with other health care professions. Cellular Injury; Immunity and Infectious Disease; Skin Pathology; Soft Tissue Disorders; Bone Pathology; Cardiovascular Pathology; Renal Pathology Neuropathology Respiratory Pathology; Endocrine Pathology; Reproductive Pathology; Gastrointestinal Pathology; Other Pathologies
To provide a general level of understanding of the normal function of the body systems with particular emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal function and cardiovascular system. To provide a basic understanding of the interrelationship of the body systems and the nature of homeostatic mechanisms. To enable the student to conceptualize the application and effects of the techniques and modalities studied in the massage therapy program. General Physiological Principles; Cells and Tissues; Energy and Cellular Metabolism; The Nervous System; The Muscular System; The Circulatory System; The Immune System; The Respiratory System; The Renal System; The Gastrointestinal System; The Endocrine System; The Reproductive Systems; The Integumentary System.
To discuss the treatment of pathological conditions and occurrences by integrating relevant knowledge from other courses. To develop the students ability to formulate treatment objectives and treatment plans, to encourage appropriate client self care and to maintain proper clinical records. To promote proper application of massage manipulations to specific conditions. To enhance the students practical abilities in applying massage (and related) techniques. To help the student identify how and why to refer, and how to communicate appropriately with colleagues and other health care professionals. To develop the students ability to work in a team setting and to effectively utilize both peer and professional supervision.
To examine current understanding of the physiological effects of massage therapy, integrating academic subjects and clinical issues and practice. To teach students to approach their work in a sensitive, reasoning manner based on their knowledge of tissue behaviour and tissue needs, the effects of massage on body tissues and systems, and the general principle of anatomy, physiology and pathology. To function as a companion subject to techniques, treatments, and other practicum subjects, providing a theoretical foundation for practical training. In general, massage treatment should avoid both dangerous and ineffective approaches. The theory program should be designed to help students learn to develop the most safe and effective treatment plans, including consideration of the client as a whole person. To help the student develop skills in referral and consultation with other health practitioners. To help develop a body of knowledge which is understood to the basis of the practice of massage therapy. Introduction To This Course; The History of Massage; Theoretical Foundations of Massage; Applications of Massage Manipulations; Terms For Treatments
A supervised public clinic provides training opportunity for the student to perfect practical application, and to familiarize the student with the effects of techniques and treatments.
Community Outreach is a supervised practical program for the benefit of students to reinforce and acquire further experience in the development of their skills and knowledge in massage therapy.