Teaching period

1st semester


Learning outcomes

By the end of the semester, the students should be able to:

  • Evaluate with confidence and safety the type of a musculoskeletal traumatism and identify the biological tissues possibly involved,
  • Know the fundamental principles of rehabilitation for every musculoskeletal injury and be capable to choose documented and based on modern bibliography the appropriate massaging techniques,
  • Design a massaging program that is safe and appropriate for each musculoskeletal injury and clinical condition according to recent research data,
  • Ensure the necessary conditions for the massage (preparation of the room – lubricating agents – patient position).


Teaching method

  • Demonstration of the massaging techniques by the teaching professor,
  • Practical exercise among student groups, supervised by the teacher.


Week by week schedule

The lab part of Massaging Techniques is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.




Patient Relaxation Positions - Physiotherapist Ergonomic Positions. Anatomy characteristics


Slide Manipulations on limb, hip and shoulder girdle


Slide Manipulations on trunk, face and neck area


Kneading and strokes. 1st intermediate student evaluation


Cupping, hits, shocks, pinching, vibrations, rubbing


Massage for lymphedema


Special Transversal Rubbing Massage


Trigger Points of Pain Massage. 2nd intermediate student evaluation


Reflexology. Connective tissue massage


Sport massage


Limb massage programs. Shoulder and hip girdle massage


Massage programs on the rachial trunk surface and neck


Massage programs on the anterior trunk surface and face




Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Lucinda Lidell (2001). The Book Of Massage: The Complete Step by step Guide to Eastern and Western Technique, Fireside
  2. Susan Mumford (2007). The New Complete Guide to Massage, Penguin Books
  3. HoleyE, CookE (1997). Evidence based therapeutic massage, Elsevier
  4. Art Riggs (2002).  Deep Tissue Massage, Νοrth Atlantic Books


In Greek

  1. Σακελλάρη Β- Γώγου Β (2004). Τεχνικές θεραπευτικές μάλαξης, Εκδ. Παρισιάνου (Therapeutic Massage Techniques)
  2. Χριστάρα – Παπαδοπούλου Α (2004). Τεχνικές θεραπευτικές μάλαξης, Εκδ. ΤΕΙ Θεσ/κης (Therapeutic Massage Techniques)
  3. Σφετσιώρη Δ.Κ (2003). Θεραπευτικήμάλαξη, DKS (Therapeutic Massage)
  4. Καραμανής Δημήτρης (2007). Το ελληνικό αθλητικό μασάζ, Εκδόσεις  Ισόρροπον (GreekSportsMassage)



Assessment of the lab part of Massaging Techniques takes place on a daily basis with three more formal exam-type assessments which comprise of practical demonstration of techniques and methods from students. Except from the daily evaluation of students and the intermediate evaluation, a final examination takes place at the end of the semester. This examination is conducted by the teaching professors personally with the students divided in pairs, in order to recreate the skills they have obtained during the semester on each other. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 15-30 minutes. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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