Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Series
Instructor:  Cynthia Ameson

Course description:
Kinesiology is the science of human movement, focusing on how the body moves by the actions of muscular contraction, working against the stable platform of bone, acting across joints. In this introductory Kinesiology class, we will study the structure and movement of joints as well as the shape of individual muscles and where and how they attach to the bones. Incorporating the knowledge of the type of joint plus the location of the muscle on the bones, illustrates what movement is possible. As developed by Eloise Albrecht, the Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Series has been divided into body regions: Legs/Feet, Back/Neck, Arms/Hands, and Chest/Abdomen & Synthesis.

Objectives include:

  • Helping students memorize the basics of the science of Kinesiology – joints, bones, and planes of motion.
  • Providing detailed information about the anatomy of the main musculature of motion.
  • Providing a foundational understanding of the principles of human movement.
  • Upon completion, students should be able to listen to a client’s story of muscular pain/lack of range of motion, and compose a mental checklist of what muscles are most likely involved in their problem.

An understanding of Kinesiology is fundamental to clinical applications for sports, deep tissue, advanced neuromuscular classes, and injury rehabilitation massage.

Proficiencies include:

  • Knowledge of the anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems
  • Introduction to the terminology used to describe body part locations, reference positions, and anatomical directions.
  • Experience in feeling the movements and individual muscles in both their own bodies and those of their classmates.

Each section of class will consist of lectures, audiovisual presentations, group discussion, experiential processes, movement exercises, and palpation on self and with partners, dealing with a specific body region.

The outcome of each class will be a practitioner who knows the specifics of muscles and their attachments as well as joints and their proper functioning and one who can therefore better assess a client and tailor a therapeutic massage session to the client’s individual needs.

Special Note:  Not all things can be covered in class time and passing of tests will depend on how much studying students do at home.

Required Text for all Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy sections:

Recommended Texts:

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  • Working Massage Therapists & Health Care Workers
  • Must also complete the homework assignment and bring to the first class

IMPORTANT! Homework Assignment

  • This assignment will be sent to all enrolled students prior to the first class. Please complete this assignment before class and bring it with you to class so as not to disrupt the planned curriculum.
  • You can find the Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Homework assignment here.

Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Curriculum


Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy – Legs/Feet
Instructor:  Cynthia Ameson
18 Hours    $270 + texts

Muscles studied:

  • Gluteus maximus, medius, minimus
  • Piriformis
  • Tensor Fasciae Latae
  • Sartorius
  • Quads
  • Hamstrings
  • Adductors
  • Tibialis Anterior & Posterior
  • Fibularis (peroneus) longus, tertius, brevis
  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus
  • Lateral Rotators of the hip
  • Flexors & Extensors of the toes
  • Plantaris & Popliteous
  • Intrinsic muscles of feet

Prerequisite: Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Fundamentals


Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy – Back/Neck
Instructor:  Cynthia Ameson
18 Hours    $270 + text

Muscles studied:

  • LatissimusDorsi,
  • Erector spinae group
  • Quadratus Lumborum
  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Levator Scapula
  • SpleniusCapitus
  • Sub-occipitals
  • Occipitofrontalis
  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Scalenes
  • Masseter
  • Platysma
  • Hyoid muscles

Prerequisite: Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Fundamentals


Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy – Arms/Hands
Instructor:  Cynthia Ameson
18 Hours    $270 + texts

Muscles studied:

  • Rotator cuff
  • Infraspinatus
  • Supraspinatus
  • Teres minor
  • Subscapularis
  • Deltoid
  • Teres major
  • Serratus anterior
  • Biceps brachii
  • Triceps brachii
  • Coracobrachialis
  • Brachialis
  • Brachioradialis
  • Pronatorteres
  • Supinator
  • Flexors and extensors of the forearm

Prerequisite: Kinesiology/Advanced Anatomy Fundamentals


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