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Holistic Pathology: Part 1

11 CE Hours - E1024

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
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  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Deepen your understanding of pathology, from a body/mind approach. Organized by body system, this program presents key concepts about how to recognize and confidently respond to soft tissue and movement therapy indications, precautions and contraindications for over 150 health conditions providing an excellent reference after the course has been completed.

In Part 1 of this two part course, you will learn about:

  • stress and the body/mind - mental and emotional health and illness, assessment, therapeutic action, research findings and case presentations
  • common psychological defense mechanisms
  • the immune and lymphatic systems - disorders, assessments, therapeutic action, clients with cancer, clients with edema, research findings and case presentations
  • important aspects of the Center's for Disease Control's Standard Precautions for massage therapists
  • immune-deficient conditions and hyperimmunity conditions
  • the cardiopulmonary system - disorders, assessment, therapeutic action, indications, contraindications, research findings, case presentations
  • appropriate actions in response to signs of a heart attack
  • the nervous system - disorders, assessment, therapeutic action, indications, contraindications, research findings, case presentations

A continuation of this program, utilizing the same text, can be obtained through Holistic Pathology: Part 2. However, Part 1 is not a prerequesite for taking Part 2.

Featured Reviews

This was an excellent course with many suggested additional resources to expand on information provided in the course. Challenging but very well presented. This is one of the best courses from IIHS yet! The ethics course associated with this book was the most worthy exploration of the topic I have read in 10 years.

- Robert Prince, LMT

I really enjoyed this course, it was a great stepping stone in helping me decide the next step in my therapeutic career. I was hesitant about going into a hospice/hospital type of setting and now I'm looking forward to learning more and finding a mentor. Thank you so much!

- Laura Rice, LMP, NCBTMB

I enjoyed the course very much. This book is clear, concise and thorough. I applaud the author for targeting the audience and making this course very enjoyable.

- Brittney M. Kurello, NCTMB

I would not change a thing. This course works great for me as I don't really need a new technique, but this type of material is exactly what I can use.

- Lisa Skinner, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative.

- Lynn Vela, LMT

Great course.

- Stan Mergerum, NCBTMB

I loved this course! The material is very well written. I cant wait to take part 2!!

- Jen Nahmensen, LMT, NCBTMB, ABMP

Wonderful course material! Very informative!

- Kerri Schultz, LMT

I appreciate the way this book is written. It was very easy to follow - had a nice flow. It's arrangement made learning easier for me. Thanks!

- Diane Burns, RMP

This course is a wealth of information.

- Terri Hastings, LMP

This greatly exceeded my expectations!

- Melinda Grange, LMT, NCBTMB

I really enjoyed this course. It was a great refresher for me. Valuable information is given in this course. This book will be referred to often... Thank you!!!

- Karen Huffman, LMT, NCBTMB, ABMP

Very informative. Full of useful, even critical information.

- Gregory C. Ritchie CMT, NCTMB

A huge amount of relevant information, well organized and accessible. Deserves a permanent place in my reference library. Well done!!

- Elizabeth Foster, NCTMB

Very readable and understandable material.

- Jackie Gaston, LMT Austin, TX

Very informative and educational. Easy to understand.

- Jessica Shanabarger

So great that holistic pathology is available.

- Rebecca Chandler Shimmer Healing Arts


  • Text - 568 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

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