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Advanced Anatomy & Pathology

18 CE Hours - E426

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  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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Explore the various systems of the body while examining common conditions and illnesses so you can then more effectively help your clients. Knowledge of pathology helps you as a bodywork professional, to know when massage is contraindicated and when to refer your clients to another health care provider.

Through this video- and text-based course, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the common conditions and illnesses you may encounter.

Musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine and digestive system disorders are investigated. Some of the afflictions discussed in the course include: fibromyalgia syndrome, spasms and cramps, strains and sprains, joint disorders, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, herniated disc, thoracic outlet syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, headaches and seizure disorders, heart conditions, and bronchitis.

Featured Reviews

The text is one that I don't want to put down! It will be placed on my treatment room desk, and not stuck on the shelf. Thank you for an incredibly informative course! Deb

- Deborah A. Schick, BS

There was so much information that was well organized and engaging. I was very caught up in the subject matter, which was a nice surprise. The study guides along with The Point guides were incredibly helpful.

- Elizabeth Jeans, LMT

Being able to print out the test in advance and use to study the relevant chapters was awesome! I also feel like you did an outstanding job testing from every section. I can use the DVD as an overview or review with my class since I teach Pathology and Anatomy and Physiology! I enjoyed it very much. Thanks.

- Kathryn R. Donnelly, LMT

Wow! This is the best CE class I have ever taken! I really thought I knew my anatomy well, and I did, but I had a very poor understanding of pathologies. I have the Merck manual and it doesn't begin to illuminate the massage relevance as your text does. I will always refer to this book, and I thank you, thank you, thank you for this reference guide. I couldn't tell you enough positive!

- L. Vick, LMT

Both the CD Rom and DVD were fabulous tools for those of us who are visual. What a great reference manual!

- D. Kelleher, LMT

Finally a complete book especially designed for massage therapists and bodyworkers. The material in the book was amazing, detailed and very informative. I will be using the textbook daily for my geriatric clients. Thank you for the mental stimulation and the challenging quiz. I enjoyed this course tremendously.

- D. Gifford, NCMT, AMTA

Very detailed and also very informative on the types of massage that are indicated for different disease/symptoms. This is the first text that has so much valuable information categorized by disease. This will be a valued reference for many years.

- D. Jenkins, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

This was a great refresher course. I gained much new knowledge. I would recommend this course to massage therapist who have been working in the field for many years to gain fresh insight and knowledge. Especially in the area of Cancer Massage.

- Pamela Ward, LMT

This course was fascinating and challenging. Great video, and amazing text book. I learned a lot, and intend to continue to draw on the book for reference. Thank you!!

- Melissa Katsakos, CMT, BCTMB

I must thank the staff who answer the phone and are always so polite and helpful. Because of them, I am a customer. This class and materials are excellent and will remain most helpful in my practice. The DVD is so well done and gives an excellent overview. I will watch it many times over. (I would be interested in other classes with a DVD such as this.) Thank you so much for a great class.

- Lou A. Dwyer, CMT

This is an excellent course, and the materials provide an excellent reference library for further study.

- Rachel Goldstein, LMT

This course was awesome and easy to understand. I loved it and would reccomend it to others.

- Chelsey Babcock, LMP

Stress-free test. I took my time to review the practice test which made it so easy to take the actual one. I loved video presentations. It's general but very important to review. The person who commented the video speaks very clear which is helpful for me as for an English second language student.

- Nadezda Mishutina

Wonderful course full of useful information. Certainly recommend. Thank you!

- Tanya Dixon

Great course. Love the online format and text was really clear with lots of pictures/graphics and very well laid out. Really happy with the course, far exceeded my expectations and super useful for my practice. Thank you!

- Melanie Ashmore

Easy to read and understand. Love the massage Therapy implication boxes with each section, will be helpful in my daily practice. The video was informative and well explained. Felt the course was worth my time and money.

- Theresa Schroeder

Kept me on my toes for sure. A lot of useful information.

- Merna “Harmony” Griffin, LMT

I love Ruth Werner's writing style. She makes learning a pleasure!

- Sarah Campbell, LMT, NCTMB

I considered my anatomy and pathology knowledge relatively keen, but discovered many new bits of information in this course. Glad it was available. Very glad I took it! Thank You!

- Brenda K. Speaker, LMT

I've taken several courses from your company and all have been just what I was looking for! Thank You

- Jamie Kight, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course. Well written and easy to understand.

- Daniela Bigott, LMT, NCTMB

I truly enjoyed watching the videos. Reading the course material was a wonderful refresher and I learned new information also.

- Rosa Munguia, LMT

Excellent course for helping massage therapists deepen their knowledge of pathology.

- Joseph Carman, LMT

Great course. Learned so much.

- Angela Rondinella, LMT

The course was very helpful and allowed me to complete in my own time.

- Stephanie Juarez, LMT

I was pleasantly surprised with the textbook! This book is loaded with valuable information with an "easy to comprehend" text. Wonderful material - I will strongly recommend it to my coworkers.

- S. Johnson, LMT, NCTMB

The information was easy to comprehend and well organized. I will definitely use your service to renew my license in the future. Thank you for providing a great home study.

- J. Dupoux, LMT

I am in the business of cosmetology and massage education. I am very impressed with this course. It has helped me in my massage practice as well as in the classroom. I will definitely be looking at the other courses this site offers.

- S. Steele, LMT, NCTMB


  • DVD - 74 minutes
  • Text - 665 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.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sean Riehl, CMT

Sean Riehl, CMT

Sean Riehl has been a bodyworker since 1998 when he completed his training program through the Body Therapy Institute in California and subsequently served as an instructor there. Certified in Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release and Shiatsu, Mr. Riehl established Real Bodywork in 2000 producing high-quality, professional, instructional massage and yoga videos. With over 40 video titles, Real Bodywork is the preeminent producer of videos in the massage training industry.

Mr. Riehl is author, co-creator and instructor on various Institute courses including Neuromuscular Therapy & Advanced Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, Advanced Anatomy & Pathology, Clinical Massage Therapy, Integrative Massage: Earth, Fire and Spirit, Nerve Mobilization and more.

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