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Clinical Massage Therapy

17 CE Hours - E554

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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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Go beyond relaxation massage, expand your skills and integrate your knowledge of anatomy with therapeutic massage.

Clinical Massage is designed specifically for massage therapists who need to learn more clinical/therapeutic applications for massage therapy. Detailed anatomical information is coupled with clinical treatment protocols that together address common muscle injuries and other soft tissue pain and dysfunction.

The video demonstrates techniques in three different approaches: a compression, relaxation and deeper muscular sequence. These sequences include 90 detailed techniques which can be integrated to address your clients' painful conditions and complaints. Also discussed are contraindications, oil selection, draping and common mistakes made during a massage.

Featured Reviews

Superbly informative course that I will refer back to as I integrate the material into my practice. It gave me that next level of understanding of anatomy for massage that I was looking for due to the detailed and thorough writing. It also updated me on the latest research in the field of massage and answered lingering questions I had from massage school about a range of topics. The only thing I would like to have seen would be more video materials to see the techniques in motion.

- Leslie Pierson

Wow! I did not expect to learn so much! this was a great review of the muscles and how to address them. I loved that I could review the test and answer the question as I went along. I actually learned more doing it that way!

- Laura Brewer, LMT

This course more then met my expectations. I have been in practice 17 years and hove done much treatment work but this class added much to my knowledge. It was also great for refreshing some things that I had forgotten. I was moving away from treatment work, doing more relaxation, but now I feel more confident to continue with treating some specific problems. The anatomy pictures in the book were very, very helpful. Thank you.

- Karen Donald, NCTMB

Before finishing the course, I'd already started putting the ideas into practice, and I had one of those weeks: four clients came back within two weeks for more! My expectations, which were great upon ordering based on prior comments, were exceeded. This course was the tie-in I needed between knowing the muscles and their functions, and helping my clients to heal through massage therapy, and educating them. I am surprised that an on-line course could be so effective! Thank you.

- Katherine Swiencki, CMT

This is one of the best books I have ever seen as far as showing the muscles. I am glad I chose this course for my first CEU course. I believe this book is going to help make me a better therapist (muscle wise). The video is just great. I love how they show 3 different routines - these will surely help my clientele.

- A. Cockerham, LMT, NCTMB

The book is absolutely amazing! Myself and the other MT's at the Center where I work were VERY intrigued by the photos, and the explanations gave me new insight to the body. Thank you very much! I will continue to get my CEU’s through IIHS, as it's very convenient for me.

- A. Conely, LMT

I enjoyed this course thoroughly. The information was well presented and the book's pictures were amazingly helpful. The information I obtained will be helpful in my personal practice as a massage therapist, and I will definitely use the book and video at later dates for additional information.

- C. Shearer, LMT, NCTMB

I was very happy and impressed upon opening the package to find everything I needed with book and DVDs. I have shown the books to other therapists and they also were very impressed. I will use this as a reference book throughout my career to explain to clients and patients' treatments I will be performing. Thank you!

- D. Marks

This is the first text I've chewed on from front to back because I can see and understand how to integrate treatment of each muscle and fascia into my practice. Excellent photography and overlay of muscle/fascia coupled with step-by-step treatment helped me make sense of muscle's I'd forgotten I knew about. Clients will benefit too from the wonderful photography and illustrations in understanding their conditions. Applying techniques from Donna Sunday's text and video, I immediately began receiving feedback from clients on the effectiveness. Examples include, 'I don't know what you did to my head, but I relaxed in 2 minutes instead of 30.' 'Magnificent! Can you memorize that hour and repeat it?!' 'That slow, deep work you did is the best I've ever had; what kind of massage do you call that?' Clinical Massage has opened a new chapter in my practice, and this was exactly the course I was looking for to help me address specific conditions I see daily. Thank you for the best CE course I've ever taken to date, one that is already helping me facilitate freedom from pain.

- E. Stetson, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Basic Clinical Massage Therapy is an excellent text, which I will refer to often. The course exceeded my expectations.

- Benjamin van Leeuwen, LMT

Great course! Was able to complete the test quickly and the book is incredible with great pictures for reference. Definitely will use this book yearly.

- Graciela Gallegos, LMT

This course was very in depth and yet maintained the ability to be understood and comprehended.

- Tamara Reitz, CMT

I found this course to be extremely educational and informative. The content and photographs provided a unique learning experience. The accompanying manual and CD enhanced this material. The entire contents will be a valuable reference guide throughout the rest of my career. Thank you for making this course available.

- Frankie Brockett, LMT

I was very impressed with the quality of the text book.. very well written and easy to understand. The pictures are awesome.

- Danielle Goodwin

This course was very interesting and I can't wait to be able to incorporate the new knowledge into my practice and hope I can help my future clients.

- Oksana Rahbari

This was one of my favorite online courses I've ever taken in the 13 years of being a massage therapist. The textbook is incredibly informative with detailed images that I will find very useful as a reference in the future.

- Kathleen Vlodek, LMT

This workbook is superb to say the least. I love the illustrations of muscles and muscle groups. This is going to be a good “go-to” book when I need help. I have been working for 15 years as a massage therapist and had to take a leave to care for my parents. This book/ course “awakened” my knowledge.

- Carol R. Pabor, LMT

Enjoyed the course and it helped to refresh information.

- Obie Whatley, LMT

This is the best CEU I have taken! Extremely informative and had great practical applications.

- Ryan St. John, LMT

I always like my courses that I have taken here. I really like the book, which provides much more applicable information that I can use in my practice, not only just anatomy and academics. Really appreciate the applicability and the thoroughness of the reference materials.

- Patrick Mason, LMT

The course provided information that I found very helpful and informative about specific conditions that massage therapy can play a vital role in.

- Wendi Jenkins, LMT

This was a great course. I recommend taking it.

- Stacy Rischette, LMT, NCTMB

I especially liked the scenerios and questions.

- David Cummings, LMT

Very informative course. This exceeded my expectations as a home study course. It was very beneficial to not only read the content but also see the techniques being discussed!

- Brooke Drennen, LMT

Great book, good course, alot of information.

- Kerry Dyer, LMT

Love the book and it's layout and explainations. This will definetly be an excellent reference guide for my work.

- Norma Susan Moshier, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent information! The pictures were exceptional and the wording was easily understood.

- Krista Stanton

The material and video are very useful and well put together. Great course!

- Suzanne Remington, LMT, AMTA

This course study held my interest. A good refresher and learned new information. The part I enjoyed (testing!!!) The case studies. I learn a lot from this time of continuing education....

- Karen Huffman, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

This is the best textbook I've seen. It will soon be as worn and used as my copy of 'The Anatomy of Movement'.

- B. Dawson, LMT, ABMP

The accompanying hard copy is excellent to refer to - and best I have purchased. The video was the best one I ever purchased. The Best!

- M. Bailey, CMT, NCTMB

Excellent text, which I have already and will continue to use in my practice. Thank you for obviously so much thought being put into its preparation.

- P. Fox-Ries, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA


  • DVD - 70 minutes
  • Manual - 31 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Text - 382 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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