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Clinical Massage Therapy

17 CE Hours - E554
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Clinical Massage Therapy
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  • 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


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.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the principles related to clinical massage therapy.
  • Determine clinical massage techniques following muscle palpation/assessment.
  • Determine general order of treatment for postural alignment.
  • Assess condition in head, face and neck and determine muscle(s) involved.
  • Determine clinical massage routine on the neck given a muscle with active trigger points.
  • Identify muscles of the posterior neck from their action and/or location.
  • Assess conditions in shoulder and determine muscles involved.
  • Identify skeletal structure of shoulder joint.
  • Identify muscles of the chest and upper back from their action and/or location.
  • Determine clinical massage technique on the chest given muscles with active trigger points.
  • Identify muscles of the arm and hand from their action and/or location.
  • Identify muscles in the arm and hand from active trigger points and pain referral pattern.
  • Determine clinical massage therapy routine for muscles with active trigger points on the arm.
  • Identify movements of the vertebral column.
  • Identify muscle(s) of the spine from their active trigger points and pain referral pattern.
  • Evaluate appropriateness of clinical massage technique for muscles of the spine where there is diagnosed or suspected spinal pathology.
  • Identify muscles in the low back and abdomen from their active trigger points and pain referral pattern.
  • Identify muscle(s) of the low back and abdomen from their location and/or action.
  • Determine appropriate position for stripping the abdominal muscles.
  • Identify muscles of the thigh from their location and/or action.
  • Determine clinical massage technique for muscle(s) in the thigh.
  • Identify muscles of the leg and foot from their location and/or action.
  • Identify muscles of the leg from their trigger points and referred pain patterns.
  • Assess the cases presented and determine the muscles involved from the reported pain pattern described by the client.
  • Determine clinical massage techniques that are most appropriate for cases presented by clients in their initial interviews.
  • Describe the intent behind certain clinical massage techniques designed to therapeutically alleviate muscle pain.

Course Reviews

A. Cockerham, LMT, NCTMB

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. Conely, LMT

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.

C. Shearer, LMT, NCTMB

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.

D. Marks

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!

E. Stetson, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

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.

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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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