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Clinical Massage Therapy

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17 CE Hours - E554
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Clinical Massage Therapy

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  • Video - 70 minutes
  • Manual - 31 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Text - 382 pages
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


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

Adja Catalano, LMBT, BCTMB


Tara Smith, LMBT, BCTMB


Meredith Cser, LMBT


Jacquelyn Hooker


In this course it should present more case studies in order to further advance students in clinical assessment and how to bring all information together to devise a plan of care and treatment plan.

Latosha Turner, LMT


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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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