Positional Release Techniques


24 CE Hours

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Positional release techniques are gentle manual treatments to relieve pain and discomfort, improving the overall health and functioning of the body by correcting imbalances of the musculoskeletal system. The advanced course covers all methods of spontaneous release by positioning. Theories and history of many different approaches are discussed and techniques are described in detail through illustrations and photographs. The associated online videos provide demonstrations of the techniques as well.

Also included in this continuing education course:

  • comparisons of all major positional release methods, from strain/counterstrain to functional osteopathy and step-by-step use of these methods
  • use with other manual approaches, such as Muscle Energy Techniques
  • treatment of both muscle and joint problems
  • various approaches: osteopathic palpation according to Gibbons and Tehan; positional release palpation according to McPartland and Goodridge; the tight-loose concept; Zink's concept of tissue preference and assessment, and Travell and Simon's model of trigger point facilitation
  • characteristics of trigger points; the causes for trigger points and types of trigger points
  • uses of positional release methods for post-operative conditions

Featured Reviews


- Bernard Howell

The book is detailed and an excellent reference - the illustrations and positioning notes are useful, exacting and understandable. Although the material is an advanced read, it makes sense!

- Bob Garza, M.Ed., RMT

Thanks this was great!

- Brian Sari, CMT

I found this course to be very informative and useful in my career. I work alongside of a chiropractor, and a lot of the positional release techniques are very useful in my practice.

- Claire Balint, LMT, NCTMB

I loved this course! I had a very difficult personal time and the staff were wonderful in extending my class time for submission which I greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!

- Denise A. Volmer, LMT

This course provides information that allows a massage therapist tools which a physical therapist would typically use. Great knowledge when working in the medical practice.

- Jakki Wienecke, CMT, BFA - Bel Air, MD

This course was terrific. It is very in-depth and has lots of good info. It's written in a good way, but a new therapist might get lost in the terminology.

- Laura Hess, NCTMB

Great Book! Easy to find anwers when I didn't know them from the reading. You did an excellent job, very easy to understand and complete.

- Laura Seal LMT,AMTA, Healing Body & Soul, LLC. Lake Geneva, WI

Loved this course. Packed full of information!

- Lisa Stabe, LMT, NCTMB

A wealth of info here! After 20+ years in massage, this course has provided me with several more areas of study to help build my expertise. Will be a future reference tool in my practice. Thank you!

- Lowell Seeman, NCTMB, LMT

I really enjoyed the practical information. I love trigger point therapy and with prt training it has enhanced my knowledge and my practice. Thank you!

- Shirley Milner, LMT

Very informative and technical course. I will definitely use in my practice and use book as a constant reference. I have never been disappointed with any course I have taken from Integrative Healthcare Studies. I have referred many colleagues.

- Yalanda Patria, LMT

Extremely comprehensive material. Definitely worth the time and a great tool for a practitioner.

- Zachary Bell, LMT, NCTMB

The course material was far more substantial than expected. The text books makes an excellent reference book for the office library.

- Tonia Zanter, LMT

Excellent course study, very well put together and presented to the advanced therapists. I look forward to my next pick for obtaining CE's online.

- Heriberto Soltero, LMT, BCTMB

This course was very interesting. It had my attention. My schedule is full so I had to make time to study but it was easy to pick my right back up and continue the course. I am looking forward to my next course.

- Jenny Raety, LMT

There was a lot of information to take in with this course. It was all very helpful and great information though. I would recommend this course for sure. It is a lot of work but totally worth it!

- Heather VanHoesen, LMT

Really a great presentation of this information. This course is quite difficult and the knowledge acquired should be very useful in my practice

- John LeMunyon, LMT


  • Text - 251 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.

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