Stress Reduction Through Bodywork


4 CE Hours


Stress is part of life. All biological organisms, including people, require some stress in order to maintain well-being. However, long-term or chronic stress is particularly damaging if not interrupted with periods of rest, relaxation and nurturance. Improve your ability to communicate how your practice of massage or bodywork helps your clients' stress relief through this home study course.

In this course, you'll discover:

  • what happens in the body/mind during sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activation
  • therapeutic actions likely to activate the sympathetic nervous system and actions likely to activate the parasympathetic nervous system
  • common defense mechanisms
  • appropriate therapeutic actions in relation to probable indications and contraindications for common mental/emotional illnesses
  • reasons why body-centered therapies are contraindicated for people who are intoxicated
  • appropriate ways to respond to clients who dissociate and clients who become emotionally upset
  • how prevalent sexual abuse is in the U.S., and three possible stages in the recovery process
  • therapeutic actions that massage therapists and bodyworkers can provide to help their clients' stress levels
  • recent research findings that support the benefits of massage and bodywork for stress relief

Course Reviews

Kerstin Usher, LMT

Excellent presentation of the material. It was clear and concise, easy to follow and provided lots of practical information regarding the practitioner's role in dealing with people of emotional and mental states as well as illness.

Kathleen Bowman

This course is a well researched summation of stress and the effects of stress that one might meet with in a bodywork practice. Raises awareness and therefore helps to build confidence and professionalism.

Atricia McCary, Therapeutic Massage, Lincoln, VT

This course was very informative, as it gave definitions fro various mental health concerns in easily understandable terms. It also gave the appropriate techniques to use or not to use for each situation. These are helpful guidelines.

Nora Sasson, LMT

This course was GREAT!!! I learned so much about recognizing mental/emotional deviations and how to support and refer the clients. In addition, I feel that this course improved and increased my knowledge as a therapist.

J. Distrola, LMT

The information was interesting and applied directly to my massage bodywork.

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  • Manual - 31 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available 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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