Anxiety & Massage


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Learn why reducing anxiety through massage can have extensive health benefits. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Research demonstrating the need for massage therapists to work side-by-side with cardiologists, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists to reduce anxiety and physical illness.
  • How massage therapy can unlock and free clients of tissues memories caused by the unexpressed trauma of past experiences.
  • Alleviating panic attacks by reducing client stress and tension.
  • Massage and music therapies lessening anxiety and reduce the need for pain medication post-surgery.

In the Anxiety & Massage program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Why Massage's Reduction of Anxiety Is So Important - Based on the premise that massage reduces anxiety, a collection of emerging research suggests that massage therapists are needed to work side-by-side with cardiologists, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists.
  • Learn How to Unlock Tissue Memory - The unexpressed trauma of past experiences stored in the musculature and connective tissue of our bodies creates tension, blocks circulation and can ultimately lead to pain and disease. Learn what you can do as a massage therapist to unlock and free clients of these tissue memories.
  • Bodywork Can Help Panic Disorder - Massage therapy can be a valuable method for easing panic disorders, a serious condition that can occur repeatedly and without warning. Find out how bodywork therapy helps alleviate the severity of panic attacks by reducing a client's stress and tension level.
  • Medicine for the Heart: Massage and Music - After finding out one has to have surgery, anxiety about postoperative pain ranks high among the stressors. Indeed, the anxiety itself is believed to increase pain levels and may be a contributor to postoperative distress. Heart surgery ranks high in patient apprehension, but massage and music therapies have been shown to lessen anxiety and reduce the need for pain medication.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

An audio version of the course text is available with this program.

Course Reviews

Robin Gallagher, LMT, NCTMB

With so many of my clients being stressed on a regular basis, this course has allowed me to be a better therapist in helping them relieve their anxiety and understand just what is the cause and how the human body reacts.

K. Siebold, LMT

I recently had a client who was suffering from a panic attack. Although I was able to help through gently massage and craniosacral therapy, I really did not understand what my client was experiencing at the time. This course gave me the insight and specifics that I was looking for so that I can better relate to the needs of my clients. Thanks!

Misty Newhouse, LMT

I find a lot of my clients suffer from PTSD and panic disorder. Having specific treatment to help them and suggestions they can do to help themselves is really wonderful. This course also encouraged me to learn more about pharmaceutical part and how I can support treatment and symptoms of medications my clients take.

Carolyn Stubbs, LMT

This course was absolutely amazing. It was so informative. I really really enjoyed the studies done and the out come. I loved it. Maybe various health care institutions and facilities will began to implement massage therapy as part of the treatment for the overall wellbeing of the patient/client. And maybe medical insurance carriers will start paying for massage therapy, allowing the insured to pay us copays and we get reimbursed like the doctors.

Kelly Conner, LMT

This had some fantastic information about anxiety, clients dealing with emotional trauma and how you can benefit them. I already have clients in mind that I want to help with the information I've just learned.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 13 page downloadable text which is also provided in an mp3 audio format
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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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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