Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Massage


1 CE Hours


Learn how massage therapy can positively impact clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and treatment plan.
  • How the therapeutic relationship can help clients with PTSD.
  • The healing energy of essential oils and blends for PTSD.
  • Helping clients trust your touch.

In the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Massage program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - The number of military troops with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has increased steadily in recent years. The earlier it's treated, the better the chances are for recovery. Learn how various massage therapy techniques can play an important part in the healing process of PTSD.
  • The Therapeutic Relationship in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a real and devastating cycle that is being fielded by an increasing number of healthcare professionals. Bodyworkers are often sought by people caught in this cycle. Massage therapists can provide the technique, care and support needed for PTSD healing to occur.
  • Aromatherapy Complements Massage for Trauma - Essential oils have proven medicinal properties and can amplify the effectiveness of massage therapy. Few medicines have the capability of positively affecting the body, mind and spirit as powerfully as essential oils. This capability makes aromatherapy a logical choice when treating the effects of trauma.
  • Helping Clients Trust Your Touch - Although massage therapists are accustomed to their touch inducing relaxation, this is not an automatic response for many people. The trust issues prohibiting some from enjoying bodywork can be relieved by a therapist’s commitment to helping clients feel safe.

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.

Course Reviews

Lucy Corey, LMT, NCTMB

This course offered basic and pertinent information about PTSD, which will be very useful in my practice. I will be using what I learned and I feel more confident and equipped to respond positively to clients who respond to touch with symptoms that could indicate PTSD. Good information!

Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

As a Licensed Massage Therapist who also suffers from PTSD I found this material to be not only helpful to my clients but also for myself. Highly recommend this course for anyone who not only wants to help their clients but also their own personal journey.

Carroll Ruiz, LMT

This course has been especially rewarding considering the high occurrence of events resulting in PTSD to date. I feel I have more resources to help heal those suffering from PTSD after taking this course. Thank you for offering it!

Jenae Kelly, LMT, NCTMB

Great course I learned more about ptsd and ways to better the massage session with clients who may suffer from it. I also learned of other methods that are non-intrusive bodywork. i would like more information on ptsd.

Kimberly Shaw, LMBT

I really enjoyed this class. I had wanted to take it for quite some time and am glad I finally did. I learned a lot of information regarding PTSD that I didn't know before. I know this information will help me to serve this special population with better skills now that I have taken this class. I am also a massage therapy instructor. One of the classes I teach is Pathology. We touch on PTSD as one of the mental diseases/disorders that students can encounter, but this information is paramount to what I teach in class. I have told all of my students about that class. Thank you for putting out quality continuing education material!

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 16 pages
  • 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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