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Digestive Ailments

1 CE Hour - E314W

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Massage Professionals Update

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

Discover ways to assist your clients in alleviating the discomfort of various digestive issues.Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The pathology of irritable bowel syndrome and simple methods of reducing symptoms.
  • Relieving symptoms of heartburn through massage and the difference between heartburn symptoms and those of a heart attack.
  • Common digestive ailment disorders and their symptoms as well as how massage therapy can be used to ease discomfort.
  • The function of the triple burner meridian as well as its disharmonies.

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

  • Helping Clients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome - As both a healthcare practitioner and educator, learn how massage therapists can help offer symptom relief to clients with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • How Massage Can Relieve Heartburn Symptoms - Approximately one-third of Americans have heartburn at least once a month, with 10 percent experiencing it daily. In addition to seeking a physician’s guidance, massage therapy can also help a person with this uncomfortable condition. Learn what massage modalities can assist individuals suffering from heartburn.
  • The Symptoms, Causes and Remedies for Digestive Distress - Food goes in, waste comes out. The digestive tract, when it is working properly, serves us well. To operate at maximum efficiency it must also be treated kindly and with respect. An overtaxed and abused digestive system can result in a lot of discomfort, pain and serious illness. Learn about the symptoms of various digestive disorders, what can ease the discomfort - and massage therapy's role.
  • The Triple Burner Meridian and Therapeutic Massage - While most meridians of Chinese Medicine are associated with a familiar organ, one stands out as the source of much mystery. Discover the keys to stimulating the triple burner meridian to ensure a therapeutic session.

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.

Featured Reviews

This was only a one point test,but it was very informative and interesting. I was sleepy when I took it but I couldn't pull away from it. This was valuable and I think I'll look for more of these "small but mighty" tests.

- Susan Flores, LMT

Love doing online courses at my convenience. I learned new knowledge about heartburn, digestive ailments, and the Triple burner Meridian, plus what massage techniques to use for treating clients. The acupressure points helped me recall previously learned information and makes me want to pursue this topic in more detail again. Great information! Thank you.

- Janet Ruckrigl, LMT, NCTMB

I took my time with the course. Read sections at different times so I am not sure how many hours it took me. It did not seem long at all, but I was thorough and did some online research with the triple burner since it was new to me. But your course was very thorough and very organized. I want to retain this information, so I took time and reread often. Thank you. I enjoyed this!

- Patricia Douglas, CMT

Very informative and interesting.

- Paula Cook, LMT

Good review! thank you.

- Charmaine Oakley, LMT

As a sufferer of IBS, this course was of great help to me as a sufferer and as a massage therapist.

- Robin McDowell, LMT

Great course. Easy to study and easy to take the test.

- Christine Hopkins, LMT

I really found the information in this course very useful and I am thankful for the knowledge! The course was very easy to understand and follow and the testing process very efficient. I have already ordered another course!

- Nicole Manojlovich, LMT

The course material was easy to follow and very interesting!

- Tami Nichols-Beaghan, LMT, NCTMB

Awesome course, I will be back for more and I'll drag my friends along! Thank you!

- Lindsay Baugher, LMT

This was my first online course. It was very easy to use, affordable, and interesting. Thank you.

- Aimee Ray, LMT

I gained from this course that I did not know. Thank you for providing this information and, yes, I will use this in my practice.

- Teresa McBrayer, LMT

Thanks for providing this kind of course. I hadn't thought that this type of class would be taught. It's something we see in our patients a lot.

- Kelli Burhans, LMT

The information was useful in warning and treatment for GERD.

- Carolyn F. Battle, LMT

More interesting than expected and quite useful, especially for my husband who suffers from GERD.

- Lisa Halloran, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting and informative, especially learning more about the Triple Burner.

- Marsha Willetts, LMT

It was clear, concise and immediately applicable.

- Lili Murad, LMT

Good info! I enjoyed taking this course.

- Victoria Liotta, LMT

Not only was this helpful to my practice, but I use the information in my home for personal use with family members that suffer from these problems!

- Sarah Johnson, LMT

Really liked this course.

- Renee Carleson, CMT

Including information of the triple burner is fantastic!

- Christina Cedeno-Arocho, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent review of Shiatsu points and triple burner.

- Elizabeth Nally, LMT

Interesting, informative and relevant.

- Yamuna Landsberg, LMT

I have my own digestive ailments. This course was perfect Thank You

- Rhonda Alberghini, LMT, NCTMB

Thanks for including some acupuncture points for alleviating stomach issues.

- Joy Scarano, LMT

Interesting class. I will use this information personally as well as with clients.

- Allison Phaneuf, LMT

This was very interesting and relevant as so many people deal with digestive disorders. Thanks!

- Nancy Grimes, LMT

I really liked the information on the meridian points and how they affect the digestive system.

- N. Wormsbacher, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 12 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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