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Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis

13 CE Hours - E1089

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
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Addressing a growing interest in the field of mind-body medicine and the role of natural "energy forces" within the body in maintaining normal health and well-being, this course presents research and evidence that's relevant to massage therapists and bodyworkers who want to clearly understand and communicate the energetic effects of their work. The course text, written by a well-known scientist with a background in biophysics and biology, brings together evidence from a range of disciplines to provide an explanation for the energetic exchanges that take place in all therapies.

In this course, you will:

  • recognize ways human energy is detected and measured,
  • describe ways energy functions in the human being,
  • define matrix, signaling, and meridians and identify how they relate to energy in the human body,
  • describe the validity and benefits of polarity, therapeutic touch and magnet therapy and identify significant related scientific research,
  • define "silent pulses" and how they occur and affect humans,
  • describe the validity and benefits of therapeutic entrainment, vibrational medicines, homeopathy and identify significant related scientific research,
  • define tensegrityand how it affects human emotions and physical structure,
  • identify how energy relates to and affects structural integration, joint alignment and release of toxins,
  • analyze the electromagnetic environment and identify examples of electromagnetic energy in therapeutic applications, and
  • describe how the electromagnetic environment interacts with and affects the human being.

Featured Reviews

This course exceeded my expectations in providing solid scientific research for a topic that I was previously skeptical of. The things I've learned have already dramatically changed my approach to bodywork, and my clients have felt a remarkable difference in the effectiveness of our sessions.

- Brianna Paduganan, LMT, NCTMB

I loved this book. So much great information. As an energy worker, it helps to have your work substantiated. I particularly liked that I actually received a book to study from. I don't like reading on-line and being able to carry a book with me was very helpful. The tactile component helps me retain things better. And because I have this book, I can source it when I need to.

- Donna Chouteau, LMT

This was one of my favorite courses to date - in all the courses I have taken. The book was facinating and presented in a manner that was comprehensible to a non-scientist. I just LOVED it. I'm wondering if there is some type of follow up course available. I'll have to look, but GREAT course.

- Pamela Hill, LMT

The book was a challenging read. I will re-read it 1 or 2 more times to fully integrate the information. What I read was very validating to me as a person who does acupressure and Reiki as well as massage. I also do Myofacial work and loved expanding my understanding of connective tissue. It was really exciting to see how much scientific research there is relating to bodywork.

- Barbara Rice, LMT

I found the course ENERGY MEDICINE/THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS very interesting and validating to my work. I found myself getting excited about what I really do with my clients. Energy work is far more profound than I ever realized. The author, James L. Oschman tackled a huge job in compiling the history and current findings on biomagnetic energy in the body, how to measure it, how it corresponds to health, and the changes that a therapist can make in the body by dealing with this energy. It was a very scientific treatise on the subject, interesting, somewhat dry, as a research paper goes, has an enormous bibliography for further study if one is so inclined. I recommend the course highly. One warning: the book is not a fast read. Don't expect to take this course in a weekend to get some fast CEU's.

- Karri Bailey, LMT

This was a great course, especially for someone who hasn't had much previous interest in "energy medicine." I found it very informational and full of interesting facts (which I love to read about). Highly recommended course for anyone in the bodywork field and probably a great refresher for anyone in energy medicine or other holistic medicine practices.

- Pete Gurule, LMT

Whew! Very informative course, and it reads like a textbook, but man I had to take frequent breaks or I just couldn't mentally focus on it. Likely nothing wrong with the course, just my short attention span. I like that this course takes the woowooo out of energy work, so that I could educate the public to take this more seriously instead of automatically dismissing the subject.

- Rebecca Adams

Wow! This course was not at all what I expected. I wasnt anticipating the intensity and definitely wouldn't have bought it had I known. So I am really glad that I didn't - I really enjoyed it! The content was SO INTERESTING! It is just what I didn't know I wanted - a lot of the things I have wondered and had theories about. I havent had any science classes for a few years but in the end I did appreciate/respect the fact that it was written with scientific terminology! Great Class Thank You!

- Tina Cook, LMT, NCTMB

Dr Oschman's text should be required reading for bodyworkers and energy workers. Amazing science!

- Donna Henry, LMT

Incredible course! Very scientific! So happy to see this information available after 30 years of massage therapy. Thank you!

- Carole Kay Buehler, LMT

This course is technical but so fascinating! I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in energy healing. You can begin to understand how the body responds to energy in the world, human contact and even crystals. Excellent!

- Bridget Crowley-Brown, LMT

Excellent course! Fascinating! I intend to return to the material and cross-resource with other material pertinent to this information.

- Cheryl Wells, LMT

I love this book. It is the reason I chose to do coursework with the Institute this year. Thank you for offering this course. The info is not new per se but it is the cutting edge of understanding and the critical shift necessary for healthcare and all levels of well-being. This understanding is the shift in awareness that can transform the failings of Western culture and reduce our suffering and the suffering we impose on the whole creation through ignorance and denial. You need an appreciation of physics and electronics and a love of pure science to really profit from the research presented but it is an illuminating compendium of historical and political interference regarding the truth of the electromagnetic nature of everything in the world as we know it, perceived for thousands of years by many who might be termed "sensitives" in this modern day. Very validating for "energy workers" in terms of the science behind what they know through other underappreciated forms of human intelligence.

- Mary Hill-Byrne, LMT

This was my favorite course and explained to me why healing hands is my favorite massage modality.

- Christian McBride, LMT

A fascinating, challenging tour de force.

- Margaret Knapke

This course really got my attention and the scientific base was refreshing thanks!

- Candace Giummo, LMT

The class was well described in your material and exceeded my expectations of the course. This was my first course through you and I will definitely take future courses with you.

- Michelle Fox, LMT

I absolutely love this continuing education course! I now have a method and form to use with what I already know and feel from experience.

- Karen A. Kast, LMT, NCTMB

Wonderful subject matter! Oschmann's book is fabulous!

- Bonnie Phelps, LMT, NCTMB

This course was overall excellent...thank you so much!

- Donna Stuart, LMT

I would love to see more courses on this subject. Absolutely fascinating and so very much needed. Thanks!

- Julie Henrickson, LMT

Very interesting book, kept me wanting to read more into this topic. Learned so much from this course, thank you.

- Leah Umberger, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course, dramatically important information for people like myself whose work bridges the fields of science and human energy systems.

- Stephen Quinn, LMT

Wow! This information was life-changing. My entire life, as well as my practice, will not be the same from here on out.

- Talty Robinson, LMT

Very informative thank you for making this program affordable as well.

- Tammy Kimball, LMT, NCTMB

Added to my understanding of energy.

- Thomas Davis, LMT

Loved it...

- Traci Holland, LMT

Thank you - not only was the content interesting but the exam was well done and thought provoking.

- Vasana Spogliarich

The course gave me the tools needed to communicate with medical professions on a scientific level, how energetic modalities work.

- Karen Gilley, RN, CMT, NCMT, Thunderbird Energetics, Palmer, AK

I really liked the course. As a bodyworker and licensed acupuncturist, it really helped me link the two disciplines through language. It has helped improve client communication and education, and resulted in enchanced client complince.

- Kim Waldeck, Dipl. AC., L.AC., L.MST.

Dr. Oschman lends scientific validity to "energetic work" and "healing" through his review and explanation of research in this area. Of particular interest was the section on "electromagnetic allergy.

- Susan A. Reiss, RN, BSN, LMT, Stratham, NH

I enjoyed this course & I am so pleased to find such a good selection of courses to earn CE credits

- Susan Davies Licensed Massage Therapist The Woodlands, TX

Course was comprehensive but technical. Nice to see energy medicine recongnized.

- Thalia Pananides - R.N., LMT, CMT


  • Text - 359 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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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