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Hypertension, Cholesterol & Massage

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1 CE Hour - E319W
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Hypertension, Cholesterol & Massage
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Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 11 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


Massage Professionals Update

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

Discover how massage can affect hypertension and cholesterol levels. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Causes of hypertension and bodywork modalities that can increase and decrease blood pressure.
  • Reasons hypertension is thought to be a massage contraindication and how to practice sensibly.
  • The side effects of statins and considerations for massage.
  • Massage therapy's impact on cholesterol levels.

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

  • How Bodywork Impacts Hypertension - Depending on what techniques are applied, massage therapy can either raise or lower blood pressure. In preparation for working with hypertensive clients, it's crucial you know which modalities to choose.
  • Hypertension: Massage Indication or Contraindication? - Being a responsible massage therapist often means combining information from various sources to arrive at an educated conclusion. In the case of treating a client with hypertension, choosing the best way to proceed can be tricky. While modern research touts its ability to reduce blood pressure, massage therapy is also one of the most commonly taught contraindications for hypertension.
  • Statins and Massage Therapy - As one of the most frequently prescribed medications, make certain you know what side effects statins cause and how to address them in a massage therapy practice.
  • Can Massage Affect Cholesterol Levels? - Learn about a Japanese study confirming that a specific type of massage can have measurable results for lowering cholesterol levels.

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 Objectives

  • Explain what hypertension is and what may cause it as well as identify which massage modalities can normalize blood pressure and which may raise it.
  • Understand the danger of hypertension and the role massage therapy can play in raising or lowering it.
  • Review what statins are, their side effects and massage considerations with individuals taking them.
  • Describe cholesterol in the body and how elevated levels can affect health as well as possible means a person can use to lower levels.

Course Reviews



Stephanie Ziebell, LMT


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Mary Frances Davisson, LMT


I found it helpful that ideas of what massage techniques would be beneficial were given. The course also helped me clarify the numbers for healthy, elevated and high blood pressure readings

Elizabeth Kurila, LMT, BCTMB


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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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