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Massage for Hospitalized and Medically Frail Clients

15 CE Hours - E1039

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As demand grows for massage therapy in acute care, many bodyworkers seek to broaden their ability to meet this important need. Explore the essential considerations for working with frail and hospitalized clients. Through photos, case studies and sample forms, learn how expert massage practitioners individualize their approaches to hospitalized clients, how they complement medical treatments to increase comfort, improve clinical outcomes and enhance wholeness for clients and their caregivers.

In this course, you will explore:

  • results in current massage-related research, related to various patient populations and medical interventions
  • key elements required when adapting to hospital culture
  • essential elements of infection-control practice
  • ways massage therapists adapt pressure, site and positioning when working with frail clients
  • 10 common medical devices and procedures
  • essential elements to consider when giving massage or bodywork to frail persons who are taking various medications
  • requirements involved in making referrals, following orders and performing client intakes
  • how to organize a massage session for a frail client
  • essential requirements for documentation when working with frail clients

Applicable to private practice as well as work in medical facilities, the textbook is an essential resource to use over and over.

Featured Reviews

Great information, well written text. I am very happy I took this course, it will definitely be applied regularly in my practice.

- Yalanda Patria, LMT

This was very informational!

- Alycia Parsons, LMT

The course was rather thorough and very well thought out. I hope someday to be able to meet the author and take some workshops from her. The material was complex but I believe that is necessary given the nature of the subject. What was profoundly helpful however, was the opportunity to go thru the written test, after reading the text, and identify the correct answers and their page number. It did not feel very secure taking the test with out this step and it provides a valuable resource I can refer to in the future. Thank you for this wonderful course and course format.

- Janet Bland, LMT, NCTMB

This was an extremely informative course. I learned more from this course then almost any other I have taken! Extremely beneficial!

- John Bowers, LMP, NCTMB

Great course if you are planning on working in the hospital field.

- M. Perino, LMP, NCTMB


  • Text - 220 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test 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.

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