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Positional Release Techniques

24 CE Hours - E1090

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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.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Positional release techniques are gentle manual treatments to relieve pain and discomfort, improving the overall health and functioning of the body by correcting imbalances of the musculoskeletal system. The advanced course covers all methods of spontaneous release by positioning. Theories and history of many different approaches are discussed and techniques are described in detail through illustrations and photographs. The associated online videos provide demonstrations of the techniques as well.

Also included in this continuing education course:

  • comparisons of all major positional release methods, from strain/counterstrain to functional osteopathy and step-by-step use of these methods
  • use with other manual approaches, such as Muscle Energy Techniques
  • treatment of both muscle and joint problems
  • various approaches: osteopathic palpation according to Gibbons and Tehan; positional release palpation according to McPartland and Goodridge; the tight-loose concept; Zink's concept of tissue preference and assessment, and Travell and Simon's model of trigger point facilitation
  • characteristics of trigger points; the causes for trigger points and types of trigger points
  • uses of positional release methods for post-operative conditions

Featured Reviews

Really a great presentation of this information. This course is quite difficult and the knowledge acquired should be very useful in my practice

- John LeMunyon, LMT

There was a lot of information to take in with this course. It was all very helpful and great information though. I would recommend this course for sure. It is a lot of work but totally worth it!

- Heather VanHoesen, LMT

This course was very interesting. It had my attention. My schedule is full so I had to make time to study but it was easy to pick my right back up and continue the course. I am looking forward to my next course.

- Jenny Raety, LMT

Excellent course study, very well put together and presented to the advanced therapists. I look forward to my next pick for obtaining CE's online.

- Heriberto Soltero, LMT, BCTMB

The course material was far more substantial than expected. The text books makes an excellent reference book for the office library.

- Tonia Zanter, LMT

I loved this course! I had a very difficult personal time and the staff were wonderful in extending my class time for submission which I greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!

- Denise A. Volmer, LMT

Very informative and technical course. I will definitely use in my practice and use book as a constant reference. I have never been disappointed with any course I have taken from Integrative Healthcare Studies. I have referred many colleagues.

- Yalanda Patria, LMT

Extremely comprehensive material. Definitely worth the time and a great tool for a practitioner.

- Zachary Bell, LMT, NCTMB


- Bernard Howell

Thanks this was great!

- Brian Sari, CMT

I found this course to be very informative and useful in my career. I work alongside of a chiropractor, and a lot of the positional release techniques are very useful in my practice.

- Claire Balint, LMT, NCTMB

Loved this course. Packed full of information!

- Lisa Stabe, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the practical information. I love trigger point therapy and with prt training it has enhanced my knowledge and my practice. Thank you!

- Shirley Milner, LMT

The book is detailed and an excellent reference - the illustrations and positioning notes are useful, exacting and understandable. Although the material is an advanced read, it makes sense!

- Bob Garza, M.Ed., RMT

This course provides information that allows a massage therapist tools which a physical therapist would typically use. Great knowledge when working in the medical practice.

- Jakki Wienecke, CMT, BFA - Bel Air, MD

This course was terrific. It is very in-depth and has lots of good info. It's written in a good way, but a new therapist might get lost in the terminology.

- Laura Hess, NCTMB

Great Book! Easy to find anwers when I didn't know them from the reading. You did an excellent job, very easy to understand and complete.

- Laura Seal LMT,AMTA, Healing Body & Soul, LLC. Lake Geneva, WI

A wealth of info here! After 20+ years in massage, this course has provided me with several more areas of study to help build my expertise. Will be a future reference tool in my practice. Thank you!

- Lowell Seeman, NCTMB, LMT


  • Text - 251 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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

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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