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Psychology of the Body & Ethics Package

18 CE Hours - ES1001

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  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
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  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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This package contains two courses: Psychology of the Body (12 hours) and Psychological Defenses and Boundaries in Massage Therapy (6 hours). Take each course when it fits your needs.

Psychology of the Body

As a massage therapist, bodyworker, somatic practitioner, or any type of manual therapist, you hold more than a client's physical body in your hands, you also contact a person's psychological and emotional dimensions.

For both bodywork students and practitioners, this course is designed to provide a greater understanding of the psychological issues that can arise from using touch in their therapy sessions. The corresponding course text, The Psychology of the Body, explores the connection between the body and the mind, how touch affects this connection, the client's emotional reaction and release, the profound dynamics of armoring, how to respond to the client in an appropriate manner and the underlying psychological factors that influence the massage therapist-client relationship and the outcome of your work.

CE Credits: 12

Psychological Defenses and Boundaries in Massage Therapy

Learn new insights into the psychological factors that influence your work and your client relations. Based on the text The Psychology of the Body, this course explores the ethical issues related to the psychological defenses and body boundaries that profoundly influence people. Learn fresh approaches to recognizing and responding to ethical issues; using therapeutic frames, and confidently collaborating with mental health professionals. The textbook includes numerous case studies and suggestions for applying the concepts through self-directed exercises.

CE Credits: 6

Featured Reviews

This is the best course that I have taken to date. I feel more confident and professional with my clients and more prepared within my boundaries, in supporting them with their emotional issues and therefore their body issues.

- Susan Whitcomb, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the content of this course. The textbook used was very well written. The material will be useful in my practice and goes above and beyond the previous information I have learned on this topic

- Erin Hemphill, LMT

The beginning seemed tedious and overstated but the obvious need for that was for people newly out of school. The psychological and body type information was facinating and I was glad to see the references to read further with those authors (A Lowwen, etc). Great book.

- Carolyn Ratliff, RMT, NCTMB

This course has opened my mind and has made me motivated to work with people who suffer from mental disorders and addictions.I am grateful I took this course!

- Dawn Miller, LMT

This type of subject seems to be so intricate that I wanted to take my time and assimilate the information. I fully understand that with this 12 hour course that I CANNOT diagnose any type of mental illness. This course did help me understand the physical affects on the body that the mind and emotions have on us as humans; and that was of great interest to me.

- Rita Jackson, LMT, NCTMB

The Psychology of the Body Course was very thought-provoking and truly put me through the paces regarding ethics in Massage Therapy. It helped define further the limitations on our profession's scope of practice, and gave me new ideas and insights into how I can grow as an LMT. Thank you for offering this, Psychology of the Body by Greene and Goodrich-Dunn belongs on every therapist's bookshelf.

- Dakota Heinemeyer, LMT, NCTMB

Very detailed text, but a little long winded, could tighten it up, less repetition; that being said, intellectually above average which is greatly appreciated compared to other online courses, overall, book is an impressive work. I have, after 15 years in the profession have been a better massage therapist this week applying principles emphasized in this course, I made a point to talk less to my clients and listen to their words and bodies more (and I already have been doing this...) I did it better and will do it even better going forward because of this course. The most intellectually stimulating online course I have taken. The test was also well-constructed. Thanks to the authors of the text for a well-thought out and organized book.

- Manorama Rakhmanov, LMT, NCTMB

I found the information in this course very interesting. I could relate a lot of the content to specific clients that I have. This will surely help me treat my clients more accurately with an understanding of what is going on in their mind/body

- Pamela Monaghan, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and I am very glad it is offered. I have a massage license as well as a BA in psychology and a MA in Human Development Counseling. My career goals involve more than just providing massage therapy. I want to teach people how emotions,thoughts,and feelings affect our over all health and well being. I would like to be known as a bodywork counselor. Therefore, I would love to see more of these types of courses Thanks!

- Connie Batsell, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and actually shared it with my Primary Care Physician because I brought the book to an appointment. She was very interested in it and may purchase the book for herself. It gave excellent insights and valuable ways to handle different situations with clients regarding Psychological issues that can come in session. I am going to keep this book in my office for a reference guide.

- Allison Milk-Rowe, NCTMB

This course was well put together and informative. I liked the way that the book flowed in a logical manner and was broke up into sections for each condition. The material was dry in places but I found it interesting over all.

- Cora Stewart, RMT

My first online CE experience - interesting! thanks -

- Debra Howard, LMP

Great course, thanks!

- Sally Swift, RMT

Great course. I think this should be an integral part of basic massage therapy school. Invaluable material.

- Jean Bottsford, LMT

Thanks for another great course! I highly recommend these ceu courses to all my therapist friends! :)

- Jennifer Barnard, LMT, NCTMB

Really good course. Thanks

- Melanie Proctor, LMT, NCTMB

I wish this course was included in the massage school I attended. It would have explained it alot better than the little book we had for boundaries.

- Karen Harrington, LMT

Best course yet

- Mitzi Lloyd, LMT

I thought this class was excellent. Full of good, useful information. Thank you!

- Lauren Michaels, LMT

The textbook has illustrations which make it look lame, but the words and meanings of this text do reveal much. The material is well sourced in this text, and show authors who did their homework in putting together a book of substance.

- David Kauber, LMT

Very valuable information for my practice and my professional growth as a massage therapist.

- Catherine Joyce, LMT, NCTMB

Course was great and I gained a great deal of knowledge which I will be able to carry over into my day to day massage therapy as well as life in general. I would have liked to have had more information on why stress gathers in various body areas (ankles, wrists, knees, etc).

- Jennifer Salvo, LMT

I previously ordered a different course that was not accepted by Texas and I had no idea. The staff contacted me, told me and asked if I wanted to switch courses. Just for that I am loyal and will only get my courses from you guys. I was very impressed by that level of customer service. Also the course work switched it out to was fun and interesting. I am very pleased.

- L. Wooley, RMT

I'm glad I went with the Institute. They helped me in picking out a course. At first I thought PSYCHOLOGY OF THE BODY was going to be boring, but I was very wrong. It got my attention and before I knew it I was done reading it. Thank you.

- Vicky Dennison, RMT

One of my fav courses you have offered, and I have taken many.. :) thanks again for a great course!!

- Victoria Grindstaff-Redler, LMP

Great course..bought it cause it was on sale and found that it was very informative and interesting. I am very glad that I purchased this course!

- Tiffany Burke, LMP

I am glad that i can take these courses online....because of my busy schedules day to day

- Roslyn Phillip, LMP

Enjoyed the book, intend to go back and read it at my leisure.

- Pamela Skotnicki, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the material, I learned a lot about myself. Thank you.

- Sally D. Gossett, LMT

After nearly 17 years of practicing massage therapy, The Psychology of the Body confirmed many of my intuitions about my experiences. I wish I'd read this book sooner; it should be a standard textbook in every massage school!

- Cameron Walker, LMT, NCTMB

This is, without a doubt, the best continuing ed class I have taken.

- Leslie Malach, LMT, NCTMB

Provided much valuable information. I highly recommend :-)

- Trina Davis, NCTMB

Excellent course, easy to learn and follow....

- Maria Alaniz, RMT

The course contained information that will be very useful as my bodymind centered practice grows. Thank you

- George Piers, LMT

I wish this material had been taught in massage school. It's a shame I had to wait 11 years before taking this course.

- Kristin Haas, LMT, NCTMB

I have never been disappointed in a course from I. I .H.. The ethic courses are always varied and interesting!

- Melody Henderson, LMT, NCTMB

Incredible, I soaked up the information. It was conveyed in a digestable and organized way. I would highly recommend this course.

- Michelle Baslow

Great topic. Very good text.

- Rebecca Threatt, RMT

Very interesting course.

- Sherri Cooley, LMT, NCTMB

Was blown away by the information I learned here. Now I have re read it so I can store it in memory...takes me awhile.

- Wayne Aaron, RMT

I very much enjoyed this online course of The Psychology of the Body.

- Maya Connolly, LMT

A really good course

- Rodolfo Patlan, RMT

Course did not sound interesting when I selected it, but there are many topics that will help my practice in the future.

- Sylvia Freitas, RMT

Excellent course. I would recommend it to others.

- Yvette White, LMT

This course was very insightful.

- Kathy Ogletree, LMT

the reading material took me alot longer only because I am a detailed person and in order for me to keep the info on my head and not just read through it, a number of things had to be reread in order for the info to stick. this info should be mandatory in all massage therapy schools no questions asked.

- Allyson Jones, LMT, NCTMB

I thought that some of the information was too specific and while it was interesting to me as a student of human nature, I'm not sure it will have as much effect on my practice as a massage therapist. The nature of my relationship with clients both at the day spa and with my home practice (where I have more returning clients) is much more focused on the physical. I learned more than I will use, but still found the course valuable.

- Catherine Emery, LMT, NCTMB

While this is a great course for online, it did create within me a desire to take this as a live class at some point. Very interesting. Thank you.

- Vikki Baker, LMP, NCTMB

I already had a little background with client defenses and boundaries, this class enhanced the gray areas I still had. It was precise and to the point. Thank-you

- Lisa Albertin

The psychological concepts were described incredibly well. There many ethical issues that were addressed and clarified in this course. Material was extremely well presented and the test was excellent as well.

- Jayni Marie Day, LMT

I have been practicing bodywork and teaching in massage schools for over 25 years, and I was very pleased with the book and the detailed information in the book.

- Judy Gray, LMT

I learned a great deal from the book. Thank you.

- Heather Sullivan, LMT, NCTMB

Very good course.

- Julie Weitz, LMT

It was harder than I thought it would be, but totally worth it! plus I did great!

- Orin C. Parnell, LMT

I thought it was an excellent course; lots of valuable information that was presented clearly. I am very glad I chose it.

- Lynn Vrany, LMT, NCTMB

I found this course truly amazing and hold this level of professionalism in the utmost regard. I truly thank you for the ability to further my education through your services.

- Lowell Summers, LMT

This course was more interesting than I anticipated. Having degrees in psychology and social work as well as massage therapy, the topic is imperative to my work. I appreciated gaining more insights. Thanks!

- Miriam Reich, LMT, NCTMB

The book/course presents a body-centered view of ethics that is especially useful for massage therapists.

- Elliot Greene, LMT, NCTMB

This is the first on-line course I've ever taken. Before I took it, I couldn't imagine taking a massage therapy course without "hands on". But this course was more about knowledge and understanding vs. technique. The insight I got out of this course is invaluable! I intend to take several more courses from your institute. Thank you for having such an extensive and diverse number of courses, and for your institution's organized, easy-to-follow system. Also, every time I called with questions, everyone I spoke with was extremely helpful, friendly, and courteous! Thank you again for this wonderful experience!

- Rita Johnson, RMT

I gained a lot of new knowledge regarding Psychology of the Body that I was not aware of.

- Rachel Murphy, RMT

Material was easy to understand and very informative.

- George Williamson, RMT

I really liked this course and would recommend it to another person.

- Stephanie Coughlin, RMT

I find any additional knowledge I can gain from your courses are beneficial not only to me but my clients

- John Foutz, LMT, NCTMB

Information presented was very informative and interesting. I think this will aid my understanding of client issues and how to deal appropriately with these.

- Carrie Tremelling, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative. It greatly added to my knowledge and skills

- Charlene Lamb, LMT, NCTMB

I am going to thoroughly read this material I was on a time crunch but I have a psychology degree and this was really great information not only for my practice but my career in counseling. Thank you!

- Allison Harris, RMT

The textbook was excellent. I know I will continue to refer to this book for knowledge.

- Danielle Tiedeman, LMT

Never thought of massage in this light. It explains the moments I had puzzling over some clients and their behavior. It also confirms that Im doing the right things. Thanks

- Peggy Dildine, LMT, NCTMB

This course over exceeded my expectations, I was very pleased and interested.

- Rebecca Mantor, LMT, NCTMB

An incredibly informative course. I strongly recommend it for all Massage Therapists

- Dorothy Cullinane, LMT, NCTMB

I actually had read the text a few years back and revisit it on a regular basis. This book changed how I practice massage therapy, and took me to a much higher level of understanding with my role as a healer. This book is, in my opinion, essential in the practice of massage therapy.

- Marsha Thompson, LMT, NTMB

This represented a new way of looking at the work that I have been doing. It will take additional study to fully understand exactly where all of this is leading.

- Clinton Pallister, LMT

Excellent course - should be required in massage school curriculum.

- Candice Gardner

Great book. Well-designed test.

- Elena Khazanova, MT, Silver Spring, MD

I really enjoyed this course and how it covered so much that we may be faced with throughout our career

- Melinda Trudell, LMT Wakefield, RI

If you want to understand the body/mind - read this book! I loved this course. I want to go further as it inspired me to grow as a therapist and a person.

- Melissa M. Long - LMT - Alabama

This was an excellent course and a valuable & useful learning experience. I look forward to utilizing future course offerings.

- Robin A. Roth, LMT - Hartford, CT

Thank you so much for your insight! I learned so much, and opened my mind to new possibilities of understanding my clients on a whole different level.

- Robin Burkowski, LMT, Glenville, WV

Very informative and well done. It provided a lot of information that I had never heard in my last 10 years of practice.

- Ruth H. Brown, Inner Wizdom Dragon Spirit, Schenectady, NY

Very satisfied. This was my first time taking courses from you. I was very pleased in all aspects of this course! Thank you!

- Rebecca Maddock, RMT, ALM, LMT - Medfield, MA

Thank you. The book is wonderful. (Wish I'd found it years ago!)

- J. Kenyon, LMT, NCTMB

Very useful information.

- M. Ard, LMT, NCTMB


  • Text - 365 pages
  • Multiple-choice tests - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion of each course - 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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