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Psychology of the Body & Ethics Package

Use Code FALLCE for 15% OFF Professional Massage CE Through October 15th.

18 CE Hours - ES1001
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Psychology of the Body & Ethics Package

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  • Text - 365 pages
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Certificate upon completion of each course


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

Course Objectives

  • Define the terms “paradox of healing” and “armoring” correctly describe how they apply to massage and bodywork situations.
  • Identify at least 5 key elements involved in assessing your own values, beliefs and expectations about therapeutic change and resistance to change. 
  • Describe at least 1 key element in either identifying or responding to each of the 10 types of client defenses.
  • Identify the essential elements in therapeutic relationships and roles; counter-transference; self-awareness and supervision.
  • Describe the difference between massage therapy and psychotherapy, in terms of scope of practice.
  • List at least 1 key element of sexual boundaries; social boundaries and financial boundaries, and identify examples of how each relates to massage therapy or bodywork practice.
  • Define the term “therapeutic frame” and recognize how it applies to safe and ethical practice.
  • Identify the essential elements that characterize the bodymind connection and affect the shape of the body.
  • Identify the main effects that a client’s emotional release has on the massage therapy or bodywork process.
  • Identify the essential elements in the nature of armoring and how it develops.
  • Give at least 1 example of each of the following components of armoring: charge; grounding, bounding; tissue patterns and layers of the body.
  • Define the terms disembodied; collapsed and compressed character structures.
  • Describe the key elements in the relationship between armor and character.
  • Describe the essential elements in the disembodied, collapsed and compressed character structures and identify examples of each.
  • Identify an example of each of the 4 types of rigid character structures and a recommended therapeutic strategy for them.
  • Identify an example of each of the following terms: generalized anxiety disorder; phobia; panic disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; PTSD; ADHD; addiction; eating disorder; somatoform disorder; mood disorder; psychosis; abuse, and uncontrollable anger or rage.
  • List at least 5 recommended resources for additional information in the field of body psychology.
  • Describe at least 1 key element in successful referrals and/or collaboration with mental health professionals.

Course Reviews

Cynthia Gilmore, LMT


The best on-line CEU I've ever taken. Very useful and easy to quickly bring into practice! Already seen more interest in my business due to changes made from information in this course. Thanks!

Melissa Potter


I am a Clinical Social Worker and I learned a phenomenal amount more in this book than I did in any single book I have ever read in undergraduate or graduate school. This course is full of fascinating information. There are an incredible amount of examples and case studies that illustrate every concept the writers describe. For anyone interested in psychology, you will not get a better description (and lots of great examples) of the defense mechanism, grounding and boundaries, archetypes, countertransference, transference, and so much more - as you will from this course. I am going to print this out and read it again and again because this book is a masterpiece of relevant, interesting, helpful, inspiring information that I want to know inside and out. I couldn't stop reading no matter how tired I got. I loved every paragraph of this book. It will exponentially increase the confidence you feel as a therapist. These writers are deeply knowledgable and clearly passionate about their subject!

Allison Milk-Rowe, 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.

Connie Batsell, 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!

Manorama Rakhmanov, 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.

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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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