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Psychoneuroimmunology for Bodyworkers

15 CE Hours - E1042

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The science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) investigates the mind/body link. This course focuses on PNI in relationship to body memory and provides radical feeling-centered, body-focused awareness tools for both professionals and general health seekers. In the text, the latest findings are transformed from the mind/body science of psychoneuroimmunology into practical deep-feeling techniques for busting dysfunction, mobilizing the healing system, quickening recovery and breaking out of ruts.

In this course, you will:

  • recognize the author's descriptions of sanity; how feelings are dealt with in our healing systems, and how important bodily and emotional feelings are for healing and wellness
  • examine the "internalized stressor" and communicate the benefits of "body-focused therapy"
  • identify the biology of memory, the three levels of the human brain, and how these each contribute to "body memory"
  • distinguish between psychological, physiological and structural tension in yourself and your clients
  • recognize the possibility for elements of fragmented feelings in your own and your client's experience
  • learn how to center yourself in a therapeutic mindset that carries healing intent through your touch
  • view the boundaries and connectedness between psychological, physiological, and structural tension in yourself and your clients
  • incorporate strategies for a bodywork treatment plan that includes awareness of your client's feelings and/or life context
  • review the professional roles and boundaries for a bodywork treatment plan that interfaces with body-focused psychotherapy

Full of illuminating and moving case studies, this course will help you better understand the emotional component of your work and facilitate longer-lasting positive results.

Featured Reviews

Excellent course!! I am thrilled I found this institute. I cannot speak highly enough of the book, deep feeling, deep healing. Way exceeded my expectations. I have already recommended it to others. Thank you for providing excellent material.

- Hope Epert

Fantastic course! Great insights into the mind-body system, the cascading of bio-chemical responses, fragmenting of traumas in the tissues, the role of the heart, electrolytes, hormones and neuropeptides play in the overall health of our amazing bodies. The author presents the science behind body-mind health, thoughtful case studies and great suggested books for further reading.

- Renae Hawkos, RMT, NCTMB

This book really helped me to understand why people feel the way they do, it gave me a better understanding of how powerful the mind can be and how the body and mind coralte.

- Jennifer Carey

I was thrilled to study this very relevant subject matter and happy that it was offered. It validated all that I've ever witnessed in my own practice, giving scientific evidence to the understanding that "the body tells the story!" My expectations were, however, that the information would be more biochemical and anatomical in nature as opposed to psychotherapeutical. Regardless, the information was valuable and I would recommend this course to any health practitioner, not just massage therapists.

- Rebecca Summers, LMT, NCTMB

This was the best course I have ever taken - perhaps it resonates with what I was looking for in my personal healing. Wonderful medical insights - I am a RN, LMT, Reiki Master & HeartMath practitioner - this went much deeper into the power of emotions on physical well-being. Thank you!!

- Barbara Hudak, LMT, RN,

This course is somewhat beyond the scope of my profession as a massage therapist. But there is a lot of valuable insight into the pain process, depression and emotions. At the very least, it teaches me to recognize the symptoms in my clients so I can refer them to an appropriate professional.

- Susan L. Plouffe, LMT

This was a great class, building on other knowledge, taking me further, and supporting me in self development and helping others. Thank you!

- Catherine Burton, LMT, BCTMB

This course was extremely interesting. If you are a holistic practitioner that is focused on how the mind, body and spirit are connected in healing, this is the course for you! You will understand how suffering, pain, joy and happiness are all interconnected to mental and physical health. Using PNI techniques, a deeper healing can be accomplished with your patients. I definitely recommend this course.

- Jules Brunson, LMT

I really enjoyed reading Deep Feeling, Deep Healing and got a lot out of it that I can use in my practice and even more that I can use in my daily life. Thank you.

- Miranda Bryant, LMT, BCTMB

Overall, this class was fascinating, and provided me with a strong framework and a language to describe the bodywork I've already been doing. I was hoping for more direct instructions and bodywork techniques about how to apply the theories of PNI in an actual treatment session. More information about the location of and how to activate the endocrine points, etc. would have been appreciated.

- Allison Kirk, LMBT

This course was exactly what I needed to give me the background and confidence to adequately bring up to clients and people the power of the heart and how our emotions directly reflect our biology. Backed by some really amazing and awe-inspiring scientific studies and case studies! This information is a MUST for every human being to understand! I LOVE this topic and it is going to open many doors for me.

- Stephanie Bellocchio, LMT

Loved the book. Will reread often.

- Tamara Casto, LMT

I loved this course! Andy's book is informative and engaging, and was a pleasure to read beginning to end. Thank you!

- Elisabeth Nehme, NCTMB

Great course... every medically involved human being needs to read and take this course!

- Keri Ann Heitzman, LMT, NCTMB

Great course, loved it!

- Annette D., LMT

The course was very inlighting to me. Mr. Roman has a very good handle on feeling mind and getting well with heart and soul.

- Wayne Martin, LMT

LOVE the book!! It was a great read and highly recommended for anyone interested in mind-body therapy.

- Monica Robbins, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

This was my first self-study course. I loved it! It was very insightful, and brought to the table aspects of my practice I can work on improving.

- Mica Helms, LMT, NCTMB

The book for this course was outstanding. The author must be an amazing person. The information was clear, concise, and heartfelt.

- Nancy Arias, LMT

I highly enjoyed and recommend this course!

- Trina Davis, NCTMB

This course really makes you think. I must say I enjoyed it. Thank you.

- Debra Price, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I really enjoyed reading Deep Feeling, Deep Healing and got a lot out of it that I can use in my practice and even more that I can use in my daily life. Thank you.

- Miranda Bryant, LMT, NCTMB

Wonderful! So full of insight and useful information.

- Dana H., RN, LMT Nashville, TN

PNI is a very interesting subject for anybody dealing with pain, wich likely includes everybody! This course was informative and in-depth.

- Cory Chase, LMT, Morgantown, WV

This is the all time best course I have ever taken. I am very lucky to have found it. Thanks so much for offering it

- Karen Bauer, Traveleres Rest, South Carolina

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I found it fascinating and felt it held much truth.

- Laura Young Massage Therapist NCTMB

This is an excellent course, very informative, author proves/supports his assortions well.

- Linda Wozniak CMT, LMT Vital Signs Massage of Bodywork

I really benefited by this course and have purchased more copies of the book for people I know who would benefit by its contents. Having a chat room about the contents of this course would be a plus!

- Liz

I liked it a lot. Author is right-on. Extremely interesting, fascinating and important knowledge for body-workers

- Lynessa O'Brien L.M.T. & emotional integration.

A wonderful example of understandable writing that teaches a huge amount of information

- Nona Fries, NCTMB, CHt

A good read for anyone working in healthcare, and/or bodywork fields, both personally and professionally!

- Patricia Sirois, RN, LMT, Springfield, NH

This course was so informative, and perfectly timed in my life!! i really needed to learn this stuff right now!

- paula helfrich russel, nctmb, lmt

This course gave me some concrete reasoning as to why people will release their emotions while I'm breaking up their "pockets of pain" during a bodywork session.

- Rosemary E. Heermance, NCTMB Pacific Oasis Medi Spa - Lancaster,

I was very interested in the material. It gave me a different way of thinking about pain and healing

- Vivian Beran NCMT

Excellent insight into the mind body connection. The course provided me with awareness on how I can further help/understand my clients as well as myself.

- W. Scott Pollard CMT Rockville, MD


  • Text - 320 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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