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Skin Pathologies

1 CE Hour - E312W

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Discover ways you identify and prevent common skin pathologies. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Techniques for removing scar tissue.
  • Identify common skin rashes to determine when massage is contraindicated.
  • Avoiding dry skin due to frequent hand washing.
  • Helping clients cope with sunburn.

In the Skin Pathologies program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Six Massage Techniques to Remove Scar Tissue - The formation of scar tissue is the body’s natural response to injury. Learn about the long-term effects of scarring, plus the role massage therapy plays in improving a client’s recovery from a wound.
  • Pathology Review: Can You Identify That Rash? - If a client came in with a rash, would you know what to do? Would you recognize it as contagious or infectious? Do you know the difference between hives and poison ivy? Read on to learn about identifying the most common rashes and when massage therapy is contraindicated.
  • How to Avoid Dry Skin from Frequent Hand Washing - Washing your hands before and after every massage client is hygienically necessary, yet doing so typically dries out the skin of healthcare providers. By implementing these five solutions for keeping their hands healthy, massage therapists can avoid the sore and irritable skin damage attributed to frequent hand washing.
  • Massage for Sunburn Healing - Whether you live along the Sunbelt or practice massage therapy in the northern states, clients may come in at almost any time of the year with sunburn. In the summer, it might be after spending too much time at the beach or in the backyard. In the winter months, it could be from skiing or from a holiday spent in a sunny climate. Learn how to help your clients cope with the effects of too much sun exposure.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Featured Reviews

My favorite section from this class was the 'Natural Remedies for Sunburn'. There were many that I have never heard of.

- Heidi Covington, LMT

As someone who struggles with various skin issues it is helpful to have a course that reveals insights into skin for the massage profession.

- Tiffany Simmons, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you for offering courses like this!

- Audrey Wetzbarger, LMBT, NCTMB

This was a wonderful course helping to refresh on how our skin work.

- Melissa Johnson, LMT

An excellent course. I learned a lot.

- Renee Wiggins, LMT

Very helpful and informative.

- Elizabeth Nally, LMT

Great course.

- Kathryn Trisler, CMT

Great for any therapist entering medical massage for the first time, or as a refresher course for those already in the field.

- C. Eccleston, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Very good overview of skin pathologies.

- E. Phreed, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 14 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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