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The Value of Touch

7 CE Hours - E1094

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  3. I gained new knowledge.
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The first sensory input in life comes from the sense of touch while a baby is still in the womb and touch continues to be the primary means of learning about the world throughout infancy, well into childhood. Touch is critical for children's growth, development, and health, as well as for adult's physical and mental well-being.

Examine the value of touch from sociological, anthropological and physiological perspectives. Review significant research results on a variety of touch therapies, such as massage therapy, demonstrating its importance for various conditions such as asthma, cancer, autism and eating disorders.

In this course, you will investigate:

  • why touch and touch therapies are so important for people of all ages
  • why touch is essential for normal development and how it can be given to improve development during pregnancy, labor, delivery, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
  • the most important functions of the integumentary system and how touch is useful for pain relief
  • the way touch therapies work to benefit people
  • specific benefits for a variety of infants, including those with special needs
  • specific benefits of touch for children, adolescents and adults, including those with special needs

Featured Reviews

Loved the course on Touch Therapy, I particularly loved learning about the benefits of persons with ADD/ADHD and ASD since I have children with ADHD and ASD who could benefit from Touch Therapy.

- Heidi Mayo, LMT

Excellently written text with recent research in the area of touch. In addition to stimulating interest in the topic, reading the book prompted self-reflection and realization personally. As a massage therapist I value even more profoundly the gifts I give my clients with every massage.

- Carol Stewart-High, LMT, NCTMB

I was surprised by the depth that this course went into as to the value of touch. It was presented in a way that kept my attention and that I can easy present to my clients. The questions were worded in a way that required that the text be read and the answers were not readily available. I appreciated that in that many courses are simply to easy.

- J. Willow Muhr, LMT, NCTMB

I am very happy to have the opportunity to take this course for my license renewal. I have been aware of Tiffany Field's studies of massage therapy for many, many years, but never seemed to have the time to research her findings. The book is well written and organized and is easily read. Her research has proven that every one benefits from massage, sometimes even the person performing the massage - whether a new mom or a senior citizen!

- Cheryl D. Slojkowski

I found this subject very interesting with information I can pass on to my clients. Enjoyed this very much. Thank you.

- Dolly Cohen, LMT

Great course! Wealth of valuable information that would be useful to EVERYONE and should be required reading for ALL those involved in the Bodywork and Healthcare fields! The text, Touch,by Tiffany Fields (2nd. Edition) will be a great reference resource.

- Dianna LeBeau, LMT

Supreme institute! Thank you so much for the extensive selection of courses. Also being able to study and test on my time is priceless! The course, The Value of Touch, says it all! Full of valuable information not only for massage and bodywork therapists but everyone.

- Janice Martin, LMBT

All RMT's should take this course; forget how important touch really is.

- Sean Wright

This has been an awesome experience. Great service. A wealth of knowledge. Perfect material. Wonderful facts to share with my clients, family, and people where ever I go. Thank you.

- Stacy Fowler, LMT

I feel this was a comprehensive course on the value of touch therapy. I enjoyed the way the author presented the material and the varied studies used to validate the stats.

- Nancy Lee Kaufman, LMT

Great information, loved the course! Great book and future resource as well.

- Quinetta Avery, LMT

This course renewed my excitement in working in the massage field as it provides validity to the work we are doing. I look forward to follow up courses that dele even further into the processes that prove that massage therapy does indeed improve our health.

- Susan L. Plouffe, LMT

I have been to the point with my clients regarding touch. I realized I have approached it more to the opinion of western medicine. I have a new way now. I haven’t really realized the complete value of touch. I also have neglected myself and didn’t realize it. This class was so well put together. Thank you for all of the hard work put into it.

- Cindy Grayson, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed learning about cultural views on touch.

- Victoria Hawthorne, RMT

I loved this course, and found it very informative, easy to read and absorb, as well as interesting. I would highly recommend this to my colleagues.

- Margaret Leighton, LMT, NCTMB

I found this course extremely interesting.

- Sherrie Callahan, LMT, NCTMB

Thoroughly enjoyed the material with new information available through the course. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I will definitely take other home study courses accepted by my state from Intregrated Healthcare.

- Beverly Meyer, RMT

Tiffany Field's book on Touch was clear and concise with interesting research that covered every aspect of the subject. I would definitely recommend this course to all holistic practitioners.

- Erika Knepper, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed the ease of reading at my speed and at intervals, printing the test to review all the material, then promptness of taking test on-line with instant results. Thanks....will be taking a few more very soon.

- Nikki Scarpitto, NCTMB

This was a great course. It provided valuable supporting research to what I already suspected was true of touch.

- Ted Luce, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course. As a massage therapist for almost 20 years I still gained new knowledge from The Value of Touch.

- Susan Kocina, LMT, NCTMB

I found this subject very interesting with information I can pass on to my clients. Enjoyed this very much. Thank you.

- Dolly Cohen, LMT

Thank you for offering the online test - made this more fun and less stressful than waiting for the mail.

- Julie Stark, LMP

Of all the courses I have taken this one was by far my favorite. Being an infant teacher as well as a massage therapist the contents will be able to be used all around.

- Jennifer Rae White, LMT, NCTMB

I learned things that I didnt already know.

- Alycia Langevin, LMT

I felt this course helped enhance my overall knowledge of touch and the interaction with infants, adolescence and the elderly. I though the book/source material was very well explained.

- Susan Astorino, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting information. Thank you!

- Victor Mettler, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course!

- Joan Secrest, LMT

Very useful information that all therapists could use.

- Jessica Peach, LMT

Really enjoyed this course and learned a great deal. The content is at the hearth of everything we do as practioners.

- Thomas Topinka, LMT

Loved it, love her work and research. I am already recommending this course to my MT students (I teach sciences), as I think the perspective of how important MT is are excellent; it's useful for them to get the perspective of exactly HOW MT makes a difference.

- Elisabeth Norton, LMT, NCTMB

Very infomative.

- Beth Labrador, LMBT, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Great general information and good research to support claims. This course gives me info I can share with clients about the importance of massage.

- Kathryn B. Fidax, PT, CMT Tucson, Maryland

This was my favorite of the three courses I recently ordered.

- Linneah Dalmus, LMT

I was very happy with the ease of this CEU.

- Sue Lorincz NCMT Woodstock, GA

Great course... easy to take!

- Whitney Twiford Waddington, LMBT Kill Devil Hills, NC


  • Text - 224 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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