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Therapeutic Techniques of Deep Tissue Massage: Part I

12 CE Hours - E1066

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  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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Based on Art Riggs' outstanding book Deep Tissue Massage, a Visual Guide to Techniques, this course clearly defines the core principles necessary for deep tissue massage and presents safe, sensitive and efficient approaches to postural analysis, treatment and exercise with numerous photos and illustrations. The textbook is relevant to any type of massage practice in any environment.

This continuing education course covers:

  • Deep Tissue Massage and its main principles, benefits and areas of caution
  • the differences between compressing tissue and stretching it; principles of correct biomechanics and the key element of "melting" muscle tissue
  • lengthening, anchor and stretch, cross-fiber, separating muscle compartments, freeing entrapments and allowing muscles to shorten stroke strategies with examples of when their use is appropriate
  • why it's important to place muscles in a stretched position and how to use side-lying positions
  • specific therapeutic strategies for the foot and lower leg, upper leg, pelvis, pelvis and low back, abdomen, upper and mid-back, shoulder girdle and chest, arms, hands & neck, skull & jaw
  • ways to instruct your clients how to prevent back pain, neck pain and headaches and ways to recognize malignant melanoma
  • common complaints of the ankle, plantar fasciaitis, the knee, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and how to correctly apply it to practice situations
  • therapeutic strategies for common complaints in carpal tunnel syndrome, the low back, sciatica and the shoulder and how to correctly apply it to practice situations
  • assessing clients and choosing appropriate deep tissue approaches for them
  • establishing and maintaining a thriving practice that includes Deep Tissue Massage and expresses who you are

Featured Reviews

The combined review of anatomy with theory and practice of massage with photos to demonstrate proper body mechanics is worth its weight in gold. Great review for someone like myself who has been practicing massage therapy for 20+ years. Enjoy the home study as can be done at your own pace and you have the book as a reference.

- Peggy Anne Cambus Toulatos, LMT, NCTMB

I have already started implementing the different techniques taught in the course to my client's great approval. The feedback I've been getting from my clients has been nothing but positive and I even had one client I see weekly say that it felt as though I had gotten through 6 months of tightness in one session that I had previously been unable to release! I couldn't be happier with the course and the book will be an invaluable piece of reference material for my business in the future. I can't wait to jump into more of the courses offered!

- Breean Reyes, LMT

This course addresses causes of pain and immobility in every part of the body in a very clear, precise way. Then gives several specific positions and techniques for addressing the underlying causes of the problems. A very useful course for any massage therapist wanting to better address the numerous and common aliments presented to them.

- Stephanie N. DeRossett Cherry, LMT

I found this course interesting and will be incorporating these techniques in to my practice. A lot of very helpful stretching techniques and proper body mechanics shown. I'm excited to share my new knowledge with my clients!

- Theresa Johnson, LMT

Loved this course! Definitely applying it in my practice. Thank you!

- Aubrey Rose Rockefeller, LMT

This course was awesome! Definitely the best online CEU I have taken in 24 years of licensure.

- Joanne Lawrence, LMT

Excellent course.

- Angelita King, LMT

happy to find this book. well written with great pictures. will definitely help my massage skills and confidence.

- deborah cox

This was by far the Best course I have taken from this website so far, and I have taken several. I would highly recommend this course. I've seen many therapist's who call themselves "Deep Tissue" therapists simply because they feel they put a lot of pressure, and I've heard many state "no pain, no gain" in regards to their approach. I've also seen many injuries result from those approaches. This course teaches the proper techniques, how to access the deeper tissue without damaging the tissues.

- Josanne Landry

I enjoyed this course. I look forward to start working on part II. I gained inspiration and new ideas and new techniques. I look forward to applying this in my practice.

- Katie Sar, CMT

This course was very helpful in my practice and answered a lot of questions for me. I was also able to learn new techniques that will enhance treatment of my clients.

- Mary DeJacomo, LMT

I loved this course! It was practical and so informative! I felt like it was a positive and encouraging course.

- Andrea Karnatz, LMT

I really enjoyed the experience. Easy to follow and to the point.

- Vicki Dove, LMT

Awesome class. Very clear and concise, with so much helpful information. My copy of the book has been highlighted and tagged more than any other course I've taken. I would absolutely take another class by Art Riggs.

- Courtney Kier, CMT

The class was easy to sign up for and when talking to staff I felt supported. Yes, I’d take another class, in fact I’ll be signing up for a new one in the next couple of days. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. Normally, I’m old school and like/need the classroom to learn, but the text was awesome.

- Kimberly Swenson, LMT, NCTMB

This course was interesting and very helpful. Offers techniques for many of the common issues we come across in our practices. Gives wonderful information on planning the session and body reading as well.

- Sherry L. Robinson, LMT

I really enjoyed this material. It was easy to understand with very important information. EXCELENT job. Thank you.

- Theresa Girouard, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

The book is a keeper. Excellent visuals!

- Karen Maiorano, LMT, NCTMB

it is very helpful and precise.

- Nancy Cromer, LMT

I will continue to advance in my approach to deep tissue. The tools in this course have not only provided the anatomy and technique required for best results in deep tissue but also included the importance of intention and confidence, that can be gained combining the two. I plan to take the challenge practicing what I have learned.

- Beverly Michele Morretz, LMT, NCTMB

Good course.

- Maggie Blair, CMT

Great book, very helpful. The text and photos helped me gain insight and understanding of the subject.

- Amber Noullet, LMT, ABMP

Just when I think I have invented some amazing new technique, I find everything I have ever thought up has already been thought up by Mr. Riggs...Genius!

- Nathan Henderson, LMT

I enjoyed the way this was structured.

- Laura Elmore, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Great course.Lots of information that I can use for treating future clients! Thank you for making this so easy! I plan on reading it again!

- Jeremy Weber, NCTMB

Informative. Easy to comprehend and apply course material

- Jorge Pelon, CMT

This is the kind of course that I will go back and re-read the manual many times. So much valuable information that I could not possibly learn it all in one reading. Great new ideas to add to my massage tool box.

- Martha Young, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Art Riggs has prepared an invaluable book. Easy to read and understand the book and test. A great collection of knowledge that I'll refer to for many years. It will add a lot of depth to my career. A great resource book that will be easy to call on throughout the day.

- Steve Pearson, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Thank you. I learned a lot of information that will make a big difference.

- Donna M. Stuart, LMT

Another great experience!

- Meredith Neal, LMT, NCTMB

I love the online course and the contents of the material.

- Janiene Bruce, LMT

Two thumbs up! : )

- Erin Beach, LMT, ABMP

I really enjoyed this course. I'm confident that I will use the content to improve my technique with my clients.

- Deana Vanden Hull, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

A very practical and useful course for therapists who already have some experience.

- E. Larin, LMT, NCTMB, San Diego, CA

The text has opened my eyes to many new techniques.

- Jennalee Cook, LMT - Belleville, IL

This course was very beneficial to me.


I enjoy doing Deep Tissue work and look forward to putting this course to work. This course has defintely expanded my knowledge of Deep Tissue Massage and I look forward to using this information to help my clients.

- Karen J. Strand Raleigh, NC

Great course, excellent subject matter, extremely interesting; you had the best and most convenient, clear online options for massage ceu credits - thank you!

- Paula Clark, LMT, South Berwick, ME

Very interesting to read, lots of great techniques for use in study sessions with other massage therapists, and gives great confidence when appling to clients. Solid knowledge for moving ones practive in an expansive manner.

- Trisha Smith, LMT, CMT, Bishopville, MD

You CAN teach old dogs new tricks and this course provided a great introduction and demonstration of new (to me) deep tissue techniques.

- Valerie S. Cousins, NCTM, NVMT, Las Vegas, NV

I enjoyed this course immensely. Art Riggs has much information to communicate in technique as well as business aspects. The questions were geared to help me extract the information & help me to absorb it.

- Vema Coontz, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP, ERMI; business owner


  • Text - 263 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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