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Therapeutic Techniques of Deep Tissue Massage: Part II

28 CE Hours - E1067

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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 the popular 7-DVD set by Art Riggs, Certified Advanced Rolfer, CMT, this advanced practice home study course clearly demonstrates the principles necessary for deep tissue massage that's safe, sensitive and efficient.

This program also delves into the complex issues of soft tissue restrictions, osseous articulations and strategies for working with the multitude of different issues we face as therapists. This extensive training series not only shows countless strokes and techniques, but more importantly will demonstrate the qualitative art of working with deep tissues to effect profound change.

In this course, you will:

  • define Deep Tissue Massage, identify its main principles and benefits and recognize at least 5 areas of caution
  • differentiate between compressing tissue and stretching it; identify principles of correct biomechanics and recognize the key element of "melting" muscle tissue
  • identify each of these stroke strategies, with examples of when their use is appropriate: lengthening, anchor and stretch, cross-fiber, separating muscle compartments, freeing entrapments and allowing muscles to shorten
  • determine why it's important to place muscles in a stretched position and how to use side-lying positions
  • identify specific therapeutic strategies for each of these areas: foot and lower leg, upper leg, pelvis, pelvis and low back, abdomen, upper and mid-back, shoulder girdle and chest, arms, hands and neck, skull and jaw
  • learn how to instruct your clients about preventing back pain, neck pain and headaches, and recognize malignant melanoma
  • identify therapeutic strategies for common complaints in each of the following areas and how to correctly apply it to practice situations: the ankle, plantar fasciaitis, the knee, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, the low back, sciatica and the shoulder
  • describe the key elements in assessing clients and choosing appropriate deep tissue approaches for them
  • understand how to establish and maintain a thriving practice that includes Deep Tissue Massage and expresses who you are

Important - Completion of Part I of this program is highly recommended as a prerequesite to beginning Part II.

Featured Reviews

This was an amazing course. I learned more than I could imagine from one course. Art Riggs is thorough as he can possibly be on a DVD course. I am very pleased with the Institute and look forward to taking more classes from the Institute in the future. Thank you for a wonderful course.

- Michael Sullivan, CMT

The program: Deep tissue:Part 2 Will make you think; especially in area's of weakness.I realized how much I don't know. The video's are sometimes hard to follow. but at least you can go back and review. Thank you!

- Christine Coleman, LMT

I have been a massage practitioner for 15 years and thought there wasn't much more to learn that would change the way I practice which has been very successful for me. However I have burnt out of my career, left with chronic pain in my wrists and thumbs, forced to take a 2 year hiatus. Art Riggs has completely revitalized my practice and the way I think about massage. He is so thorough and provides so many techniques in a way to incorporate it creatively into my own way. He was very easy and relaxing to listen to, which is important to me for learning and spending lengthy time on this type of material. The only thing I would have changed is the ability to back up the dvd to specific spot, instead of having to review a 15 min. segment to find my answer. Regardless, it is a course I will review again and again for my own enrichment as there is so much information and possibilities covered in this amazing course.

- Joanne Jerkovich, CMT

This course includes a lot of great information. I enjoyed Art Riggs as an instructor. He is both knowledgeable and clear in how to use the techniques he presents. He encourages good self care with respect to proper use of demonstrated course material. Art also reminds us that it is okay and important to give our clients some nurturing too. I appreciated that he encouraged using the material he presents as an opportunity to grow as a therapist, expanding not only our abilities, but the belief in our ability to help clients. I enjoyed and would recommend this course.

- Brian Dolgovin

Great course & Art Riggs is AWESOME! I highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to take their basic massage skills to a higher level! Though I think it should offer more CEU hours. Even with that said it was a real pleasure learning a new way of working with my clients

- Jeremy Weber, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and gained a lot of knowledge from it. I just purchased his next video about deep tissue massage. As a busy stay at home mom this was a great format to earn the CE credits I needed without having to travel and take time away from my family. I am looking forward to studying these dvds more in depth and practicing what I learned.

- Elizabeth Girard, LMT

Art Riggs is a master therapist and can convey and demonstrate theory and technique marvelously. Thank you for offering his course.

- Nathaniel Schleimer, LMP

Many of the techniques are brand new material for me to grasp. These techniques, once studied in more depth, practiced, and applied, will increase my understanding of how to apply them on various types of client issues. This course will bring many more clients to my business. I have already gotten rave reviews from clients by using these techniques.

- Marian Hebert, LMT

Art Riggs is an excellent teacher.

- Justine Jacobs, LMT, NCTMB


- Jennifer Monro, NCTMB

Very interesting material.

- Wee Woon Phua

I found Mr. Art Riggs very informative and knowlegable in this wonderful course. It certainly will improve me as a professional massage therapist and will definitly enhance my massage practice.

- Claire M. Balint, LMT

Better understanding of the body tissues and how to work deeply without hurting the client, is what I enjoyed the most.

- C. Bracamonte, LMT, NCTMB

Same excellence as Part I of this course! Great reference material.

- E. Nazario, LMT, NCTMB

This was a very well presented course on deep tissue techniques.

- C. Vojtasek, LMT, NCTMB

Art Riggs is a fantastic educator and rolfer. I would recommend this to anyone who does massage as essential!

- L. Star, CMT

Excellent DVDs! So much great material! I watched some of them 3 or 4 times. Printing out the test and answering the questions as I watched helped to hold my attention.

- S. Bouton, LMT, NCTMB


  • DVD Set - 11 hours
  • 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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