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The Value of Touch

7 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  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.

Enrollment Options

Text Materials Shipped and Test Online

Contents: Text shipped to you. online multiple-choice test.


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Text and multiple-choice test shipped to you.


No Text (I Already Own Text) and Test Online

Contents: online multiple-choice test only.
(I already own "Touch" text.)


No Text (I Already Own Text) and Test Shipped

Contents: Multiple-choice test shipped only.
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Based on a book written by Tiffany Field, PhD, the Director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, this course examines the value of touch from sociological, anthropological and physiological perspectives and presents recent significant research results on a variety of touch therapies.

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Content Outline

Touch as Hunger  0.75 hour
Touch as Communication  0.75 hour
Touch in Development  0.75 hour
Touch Deprivation  0.75 hour
Touch Message to the Brain  0.75 hour
Touch Therapies  0.75 hour
Infant Massage  0.75 hour
Massage Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults  1 hour
Open-Book Test and Course Evaluation  0.75 hour
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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

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

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

Thomas Topinka, LMT

Very useful information that all therapists could use.

Jessica Peach, LMT

Excellent course!

Joan Secrest, LMT

Very interesting information. Thank you!

Victor Mettler, LMT, NCTMB

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

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 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

I learned things that I didnt already know.

Alycia Langevin, LMT

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

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

Julie Stark, LMP

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

Dolly Cohen, LMT

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

Susan Kocina, LMT, NCTMB

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

Ted Luce, 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

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

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

I found this course extremely interesting.

Sherrie Callahan, LMT, NCTMB

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 enjoyed learning about cultural views on touch.

Victoria Hawthorne, RMT

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Sean Wright

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

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

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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize why touch and touch therapies are so important for people of all ages
  2. Identify why touch is essential for normal development and describe how it can be given to improve development during pregnancy, labor, delivery, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood
  3. Identify the most important functions of the integumentary system and describe how touch is useful for pain relief
  4. Reference the textbook and identify the way at least three (3) touch therapies work to benefit people
  5. Identify specific benefits for a variety of infants, including those with special needs
  6. Identify specific benefits of touch for children, adolescents and adults, including those with special
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Sample Text

"We also learned that we could predict postpartum depression by asking, "Do you and your partner want this baby?"  From our own research, we now know that postpartum depression, affecting as much as 80 percent of women, has terrible effects on newborns.  Babies born to depressed mothers show inferior performance on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment, an examination that assesses the newborn's response to visual, auditory, social, and nonsocial stimulation, and the newborn's motor behavior, self-quieting, and reflexes.  These newborns are also less attentive and less responsive to faces, and their perception of auditory, tactile, and visual stimuli is less developed.  In addition, their EEG activity is similar to that of their adult mothers.  The differences at this early stage probably derive from these babies having been exposed to their mother's high levels of stress hormones during pregnancy, because at birth the newborns have the same high stress-hormone levels as their mothers.  After their birth, the depressed mothers touched their newborns less often than the nondepressed mothers.  When a mother's depression continues, the infant's growth and development are delayed.  If the mother is still depressed six months after the delivery, the infant typically weighs less than the norm, and at one year has lower Bayley mental and motor scale scores."  (Touch by Tiffany Field, 2001, p. 42-43)

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Sample Test Question

Postpartum depression:

  1. affects fifty percent of women
  2. does not affect the baby
  3. creates lower stimulation development and response in the baby
  4. creates higher stimulation development and response in the baby
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