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Anxiety & Massage

1 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

Fully Online Materials and Test
Audio Version of Text Included

Contents: 4 original online articles; plus online multiple-choice test



Learn why reducing anxiety through massage can have extensive health benefits. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Research demonstrating the need for massage therapists to work side-by-side with cardiologists, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists to reduce anxiety and physical illness.
  • How massage therapy can unlock and free clients of tissues memories caused by the unexpressed trauma of past experiences.
  • Alleviating panic attacks by reducing client stress and tension.
  • Massage and music therapies lessening anxiety and reduce the need for pain medication post-surgery.

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

  • Why Massage's Reduction of Anxiety Is So Important - Based on the premise that massage reduces anxiety, a collection of emerging research suggests that massage therapists are needed to work side-by-side with cardiologists, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists.
  • Learn How to Unlock Tissue Memory - The unexpressed trauma of past experiences stored in the musculature and connective tissue of our bodies creates tension, blocks circulation and can ultimately lead to pain and disease. Learn what you can do as a massage therapist to unlock and free clients of these tissue memories.
  • Bodywork Can Help Panic Disorder - Massage therapy can be a valuable method for easing panic disorders, a serious condition that can occur repeatedly and without warning. Find out how bodywork therapy helps alleviate the severity of panic attacks by reducing a client's stress and tension level.
  • Medicine for the Heart: Massage and Music - After finding out one has to have surgery, anxiety about postoperative pain ranks high among the stressors. Indeed, the anxiety itself is believed to increase pain levels and may be a contributor to postoperative distress. Heart surgery ranks high in patient apprehension, but massage and music therapies have been shown to lessen anxiety and reduce the need for pain medication.

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.

An audio version of the course text is available with this program.

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I enjoyed this course. Being an LMP and a person with anxiety I can better help myself and my clients with the knowledge I've received from this course.

K. Nixon, LMP

I think this course is pertinent to every active massage therapist!

R. Mitchell, LMT, NCTMB

This course gave me valuable insight related to anxiety.

G. Isabel, RMT

I recently had a client who was suffering from a panic attack. Although I was able to help through gently massage and craniosacral therapy, I really did not understand what my client was experiencing at the time. This course gave me the insight and specifics that I was looking for so that I can better relate to the needs of my clients. Thanks!

K. Siebold, LMT

I really enjoyed the information about studies done on massage therapy in relation to anxiety. It will be very helpful to have examples to talk to my clients and friends about. Thank you!

C. Cox, LMT

I enoyed the material and was able to share what I learned with fellow workmates already.

J. Sola, LMT

This was a great course! Very informative and interesting!

Lisa Buck, LMT, NCTMB

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed the course and it had relevant information for some clients that I am treating. I intend to take more coursed in the future. Based on what I read I will do a few things differently, finishing at the feet for example.

Eileen Hinkley, LMP

Great, informational course. I thought I had known everything on the subject and I was wrong. I will use my new information to help clients in need.

Valerie Dickeson, LMT, NCTMB

I found the course helpful.

Grace Geiser, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed reading the articles so much that I couldn't wait to take the test! I loved that this course presented published research articles.

Leara Graves, LMT

I thought this course was very informative. As a person who had suffered in the past with a panic disorder, I wish I knew about this.

Janet Struble, LMT

This course was helpful to me because I suffer from anxiety. My mother has told me for years anxiety makes medical problems worse and I was always like whatever mom. Well, the course told me she was right.

Shari Clark, LMT

Course was very clear and easy to understand. Would highly recommend your courses to other therapists.

Heather Crews, LMT

As someone who suffers from panic attacks, the information in this course was not only relevant to my clients, but to myself. I found the information extremely valuable.

Sara Baack, LMT

I loved this course. It was educational and very helpful. I will use this in my practice.

Lorraine Cannatta, LMT, NCTMB

Loved this one!

Diana Johnson, LMT

Love the way the info. was presented. Very informative and useful both personally/professionally. Thank You for your wonderful online courses. I will definitely recommend to others.

Theresa Mylius, LMP

Another great short course. Easy and very informative.

Harald Selchau-Mark, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course. Very helpful.

Darren Carpenter, LMBT

This was a great course, I am very interested in helping this segment of the population.

Brent Taylor, LMT

Thank you. Excellent, as usual.

Wendy Child, LMT

Course was very well laid out and organized. Easy to understand.

Lauren Dielman, LMT, NCTMB

This course is of a great help for my practice and for helping clients they come to me suffering from depression and anxiety.

Abel Martinez-Lenero

Loved this very clear, precise, concise course and would love more in depth information on anxiety and ways to deal with it to help clients

Laurian Lucretia, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this class. I can SO relate. Thank you.

Ellen Whitman, LMT

I learned several new things, enhancing what I already knew.

Jeanette Houghtaling, LMT

Very helpful in these times of high stress in our society.

Denise Buckner, LMBT

very informative easy reading very appreciative for the opportunity to accrue ceu online

Andrea Gordon, LMT


Kay Lilljedahl, LMT

I look forward to using this in my practice and some of this information in my marketing brochure, using anxiety as a specialty in my practice. I personally had agoraphobia and an anxiety disorder for thirty years. It will be wonderful to help others heal from this. thank you

Toni Wright, LMT

It was great... very informative.

Janet Gray, LMT

I really enjoyed this course & found a lot of information that I was unaware of. Thank you.

Katherine Enz, LMT, NCTMB

Great information!

Edith Castillo, LMT

It was fast and saved valuable time.

Valeria Reynolds, LMT

Study informed my daily experience in clinic with straightforeward descriptive and very instructive info and suggestions .appreciate the utility of exploring intellectually what ive been doing for 20 years. The menu promises other unexplored terrains. 1 credit online adds up to educating myself about what interests me now and then some.

Matthew Nachtwey

Very, very interesting!

Carmen Mabry, LMT

I did not realize anxiety did so much damage to the body and how many people deal with it everyday.

Melissa Sewell, LMT

Very useful information!

Colette Bomback, LMT

I used Ms Fields research for a graduate counseling course as well and it was invaluable, professionally presented and impressed my research professor. I was glad to see her work associated with this training.

Raymond Ruocco

I really enjoyed this course and I believe it has helped me gain a greater understanding on the effects of anxiety on the body and the benefits massage can have! Thank you!

Tiffany Simmons, LMT, NCTMB

This course was a great refresh on background information on the important topic of stress and anxiety. This information is relevant to someone extending vocabulary and interest in integrative outlets for common disorders in todays society.

Nikki Floeh, LMT, NCTMB

I learned a lot that I didn't already know! thanks!

Marla McDermott

Very informative gave me a better understanding about Anxiety.

Edwind Holsey, LMT

I am glad to learn that studies are confirming the benefits of massage therapy for anxiety.

Elizabeth Jones, LMT

Very interesting course and easy to follow

Amanda Downour, LMT

The course was very interesting and easy to access.

Tyler Davis, LMT

Good & interesting material. Enjoyable read

Margaret Hernandez, LMT

Very Informative and Interesting! And just what I needed to help my family members!

Ryanne Outland, LMT

Excellent info. Thank You again!

Shanley Anderson, LMT

This course was absolutely amazing. It was so informative. I really really enjoyed the studies done and the out come. I loved it. Maybe various health care institutions and facilities will began to implement massage therapy as part of the treatment for the overall wellbeing of the patient/client. And maybe medical insurance carriers will start paying for massage therapy, allowing the insured to pay us copays and we get reimbursed like the doctors.

Carolyn Stubbs, LMT

This had some fantastic information about anxiety, clients dealing with emotional trauma and how you can benefit them. I already have clients in mind that I want to help with the information I've just learned.

Kelly Conner, LMT

I found this course helpful for my practice as well as personally helpful. I learned new information about how anxiety affects a person.

Donna Costa, LMT, NCTMB

This is the first on-line course I have taken and loved it. As an RN and LMT, courses such as this remind me that the emotionally and touch aspects of patient care as just as important as the medical care.

Claudia Griffin, LMT

Anxiety and Massage course information is an area in anyone's life that could be used in this day and time in order to develop better coping skills in the fast paced world we live in. I will be using the information for life in general.

Diane Whiteman, LMT, NCTMB

I find a lot of my clients suffer from PTSD and panic disorder. Having specific treatment to help them and suggestions they can do to help themselves is really wonderful. This course also encouraged me to learn more about pharmaceutical part and how I can support treatment and symptoms of medications my clients take.

Misty Newhouse, LMT

My main reason for taking this course was to understand more of how massage therapy and PTSD were relatable. My questions were answered and I feel I can be more of assistance to my clients.

Heidi Covington, LMT

With so many of my clients being stressed on a regular basis, this course has allowed me to be a better therapist in helping them relieve their anxiety and understand just what is the cause and how the human body reacts.

Robin Gallagher, LMT, NCTMB

This was a wonderful course and I am happy to have a better understanding of what my clients are dealing with and how I can help.

Katie Grafing, LMT

Excellent course! I did not know how much massage can really help with anxiety!

Glendolin Grant

Great course. Great review.

Elba Figueras, CMT, NCTMB

Good review and contains some interesting facts which can be used for marketing.

Stephen Philbrick, LMT, NCTMB

Great content! As a person who has anxiety and panic attacks, this was information I didn't know how to describe when it came to how I feel in certain situations. I have a much better grasp of anxiety and how it affects others.

Heather Dillon, LMT

The information was clear and on topic. I can easily use this knowledge in my practice.

Danielle Hammond, LMT

Good material to stay abreast of new research and testing your knowledge regardless if you need the hours.

Judy Lacy, LMT

This helped me to deal /understand a co-worker who exhibits PTSD, you have to walk around him softly , so yes, I enjoyed this article. I will put this into my practice and daily life. Thanks

Renee Wiggins, LMT

The course was interesting. Jessica helped me navigate the site so that I could complete the material efficiently.

Ruth Meyers, LMT

I found the information in this course highly relevant and I plan to use it in my behavioral health work in addition to my therapeutic massage work as well.

Cheryl Matteo-Kerney, CMT, BCTMB

As a Massage Therapist for over 20 years, you think you don't need to know any more about anxiety and how massage therapy helps to relieve it. Taking this course showed me that there is new and current research that addresses this topic in a different way with studies that support massage therapy.

Shirley Williams, LMT, BCTMB

Great information!!

Brynn Hoover, LMT

Excellent course!

Tracy Jordan, LMT

While I have personal experience in coping with anxiety and quite a bit of knowledge about it, the materials in this course held my attention and introduced me to information, as well as medical studies on anxiety, PTSD, and panic disorder that I was previously unaware of. Overall I enjoyed the course and will be using this information to inform my personal practice.

Jami Craver-Jenkins, LMBT

Loved the information in this course. Very, very interesting and inspiring. Has me thinking about helping veterans now!

Maria Lipop, LMT

This content was interesting and valuable. I enjoyed taking this course and recommend it for those interested in helping clients who suffer from anxiety, and traumas such as PTSD.

Edie Allen, LMBT

Very simple course, but great reminders of the effect of Bodywork and alternative therapies for stress and anxiety. It reminded me of fact based evidence to relate to people that think of Massage as a luxury. The course also provides a good vocabulary for explaining how any kind of traumatic experience whether overtraining in sports, surgery or car accidents effect the muscle and fascia.

Shannon McGinnis, CMT

This was a really good summary and update on anxiety. Helps keep the information to the forefront when working with others.

Kay Evans,LMT, BCTMB

Once again, I enjoyed your course--interesting, easily understandable, research-based. Thank you.

Jeanne Wagner, LMT

I will be taking more classes through this school. There is a wide variety of classes and the information is knowledgeable. I really enjoyed it.

Tanya Haffner, LMT

Even though this was a single credit course, I found it interesting and will now seek out more training on anxiety and massage.

Deborah R. Clarken, CMT

The course was clear and easy to follow. A short but interesting class.

Emma Funk, LMT

This course provided interesting and helpful information relevant to my therapy studies and practice. Most of the information was presented clearly, enabling for a better navigation through the test questions. Thank you for offering courses relating to anxiety, PTSD and therapy.

Kristen Perron, LMT

It is great to have these courses with the references to where the research came from and go back and look up the references.

Judy Anderson, LMT, BCTMB

Great course and I enjoyed the contents. They were very informative and will be useful in my practice. Another success . Thanks a million!

Sabirah N. Muhammad

I loved this information. I plan on looking for more courses related to this material in your studies! Thank you!!

Christina Wille, LMT

This course was really helpful, I will be able to use in my practice.

Tami Lee, LMT

I am not computer savvy but find the ease of use excellent.

Susan Cadigan, LMT

Great information!

Ethna Farrell, LMT

i love this website. it is great for inexpensive online courses

Lesley Maroquin, LMT

The course was simple to understand and easy to find what I needed.

Nicole Reilly, LMT

Having anxiety myself, I found the information in this course helpful and interesting.

Sara Rudd, LMT

Good Information on studies of massage and Anxiety!

Leanna Chamberlain, LMP

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify three pathologies associated with increased anxiety and describe the role of massage therapy with regard to the reduction of anxiety
  • Explain the process of muscle memory, how it relates to trauma and how massage therapy plays a role in unlocking and healing from stored trauma within the body.
  • Describe the primary causes and symptoms of panic attacks and explain how both massage therapy and conventional medicine ease this disorder.
  • Describe how music and massage therapy can help ease anxiety and reduce stress on the heart.
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