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Clinical Massage Therapy

17 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

Contents: DVD, Text, Manual and multiple-choice test all online.

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No Text (I Already Own Text), Manual, DVD and Test Shipped

Contents: DVD, manual and multiple-choice test shipped to you.

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Already own the Therapeutic Massage DVD or the Basic Clinical Massage Therapy text? Call us at 1-800-364-5722, 9am to 5pm, to discuss your enrollment options.


Go beyond relaxation massage, expand your skills and integrate your knowledge of anatomy with therapeutic massage.

Clinical Massage is designed specifically for massage therapists who need to learn more clinical/therapeutic applications for massage therapy. Detailed anatomical information is coupled with clinical treatment protocols that together address common muscle injuries and other soft tissue pain and dysfunction.

The video demonstrates techniques in three different approaches: a compression, relaxation and deeper muscular sequence. These sequences include 90 detailed techniques which can be integrated to address your clients' painful conditions and complaints. Also discussed are contraindications, oil selection, draping and common mistakes made during a massage.

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This is one of the best books I have ever seen as far as showing the muscles. I am glad I chose this course for my first CEU course. I believe this book is going to help make me a better therapist (muscle wise). The video is just great. I love how they show 3 different routines - these will surely help my clientele.

A. Cockerham, LMT, NCTMB

The book is absolutely amazing! Myself and the other MT's at the Center where I work were VERY intrigued by the photos, and the explanations gave me new insight to the body. Thank you very much! I will continue to get my CEU’s through IIHS, as it's very convenient for me.

A. Conely, LMT

This is the best textbook I've seen. It will soon be as worn and used as my copy of 'The Anatomy of Movement'.

B. Dawson, LMT, ABMP

Very informative course. This exceeded my expectations as a home study course. It was very beneficial to not only read the content but also see the techniques being discussed!

Brooke Drennen, LMT

I enjoyed this course thoroughly. The information was well presented and the book's pictures were amazingly helpful. The information I obtained will be helpful in my personal practice as a massage therapist, and I will definitely use the book and video at later dates for additional information.

C. Shearer, LMT, NCTMB

I was very happy and impressed upon opening the package to find everything I needed with book and DVDs. I have shown the books to other therapists and they also were very impressed. I will use this as a reference book throughout my career to explain to clients and patients' treatments I will be performing. Thank you!

D. Marks

I especially liked the scenerios and questions.

David Cummings, LMT

This is the first text I've chewed on from front to back because I can see and understand how to integrate treatment of each muscle and fascia into my practice. Excellent photography and overlay of muscle/fascia coupled with step-by-step treatment helped me make sense of muscle's I'd forgotten I knew about. Clients will benefit too from the wonderful photography and illustrations in understanding their conditions. Applying techniques from Donna Sunday's text and video, I immediately began receiving feedback from clients on the effectiveness. Examples include, 'I don't know what you did to my head, but I relaxed in 2 minutes instead of 30.' 'Magnificent! Can you memorize that hour and repeat it?!' 'That slow, deep work you did is the best I've ever had; what kind of massage do you call that?' Clinical Massage has opened a new chapter in my practice, and this was exactly the course I was looking for to help me address specific conditions I see daily. Thank you for the best CE course I've ever taken to date, one that is already helping me facilitate freedom from pain.

E. Stetson, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

This course more then met my expectations. I have been in practice 17 years and hove done much treatment work but this class added much to my knowledge. It was also great for refreshing some things that I had forgotten. I was moving away from treatment work, doing more relaxation, but now I feel more confident to continue with treating some specific problems. The anatomy pictures in the book were very, very helpful. Thank you.

Karen Donald, NCTMB

This course study held my interest. A good refresher and learned new information. The part I enjoyed (testing!!!) The case studies. I learn a lot from this time of continuing education....

Karen Huffman, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Before finishing the course, I'd already started putting the ideas into practice, and I had one of those weeks: four clients came back within two weeks for more! My expectations, which were great upon ordering based on prior comments, were exceeded. This course was the tie-in I needed between knowing the muscles and their functions, and helping my clients to heal through massage therapy, and educating them. I am surprised that an on-line course could be so effective! Thank you.

Katherine Swiencki, CMT

Great book, good course, alot of information.

Kerry Dyer, LMT

Excellent information! The pictures were exceptional and the wording was easily understood.

Krista Stanton

Wow! I did not expect to learn so much! this was a great review of the muscles and how to address them. I loved that I could review the test and answer the question as I went along. I actually learned more doing it that way!

Laura Brewer, LMT

The accompanying hard copy is excellent to refer to - and best I have purchased. The video was the best one I ever purchased. The Best!

M. Bailey, CMT, NCTMB

Love the book and it's layout and explainations. This will definetly be an excellent reference guide for my work.

Norma Susan Moshier, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed the course and it helped to refresh information.

Obie Whatley, LMT

Excellent text, which I have already and will continue to use in my practice. Thank you for obviously so much thought being put into its preparation.


I always like my courses that I have taken here. I really like the book, which provides much more applicable information that I can use in my practice, not only just anatomy and academics. Really appreciate the applicability and the thoroughness of the reference materials.

Patrick Mason, LMT

This is the best CEU I have taken! Extremely informative and had great practical applications.

Ryan St. John, LMT

This was a great course. I recommend taking it.

Stacy Rischette, LMT, NCTMB

The material and video are very useful and well put together. Great course!

Suzanne Remington, LMT, AMTA

The course provided information that I found very helpful and informative about specific conditions that massage therapy can play a vital role in.

Wendi Jenkins, LMT

This workbook is superb to say the least. I love the illustrations of muscles and muscle groups. This is going to be a good “go-to” book when I need help. I have been working for 15 years as a massage therapist and had to take a leave to care for my parents. This book/ course “awakened” my knowledge.

Carol R. Pabor, LMT

This was one of my favorite online courses I've ever taken in the 13 years of being a massage therapist. The textbook is incredibly informative with detailed images that I will find very useful as a reference in the future.

Kathleen Vlodek, LMT

This course was very interesting and I can't wait to be able to incorporate the new knowledge into my practice and hope I can help my future clients.

Oksana Rahbari

Superbly informative course that I will refer back to as I integrate the material into my practice. It gave me that next level of understanding of anatomy for massage that I was looking for due to the detailed and thorough writing. It also updated me on the latest research in the field of massage and answered lingering questions I had from massage school about a range of topics. The only thing I would like to have seen would be more video materials to see the techniques in motion.

Leslie Pierson

I was very impressed with the quality of the text book.. very well written and easy to understand. The pictures are awesome.

Danielle Goodwin

I found this course to be extremely educational and informative. The content and photographs provided a unique learning experience. The accompanying manual and CD enhanced this material. The entire contents will be a valuable reference guide throughout the rest of my career. Thank you for making this course available.

Frankie Brockett, LMT

This course was very in depth and yet maintained the ability to be understood and comprehended.

Tamara Reitz, CMT

Great course! Was able to complete the test quickly and the book is incredible with great pictures for reference. Definitely will use this book yearly.

Graciela Gallegos, LMT

Basic Clinical Massage Therapy is an excellent text, which I will refer to often. The course exceeded my expectations.

Benjamin van Leeuwen, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the principles related to clinical massage therapy.
  • Determine clinical massage techniques following muscle palpation/assessment.
  • Determine general order of treatment for postural alignment.
  • Assess condition in head, face and neck and determine muscle(s) involved.
  • Determine clinical massage routine on the neck given a muscle with active trigger points.
  • Identify muscles of the posterior neck from their action and/or location.
  • Assess conditions in shoulder and determine muscles involved.
  • Identify skeletal structure of shoulder joint.
  • Identify muscles of the chest and upper back from their action and/or location.
  • Determine clinical massage technique on the chest given muscles with active trigger points.
  • Identify muscles of the arm and hand from their action and/or location.
  • Identify muscles in the arm and hand from active trigger points and pain referral pattern.
  • Determine clinical massage therapy routine for muscles with active trigger points on the arm.
  • Identify movements of the vertebral column.
  • Identify muscle(s) of the spine from their active trigger points and pain referral pattern.
  • Evaluate appropriateness of clinical massage technique for muscles of the spine where there is diagnosed or suspected spinal pathology.
  • Identify muscles in the low back and abdomen from their active trigger points and pain referral pattern.
  • Identify muscle(s) of the low back and abdomen from their location and/or action.
  • Determine appropriate position for stripping the abdominal muscles.
  • Identify muscles of the thigh from their location and/or action.
  • Determine clinical massage technique for muscle(s) in the thigh.
  • Identify muscles of the leg and foot from their location and/or action.
  • Identify muscles of the leg from their trigger points and referred pain patterns.
  • Assess the cases presented and determine the muscles involved from the reported pain pattern described by the client.
  • Determine clinical massage techniques that are most appropriate for cases presented by clients in their initial interviews.
  • Describe the intent behind certain clinical massage techniques designed to therapeutically alleviate muscle pain.
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