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Hypertension, Cholesterol & 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

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



Discover how massage can affect hypertension and cholesterol levels. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Causes of hypertension and bodywork modalities that can increase and decrease blood pressure.
  • Reasons hypertension is thought to be a massage contraindication and how to practice sensibly.
  • The side effects of statins and considerations for massage.
  • Massage therapy's impact on cholesterol levels.

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

  • How Bodywork Impacts Hypertension - Depending on what techniques are applied, massage therapy can either raise or lower blood pressure. In preparation for working with hypertensive clients, it's crucial you know which modalities to choose.
  • Hypertension: Massage Indication or Contraindication? - Being a responsible massage therapist often means combining information from various sources to arrive at an educated conclusion. In the case of treating a client with hypertension, choosing the best way to proceed can be tricky. While modern research touts its ability to reduce blood pressure, massage therapy is also one of the most commonly taught contraindications for hypertension.
  • Statins and Massage Therapy - As one of the most frequently prescribed medications, make certain you know what side effects statins cause and how to address them in a massage therapy practice.
  • Can Massage Affect Cholesterol Levels? - Learn about a Japanese study confirming that a specific type of massage can have measurable results for lowering cholesterol levels.

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.

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Great to refresh my memory for doing massage on high blood pressure/ cholesterol clients.

J. Mini, LMT

Overall the material was very educational and interesting. I will definitely use it when working with my clients.

H. Preble

The course was very informational without a lot of extra reading. Taught me several things.

B. Wagner CMT, AMTA

The course was just great. Very helpful information leading me to do further study via references in your course. Thank you for making ths information available for CE credits.

P. L. Brownell, LMT

Good material to use and educate on... really enjoyed the class study guide as it really helped me learn more about hypertension and cholesterol.

I. Tate, LMT

I enjoy learning a lot in a short amount of time and this course enabled me to do that.

S. Cottingim, LMT

Thank you ~ I will be taking other courses offered as well! The information contained in this training is useful not only to me as a LMT but valuable to share with clients, family & friends as well.

Tracey Sherwood, LMT

I learned a few new items and relearned some forgotten ones.

Amber Spencer, LMT

I have high blood pressure that is controlled so I found this course very interesting.

Mildred Townsend, LMT

Informative and easy to understand. I will sign up for more courses!

Deborah Lonon, LMT

I found it right to the point and worth the time. I was very pleased.

Michelle LaVigne-Wedel, LMT, NCTMB

I didn't know massage could be so beneficial to those with cholesterol issues.

Shari Clark, LMT

Great information! Gained knowledge from this course.

Heather Dillon, LMT

Great information.

Marylee Schreiber, LMT

Really found the information helpful on hypertension and was able to refresh what I already knew. looking forward to more classes.

Patricia Phillips, LMT

Great information! Thank you for teaching me the new info on Anma.

Victoria Hawthorne, LMT

Thank you - another great, useful course!

Melanie Ashmore, LMT

Loved it!

Pamela Geisel, LMT

Thank you. Excellent.

Wendy Child, LMT

As a registered dietitian, it was great to see this course because most of my massage clients have hypertension and I take their blood pressure before I give them a massaage. My nutrition clients who come to me for their hypertension, I offer nutrition advice and massage therapy to help control their hypertension.

Renee Wiggins, LMT

Great review. I will be making charts to assist me during health history intake and assessment.

Jeanne Berger, LMT

Very important info for all of us!

Shanley Anderson, LMT

Some fascinating content.

Carmen Mabry, LMT

I truly enjoyed this course. It reinforced my knowledge that I learned from Pharmacology and Massage (another great course that I love) and added more insight in my practice in working with cardiac patients at the hospital's Cardiac Rehab center. Cannot thank you enough for offering this course.

Barbara Acosta, LMT

I really enjoyed learning about this subject matter as it is one that pertains to so many people here in the United States. I found this material helpful to me as a practitioner and also valuable to pass onto family members and friends.

Lori Kelly, NCTMB

Was a great review and new information learned.

Colette Bomback, LMT

I really enjoyed this course. I think it is great knowledge to have with so many Americans with Hypertension!

Tiffany Simmons, LMT, NCTMB

I thought the course was excellent, I found it very interesting. Thank you

Joan Dunne, LMT

This course provided very valuable and important information regarding hypertension and cholesterol in regards to massage and how it affects the client.

Tanya Muhleisen

Really enjoyed the course and the material and how to lower both high blood pressure and cholesterol as I have high blood pressure. This will definitely help me course my way of getting back to being healthy! Thanks! Jeanne

Jeanne Butler

great information

Robin Warren, LMBT

Very good course since so many of westerners have both hypertension and cholesterol issues.

Kimberly Hood, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain what hypertension is and what may cause it as well as identify which massage modalities can normalize blood pressure and which may raise it.
  • Understand the danger of hypertension and the role massage therapy can play in raising or lowering it.
  • Review what statins are, their side effects and massage considerations with individuals taking them.
  • Describe cholesterol in the body and how elevated levels can affect health as well as possible means a person can use to lower levels.
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