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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & 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



Learn how massage therapy can positively impact clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and treatment plan.
  • How the therapeutic relationship can help clients with PTSD.
  • The healing energy of essential oils and blends for PTSD.
  • Helping clients trust your touch.

In the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Massage program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - The number of military troops with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has increased steadily in recent years. The earlier it's treated, the better the chances are for recovery. Learn how various massage therapy techniques can play an important part in the healing process of PTSD.
  • The Therapeutic Relationship in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a real and devastating cycle that is being fielded by an increasing number of healthcare professionals. Bodyworkers are often sought by people caught in this cycle. Massage therapists can provide the technique, care and support needed for PTSD healing to occur.
  • Aromatherapy Complements Massage for Trauma - Essential oils have proven medicinal properties and can amplify the effectiveness of massage therapy. Few medicines have the capability of positively affecting the body, mind and spirit as powerfully as essential oils. This capability makes aromatherapy a logical choice when treating the effects of trauma.
  • Helping Clients Trust Your Touch - Although massage therapists are accustomed to their touch inducing relaxation, this is not an automatic response for many people. The trust issues prohibiting some from enjoying bodywork can be relieved by a therapist’s commitment to helping clients feel safe.

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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I thoroughly enjoyed the content and course matter. I am looking forward to putting my new knowledge to use.

A. Spencer, LMT, ABMP

Really enjoyed the insights in how to work with clients who may suffer from PTSD without causing further trauma inadvertently.

C. Benjamin, ABMP

This will be very helpful with troops returning home, and needing help with PTSD.


Great, I learned a lot of new things useable in my practice.

S. McLean, LMT, ABMP

Information was insightful and easy to understand.

D. Ungaro, NCTMB

Very concise and informative content.

J. Means, LMT

Great course that helped me understand in more depth when dealing with clients suffering from PTSD.

A. Martinez-Lenero, LMT

This course presented new information to me that will help me in my practice to be more aware of possible issues that some clients may have. Thanks.

Shari Clark, CMT, AMTA

Great course I learned more about ptsd and ways to better the massage session with clients who may suffer from it. I also learned of other methods that are non-intrusive bodywork. i would like more information on ptsd.

Jenae Kelly, LMT, NCTMB

Found this course to be extremely informative and helpful for my client-base. Thank you!

Janus Hudson, LMT, NCTMB

This course was wonderful. I learned so much and I'm looking forward to sharing this information with my co-workers. We can help so many with PSTD.

Irene Castillo, CMT

Good thorough readings.

Darcy Blood, LMT

Very helpful and informative.

Karen Ingeman

I loved the information, and felt that I learned something new and I would really like to work with this population. Exciting!

Juanasha Jones-Lipscomb, LMT

Very interesting and informative. Thank you.

Kristina Kennedy, CMT

Good information that I can immediately use.

Carol Quinn, LMT

Interesting educational and informative. Great course

Carmen Mabry, LMT

Easily understood language and I always appreciate when studies are quoted....

Sian Nolan, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very helpful to me as a practitioner and as someone who has symptoms of PTSD. I appreciate the concise and compassionate way in which the information was presented. Thank you.

Jodi Dschaak

This was a very interesting and valuable course. Thank you so much for offering it!

Brenda Girolamo, LMT, NCTMB

Great look at a growing problem in most clients. The course was very helpful in allowing me as a practitioner to set a comfortable environment for my clients.

Anthony Ruggiero, LMBT, NCTMB

Interesting and relevant topic -- live near large military base, so very important for me.

Ellen Metz

I learned even more than I thought I would with this course. I didn't realize how many women suffered from PTSD. I thought it was mostly service men. I definitely will be using this in my practice.

Colleen Quinn, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate being able to study the test before and while taking the course. I learned more this way.

Elizabeth Jones, LMT

Thank you !... enjoyed this course very much !!

Kathleen Krahm, LMT

I found this course invaluable not only for my clients but for my own personal evaluation. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point or other in their lives. As a therapist who has been diagnosed with PTSD I learned more about myself and also how to continue to be a better therapist for clients suffering from PTSD. *STRONGLY RECOMMEND READING CANDACE PERTS BOOK *MOLECULES OF EMOTION*

Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

Very informative course, it will really help in my work with my clients!

Ivy Kreiman, LMT

Loved everything about it ;)

Stacy Schrier-Bausch, LMT

I really enjoyed this class. I had wanted to take it for quite some time and am glad I finally did. I learned a lot of information regarding PTSD that I didn't know before. I know this information will help me to serve this special population with better skills now that I have taken this class. I am also a massage therapy instructor. One of the classes I teach is Pathology. We touch on PTSD as one of the mental diseases/disorders that students can encounter, but this information is paramount to what I teach in class. I have told all of my students about that class. Thank you for putting out quality continuing education material!

Kimberly Shaw, LMBT

Very helpful information to consider when working with clients who have experienced traumatic events.

Jaclyn Doerr, LMT

This course was exactly what I had been looking for. Excellent and useful information.

Regina Phillips, LMT

Very helpful with good insights information for me, since I recently have been dealing with soldiers returning from combat.

Harald Poul Selchau-Mark, LMT, NCTMB

This course has been especially rewarding considering the high occurrence of events resulting in PTSD to date. I feel I have more resources to help heal those suffering from PTSD after taking this course. Thank you for offering it!

Carroll Ruiz, LMT

Thank you for this information. I will benefit from the education and testing provided, and as a result of my becoming more proficient and informed regarding trauma informed massage therapy, my clients will benefit as well.

Leslie Scates, LMT

As a Licensed Massage Therapist who also suffers from PTSD I found this material to be not only helpful to my clients but also for myself. Highly recommend this course for anyone who not only wants to help their clients but also their own personal journey.

Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

Short, simple and to the point. Thanks!

Jennifer Chan, LMT, NCTMB

I found this course to be greatly beneficial to my personal and professional life. Thank you!

Katie Grafing, LMT

This course offered basic and pertinent information about PTSD, which will be very useful in my practice. I will be using what I learned and I feel more confident and equipped to respond positively to clients who respond to touch with symptoms that could indicate PTSD. Good information!

Lucy Corey, LMT, NCTMB

I felt this course was informative without being to cluttered with unimportant information. Being able to down load and print the material will allow me to utilize the materials as resources in my practice. I would definitely suggest your courses to my colleges.

jackie wimberly

Great course! Such important information to increase awareness when working with clients. Appreciate the aromatherapy recipes! I love that all courses I’ve taken so far are backed by extensive references!

Jennifer Oetzel, LMT

User friendly program. Great price for a great program!

Kate Brondyke, LMT

Very relevant and insightful. Info regarding the use of aromatherapy with clients experiencing PTSD was quite informative.

Patricia Hamilton, LMT

I found this course informative and very helpful regarding the seriousness of PTSD

Stephanie Schroeder, LMT, LMP

I really appreciate this course. The teacher showed understanding and compassion through what was taught here. I now know of other forms of therapy in the detail that shows me how useful they really are in treating PTSD and how they can help heal trauma. I have always been drawn to treating people with various kinds of trauma. I definitely recommend this course.

Marinna Elaine Hinkle, MACP, BCMTB

The material in this course was extremely interesting and timely. With the culture of trauma that is infesting this country and planet, this information is essential for a massage therapist to know. Although some of the material is dated in this coursework (the military statistics are based on 2007 stats), it doesn't take much to deduce that the numbers have increased since then. Most surprising this information, as it relates to massage therapy, held my attention and gave me more practical information to help my practice.

Shirley Williams, LMT, BCTMB

This was a very interesting topic and well explained!

Serjio Gutierrez, LMT

As a Massage Therapist and current student to become a Certified Aromatherapist & EO Specialist I was thrilled to see aromatherapy be a great part of this course. I would highly recommend the course to anyone.

Janel Norton, RMT

Always learn new things! I am pleased to see the inclusion of aromatherapy as well as incorporating modalities with Swedish massage.

Jeanne Heuberger, LMT

There were several points that were touched on that were especially useful to me. Most important were the things to keep in mind when working with a client with PTSD, a sort of mental preparation before and during the session. In addition I found the section on aromatherapy very interesting and educational. In the past I have worked with immigrants seeking asylum who had suffered torture in their home countries. I wish I had taken this course when I was doing that work.

Jonathan Levy, LMT

I have used other courses but this one is by far my favorite.

Dawn Harmon, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the pathology of post traumatic stress disorder as well as several massage techniques that can help the client regain trust.
  • Assess the therapeutic relationship between healthcare professional and clients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as well as symptoms and how massage therapy can help to ease them.
  • Explain the efficacy of aromatherapy when used with victims of post traumatic stress.
  • Describe how massage therapists and other bodyworkers can help ease the fear of touch as well as encourage healthy touch in trauma victims.
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