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Psychology of the Body & Ethics Package

18 Hour CE Course

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  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.

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This package contains 2 courses. Take each course when it fits your needs.You may take 1 test now and save the other test for your next renewal period if you wish. You'll receive 1 certificate for each test. Note: Extra ethics hours may be used to meet general CE Hour requirements.

Description: Using The Psychology of the Body by Elliot Greene and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn, explore the amazing connections between the body/mind and learn how these connections influence a person’s responses to life, including to massage therapy and bodywork. 

Through text and cartoons, discover new insights into the profound dynamics of armoring; how to safely support your massage clients’ emotional responses; how to confidently collaborate with mental health professionals; how to recognize and respond to ethical issues and how to use therapeutic frames in your practice. The textbook includes numerous cases studies and suggestions for applying the concepts through self-directed exercises. The textbook is a valuable reference to use over and over.

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Content Outline

The Psychological Life of the Body 1 hour
Psychological Factors Affecting Massage Therapy 1.5 hours

Psychological Defenses Affecting Massage Therapy

1.5 hours
Boundaries and Limits in Massage Therapy 1.5 hours
The BodyMind Connection 0.5 hour
Emotional Release 1.5 hours
Armoring 1.5 hours
The Disembodied, Collapsed and Compressed Character Structures 1.5 hours
The Rigid Character Structures 1.5 hours
Understanding Mental Health Conditions and Disorders 2 hours
Working with Mental Health Professionals 2 hours
Total of 2 Open-book Tests and Course Evaluations 2 hours
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Great book. Well-designed test.

Elena Khazanova, MT, Silver Spring, MD

I really enjoyed this course and how it covered so much that we may be faced with throughout our career

Melinda Trudell, LMT Wakefield, RI

If you want to understand the body/mind - read this book! I loved this course. I want to go further as it inspired me to grow as a therapist and a person.

Melissa M. Long - LMT - Alabama

This was an excellent course and a valuable & useful learning experience. I look forward to utilizing future course offerings.

Robin A. Roth, LMT - Hartford, CT

Thank you so much for your insight! I learned so much, and opened my mind to new possibilities of understanding my clients on a whole different level.

Robin Burkowski, LMT, Glenville, WV

Very informative and well done. It provided a lot of information that I had never heard in my last 10 years of practice.

Ruth H. Brown, Inner Wizdom Dragon Spirit, Schenectady, NY

I previously ordered a different course that was not accepted by Texas and I had no idea. The staff contacted me, told me and asked if I wanted to switch courses. Just for that I am loyal and will only get my courses from you guys. I was very impressed by that level of customer service. Also the course work switched it out to was fun and interesting. I am very pleased.

L. Wooley, RMT

Very satisfied. This was my first time taking courses from you. I was very pleased in all aspects of this course! Thank you!

Rebecca Maddock, RMT, ALM, LMT - Medfield, MA

Thank you. The book is wonderful. (Wish I'd found it years ago!)

J. Kenyon, LMT, NCTMB

Very useful information.


Very detailed text, but a little long winded, could tighten it up, less repetition; that being said, intellectually above average which is greatly appreciated compared to other online courses, overall, book is an impressive work. I have, after 15 years in the profession have been a better massage therapist this week applying principles emphasized in this course, I made a point to talk less to my clients and listen to their words and bodies more (and I already have been doing this...) I did it better and will do it even better going forward because of this course. The most intellectually stimulating online course I have taken. The test was also well-constructed. Thanks to the authors of the text for a well-thought out and organized book.

Manorama Rakhmanov, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the content of this course. The textbook used was very well written. The material will be useful in my practice and goes above and beyond the previous information I have learned on this topic

Erin Hemphill, LMT

I have never been disappointed in a course from I. I .H.. The ethic courses are always varied and interesting!

Melody Henderson, LMT, NCTMB

Incredible, I soaked up the information. It was conveyed in a digestable and organized way. I would highly recommend this course.

Michelle Baslow

I already had a little background with client defenses and boundaries, this class enhanced the gray areas I still had. It was precise and to the point. Thank-you

Lisa Albertin

The psychological concepts were described incredibly well. There many ethical issues that were addressed and clarified in this course. Material was extremely well presented and the test was excellent as well.

Jayni Marie Day, LMT

The Psychology of the Body Course was very thought-provoking and truly put me through the paces regarding ethics in Massage Therapy. It helped define further the limitations on our profession's scope of practice, and gave me new ideas and insights into how I can grow as an LMT. Thank you for offering this, Psychology of the Body by Greene and Goodrich-Dunn belongs on every therapist's bookshelf.

Dakota Heinemeyer, LMT, NCTMB

This course was more interesting than I anticipated. Having degrees in psychology and social work as well as massage therapy, the topic is imperative to my work. I appreciated gaining more insights. Thanks!

Miriam Reich, LMT, NCTMB

The book/course presents a body-centered view of ethics that is especially useful for massage therapists.

Elliot Greene, LMT, NCTMB

I find any additional knowledge I can gain from your courses are beneficial not only to me but my clients

John Foutz, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and I am very glad it is offered. I have a massage license as well as a BA in psychology and a MA in Human Development Counseling. My career goals involve more than just providing massage therapy. I want to teach people how emotions,thoughts,and feelings affect our over all health and well being. I would like to be known as a bodywork counselor. Therefore, I would love to see more of these types of courses Thanks!

Connie Batsell, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and actually shared it with my Primary Care Physician because I brought the book to an appointment. She was very interested in it and may purchase the book for herself. It gave excellent insights and valuable ways to handle different situations with clients regarding Psychological issues that can come in session. I am going to keep this book in my office for a reference guide.

Allison Milk-Rowe, NCTMB

Information presented was very informative and interesting. I think this will aid my understanding of client issues and how to deal appropriately with these.

Carrie Tremelling, LMT, NCTMB

Never thought of massage in this light. It explains the moments I had puzzling over some clients and their behavior. It also confirms that Im doing the right things. Thanks

Peggy Dildine, LMT, NCTMB

I thought it was an excellent course; lots of valuable information that was presented clearly. I am very glad I chose it.

Lynn Vrany, LMT, NCTMB

An incredibly informative course. I strongly recommend it for all Massage Therapists

Dorothy Cullinane, LMT, NCTMB

I found this course truly amazing and hold this level of professionalism in the utmost regard. I truly thank you for the ability to further my education through your services.

Lowell Summers, LMT

The textbook was excellent. I know I will continue to refer to this book for knowledge.

Danielle Tiedeman, LMT

This course over exceeded my expectations, I was very pleased and interested.

Rebecca Mantor, LMT, NCTMB

Great course, thanks!

Sally Swift, RMT

Great course. I think this should be an integral part of basic massage therapy school. Invaluable material.

Jean Bottsford, LMT

Thanks for another great course! I highly recommend these ceu courses to all my therapist friends! :)

Jennifer Barnard, LMT, NCTMB

Really good course. Thanks

Melanie Proctor, LMT, NCTMB

I wish this course was included in the massage school I attended. It would have explained it alot better than the little book we had for boundaries.

Karen Harrington, LMT

Best course yet

Mitzi Lloyd, LMT

I thought this class was excellent. Full of good, useful information. Thank you!

Lauren Michaels, LMT

The textbook has illustrations which make it look lame, but the words and meanings of this text do reveal much. The material is well sourced in this text, and show authors who did their homework in putting together a book of substance.

David Kauber, LMT

Very valuable information for my practice and my professional growth as a massage therapist.

Catherine Joyce, LMT, NCTMB

Course was great and I gained a great deal of knowledge which I will be able to carry over into my day to day massage therapy as well as life in general. I would have liked to have had more information on why stress gathers in various body areas (ankles, wrists, knees, etc).

Jennifer Salvo, LMT

My first online CE experience - interesting! thanks -

Debra Howard, LMP

I'm glad I went with the Institute. They helped me in picking out a course. At first I thought PSYCHOLOGY OF THE BODY was going to be boring, but I was very wrong. It got my attention and before I knew it I was done reading it. Thank you.

Vicky Dennison, RMT

One of my fav courses you have offered, and I have taken many.. :) thanks again for a great course!!

Victoria Grindstaff-Redler, LMP

This is the best course that I have taken to date. I feel more confident and professional with my clients and more prepared within my boundaries, in supporting them with their emotional issues and therefore their body issues.

Susan Whitcomb, LMT, NCTMB

I am glad that i can take these courses online....because of my busy schedules day to day

Roslyn Phillip, LMP

Enjoyed the book, intend to go back and read it at my leisure.

Pamela Skotnicki, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the material, I learned a lot about myself. Thank you.

Sally D. Gossett, LMT

After nearly 17 years of practicing massage therapy, The Psychology of the Body confirmed many of my intuitions about my experiences. I wish I'd read this book sooner; it should be a standard textbook in every massage school!

Cameron Walker, LMT, NCTMB

The beginning seemed tedious and overstated but the obvious need for that was for people newly out of school. The psychological and body type information was facinating and I was glad to see the references to read further with those authors (A Lowwen, etc). Great book.

Carolyn Ratliff, RMT, NCTMB

This is, without a doubt, the best continuing ed class I have taken.

Leslie Malach, LMT, NCTMB

Provided much valuable information. I highly recommend :-)

Trina Davis, NCTMB

Excellent course, easy to learn and follow....

Maria Alaniz, RMT

The course contained information that will be very useful as my bodymind centered practice grows. Thank you

George Piers, LMT

I wish this material had been taught in massage school. It's a shame I had to wait 11 years before taking this course.

Kristin Haas, LMT, NCTMB

Great topic. Very good text.

Rebecca Threatt, RMT

Very interesting course.

Sherri Cooley, LMT, NCTMB

Was blown away by the information I learned here. Now I have re read it so I can store it in memory...takes me awhile.

Wayne Aaron, RMT

I very much enjoyed this online course of The Psychology of the Body.

Maya Connolly, LMT

A really good course

Rodolfo Patlan, RMT

Course did not sound interesting when I selected it, but there are many topics that will help my practice in the future.

Sylvia Freitas, RMT

This course has opened my mind and has made me motivated to work with people who suffer from mental disorders and addictions.I am grateful I took this course!

Dawn Miller, LMT

Excellent course. I would recommend it to others.

Yvette White, LMT

Great course..bought it cause it was on sale and found that it was very informative and interesting. I am very glad that I purchased this course!

Tiffany Burke, LMP

This course was very insightful.

Kathy Ogletree, LMT

This type of subject seems to be so intricate that I wanted to take my time and assimilate the information. I fully understand that with this 12 hour course that I CANNOT diagnose any type of mental illness. This course did help me understand the physical affects on the body that the mind and emotions have on us as humans; and that was of great interest to me.

Rita Jackson, LMT, NCTMB

the reading material took me alot longer only because I am a detailed person and in order for me to keep the info on my head and not just read through it, a number of things had to be reread in order for the info to stick. this info should be mandatory in all massage therapy schools no questions asked.

Allyson Jones, LMT, NCTMB

I thought that some of the information was too specific and while it was interesting to me as a student of human nature, I'm not sure it will have as much effect on my practice as a massage therapist. The nature of my relationship with clients both at the day spa and with my home practice (where I have more returning clients) is much more focused on the physical. I learned more than I will use, but still found the course valuable.

Catherine Emery, LMT, NCTMB

While this is a great course for online, it did create within me a desire to take this as a live class at some point. Very interesting. Thank you.

Vikki Baker, LMP, NCTMB

I have been practicing bodywork and teaching in massage schools for over 25 years, and I was very pleased with the book and the detailed information in the book.

Judy Gray, LMT

I learned a great deal from the book. Thank you.

Heather Sullivan, LMT, NCTMB

Very good course.

Julie Weitz, LMT

It was harder than I thought it would be, but totally worth it! plus I did great!

Orin C. Parnell, LMT

This is the first on-line course I've ever taken. Before I took it, I couldn't imagine taking a massage therapy course without "hands on". But this course was more about knowledge and understanding vs. technique. The insight I got out of this course is invaluable! I intend to take several more courses from your institute. Thank you for having such an extensive and diverse number of courses, and for your institution's organized, easy-to-follow system. Also, every time I called with questions, everyone I spoke with was extremely helpful, friendly, and courteous! Thank you again for this wonderful experience!

Rita Johnson, RMT

I gained a lot of new knowledge regarding Psychology of the Body that I was not aware of.

Rachel Murphy, RMT

Material was easy to understand and very informative.

George Williamson, RMT

I found the information in this course very interesting. I could relate a lot of the content to specific clients that I have. This will surely help me treat my clients more accurately with an understanding of what is going on in their mind/body

Pamela Monaghan, LMT, NCTMB

I really liked this course and would recommend it to another person.

Stephanie Coughlin, RMT

Very informative. It greatly added to my knowledge and skills

Charlene Lamb, LMT, NCTMB

I am going to thoroughly read this material I was on a time crunch but I have a psychology degree and this was really great information not only for my practice but my career in counseling. Thank you!

Allison Harris, RMT

I actually had read the text a few years back and revisit it on a regular basis. This book changed how I practice massage therapy, and took me to a much higher level of understanding with my role as a healer. This book is, in my opinion, essential in the practice of massage therapy.

Marsha Thompson, LMT, NTMB

This represented a new way of looking at the work that I have been doing. It will take additional study to fully understand exactly where all of this is leading.

Clinton Pallister, LMT

Excellent course - should be required in massage school curriculum.

Candice Gardner

This course was well put together and informative. I liked the way that the book flowed in a logical manner and was broke up into sections for each condition. The material was dry in places but I found it interesting over all.

Cora Stewart, RMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Define the terms “paradox of healing” and “armoring” correctly describe how they apply to massage and bodywork situations.
  • Identify at least 5 key elements involved in assessing your own values, beliefs and expectations about therapeutic change and resistance to change. 
  • Describe at least 1 key element in either identifying or responding to each of the 10 types of client defenses.
  • Identify the essential elements in therapeutic relationships and roles; counter-transference; self-awareness and supervision.
  • Describe the difference between massage therapy and psychotherapy, in terms of scope of practice.
  • List at least 1 key element of sexual boundaries; social boundaries and financial boundaries, and identify examples of how each relates to massage therapy or bodywork practice.
  • Define the term “therapeutic frame” and recognize how it applies to safe and ethical practice.
  • Identify the essential elements that characterize the bodymind connection and affect the shape of the body.
  • Identify the main effects that a client’s emotional release has on the massage therapy or bodywork process.
  • Identify the essential elements in the nature of armoring and how it develops.
  • Give at least 1 example of each of the following components of armoring: charge; grounding, bounding; tissue patterns and layers of the body.
  • Define the terms disembodied; collapsed and compressed character structures.
  • Describe the key elements in the relationship between armor and character.
  • Describe the essential elements in the disembodied, collapsed and compressed character structures and identify examples of each.
  • Identify an example of each of the 4 types of rigid character structures and a recommended therapeutic strategy for them.
  • Identify an example of each of the following terms: generalized anxiety disorder; phobia; panic disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; PTSD; ADHD; addiction; eating disorder; somatoform disorder; mood disorder; psychosis; abuse, and uncontrollable anger or rage.
  • List at least 5 recommended resources for additional information in the field of body psychology.
  • Describe at least 1 key element in successful referrals and/or collaboration with mental health professionals.

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Sample Text

"...examples of acting out by clients with a collapsed structure are seeking to extend their time by complaining of one last little pain that needs some attention, asking one last question, or dressing slowly when it is time to end the session. Their acting out often eventually triggers rejection by others resulting from their slow but steady incursion on others' boundaries and the other person eventually reaching a limit and feeling 'they can't take it anymore.' Massage therapists can be drawn into this pattern. Because many massage therapists overdo caregiving, they tend to overextend giving to this type of client...To avoid repeating and reinforcing this pattern, making professional boundaries clear from the outset, holding them firmly, and saying no to uncomfortable, unrealistic expectations - even when it is difficult to do so - is critical for the massage therapist to do. The boundaries need not be rigid, but they do need to be firm." from The Psychology of the Body by Elliot Greene and Barbara Goodrich-Dunn (2004), page 175

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Sample Test Question

Because massage therapists can be drawn into the collapsed structure’s pattern of acting out, therapists should

    a.    raise their expectations even higher
    b.    avoid people with a collapsed structure altogether
    c.    play along with the beliefs and complaints of the client
    d.    set clear boundaries from the outset and hold firmly to them
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