LIVE IN-PERSON 12 CE Hour Advanced Evidence-Based Massage Therapy & Bodywork with Hands-on Skills

CE Institute LLC


Clinical practitioners, including licensed massage therapists, should always practice with an evidence-based approach.  Evidence-based work can validate a practitioner's treatment as therapeutic and effective. 

In this 12-hour class, we will review up to 100 or more massage-related published medical research studies.  This includes reviewing research differences between case studies, clinical trials and systematic reviews. We will simultaneously use this research to teach similar hands-on skills and bodywork approaches that are used in the research studies.  By the end of class, practitioners should find that the reviewed research and simultaneous hands-on practice has improved, validated and/or corrected hands-on skills. 

The medical research and hands-on skills that will be reviewed in this evidence based training includes:

  • Retrograde application
  • Working around the sternocleidomastoid (SCM)
  • Carotid artery precautions and contraindications
  • Effective trigger pointing of the suboccipital muscles
  • Safely improving deep pressure applications
  • The difference between dull and sharp elbow deep pressure application
  • Pain relief achieved through massage therapy application
  • Massage therapy applications to increase ROM (range of motion)
  • Sports massage studies for athletic treatment
  • Specific applications to treat regional areas, i.e. back, hamstrings, quadriceps, cervical area, etc.
  • Therapeutic approaches to treat arthritis symptoms
  • How to help prevent secondary injury from swelling
  • Applications to treat plantar fasciitis
  • Bodywork approaches to reduce anxiety
  • Oncology massage benefits
  • Oncology myths
  • Joint replacements
  • Bodywork approaches used for cellulite improvement
  • Techniques used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Endocrine and hormonal changes with massage therapy application
  • Applications used to lower blood pressure
  • Applications used to increase circulation and improve skin blood flow response
  • Studies reviewing reflexology efficacy
  • Hands-on practice of a foot reflexology colon flush
  • Reflexology myth working around prenatal ankles
  • Cryotherapy applications
  • Heated thermal therapy applications
  • Therapeutic effects including antimicrobial properties of essential oils
  • Vibrational spectroscopy
  • How to create an ambience bowl
  • A 30-minute 6-step massage therapy treatment medically shown in research to “significantly reduce” headache frequency
  • Comparison student activity: using heat on the abdomen versus deep pressure effleurage to increase distal extremity temperature 
  • Timing and frequency of massage therapy appointments and applications
  • Prenatal massage therapy studies
  • Deep tissue and deep pressure massage therapy studies
  • Myofascial release studies
  • Trigger point studies
  • Hot stone massage studies
  • Manual lymphatic drainage studies
  • Cupping studies
  • Geriatric massage and bodywork studies
  • DOI or digital object identifier definition and use
  • The difference between case studies, comparative research, clinical trials and reviews
  • The difference between blind and double blind research studies
  • The difference between high and low quality research studies

This is an extremely fast-paced course to review as much research, medical condition and practice as possible in 12 hours. Practitioners should know the basics of of trigger point therapy and myofascial release.  We will review studies that includes this type of bodywork, but we will not be teaching what these modalities are nor how to practice them which is why this class is advanced.  Some of the hands-on skill practiced in this advanced training will require basic massage therapy skills.

Some of the hands-on skills reviewed in these research studies will require further hands-on training beyond the time we have to teach in this evidence based course.  For example, we will teach therapists how to perform a reflexology colon flush on the feet, but we will not be training therapists to become reflexologists. The same applies to all of the massage and bodywork modalities reviewed in this course.  Everyone of all skill levels will be able to follow along and participate in the hands-on practice in this course, but if you'd like to become better skilled in any individual modality, you will need to follow-up with additional/individual training on your own in that modality.  We will simply review research of various massage therapy and bodywork practices, and therapists should seek additional training in any field where they would like to practice more.  

This course is designed to provide massage therapists innumerous amounts of research to both validate and improve their work.


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