Massage Therapy CEs | Massage Concepts and Techniques
Certified Fertility Massage Therapist
Massage Therapy continuing education CEs earned: 16. The average massage therapist should expect to devote one clock hour for every CE credit earned, based on NCBTMB calculations.
Fertility Massage Course Classification: Kinesthetic (course materials teach specific techniques to use on clients during a massage therapy session.)
Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you.
Course Materials: Self Fertility Massage streaming video with Hethir Rodriguez, CMT, MH, accompanying course materials by Judith Koch Stapleton. You will also watch a number of online videos as part of the course. (Although the photo of the streaming video shows a DVD, you will not be receiving a hard copy DVD, only access to streaming video.) Course topics include:
- Reproductive Anatomy
- Causes of Infertility
- Benefits of Fertility Massage
- Contraindications for Fertility Massage
- Outcome Based Evidence for Fertility Massage
- Fertility Massage Steps (Routine)
- Aromatherapy, Herbs, Diet, and Exercise - Impact on Fertility
- Course Study Guide for Online Exam
- Course PDF files also include 2008 and 2015 medical research studies on fertility massage, and Medscape Infertility Practice Guidelines.
Course Description: In the Fertility Massage course, Massage Therapist and Master Herbalist Hethir Rodriguez shares how you can use massage to help improve a woman's chances of increasing her fertility through a variety of massage techniques. The material is designed from a self-massage perspective, so it does not specifically cover body mechanics to perform these techniques on your clients
The course covers a series of techniques that you can use on, and teach to, your clients. You will study deep tissue massage, myofascial release, reflexology, aromatherapy, and more, all targeted to the reproductive organs. These techniques are designed to help increase circulation, break up adhesions, and promote health for the reproductive system and the entire body. You will study the female reproductive system, benefits and contraindications to fertility massage, and scientific studies the show the effectiveness of fertility massage.
For the greatest chance of conception, these techniques should be performed on a very regular basis, three to five times per week (excluding the week of menses, or ovulation to menses if trying to become pregnant). Since most infertile women will not have the time and resources to get massage that often, you should be prepared to teach them the techniques to perform on themselves. Your fertility pricing should include several sessions where you perform the work, as you teach them the work, and then give her the freedom to perform it on herself, perhaps with you seeing her 2 – 4 times a month for massage and follow-up.
Tuition: We offer two methods of enrollment in this course:
- Online: $199. Tuition includes instant online access to all of the course materials except Hethir Rodriquez's streaming video, which you will access through the Self Fertility Massage website. You will receive a separate link to access the video, usually with 1-2 business days (weekends and holidays excluded) after enrolling in the course. All other course materials are accessible through our website instantly upon enrollment, so you may begin working on the course isntantly. If you have not received your link to access the video within 2 business days of enrolling, please contact us at the contact link above.
- By mail: $234 plus shipping. Materials generally ship within 10 business days of enrollment. You will receive a bound, printed copy of the online course materials, along with a DVD of the Self Fertility massage video.Tuition also includes instant online access to all of the course materials except the content on the DVD. You will not have online access to the video. Any PDF files attached to the online course will not be included. You may print them yourself if you want a hard copy. This course also has links to online articles or videos that are best accessed through the online version of the course.
Package Option: If you wish to enroll in this course along with two or more of our courses, such as prenatal, doula, or infant, you can click on the following link: Create Your Own Customized Discount Package. With the coupon codes found there, you can receive a discount of 8%-15% (depending on tuition value) when you enroll in any three or more of our courses at the same time. Coupon offers are not retroactive. Coupon must be entered during the checkout process, or it expires.
Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your certificate for your CEs. To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course. You have one year from enrollment to complete the online exam.
Becoming a Certified Fertility Massage Therapist: To earn the optional title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, upon completion of the course and online exam, you will document two sessions on a client to help her toward her goal of conception. We do not require that your volunteer for the practical sessions actually becomes pregnant. There is a one-time certification fee of $35 payable when you access the online certification application. There is no expiration date or required renewal for this certification. Neither the NCBTMB nor any state massage therapy boards make a determination on the awarding of the title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist.
Required homework to earn certification: Perform two massage sessions on one infertile clients (someone who has been unsuccessful after 12 or more months of trying to become pregnant.) The certification process consists of a self-analysis of your practice sessions. For example, you will answer questions such as: Looking back at your session, what was the best part of the experience? How you can build on that in future sessions? What was the biggest challenge with this massage? What can you do to mitigate this challenge so it is less a problem in the future? What questions did your client have? How can you implement that information into future work? Based on this experience, what are three things you can do better next time?
To find the certification homework documentation requirements: There is a PDF located in the course materials, in the PDF section to the right. Just log into your account, click “access course” to the far right of the course title, and then access the course materials. From there, look to the right at the PDF file section. You can refer to this documentation as you are performing the homework. When you are ready, you will complete the online submission process.
Attention Florida and Georgia massage licensees: Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do you offer installment payments or financing? We accept credit cards, so you can make payments to your credit card company as it fits your budget. We do not offer private financing.
Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.
Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. When you access the online course, you can print the course study guide, which contains the test questions. You may refer to it while completing the online exam.
Is online testing the only testing option you have available? When you enroll in the online course, you will automatically be set up to take the online exam. If you prefer to submit the study guide for grading, you may do so. There is a $20 fee for processing paper testing.
What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge. With most of our courses, as noted above, the test will be different each time you take it. You can print out your test results to use as a reference for studying before taking the test again.
What is the difference between cognitive and kinesthetic courses? Cognitive courses are those that teach concepts related to massage therapy, but do not teach specific hands-on techniques. Courses such as ethics, pathology, anatomy, and research are classified as cognitive. Kinesthetic courses are those that teach specific hands-on techniques that you can use on clients during a massage therapy session. Some states limit how many kinesthetic courses can be completed in an online or home study setting. Refer to our state guidelines page for specifics about your state.
Press Release: Fertility Massage Studies Show Promise
It has long been theorized that the relaxing benefits of massage were helpful in women achieving fertility. That has now been backed up by two studies that lend credence to the theory, when using specific fertility-enhancing bodywork techniques.
The first study, published 6/18/2004 by Medscape General Medicine OB/GYN & Women’s Health, studied two groups of women. One group was seeking to become pregnant on their own, the other group was preparing to receive in vetro fertilization (IVF). Both groups had suspected or confirmed pelvic adhesions or inflammatory diseases such as endometriosis. Both groups received targeted bodywork therapy to their abdominal and pelvic area. In the first group, of the 14 patients available for follow-up, 71% became pregnant within one year, and three of them became pregnant a second time. Of the IVF group, there was a 66% successful rate of embryo transfers, which is significantly higher than the estimated odds ratio.
The second study also produced significant results. Published in the January/February 2008 issue of Alternative Therapies, 28 infertile women who had been diagnosed with complete Fallopian tube blockages received 20 hours of manual physical therapy treatment to their abdominal area. Within one month, they underwent medical testing to determine the status of the blockages. Seventeen of the 28 patients (61%) showed that the blockage had been released, and nine of those seventeen went on to become pregnant.
Massage therapists are now able to learn a bodywork protocol to enhance fertility, and become certified in fertility massage, through the Institute of Somatic Therapy. Using the technique developed by Hethir Rodriguez, a Certified Massage Therapist and Master Herbalist, therapists can learn a specific procedure to address infertility. The technique consists of a series of deep tissue strokes, myofascial release, reflexology, and more, all designed with many benefits in mind. The reproductive organs gain improved circulation, bringing fresh oxygenated flood and nutrients to the uterus and ovaries. Scar tissue is relaxed and blockages of the Fallopian tubes may be cleared. The routine also addresses stomach, liver, and intestinal health, to clear blockages, help bring about ideal uterine position, and to achieve hormonal balance. According to Dr. John Lee, in his book Hormonal Balance Made Simple, hormonal balance begins in the digestive system.
To earn their certification, massage therapists can enroll through the Institute of Somatic Therapy. They will receive Hethir Rodriguez’s DVD Self Fertility Massage, and an accompanying handout prepared by Judith Koch, Director of Education for the Institute of Somatic Therapy. Upon performing additional reading and documenting three practice sessions of the technique with an infertile client, they will earn the title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist through the Institute of Somatic Therapy.
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