Massage Therapy CEs | Prenatal/Doula/Infant Courses
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.
Tuition: We offer two enrollment options for this course:
- Online: $187. This option is limited to United States addresses only. Please note that most of the material is delivered online, with the exception of the Self-Fertility Massage DVD which will come via US Priority Mail shipped within 1 - 3 business days of enrollment. It will be shipped to the credit card billing address you provide when you enroll. If you want it shipped elsewhere, please notify us by email immediately upon enrolling. The rest of the course materials are online so you can begin studying them immediately upon enrollment. When you take the online test, you will receive your certificate for 16 CEs.
- By mail: $204 plus shipping. This option is available in the US and internationally. You will have instant access to all online material, and you will receive by US Priority mail a hard copy of the student handout and the DVD, shipped within 1 - 3 business days of enrollment. There are some PDF files attached to the online course that are not part of the hard copies mailed. You may print them out when you access the course online. There are also links to online information that will need to be accessed through an internet connection. You will take the online test to receive your certificate for 16 CEs. See note to international students below.
Package option: You can get a discount on this course if you enroll in either or our prenatal, doula and infant massage package, or our prenatal and infant massage package. Please click on either of these packages for details.
Certification Fee: For your 16 CEs, simply print the online certificate associated with the online test. No further homework or fees are required to earn your CEs. If you also wish to earn the title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, you must return the homework documentation pages along with a one-time certification fee of $35.00. There is no expiration date or required renewal for this certification.
Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your certificate for you 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.
Course Materials: Self Fertility Massage DVD with Hethir Rodriguez, CMT, MH, accompanying course materials by Judith Koch. You will also watch a number of online videos as part of the course. Course topics include:
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 specificly 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 (exclusing 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.
See the article below for more information on fertility massage.
Certification: When you complete the online test, you earn 16 massage therapy CEs immediately. The steps to receiving the optional title of "Certified Fertility Massage Therapist" are to complete the course and online exam, and document two sessions on a client to help her toward her goal of conception. We provide the documentation paperwork. We do not require that your volunteer for the practical sessions actually becomes pregnant. There is a one-time fee of $35 that you will submit with your certification paperwork to earn your certification title.
For clarification on the difference between earning a "certificate" for CEs versus a "certification" for a title, see our blog post that explains.
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.
Note to international students When students enroll in our online courses, our system doesn’t charge a shipping fee because nothing is being mailed. There is an exception to that rule on this course, because the DVD that makes up a critical component of the course is not available for online delivery due to copyright limitations. Although there are many course materials accessible online, the techniques from the DVD are required information for certification. International students who wish to enroll in this course must choose the by mail option. USA (but not international) shipping rates are included in the online pricing, but no shipping rates are included in the by mail pricing, because shipping is calculated based on location and added during checkout. Please note that if someone with a mailing address outside of the United States enrolls in the online version of the course, they are waiving their right to receive the DVD and certification title. We will NOT send the DVD unless or until they remit 1) the tuition difference between online and hard copy, and 2) the international shipping that applies to their location. If international students opt to not get the DVD, please also note that they are waiving the option to become certified, as we cannot certify a student who has not had access to the most critical course information. You will only earn your CEs upon completing the online exam, but no certification title.
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, which includes the premium, gold-embossed sealed certificate (online testers also have the option to purchase a premium certificate for $15). You will also receive a gold-embossed sealed certificate if you submit the optional certification paperwork.
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.
Where can I find the certification homework documentation paperwork? It is located in the course materials, in the PDF file. 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.
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.
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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