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Massage Therapy CEs | Massage Concepts and Techniques

Myofascial Release

Massage Therapy continuing education CEUs awarded: 20

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.

Attention Florida licensees:  Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker ONLY IF you have provided your Florida 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 that appears on the left side of the page. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it.

Notice: You may wish to review our course titled Fascial Release for Structural Balance prior to making a course selection. The bodywork technique in the course on this page consists mainly of focused stretching to obtain release of the myofascial tissue. The Fascial Release course uses a more regional structural analysis technique. Please review the publisher's description of the textbook for both courses in making your enrollment decision.

Tuition: We currently only offer a "test only" option for this course. If you already own this book or which to purchase this text online to earn your continuing education hours, you can enroll for the online test only for $129. Nothing will be mailed to you. If you wish to take a fascial release course where we do offer the textbook, please refer to our course titled Fascial Release for Structural Balance.

Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your certificate. To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course.

Course Materials: The Myofascial Release Manual, by Carol J. Manheim

Course Description: When our Director of Education was previewing this Myofascial Release text, she said it was the first time in her long massage therapy career that she kept thinking "Do this to me!" as she read along. Now your massage clients can benefit from you performing Myofascial Release on them. With this home study massage therapy continuing education course, you earn 20 CEUs as you study the theory of Myofascial Release, and learn comprehensive full-body myofascial release stretches for the upper and lower extremity, including hand placement and body mechanics.

Publisher's Description of Textbook: Carol J. Manheim has taken years of knowledge and expertise and incorporated them with the actual intent and result of the myofascial release treatment techniques to bring to the pages of this Fourth Edition essential information for the student and clinician in search of basic information or wanting to refine more experienced skills of these manual therapy techniques.


* Techniques re-titled to reflect the sensation felt by both the therapist and the patient

* More than 75 new photographs—Over 450 in total

* Some photographs are shown as a series to allow for movement to be seen during some techniques

* Bolded text to call attention to major warnings, contraindications, and target vital information

* Italicized text to call attention to important words and key points

* More synthesized use of text and photographs to allow for ease of reading and reference

* User-friendly organization throughout the text

* Photographs use arrows to show direction of stretch and movement

* “Carol’s Nuggets” of pearls of wisdom are included throughout the text

* Contributions from renowned experts Sam Kegerreis, Robert O. Ward, and Steven Nowicki

The Myofascial Release Manual continues in the tradition of past editions and presents expert hand placement for the upper quarter, lower quarter, cervical region, abdominal muscles, back muscles, and many more.

Sections include:

* Introduction to Myofascial Release

* Basic Myofascial Release Techniques

* Advanced Myofascial Release Techniques

* Evaluation

* Additional Resources

The description and photographs in The Myofascial Release Manual help the therapist experience the technique, making this the continued go-to reference for students and clinicians in physical therapy, manual therapy, and occupational therapy alike.

If you are interested in this massage therapy CEU course, other courses that might be of interest to you are: Anatomy Fascial Lines, Fascial Release for Structural Balance, Deep Tissue Massage, Faciliated PNF Stretching, Orthopedic Massage


Can I review the course materials after I’ve completed the test? Yes. Even after completing the test, you will always have the option to print another certificate or review your test results.

Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? No. When you take the test, one question at a time will come up, and you must answer it before going to the next question. The test will be different each time you take it. To maintain the highest level of integrity with our testing process, with most of our online courses we have written more test questions than you are required to answer. When you click to take the test, the computer will randomly pick the number of question s that you have to answer. For example, we may have 50 questions banked and you only have to answer 30 for your test. The computer will pick 30 questions from the 50. The next time, it will again pick 30 questions from the 50, so some will be the same as before and some will be different. This way, if two students are sitting side-by-side taking the same course together, each one will have a different test.

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.

Is online testing the only testing option you have available? If you enroll online, you will automatically be set up to take the online exam. If you prefer to have a paper test we are happy to accommodate that. 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).

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.


To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.