Massage Therapy for Depressed Clients

$30.00 members / $50.00 nonmembers     2.0 CE credits

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People are often surprised when a health professional suggests that their constellation of strange and seemingly unrelated symptoms might be occurring as a result of depression. Find out how massage therapy can help manage the sometimes overwhelming symptoms of depression.

Note: Massage therapy is one option that may help the symptoms of depression. This course discriminates between what massage therapists may and may not be able to do for depressed clients. Those with depression or other health conditions should check with their doctor before beginning massage therapy.


Explore the nature of depression and the way it complicates your massage clients’ lives and health, as well as how massage therapy can help manage the symptoms of depression. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • List five symptoms that, if lasting for more than two weeks, represent a major depressive disorder;
  • Differentiate between grief and depression;
  • Identify the group most likely to experience depression;
  • List five physical manifestations of depression;
  • List five factors that are seminal in the development of depression;
  • Describe three types of massage therapy techniques that offer relief to clients with depression;
  • Define three reasons a massage therapist should understand depression;
  • List five desired outcomes of massage therapy for depression;
  • Discriminate between what massage therapists may and may not be able to do for depressed patients.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Pamela Fitch, BA, RMT, is a massage therapy professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of interest include women’s health and the massage therapeutic relationship. She can be contacted via email at

Course approval codes

MSP #165; LCEU0002204

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


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