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Self-Care for Massage Therapists: Injury Prevention

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Self-care is important for all professions, but especially massage therapists. According to AMTA's 2017 Self-Care Survey, upwards of 90 percent of massage therapists say they are in pain at any given time and about two percent leave the profession each year because of injury.

Get an overview of self-care best practices and how you can incorporate them into your massages to help keep you healthy now and for years to come.

Free Self-Care for Massage Therapists

This course and Self-Care for Massage Therapists: Body Mechanics are free to all massage therapists. Learn more about this self-care program »


Learn proactive injury prevention techniques to use in your massage therapy practice, including how to:

  • Design a proper warm up to start each workday incorporating passive, general, and focused warmup strategies.
  • Design a proper cool down to end each workday incorporating movement, focused therapies, and refueling strategies.
  • Incorporate a general fitness and strength building regimen as part of a self-care plan.
  • Identify early signs and when signs of injury may require medical attention.
  • Employ two early detection strategies to prevent injury.
  • Describe opportunities for creating a self-care regimen with warmups, cool downs, and injury prevention accountability conversations.


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)

Sandra Anderson has certifications in massage therapy, shiatsu and Thai massage. For 12 years she instructed at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, AZ. For five years she served as chair of the Examination Committee for NCBTMB. She has authored five textbooks.

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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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