Fascial Therapy: Benefits & Contraindications for Massage Clients

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 CE credits

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Learn about the numerous benefits of fascial therapy for your massage clients, as well as important contraindications. Get detailed information on how to incorporate assessments into your fascial therapy practice.

AMTA’s Fascial Therapy Continuing Education Program is designed to give massage therapists a comprehensive look at fascial therapy and how they can integrate it into their massage practice. The program includes three online CE courses that explain the fundamentals of this approach and a hands-on workshop to learn and practice new techniques.

Scope of Practice

Check with your massage therapy regulatory body to ensure you are in compliance with the defined scope of practice before considering study or practice of any new method or modality. Find your state massage therapy regulatory board.


Review information on how fascial restrictions occur, how to determine what and where fascial restrictions are, and when fascial therapy is both indicated and contraindicated. Access details on how to make assessments and treatment plans for massage therapy clients. When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how to use critical thinking to determine the appropriate usage of fascial therapy. 
  • Delineate the wide-ranging effects of distortion of the fascia by dehydration, direct trauma and poor posture.
  • Identify the indications for and benefits of fascial therapy.
  • Define what systemic and local contraindications mean fascial therapy should not be administered.
  • Describe the value of a variety of assessments in delivering fascial therapy successfully.
  • Describe how to make and chart a postural assessment.
  • Define the role of hands-on assessments and local and non-local vasomotor responses in determining the source of myofascial restrictions.

The AMTA Fascial Therapy Continuing Education Program is an introductory learning tool to help massage therapists explore the complex nature of fascial therapy. As with any specialty, continue to broaden your knowledge on the subject of fascial therapy by taking additional continuing education and staying current with research.


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)

Martha Brown Menard PhD, CMT, is a health care research scientist, author, and educator. Dr. Menard is the author of Making Sense of Research, a guide to research literacy that is used as an introductory textbook and includes a chapter on developing and evaluating case reports. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia and Georgetown University, where she teaches a course on critical evaluation of the CAM research literature. In 2008, she started a consulting firm, Sigma Applied Research, specializing in program evaluation, research design, and data analysis. Sigma is a partner with the Massage Therapy Association of British Columbia in developing an open source repository of case reports. 

Steve Jurch has worked in the clinical or sports environment for 20 years. He has 17 years of teaching experience, including directing a massage therapy program and teaching continuing education both nationally and internationally. He has a master's degree in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.

Course approval codes

LCEU0002177, MS #219

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.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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