Fascial Therapy: the Science of Fascia

$60.00 members / $100.00 nonmembers     4.0 CE credits

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Explore a detailed introduction to fascial therapy, and how massage therapists can integrate this technique into their practices. Find out how fascia works and what types of health conditions might benefit from fascial therapy.

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 background information on the formation and layers of fascia and how fascial restrictions can occur, especially after injury or with poor posture. When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the role, structure and arrangement of fascia and how fascial therapy works.
  • Describe the generation of fascia, fascial restrictions and their consequences. 
  • Discuss the responses of the fascia and the body to this approach.
  • Describe how kinesiology, muscle work, nerve innervation and ROM interface with fascial therapy.
  • Discuss how inflammatory response, poor posture and movement can lead to fascial restrictions.
  • Describe the five most common musculoskeletal disorders that affect posture and perpetuating factors.
  • Identify symptoms of muscle imbalance and fascial restrictions and the impact if left untreated.

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

LCEU0002182, MS #221

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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