Massage and Skin Conditions

$45.00 members / $75.00 nonmembers     3.0 CE credits

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Massage therapists encounter a variety of common skin diseases. Explore the anatomy and physiology of skin and the pathological features producing skin disease.

Note: This course is not intended to teach diagnosis of disease, nor should it be used as the definitive guide in clinical practice. The information, derived from various professional sources, is intended to provide a general overview of common skin diseases. When a client’s skin condition is questionable, seek permission from the client’s medical provider before initiating massage. Always follow state rules and federal guidelines regarding infectious skin conditions, hand hygiene and proper decontamination of textiles and clinic surfaces. Although it is outside the massage therapists’ scope of practice to diagnose skin problems, it is within the scope of practice to encourage clients to seek professional evaluation.


Learn about bacterial, viral and fungal skin conditions, and whether massage is indicated or contraindicated. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the protective role of each of the five layers and three important cells (keratinocytes, melanocytes, Langerhans) of the epidermis.
  • Explain the main functions of the dermis and subcutaneous layers.
  • Explain how bacteria, virus particles and fungi cause skin conditions.
  • Describe the clinical presentation of skin conditions (caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria.
  • Describe precautions indicated for clients with the skin conditions presented in this course.


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)

Dr. Morien is a research scientist, dermatology physician assistant and licensed massage therapist. Her research interests are dermatological issues in bodyworkers, with recent studies on scar tissue and hand dermatitis. In addition, Dr. Morien has extensive clinical experience in evaluating and treating patients with various skin diseases.

Course approval codes

MSP #128; LCEU0002188

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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