Massage Therapy CEs | Massage Concepts and Techniques
Certified Fertility Massage Therapist
Massage Therapy continuing education CEs earned: 16. The average massage therapist should expect to devote one clock hour for every CE credit earned, based on NCBTMB calculations.
Fertility Massage Course Classification: Kinesthetic (course materials teach specific techniques to use on clients during a massage therapy session.)
Please note that it is up to the massage therapist to determine if teaching fertility massage techniques to your clients is considered within your scope of practice in your jurisdiction.
Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by New York (#0019) and Florida (#MCE-326 and 50-1116 for CE Broker purposes). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you.
Tuition: US$209. Tuition includes instant online access to all of the course materials except Hethir Rodriquez's streaming video, which you will be given pre-paid access through the Self Fertility Massage website. You will receive a separate link to access the video, usually with 1-2 business days (weekends and holidays excluded) after enrolling in the course. You are required to download it immediately. Institute of Somatic Therapy is not responsible if you fail to download in a timely fashion and your access expires. If this happens, you will need to repurchase access directly through them. They recommend using a laptop, not a phone or tablet, for downloading their video. For download support, you will need to contact them at the number provided in your download instruction email. The video is not housed in our system so any required tech support for that download is out of our control. All other course materials are accessible through our website instantly upon enrollment, so you may begin working on the course instantly. If you have not received your link to access the video within 2 business days of enrolling, please contact us at the contact link above.
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Course Materials: Self Fertility Massage streaming video with Hethir Rodriguez, CMT, MH, accompanying course materials by Judith Koch Stapleton. You will also watch a number of online videos as part of the course. (Although the photo of the streaming video shows a DVD, you will not be receiving a hard copy DVD, only access to streaming video.) Please note that upon enrollment, IST will purchase your access to the streaming video through the Natural Fertility Shop website. We urge you to download it immediately. We are not responsible for tech support on their site, nor are we responsible if you fail to download it in a timely manner. Instructions for download will be emailed to you. You will not download and watch the video on our website. Once we have purchased this access on your behalf, if you request a refund or exchange on the course, we are unable to refund that segment of your tuition.
Course topics include:
- Reproductive Anatomy
- Causes of Infertility
- Benefits of Fertility Massage
- Contraindications for Fertility Massage
- Outcome Based Evidence for Fertility Massage
- Fertility Massage Steps (Routine)
- Aromatherapy, Herbs, Diet, and Exercise - Impact on Fertility
- Course Study Guide for Online Exam
- Course PDF files also include 2008 and 2015 medical research studies on fertility massage, and Medscape Infertility Practice Guidelines.
Course Description: In the Fertility Massage course, Massage Therapist and Master Herbalist Hethir Rodriguez shares how you can use massage to help improve some women's chances of increasing fertility through a variety of massage techniques. [Note: the cause of infertility will determine if these techniques may be effective. Many common causes of infertility may be helped by these techniques, but many causes of infertility cannot be.] The material is designed from a self-massage perspective, so it does not specifically cover body mechanics to perform these techniques on your clients
The course covers a series of techniques that you can use on, and teach to, your clients. You will study deep tissue massage, myofascial release, reflexology, aromatherapy, and more, all targeted to the reproductive organs. These techniques are designed to help increase circulation, break up adhesions, and promote health for the reproductive system and the entire body. You will study the female reproductive system, benefits and contraindications to fertility massage, and scientific studies the show the effectiveness of fertility massage.
For the greatest chance of conception, these techniques should be performed on a very regular basis, three to five times per week (excluding the week of menses, or ovulation to menses if trying to become pregnant). Since most infertile women will not have the time and resources to get massage that often, you should be prepared to teach them the techniques to perform on themselves. Your fertility pricing should include several sessions where you perform the work, as you teach them the work, and then give her the freedom to perform it on herself, perhaps with you seeing her 2 – 4 times a month for massage and follow-up.
Becoming a Certified Fertility Massage Therapist: To earn the optional title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, upon completion of the course and online exam, you will document two sessions on a client, teaching her how to perform self-fertility massage to help her toward her goal of conception. We do not require that your volunteer for the practical sessions actually becomes pregnant. There is a one-time certification fee of $35 payable when you access the online certification application. There is no expiration date or required renewal for this certification. Neither the NCBTMB nor any state massage therapy boards make a determination on the awarding of the title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist.
COVID: Please note that due to COVID, we are giving grace periods on submitting documented practice sessions as long as you completed your online exam in the one year period. Because we do not know at this time how long COVID will interfere with your ability to perform practice sessions, we cannot give time periods. We can only assure you that we will be reasonable in allowing you sufficient time to complete this process.
Required homework to earn certification: Perform two massage sessions on one infertile client (someone who has been unsuccessful after 12 or more months of trying to become pregnant.) The certification process consists of a self-analysis of your practice sessions. For example, you will answer questions such as: Looking back at your session, what was the best part of the experience? How you can build on that in future sessions? What was the biggest challenge with this massage? What can you do to mitigate this challenge so it is less a problem in the future? What questions did your client have? How can you implement that information into future work? Based on this experience, what are three things you can do better next time?
To find the certification homework documentation requirements: There is a PDF located in the course materials, in the PDF section to the right. Just log into your account, click “access course” to the far right of the course title, and then access the course materials. From there, look to the right at the PDF file section. You can refer to this documentation as you are performing the homework. When you are ready, you will complete the online submission process.
CE Broker Reporting: Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker in applicable states ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it.
Student Comment: The content was so condensed, I had to review quite a few times prior to testing. For someone who has a bachelor degree in philosophy and focus in nursing, I've had my fair share of reviewing anatomy and physiology four separate occasions. This course was great, thorough and applicable. The course gave a whole lot more content for the CEs that were offered and I will definitely have to go back and review all of the content a few more times. (Comment received through our anonymous course feedback form.)
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Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.
Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? When you access the online course, you can print the course study guide, which contains the test questions. You may refer to it while completing the online exam.
What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge. With most of our courses, as noted above, the test will be different each time you take it. You can print out your test results to use as a reference for studying before taking the test again.
What is the difference between cognitive and kinesthetic courses? Cognitive courses are those that teach concepts related to massage therapy, but do not teach specific hands-on techniques. Courses such as ethics, pathology, anatomy, and research are classified as cognitive. Kinesthetic courses are those that teach specific hands-on techniques that you can use on clients during a massage therapy session. Some states limit how many kinesthetic courses can be completed in an online or home study setting. Refer to our state guidelines page for specifics about your state.
Press Release: Fertility Massage Studies Show Promise
It has long been theorized that the relaxing benefits of massage were helpful in women achieving fertility. That has now been backed up by two studies that lend credence to the theory, when using specific fertility-enhancing bodywork techniques.
The first study, published 6/18/2004 by Medscape General Medicine OB/GYN & Women’s Health, studied two groups of women. One group was seeking to become pregnant on their own, the other group was preparing to receive in vetro fertilization (IVF). Both groups had suspected or confirmed pelvic adhesions or inflammatory diseases such as endometriosis. Both groups received targeted bodywork therapy to their abdominal and pelvic area. In the first group, of the 14 patients available for follow-up, 71% became pregnant within one year, and three of them became pregnant a second time. Of the IVF group, there was a 66% successful rate of embryo transfers, which is significantly higher than the estimated odds ratio.
The second study also produced significant results. Published in the January/February 2008 issue of Alternative Therapies, 28 infertile women who had been diagnosed with complete Fallopian tube blockages received 20 hours of manual physical therapy treatment to their abdominal area. Within one month, they underwent medical testing to determine the status of the blockages. Seventeen of the 28 patients (61%) showed that the blockage had been released, and nine of those seventeen went on to become pregnant.
Massage therapists are now able to learn a bodywork protocol to enhance fertility, and become certified in fertility massage, through the Institute of Somatic Therapy. Using the technique developed by Hethir Rodriguez, a Certified Massage Therapist and Master Herbalist, therapists can learn a specific procedure to address infertility. The technique consists of a series of deep tissue strokes, myofascial release, reflexology, and more, all designed with many benefits in mind. The reproductive organs gain improved circulation, bringing fresh oxygenated flood and nutrients to the uterus and ovaries. Scar tissue is relaxed and blockages of the Fallopian tubes may be cleared. The routine also addresses stomach, liver, and intestinal health, to clear blockages, help bring about ideal uterine position, and to achieve hormonal balance. According to Dr. John Lee, in his book Hormonal Balance Made Simple, hormonal balance begins in the digestive system.
To earn their certification, massage therapists can enroll through the Institute of Somatic Therapy. They will receive Hethir Rodriguez’s DVD Self Fertility Massage, and an accompanying handout prepared by Judith Koch, Director of Education for the Institute of Somatic Therapy. Upon performing additional reading and documenting three practice sessions of the technique with an infertile client, they will earn the title of Certified Fertility Massage Therapist through the Institute of Somatic Therapy.
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