Test Only (Without Course Materials)

The online test for this course contains  54  multiple choice questions.

Massage Therapy CEs | Massage Concepts and Techniques

Anatomy Fascial Lines

Massage Therapy CEs earned with this course: 25

Classification of CEs: Cognitive (concepts related to massage therapy but not a specific hands-on modality). "General" for CE Broker purposes.

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 Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). 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:  "Test Only" option: Because many of our students already own this text, or prefer an electronic version or to purchase a used copy, we now offer the test and continuing education credits as a "test only" where you supply your own textbook. By enrolling, nothing will be mailed to you. The "test only" option from us is just that, the test only. There is no separate course materials from us beyond the test. We can email you a study guide at your request. When you log in to access the course through our site, all you will be able to access is the online test. Tuition for this option: $109 US

Text and Test option: If you want to order the textbook through us and take the online test, select the "By Mail" option. The textbook will be the course materials, and you can also download a study guide to help you find the test answers as you read the textbook. Tuition for this option: $199 US plus $9.50 shipping (for US addresses, more for international addresses) will be added at checkout. Shipping will be arranged within one business day or ordering, but you may need to allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Testing: You can complete your test online, and instantly print your certificate upon completion. To see how our online testing works, we invite you to take our free sample course.

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.

Course Materials: Textbook Anatomy Trains, 4th edition by Thomas Myers. When purchasing the text new or via electronic version, you will have access to the Anatomy Trains website with video clips and other information. Please see "Publisher's Description of Textbook" below for details. (Please note that all test questions for the exam will come from the printed textbook, ito accomodate students who prefer to purchase a used copy that does not include access the website information.)

Course Description: As a massage therapist, have you ever considered how various muscles that might seem unrelated actually do impact on each other? This course is a wonderful refresher on the fascial anatomy and major muscles of the body, yet it goes much deeper than that. You will learn how major muscles work together in myofascial meridians, such as superficial back muscles like the gastrocnemius impact on the erector spinae, or lateral muscles like the TFL at the thigh impact the SCM at the neck. Without this understanding, a problem in one area that is impacting a seemingly unrelated area will go unnoticed and unaddressed.

You will also learn how muscles compensate for shortness or lengthening of companion muscles. More importantly, you will learn a five-step method to assess structural and movement patterns to guide you in developing a strategy to provide appropriate manual therapy. If you want your knowledge of anatomy and interrelated muscle group to increase dramatically, and with it your ability to address the true causes of your massage clients' muscle restrictions, this is the course for you.

Student Comment: "For what I got out of it, this represents a great value in education. When I cleaned out my bookcase, I found the texts from past courses I've taken and realized they've sat there unused after I earned my crdit hours. This course, however, is already in use and has added a valuable tool to my treatment." Carrie L. Schoomer, Colorado

Student Comment: "I love your classes!  =) They aren't flimsy and weak like some at-home CEU credit courses." Dulcie Marshall, Saranac Lake, NY. Courses Dulsie has completed: Low Back Disorders; Ethics of Touch; Anatomy Fascial Lines and Communicable Diseases

Publisher's Description of Textbook:

The latest edition of this highly successful volume presents a unique understanding of the role of fascia in healthy movement and postural distortion which is of vital importance to bodyworkers and movement therapists worldwide.

Fully updated with the latest scientific research, the book presents a unique ‘whole systems’ view of myofascial/locomotor anatomy in which the body-wide connections among the muscles within the fascial net are described in detail. Using the metaphor of railway or train lines, the book explains how patterns of strain communicate through the myofascial ‘webbing’, contributing to movement stability and postural compensation.

Written in the clear and accessible style that characterised the success of previous editions, the book guides the reader in the effective application of the Anatomy Trains theory via the use of abundant diagrams, photographs and educational film sequences on an associated website.

Anatomy Trains: Myofascial  Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists will be ideal for all those professionals who have an interest in human movement: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, craniosacral therapists,  yoga teachers, osteopaths, manual therapists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, dance and movement teachers, chiropractors and  acupuncturists.

Key Features:

  •      Provides a revolutionary approach to the study of human anatomy which has been shown to improve the outcomes of physical therapies traditionally used to manage pain and other musculoskeletal disorders
  •     Describes a theory which is applicable to all common types of movement, posture analysis and physical treatment modalities
  •     Layout designed to allow the reader to gather the concept quickly or gain a more detailed understanding of any given area according to need
  •     Design icons direct readers to their own specialist areas of interest, e.g. manual therapy, movement therapy, visual assessment, kinaesthetic education or supplementary video material
  •     Appendices discuss the relevance of the Anatomy Trains concept to the work of Dr Louis Schultz (Meridians of Latitude), Ada Rolf (Structural Integration) and the practice of Oriental Medicine
  •     Accompanying website presents multi-media exploration of the concepts described in the book - film clips from Kinesis DVDs, computer graphic representations of the Anatomy Trains, supplementary dissection photographs and video clips, webinars, and some extra client photos for visual assessment practice

Anatomy Trains, 3rd Edition, Table of Contents:

Introduction: Laying the Railbed
    Fascia and Biomechanical Regulation
    The Rules of the Game
    The Superficial Back Line
    The Superficial Front Line
    The Lateral Line
    The Spiral Line
    The Arm Lines
    The Functional Lines
    The Deep Front Line
    Anatomy Trains in Training  
    Structural Analysis
Appendix 1 A note on the meridians of latitude
Appendix 2 Structural Integration
Appendix 3 Myofascial meridians and oriental medicine



What is the study guide that comes with the course? The course study guide is a copy of the questions you will find on the online exam. As you study the course materials, you can fill in the answers on the guide, to refer to when you complete the online exam. We do not provide page numbers where you will find the answers to the questions, because we want you to study the entire course materials, not just flip to a page to find an answer to a test question.  Because the study guide contains the actual test questions, we do not provide an answer key. It is your job to find the answers as you study. You will get your grade when you complete 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.

To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, you can email us through the "contact" link above. Thank you.