Massage home study courses can help expand your knowledge of the profession, but it can also be used to benefit your clients. Many massage techniques offered in home study courses are geared to target specific ailments and diseases. By determining your clients’ needs, you can determine what modes of massage best suit them.

Massage techniques can be used to treat depression, cancer, fibromyalgia, immune system diseases and chronic pain. Below features a glimpse of some of the home study courses offered to treat these conditions. By learning these benefits and techniques in the privacy of your home or office through home study courses, massage therapists can easily implement these tools into their practice.

Oncology massage

Massage for cancer patients can aid in easing a wide array of symptoms that persist from chemotherapy and radiation treatments cancer patients endure.

For oncology massage, basic home study courses include topics that cover cancer and neoplasia, causes of cancer, current medical treatments for cancer, general guidelines for massage therapists, cancer types, skin health, specific massage oils, therapy protocol and cancer massage precautions.

Fibromyalgia massage

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that can affect nearly anyone’s physical, mental and social dispositions. With massage for fibromyalgia, some of the courses offered cover such topics as signs, symptoms and causes of fibromyalgia, diagnosis, treatment, massage techniques, and modalities.

In some courses, materials also cover coexisting conditions, topical balms, salves, along with stretches and exercises.

HIV/AIDS courses

HIV and AIDS attack the body’s immune system and can cause a client great pain–and, if not handled properly, can be a danger to the massage therapist.

Some of the offered courses for HIV and AIDS include diagnosis, treatment, transmission, standard precautions for preventing infection, contraindications for HIV-infected clients, bodywork modification, emotional impact to the practitioner, research findings, along with references and resources for further study.

As always, make sure to check with your national and state licensing bodies to make sure the courses you select are acceptable for continuing education credits.

–Jeremy Maready