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People are often surprised when a health professional suggests that seemingly unrelated symptoms might be occurring as a result of depression. Find out how massage therapy can help manage the sometimes overwhelming symptoms of depression.

Note: Massage therapy is one option that may help the symptoms of depression. This course discriminates between what massage therapists may and may not be able to do for depressed clients. Those with depression or other health conditions should check with their doctor before beginning massage therapy.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • List the symptoms that may represent a major depressive disorder.
  • Differentiate between grief and depression.
  • Identify who may be most likely to experience depression.
  • Describe types of massage therapy techniques that offer relief to clients with depression.
  • Discriminate between what massage therapists may and may not be able to do for depressed patients.

About the author(s)

Pamela Fitch, BA, RMT practices massage therapy while also working as a writer, mentor, consultant, peer supervisor and educator. Pam brings her commitment to client centered care into the classroom as a faculty member of the massage therapy program at Algonquin College. Her areas of interest include ethical challenges, the massage therapeutic relationship, and the impact of massage therapy on those who have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress.

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 expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course Approval Codes

MSP #165; LCEU0003457


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.


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.