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$52 members / $87 non-members     3.5 CE credits

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As the population ages, massage therapists must learn to address the guidelines and health issues of this changing and growing demographic. Examine late-in-life transitions and how to manage elder clients’ massage therapy sessions as their needs shift.

NOTE: This course is intended to provide a general overview of considerations for working with elder massage therapy clients. More specific in-class time may be required to succeed with these clients.

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Review the special requirements massage therapists need to successfully work with elders, a growing population of massage therapy clients. Get detailed massage therapy guidelines for working with elders, their common problems and the importance of flexible treatment plans. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how providing flexible, appropriate care for elders is beneficial for massage therapists and their elder clients.
  • Describe physiological system changes common for elders.
  • Detail guidelines for monitoring treatment plans for elders.
  • Describe four sensory limitations in elders and how to adjust for them.
  • List bone, blood, neurological conditions and diseases common to elders
  • Describe three common life transitions for elders.

About the author(s)

Julie Goodwin, BA, LMT, graduated from Kent State University and the Desert Institute of Healing Arts. Her career as a massage therapist and bodywork instructor spans more than 30 years. She’s been an instructor in academic and technique classes at Desert Institute of Healing Arts, Providence Institute, Cortiva Institute—Tucson and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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

MS #183; LCEU0003460


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.