Video Course: Intelligent Deep-Tissue Massage: Part 1-Body Mechanics

Eric Stephenson

This course teaches therapists of all experience levels a safe and effective approach for optimal body mechanics when performing Intelligent Deep-Tissue Massage. A special emphasis is placed on body mechanics and ergonomics as you learn to work comfortably in both standing and seated positions. This engaging course introduces simple postures, movements, and approaches to extend your career, avoid injury and burnout, and provide a stellar client experience.

This course is the first in a series of three courses.


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Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Awareness
  • Body mechanics and alignment
  • Table height
  • How to limit thumb use
  • Massage in a seated position
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the “imassage” pyramid approach to Intelligent Deep-Tissue Massage.
  • Explain the research on the effects of forward-head posture when giving a massage.
  • Demonstrate optimal body mechanics in a standing and seated position.
  • Describe optimal table height and use of lubricant for an Intelligent Deep-Tissue Massage.
  • Describe how to use optimal body mechanics while giving massage in a seated position.
Eric Stephenson

Eric Stephenson is chief wellness officer for Elements Massage, one of the largest providers of massage therapy in the United States. Eric creates continuing education focused on career longevity for massage schools, spas, and professional organizations, and specializes in teaching deep-tissue massage that doesn't harm the therapist or the client. All of his workshops focus on saving your hands with his "No Thumbs!" approach and Core Body Mechanics that help prolong your career. Over the course of his career, Eric has worked with some of the most respected names in the wellness industry throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and the Caribbean. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the International Spa Association. Learn more at  

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This hands-on massage therapy CE course from Eric Stephenson teaches therapists of all experience levels a safe and effective approach for optimal body mechanics when performing massage techniques in standing and seated positions. This course introduces simple postures, movements, and approaches a therapist may employ to extend their career and avoid injury and burnout.


This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Is this massage CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


"Wonderful course for body mechanics, deep tissue work and interacting with your clients on pressure."

"This course was highly useful. I will use the techniques and proper body mechanics taught in this course."

"The body mechanics, techniques, and professionalism taught in this session are spot on!"

"I loved this course as I am constantly looking for ways to work more efficiently and effectively."

"I enjoy Eric’s teaching style so much. He’s always easy to follow, clear, concise, and so helpful!"