Video Course: Stretching the Body

Joe Muscolino

Learn to stretch seven areas of the body—neck, pecs, piriformis, hip flexors, low back, tibialis anterior, and wrist flexors—using contract relax (CR) and agonist contract (AC) stretching techniques. Deepen your understanding of the Golgi tendon organ reflex and reciprocal inhibition and their roles in stretching protocols. This comprehensive course from Dr. Joe Muscolino gives you the tools you need to easily and effectively incorporate stretching techniques into your next session!

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Joe Muscolino

Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 35 years. He has created several online streaming subscription platforms for manual therapy continuing education, including LearnMuscles Continuing Education with more than 3,300 video lessons and more than 320 hours of NCBTMB credit. He has also created Massage Therapy—Master Online Curriculum, a full online curriculum for massage therapy schools. He is the author of multiple textbooks with Elsevier and has authored more than 90 articles. For more information, visit his website at

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

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

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: 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.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"One of the most engaging courses I've taken. The instructor was very informative and I will most definitely be implementing these techniques into my practice."

"I loved this course! It has thorough, clear explanations and great demonstrations of how to perform the stretches."