The Science of Stress Relief

This six-hour, online class is designed to give bodyworkers a solid introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the stress response and specific guidance on how to influence the autonomic nervous system through integrative massage therapy. Topics will include an introduction to polyvagal theory and its clinical application.

Stress reduction is a huge part of what we do as massage therapists. This class will help you to do it more consciously and effectively. These same principles, by the way, can be used to relieve pain, inflammation, and a host of other symptoms and conditions.

Participants will learn hands-on techniques as well as self-help information that could serve as client education. Everyone who completes the class will have tools to quickly shift out of fight or flight mode and the knowledge to build resilience against the future effects of excessive stress.

Core benefits

Develop basic skill at recognizing, understanding, and controlling the stress response through integrative bodywork.

Why take this six-hour class?

By participating in this online class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the stress  response
  • Describe grounding and earthing to reduce stress in minutes
  • Demonstrate breathing techniques to shift out of fight or flight mode
  • Discuss the importance of the vagus nerve in stress and relaxation
  • Demonstrate touch with presence to activate the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Perform movement techniques and mindful acupressure to improve brain function
  • Discuss two or more lifestyle changes that could protect us from stress and illness
  • Discuss the role of mindfulness in health, relaxation, and bodywork



Continuing Education: 6 CE hours

“The Science of Stress Relief” is approved for the following:

  • NCBTMB certified therapists and LMT’s in states that accept NCBTMB approval.
  • Florida licensed massage therapists (CE Broker Tracking #: 20-710335)
    (Online classes in Florida count as “General” hours however,  2020-2021 is a coronavirus exception. Check with your state board to confirm approval for “LIVE” CE hours)

Currently Scheduled Classes

Available Classes (Click or call 330.701.8780 for more information)

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Randall W. Gibson is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. (Provider #325713-00)