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Event Info

NHPC Webinar: A Massage Therapist's Guide to COVID-19

Date and Time: September 7, 2021 9:00 am
Location: Online Webinar,
Instructor: Ruth Werner
Registration Deadline: August 29, 2021 11:50 pm

NHPC Webinar: A Massage Therapist's Guide to COVID-19


Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MDT)    
Venue: Online - Your home, office, or wherever you connect online



COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to the massage therapy profession, including how to make safe, effective, evidence-informed decisions about working with clients who have recovered from this infection.

This engaging webinar will focus on what is currently understood about COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Along with pathophysiology, you will learn about communicability, viral variants, and the many complications of this infection, including long COVID: a new health challenge that many people will face.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss possible risks and benefits related to massage for clients who have had this infection, along with screening suggestions and guidelines for safety.

Participants who complete this webinar will be able to provide safe, effective, evidence-informed massage therapy to clients who have had COVID-19.


About the Presenter

Ruth Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who live with health challenges. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, was first published in 1998 and is now in its 7th edition, published by Books of Discovery.  

Ruth is a columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand. She serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and she teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005.

She was proud to serve the Massage Therapy Foundation as a Trustee from 2007 to 2017, and as President of the Foundation from 2010-2014. Ruth is also an approved provider with the National Certifying Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as well as Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.


Online Registration, Delivery, and System Requirements

NHPC Webinars are presented through Zoom webinar software, which lets you participate in this NHPC webinar, from your own home, office, or wherever you choose to connect. 

Some things to note about the registration process:

1: Reserve a spot by registering through the NHPC website in advance (using the "Register for the Event" button above).
2: One week prior to the event, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and a link to join the webinar.

Please Note: When you receive the email confirmation, it is advisable to add it to your calendar. If you do not receive the email confirmation , please check your junk folder, as it sometimes goes there.


System Requirements

  • Computer/device with Internet access to view the workshop presentation. 
  • Computer/device microphone and speakers OR phone access to use the phone number provided (long-distance charges may apply) provided to call in and hear the presentation over the phone.

Continued Competency Program (CCP) Information
Learning Type: Distance/Online Learning
Credits Eligibility: 5 CCP Credits
Documentation Required: Certificate of Completion