Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer live seminars?
No. All of our courses are available instantly online at www.massagecredits.com. You can also see our Certification page for enrollment links.
How do home study courses compare to live seminars?
The advantage with home study, it is available 24/7 at your convenience, without having to travel or cancel clients. While an instructor won't be standing over you, we are available by phone or email to answer any questions that you have. The convenience and ability to review the material, in the long run, is at least equal to, and can actually increase your overall level of learning. When all of this information comes at you during a short time, studies indicate that the retention rate is as low as 50%. With home study, you can review over and over again, which, with enough repetition, can increase your retention rate as high as 100%. That would more than compensate for any real or perceived disadvantage of not having the instructor present as you practice.
Do I need a special table to give pregnancy massage?
This course teaches a side-lying and modified supine positioning. We do not recommend specialty tables or equipment designed for allowing the woman to lay on her stomach for several reasons: Unless it is perfectly molded to her body, it will cause strain on her uterine ligaments, it is difficult to get in and out of in the final trimester, and makes no provision for a modified supine position (necessary to keep the weight of the uterus off of the vena cava).
Are you affiliated with DONA, ALACE, CAPPA, ICEA, or any other doula certifying organization
We are not. Those agencies certify for doula labor support only, and do not include prenatal, postpartum, and infant massage, nor do you need to be a massage therapist to take their training. Our course was designed specifically for massage therapists who wish to incorporate prenatal massage, labor support, and infant massage into their services.
Do I have to be a massage therapist to take your courses?
We allow anyone to take our courses, but they were designed with licensed or certified massage therapists in mind. We make the assumption that you know basic massage therapy terminology and skills. Most jurisdictions require that you have a massage therapy license in order to legally practice what you learn in these courses.
For additional questions and information, please visit www.massagecredits.com.
Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. #280672-00. We are also approved in Florida, Georgia, and New York. Our courses are valid for continuing education hours for AMTA, ABMP, and most states.