Essentials of Orthopedic Massage Continuing Education Course

Essentials of Orthopedic Massage

Essentials of Orthopedic Massage Continuing Ed with Whitney Lowe

Essentials of Orthopedic Massage is a comprehensive therapist training program that covers rehabilitation science and essential skills necessary for massage therapists working with musculoskeletal pain and injury conditions, or movement limitations. The course emphasizes practical applications of critical methods of soft-tissue assessment and treatment that will greatly enhance your skills when working with clients grappling with various pain and injury conditions. The core goal of the orthopedic massage therapist training program is for students to be able to make therapeutic decisions based on clinical reasoning, rather than simply following prescribed protocols.

This course does not have prerequisites and is best-suited for massage therapists, but is open to anyone with a good base level experience of soft tissue manipulation skills.

Certification in the United States

  •  32 Hours NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Credits
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Whitney Lowe

Whitney Lowe has been a massage professional for over 30 years. Professionals and schools have used Lowe’s texts, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique for years. He is a contributing author to several books and his articles appear regularly in professional journals and magazines. You can catch him every other week in his popular podcast, The Thinking Practitioner, co-hosted with Til Luchau. In 1994, he founded the Orthopedic Massage Education & Research Institute, which is now the Academy of Clinical Massage, to provide massage therapists the advanced education they would need for treating orthopedic soft-tissue disorders. He currently directs the NCBTMB Clinical Rehabilitative Massage Specialty Certificate Program, which includes the profession’s most comprehensive online training program in science-based rehabilitative massage.

Whitney Lowe on A Touch of Costa Rica Podcast

Whitney Lowe shares how his encounter with the holistic health modality piqued his curiosity and led him on a three-decade journey of bringing clinical approaches to the massage profession.

You’ll also learn what he is most looking forward to on his first trip to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Samara Beach.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for continuing education in orthopedic massage in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

Samara Costa Rica


$1,120 USD = Tuition+ Shared Accommodations 

$1,320 USD = Tuition + Single Room Upgrade (Sold Out)

Please be sure your state board of massage therapy will accept NCBTMB approved continuing education units for license renewal prior to enrolling in this course.


2023 Dates to be announced

Dates include 2 days for arrival and departure with 5 class days in the middle.

A waitlist will be started once this course is full. To be added to the waitlist, please make your deposit. You will receive a refund if you don’t get a spot in the class.


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

What’s Included

  • Comprehensive Orthopedic Massage Therapist Training Program
  • 32 Hours NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Credits
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • 6 nights lodging in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Course Manual and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes


  • Grow your practice & career opportunities.
  • Expand your client treatment success & referrals.
  • Develop confidence & pride in your work
  • Enjoy an engaged, exciting learning opportunity.
  • Work directly with Whitney Lowe, one of the most respected educators in the US.
  • Gain insight into musculoskeletal conditions, from acute to chronic
  • Explore why and how treatments function to heal pain and injuries
  • Learn to match the physiology of the tissue with the physiological effects of the treatment
  • Learn injury specific & generalized treatment solutions for a wide diversity of conditions
  • Learn orthopedic assessment and problem-solving strategies so your treatments are more effective and targeted
  • Review anatomy & kinesiology principles so your treatments and assessments are based on sound science
  • Develop the clinical reasoning skills that are necessary and at the core of advanced therapy
  • Content is focused on the cognitive, knowledge-based, and in-depth study that Lowe believes is the foundation for high-quality, advanced massage treatment of complex conditions.
  • Goal: Become a more effective clinician, have a more satisfying and successful practice, and gain loyalty from your clients

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