Free Online Courses for Massage Therapists

Free Online Courses for Massage Therapists

One common thing that I hear from massage therapists, is that they want to update their knowledge but taking time off work and traveling to a course can be expensive. So, here are a selection of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from edX & Coursera that can help massage therapists develop theoretical and practical skills.

Health Science

University of Toronto (Managing Your Health) - This course will introduce learners to the concepts and benefits of physical therapy and exercise.

The University of Michigan (Four Part Anatomy Certificate) - Learn the foundations of human anatomy by understanding the major organ systems, their functions.
• Course 1: Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Systems
• Course 2: Cardiovascular, Urinary, and Respiratory Systems
• Course 3: Human Neuroanatomy
• Course 4: Gastrointestinal, Reproductive, and Endocrine Systems

University of Minnesota (Preventing Chronic Pain) - This course uses evidence-based science to better understand chronic pain conditions and how they can be prevented through self-management.

University of Michigan (Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society) - The objective of this course is to give students the most up-to-date information on the biological, personal, and societal relevance of sleep.

Harvard University (The Opioid Crisis in America) - Learn about opioid use and addiction and how it has evolved over time, leading to the current public health crisis.

Harvard University (Health & Society) - This course is designed to introduce students to the major social variables that affect population health.

Harvard University (Three Part Fundamentals of Neuroscience Certificate) - This introduction to neuroscience covers everything from the function of individual neurons to the structure of brains.
• Course 1: The Electrical Properties of the Neuron
• Course 2: Neurons and Networks
• Course 3: The Brain

Yale University (The Science of Well-Being) - The purpose of the course is to not only learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice.


The University of British Columbia (Introduction to Marketing) - A Self-paced course where you can learn the fundamentals of marketing, including strategies and tools used across industries.

University of Pennsylvania (Entrepreneurship) - This is a four-course series is designed to take you from opportunity identification through launch, growth, financing and profitability.

University of Michigan (How to Start Your Own Business) - This is a six course specialization that will cover a progression of topics necessary for successful business creation including: mindset, ideation, planning, action and strategy. 

Rochester Institute of Technology (Soft Skills) - This is a professional certificate that will cover essential soft skills employers’ value most, from communication fundamentals and teamwork to advancing critical thinking.


McMaster University (Learning How to Learn) - This course gives you access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines.