We strongly recommend that before taking this course you complete Unconscious Bias: Interrupting the stories that prevent us from providing optimal care.

Approved for Continuing Education

This course is listed with the FSMTB CE Registry for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Course Description

Racism has played a role in the conception and delivery of American health care. The health industry has a well-documented race problem that continues to persist and result in widely disparate outcomes. This discussion will focus on physical health.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About the Instructors

    • Course Description

    • Introduction

  • 2


    • Before we begin...

  • 3

    Historic instances of racism in health care and wellness professions

    • A quick review of terminology

    • Ancient history?

    • What about the wellness industry?

    • Physicians’ Implicit and Explicit Attitudes About Race by MD Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

    • Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites

  • 4

    Addressing racism in massage continuing education

    • Diversity and Inclusion Questions When Choosing CEUs

    • How do you choose?

    • MOTM #230: Is Yoga Dead? with Jesal Parikh

    • Addressing Concerns within Specific Cultural Competency, Antiracism or Diversity Continued Education (Example)

    • Call for Diversity in Massage Template

  • 5

    Changes we can make in our practice

    • Changes we can make in our practice

    • For the business owner

    • What about employees?

    • To recap...

    • Some useful resources

  • 6

    Changes we can make in our communities

    • What can you do right where you are?

    • Thank you!

  • 7

    Now what?

    • Committing to change

  • 8


    • Regarding Racism, Xenophobia and Misogyny faced by our AAPI Massage Colleagues

    • Recommended Reading/Listening

    • Reckoning with histories of medical racism and violence in the USA

    • The History of Forced Sterilization in the United States

    • SARS-CoV-2–Associated Deaths Among Persons Aged <21 Years — United States, February 12–July 31, 2020

    • Denial Is the Heartbeat of America by Ibram X. Kendi


Guest Instructor

Sakinah Irizarry

Guest Instructor

Meg Donnelly

Social proof: testimonials

Highly, highly recommended

Megan Belanger, LMT, CLT

"This class raises excellent questions, provides rich resources, and sharpens the lens through which we all can view what lack in diversity and inclusion there may be in our massage continuing education courses and conferences, in our practices, and in our communities. Students are then given tangible, actionable suggestions for how we can take part in making change happen. So much information, so much heart - highly, highly recommended."

This class is long overdue

Noah Citron, LMT

"I was thrilled to discover this class: it is the only CE class I have found that openly and directly confronts racism in massage. The course provides an overview of where the industry stands and some hurdles to overcome (such as the overrepresentation of white men in leadership roles) and shines a light in the direction of progress. It gives a groundwork for thinking about change and then calls in participants to reorganize our practices and the industry as a whole around diversity, equity, and inclusion. This class is long overdue, and totally worth taking (literally every LMT will get something out of it)."

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