Approved for Continuing Education

Approved by NCBTMB for 1 CEU 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

Tracy Walton's Pressure Scale is a clear, consistent way for massage therapists to both gauge and describe the amount of force they are applying during massage. In this class, Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan take you through the 5 levels of the Walton Pressure Scale, including demonstrations of application and body mechanics.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About the instructors

    • Course Description

  • 2

    Introduction to the Walton Pressure Scale

    • What is The Walton Pressure Scale?

    • Explanation of WPS Levels 1-5

    • Visual Cues

  • 3

    Hands-on Demonstration

    • Pressure 1

    • Pressure 2

    • Pressure 3

    • Pressure 4

    • Pressure 5

  • 4

    Body Mechanics and Tips

    • Communication is Key

    • Writing it down

    • Body Mechanics for Pressures 1-5

    • Tips Part One

    • Tips Part Two

    • You are not a layer cake

    • Want to continue the conversation?

  • 5


    • Walton Pressure Scale Descriptions (Table 2-1 Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy)

    • Which massage therapy pressure is right for which patient? What’s the difference?

    • The Customer is Always Right... But Are They Really? by Cal Cates & Kerry Jordan

  • 6

    Final Quiz

    • The Walton Pressure Scale Final Quiz


Instructor & Operations Director

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is a teacher for Healwell and is an essential part of the curriculum development team. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations. Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry effortlessly weaves the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and health care providers.

Instructor & Executive Director

Cal Cates

Cal has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Their favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human and more flexible.

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