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Certified Injury Prevention Instructor (CIPI) Program

Certified Injury Prevention Instructor (CIPI)

Teach Self-Care   •   Earn New Income   •   Give Your Hands a Break  •   Help Other Therapists


Qualified massage therapists and other manual therapists can train to become a Certified Injury Prevention Instructor (CIPI) and teach the Save Your Hands!® Workshop curriculum to massage therapy and bodywork professionals and students. With the best-known name in injury prevention for manual therapists behind you, you will be able to help others in your profession protect themselves from injury while obtaining a valuable credential and creating a great new source of income.



Save Your Hands is pleased to announce the

2017 Certified Injury Prevention Instructor (CIPI) Workshop schedule:  


* Las Vegas, Nevada - September 12th to 14th, 2017


* Kissimmee, Florida - October 23rd to 25th, 2017


Seating is limited, please be sure to register for your preferred city as soon as possible.

Due to space limitations we cannot save seats without your application and acceptance into the program.

As always feel free to contact us at 877-424-0994 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





Therapists: Enhance Your Career, Earn New Income, Help Others


The CIPI program is an affordable way to add an exciting and rewarding new paid activity to your massage career. As a CIPI, you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to teach the Save Your Hands!® Workshop with its comprehensive injury prevention, self-care, body mechanics and ergonomics information at spas, clinics, hospitals and massage associations in your area, or by setting up independent workshops in your region. (Click on video, right, to watch co-author Lauriann Greene talk about the CIPI program). CIPIs can provide CE credit for their Save Your Hands!® Workshops, using our NCBTMB Approved Provider status and our other state/provincial accreditations.


Spas and clinics are looking for lead therapists with this qualification who can train and coach their staff on injury prevention and body mechanics. You can also teach these workshops as part of a school curriculum or school continuing education program. For massage school instructors, this well-respected credential enhances your resume and makes you more competitive by giving you expertise in a subject that all schools need to include in their curriculum.


"When I saw the CIPI program being offered, I got excited. To receive specific training on methods of injury prevention and self-care that I can use for myself and share with other MTs and students is terrific. So many therapists I know have ceased work because of injury."

T. Daniel, Oakland, CA

As a Certified Injury Prevention Instructor, you will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of self-care, injury prevention and ergonomics
  • Teach Save Your Hands!® Workshops at local spas, clinics, schools, CE programs, conferences and more (and offer CE credit to participants)
  • Create additional income while giving your own hands and body a break
  • Receive full support and great resources from Save Your Hands!
  • Learn to market your CIPI services for maximum success
  • Obtain an impressive new credential to put after your name (e.g., Jane Smith, LMT, CIPI)



Schools: Get CIPI Training for an Instructor

Today's students expect their massage or bodywork program to provide the reliable, comprehensive information on preventing the injuries that are so common among practitioners (77% of whom report symptoms or injury as a result of their work). They need the instructor providing the information and hands-on coaching to be knowledgeable and skilled in this important subject.  The CIPI program is a cost-effective way to train one or more of your instructors to teach proven self-care, injury prevention, body mechanics and ergonomics methods in a way that is skilled, effective and engaging. 



"Save your back, your wrists, your psyche, your career. The authors have provided all bodyworkers with important information on biomechanics, ergonomics, self-care, injury assessment, and remedies."

             - Martin Ashley, LMT, Author, Massage:A Career at Your Fingertips



Spas & Clinics:  Get CIPI Training for a Lead Therapist

Massage therapists, estheticians and other treatment workers need a thorough understanding of injury prevention principles and good work practices to be at their best on the job.  Your spa or clinic needs to avoid costly workers' compensation claims, absenteeism and turnover due to treatment staff symptoms and injury. The CIPI program gives one or more of your lead therapists the knowledge and skills to provide on-going training and hands-on coaching on using proven effective injury-prevention methods. 




Requirements for Completing the CIPI Certification

The affordable CIPI certification program consists of three online e-learning courses you can take at your own pace,and one weekend of in-person, hands-on training, for a total of 52 CEUs. Included is the CIPI Marketing Success Course, produced in collaboration with renowned massage marketing expert Cherie Sohnen-Moe, to help you learn to effectively market and sell your services as a CIPI for maximum success. The online courses and in-person workshop are CE-approved by NCBTMB and FL Board of Massage, TX DSHS and accepted by many other state and national massage boards, AMTA and ABMP.


Certified Injury Prevention Program CIPI

After the initial application process, attaining certification as a CIPI is a simple process, comprising three online e-learning courses and an in-person workshop, for a total of 52 CEUs:

1.  Read Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition and take the online course: Injury Prevention & Ergonomics for Massage Therapists (10 CEUs), to learn a holistic, effective approach to injury prevention for massage therapists, and pass the online exam.

2.  Take the Advanced Concepts in Ergonomics for Manual Therapists online course (14 CEUs) for in-depth knowledge of ergonomics principles, and pass the online exam.

3.  Take the CIPI Success online course (10 CEUs), created in association with renowned marketing expert Cherie Sohnen-Moe, to learn how to set up your CIPI practice and market your services for maximum success, and pass the exam.

4.  Attend a weekend-long, 18 CEU hands-on Live Workshop with a Save Your Hands! Expert Instructor and pass the practical exam at the end. You'll learn how to teach the Save Your Hands!® workshop for massage therapists, how to coach hands-on massage work, and have an evening program (the Friday evening you arrive in town) on how to set up your workshops and market them, to ensure your success. 

5.  Take and pass the Student Practicum: student must teach the Save Your Hands!® Workshop or curriculum once to a group of at least 6 participants. The student must then complete a self-observational report of their experience teaching the material, including aspects that went well and those that need improvement. The student submits this report plus participant evaluations to the Save Your Hands! office within 2 weeks of completing the practicum.

All courses are CE-approved by NCBTMB, FL Board of Massage, TX DSHS and many other state and national massage boards. 


CIPI Marketing SuccessFull Support After Certification for Maximum Success

Once you’re a Certified Injury Prevention Instructor (CIPI), we’ll give you all the support you need to be successful. We'll provide a proprietary workshop curriculum and other materials for you to use when teaching, and lots of great marketing materials. You'll continue to receive support, including a listing of your contact information on the dedicated CIPI web site so potential employers can find you, a forum to exchange ideas with fellow CIPI's, and great resources to support your work as a CIPI. We'll be working continuously to make the CIPI designation one of the most prestigious and best-known credentials in the massage profession.


Biannual Recertification Requirements

To maintain CIPI status and active membership in the CIPI program, every two years the CIPI must meet recertification requirements by attending our 6 hour Recertification Program. The cost of Recertification is $195. Dates and locations will be announced on the website and on Social Media.


Pricing and Benefits


Please contact us for pricing, locations, and an application for the Certified Injury Pevention Instructor program.



Program Sponsors

By supporting the CIPI program, our sponsors demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of all manual therapists.


Pressure Positive Company     Sohnen-Moe Associates      Acucups   Acuforce

Pressure Positive Co.       Sohnen-Moe Associates        Acucups          Acuforce