2019 Edition

MBLEx Practice Exam

Take this free MBLEx practice exam to test your knowledge of massage therapy subjects.

The MBLEx is a standardized certification exam produced by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards and used by many states to license or certify massage therapists.

The massage exam sections below are based on actual exam sections: Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology and Contraindications: Physiological Effects of Massage, Client Assessment, Massage History and Culture, Ethics, Boundaries, Laws and Regulations and Guidelines for Professional Practice.

To prepare for the MBLEx, use our 1000 question practice exam for the MBLEx authored by instructors in the field of massage therapy.

Anatomy & Physiology

1. A client is asked to abduct her arms. Which of the following accurately describes her arm movement?
2. Which of the following suffixes indicate a sensitivity to pain?
3. What type of joint would be affected by rotator cuff tendinitis?
4. This is an image of a long bone. The arrow is pointing to ________________.
5. The kidneys are free floating organs that are held in place by adipose tissue in the thoracic area. What structure protects the kidneys from harm?
6. Which of the following muscles attach to the ischial tuberosity?


7. This set of muscles perform the same actions and are synergists.
8. An isolated contraction of which of the following is antagonistic to the action of vastus lateralis?
9. Muscle spindles are most sensitive to what type of stimulus?
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10. When performing a post isometric relaxation stretch the target muscle is lengthened until a mild stretch is felt. At that point the target muscle is contracted and then relaxed so the muscle can lengthen further. This is an example of innervating this proprioceptor:

Pathology & Contraindications

11. When working with adult clients who are on the autism spectrum, which of the following must be taken into consideration?
12. Olecranon bursitis occurs at which joint in the body?
13. A client complains of feeling cranky, being nervous, having frequent headaches, with a tingly feeling in her skin. She also has trouble sleeping. Of the following, which condition may be causing these symptoms?
14. Which of the following gender and age groups are most susceptible to osteoporosis?
15. A client presents with a small bulge at the bottom of his rib cage above his abdomen. The client tells you he has a hernia. What type of hernia does he have?

Physiological Effects of Massage

16. A client informs the massage therapist that she has been feeling "stressed" lately. The therapist suggests the use of Swedish massage. What hormone is typically reduced during Swedish massage?
17. During the repair phase of healing, stretching is a preferred technique. Why?
18. Massage reduces blood pressure by simulating which of the following:

Client Assessment

19. During your intake interview, your client tells you that she has had lower back pain and she points to her lower left back area. In what section of the S.O.A.P. notes would this go?
20. While performing a postural analysis on a client you note that she is slumped forward with the palms of her hands facing the sides of her legs. This would indicate:
21. While performing a deep tissue massage on a client, you notice the client's breathing change, almost like they are holding their breath. What is this an indication of?

Ethics, Boundaries, Laws & Regulations

22. A client's demeanor reminds a massage therapist of her beloved uncle. This is an example of:
23. Therapists should maintain clear standards of practice for client draping to avoid crossing the:
24. If a massage therapist invokes a therapist's "right of refusal" to give massage in a case where massage is contraindicated, which specific principle of massage therapy is upheld?
25. A massage therapist has a friend who is a client. The massage therapist feels bad charging the client. From what is this feeling arising from?

Guidelines for Professional Practice

26. The two main stances for massage therapists to use for technique delivery are:
27. A massage therapist should avoid wearing wrinkled clothing, too much makeup and sexy attire as a matter of:
28. Which tax form would an independent contractor of a wellness center receive at the end of the calendar year?

Massage History & Culture

29. Who standardized massage terminology and is given credit for bringing massage to the scientific community?
30. Which modality was created originally for pediatric clients as an option for acupuncture?

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The MBLEx is a national exam that is required by individual states to license massage therapists. The exam is used to ensure candidates for licensure are qualified to practice massage therapy. Learn more about this test with The Guide to the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

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