If you are planning to get Astym Certified by yourself, then yes, you will need to recruit a healthy volunteer. It does not need to be the same person throughout all the online labs and practical exams. Your volunteer is needed for your online labs and practical exams with an instructor. Your volunteer may be a friend, coworker, spouse, relative, or another clinician also taking the virtual course.
If you choose another clinician getting Astym Certified through the virtual course as your lab partner, please be sure you BOTH have completed the necessary coursework/quizzes prior to scheduling a practical exam with an instructor. ONLY ONE of you will need to schedule each practical exam. REMEMBER: the name of your partner must be added to the practical exam when scheduling.