Foundation News - February 2019


Read the latest news from the Massage Therapy Foundation for February 2019.

John Cassinerio

#RunningForResearch 2019: John Cassinero 

Running for Research team member John Cassinerio shares why he's running.

I wanted to share a bit of what has inspired me to become a massage therapist and my motivation for running the Boston Marathon to fundraise for the Foundation. 

Sammie HartsfieldThe young lady in this photo is my grand-niece, Sammie Hartsfield. Sammie battled Osteosarcoma for three years before succumbing to the disease at age 12, much too young to have dealt with such trauma. Her fight and drive to battle her disease became a rallying cry for our family to understand what is truly important in life. Through her challenges I felt a new motivation to help others in a more direct way. I left a comfortable 28-year career (in tire sales!) and embarked on the life-altering educational journey to become a bodyworker. 

I had the great opportunity to become involved with the wonderful teachings of Gayle MacDonald at the Oregon Health Sciences University and learned firsthand (literally) how the power of touch can be life-changing, specifically with patients on the Oncology Wards of the Knight Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon. This experience is another driving force behind my passion to bring more comprehensive research to the massage therapy field. 

Running to support the Massage Therapy Foundation helps me know that I am truly making a difference to support research in my field and literally touching people's lives. Sammie taught me my initial lesson and motivated me to change course. I haven't looked back since. 

In the words of Mr. Garcia and Mr. Hunter... She will always be my Inspiration... and continue to Move Me Brightly!

Support John Cassinerio's run in the Boston Marathon to raise funds for MTF »

Team MTF - Running for Research will run in the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019.


NCBTMB and MTF Announce 2019 Webinar Series

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and MTF have announced a free 2019 Research Webinar Series to further define research, its impact on the profession, and resources for engagement. The first webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Noon CT.

According to Douglas Nelson, President, Massage Therapy Foundation, “The first webinar explores the question of why research is essential to the practice of massage therapy. Research insights broaden our understanding of the power and promise of massage therapy, and each new finding invites further curiosity and exploration into the application and mechanisms of the work. Publishing massage research in peer-reviewed journals affords us the ability to share these insights with other health care disciplines, inviting collaboration and shared learning. Ultimately, that which deepens our understanding also deepens the art of massage therapy, facilitating a richer and deeper experience for massage therapists and better outcomes for clients as well."

The free 2019 NCB/MTF Webinar Series will include topics such as:

  • Why Research? (February, 28, 2019)
  • What is Research? (Summer, 2019)
  • How to Find Quality Resources (Fall 2019)

“NCB and MTF are both deeply committed to advancing standards throughout the massage therapy and bodywork profession,” commented Steve Kirin, Chief Executive Officer, NCBTMB. “Board Certification and research both aim to advance the professional practice of massage in various settings, such as integrative healthcare, oncology, sports, and much more. Such synergies compelled our organizations to further serve the profession by providing additional opportunities to enrich therapists’ understanding of research—what it is, how to find it, evaluate it, and apply it to their everyday practice.”

Learn more and register for the February 28 webinar »


International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

massage for neckAre you interested in the role ergonomics plays in creating a comfortable and safe environment for massage therapy students and therapists? Read "Improving Body Mechanics Using Experiential Learning and Ergonomic Tools in Massage Therapy Education," from the Education section of our latest issue of IJTMB.

In this article, author, educator, and MTF Trustee Robin Anderson, BA, LMT, BCTMB, CEAS, discusses how ergonomic factors affect likelihood of work-related injuries and career length for massage therapists. 

Check out this and other articles in our most recent issue of IJTMB and share with your colleagues. IJTMB is open-access, peer-reviewed, and indexed in PubMed. It is the official journal of the Massage Therapy Foundation and is supported by the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia.

Read the latest issue of IJTMB »


Make a Positive Impact

Donate to MTFWe need your support! The Massage Therapy Foundation's budget year is ending soon— help us continue to fund research and deliver knowledge to therapists' fingertips. 

For 29 years, MTF has moved the profession forward by funding over $1 million in research grants. Your donations enable therapists to access the supportive resources you need to help clients get out of pain and live their best lives. 

Please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or any amount you are able to sustain our efforts in the years to come.

Don't forget to make your donation by February 28. Show us that research is important to you and your practice - now is the time to make research count! 

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MTF Grants and Contests

Community Service Grant: Open Now
Application deadline is April 1, 2019

Student Case Report Contest: Open Now
Application deadline is June 3, 2019

Research Grant: Open Now
Application Deadline is March 1, 2019

AMTA Convention Poster Session Call: Opening March 20

"I am very glad to be aligned with a professional organization that gives so much to its members."

Satu F., AMTA member since 2003

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