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Foundation News - March 2019


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

New Research Perch Episode

Research PerchHave you checked out the Massage Therapy Foundation's Research Perch podcast lately? We have just added a brand new episode, Integration of Massage Therapy in Outpatient Cancer Care: Part One.

Research Perch is designed to help you integrate massage therapy research into your practice. Each episode digs into a specific article from the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB) and unpacks it so you know how it applies to you. Grow your massage therapy practice and serve your clients better with the power of research!

Listen to Research Perch on iTunes and Stitcher. Use the buttons below to subscribe:

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Free Research Webinar Series from MTF and NCBTMB

NCBTMB and MTFThe Massage Therapy Foundation and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) are excited to offer a free 2019 Research Webinar Series. Join us to learn more about the definition of research, its impact on the profession, and what resources are available to help you better engage. Join us to explore why research is essential to the practice of massage therapy. Learn about the importance of publishing massage research in peer-reviewed journals where it can be shared with health care professionals from other disciplines. The first webinar occurred February 28, 2019.

View webinar and take quiz to earn 1 CE credit »


IMTRC 2019 Keynote Speaker Announced

Helene LangevinHelene Langevin, M.D., Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) will be the Keynote Speaker at IMTRC 2019, May 9-10 in Alexandria, VA. Her research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Don’t miss this fascinating presentation!

Register now for IMTRC 2019 »


#Running for Research 2019: Kim Nimmo

Kim Nimmo

I feel so excited and blessed to be a member of Team MTF—Running for Research and to help raise awareness and support for massage therapy research. I first experienced the efficacy of massage therapy when I injured my back while moving furniture. After seeing a massage therapist for four months I was completely healed. I was struck by the ability of a therapist to make such a positive difference and improving my health through massage therapy. My 13-year career as a pharmacist no longer felt fulfilling, and I decided to apply to massage school. I knew after my first week of classes at the Denver School of Massage Therapy that this was what I was meant to do for the rest of my working life.

I have owned my practice, Hands On Healing Massage Therapy, and worked as a Board Certified Massage Therapist for seven years. I truly enjoy when a client comes to me with an issue and improves over several sessions until they are able to decrease the frequency of their visits to a monthly maintenance treatment. It's priceless to watch people be relieved of pain and discomfort and begin to enjoy life again.

I am a strong supporter of massage therapy research because the more we know, the more effective we become. Research is the keystone to enhancing and implementing massage therapy. I am filled with gratitude for the ability to run and fundraise, and I look forward to running for MTF in the 2019 Boston Marathon!

Support Kim Nimmo'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.


New #VisualAbstract/Infographic

infographicsThe recent rise of #VisualAbstracts as a way of communicating within the scientific and medical communities gives massage therapists and researchers an invaluable method of reaching those in allied fields.

MTF is proud to be positioned to deliver vital research information to MTs as well as researchers and medical professionals of all disciplines who could make better patient/client recommendations by becoming informed.

Download and share infographic with clients, colleagues and students »


International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

In what ways might massage therapists contribute to the early detection of skin cancer? Read "A Survey of Licensed Massage Therapists’ Perceptions of Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Activities," from the Research section of our latest issue of IJTMB

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 »


Thank You to Our Outgoing Trustees

Our sincere appreciation goes to Cliff Korn and Dolly Wallace for their service on the MTF Board of Trustees (BOT).

Cliff Korn and Dolly Wallace

Cliff Korn has served on the BOT for over 10 years, most recently as Vice-President. Cliff has been particularly active in supporting MTF’s financial and operational health, serving on the Finance, Development, and Executive Committees and as Chair of the Governance Committee.

Dolly Wallace has served on the BOT for the past year as a dual board member who also serves as the Immediate Past President of the AMTA’s Board of Directors. This was Dolly’s second time on the BOT as she served on the MTF’s Board a number of years ago also serving in a dual role with AMTA’s Board. Dolly has served on the Community Service Grant Proposal Review Committee and in the last year on both the Development and Finance Committees. We are very happy that Dolly will remain on the Finance Committee after her BOT term concludes at the end of this month.

We thank both Cliff and Dolly for their many years of dedication to the MTF’s mission. What a wonderful difference they have made!


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

AMTA Convention Poster Session Call: Opening March 20

"It's nice to know that I am part of an organization that is backing me 100 percent."

Kristie W., AMTA member since 2011

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