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Foundation News - April 2019


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

Research Perch: Part Two with New Infographic

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 Two. This episode is being released with a bonus visual abstract component. 

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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Register for IMTRC 2019 

IMTRC 2019Don't miss out! IMTRC 2019 education sessions cover a range of fascinating subjects including massage therapy for arthritis, breast cancer, low back pain and anxiety. Panel discussions include massage therapy for addressing theopioid epidemic and pain management. See all of our IMTRC presenters.  

Register now for IMTRC 2019 »


#Running for Research 2019: Rocky Chen

Rocky Chen

I am so excited to be a part of Team MTF—Running for Research! I have been a runner for 25 years and I have run over 10 half marathons, but this will be my first full marathon. 

Although I’m only a part-time MT (I’m a full-time engineer), I am fortunate to have worked with amazing athletes and sports teams including the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Team, the Oklahoma City Ballet Company, and over 50 Ironman triathlons. As a runner and a triathlete, I have the unique perspective of being not just an MT, but also a fellow athlete. I enjoy discussing training, nutrition, and equipment (if they’re a triathlete) with my athlete-clients.

This profession enriches lives including my own in so many ways. I have been blessed with a unique skill set that helps people live pain-free lives, and I enjoy volunteering my services in my local running, cycling, triathlon, and dance community to reach as many people (and athletes) that I can, so they can maximize their athletic potential through pain-free training. 

Please consider donating to help me raise funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation. Together we can make a difference in the lives of many. Thank you!!!

Support  Rocky Chen'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 Issues: International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

girl with inhalerRead "Improving Clinical Outcomes and Quality of Life with Massage Therapy in Youth and Young Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: A Pilot Study" and learn about how massage therapy can help manage symptoms of cystic fibrosis in young people. 

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 »


Welcome New MTF Trustees

MTF extends a warm welcome to Joan Nichols, LMT, BCMB, and JoEllen Sefton, PhD, ATC, CMT, as they join the MTF Board of Trustees. 

MTF trustees

Joan Nichols is the current Immediate Past President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). A massage therapist since 1998, she has a massage therapy practice in the South Metro area of Atlanta, GA, with a focus on on-site wellness programs and community events. Learn more about Joan.

JoEllen Sefton is the director of the Auburn University Warrior Research Center, with the mission to assist the U.S. Armed Forces in improving the physical and technical skills, equipment, health and performance of our military, families and veterans. Learn more about JoEllen.

Joan joins MTF for a one-year term, and JoEllen joins us for a two-year term. We look forward to working with both of you! 


MTF Grants and Contests

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

AMTA Convention Poster Session Call: Opened March 20


We Need Your Support

heartFor 29 years, MTF has provied countless resources to push the profession forward: 

  • Over $1 million in research grants
  • Over $500K in Community Service Grants
  • Research conferences
  • Peer-reviewed, open access journal: IJTMB
  • Downloadable #VisualAbstracts
  • Student Case Report Contest
  • Research Perch podcast

Help MTF continue to fund research and deliver knowledge to massage therapists. Now is the time to make research count! 

Donate to MTF »

"AMTA is very supportive. I definitely am glad I chose to be an AMTA member."

Bailey L., AMTA member since 2016

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