Foundation News - May 2019


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

IMTRC 2019: Coming Soon! 

IMTRC 2019

MTF is excited to for our upcoming IMTRC conference May 9-10. Attendees will learn about the latest innovations in massage therapy research while they connect with colleagues and researchers. 

Our IMTRC 2019 keynote speaker is Helene Langevin, MD, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). We will feature panel sessions on the opioid epidemic and pain management, and education sessions on arthritis, lower back pain, anxiety, and breast cancer. We hope to see you there!

Learn more about IMTRC 2019 »


#Running for Research 2019: Marathon Day

MTF Boston Marathon runners

The Foundation’s deepest appreciation goes to 2019 Team MTF runners John Cassinerio, Rocky Chen, Kim Nimmo and Joyce Prahasky for their monumental efforts of running 26.2 miles in the 2019 Boston Marathon. We are so thankful and proud of what this talented and amazing group has accomplished in the name of fundraising for massage therapy research, education and community service.

It’s not too late to contribute to Team MTF’s Marathon Campaign! 

Support our runners »


Opportunity for Students

mtf trophy illustrationMTF's annual Student Case Report Contest is accepting case report submissions from current students through June 3.

Case reports play an important role in scientific and professional literature. Writing a case report helps develop communication skills and critical thinking skills and could contribute to future research and clinical practice.

 Visit our website for everything you need to get started, including a free 5-part webinar series on how to write a case report and other useful resources.

Learn more »


Free Research Webinar Series

NCBTMB MTF logosThe Massage Therapy Foundation and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) are excited to offer a free three-part Research Webinar Series in 2019. 

Learn more about the definition of research, its impact on the profession, and what resources are available to help you better engage. 

The first MTF/NCBTMB Research Webinar has been released. View the recording and complete a short quiz to receive 1 free CE credit! Stay tuned for the dates of our summer and fall 2019 webinars.

Watch Free Webinar #1: "Why Research?"


International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

emergency roomCan massage be used to decrease stress for emergency medical service staff? Read the results of a randomized controlled trial examining this question in the latest issue of our journal, 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 »


MTF Grants and Contests

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

AMTA Convention Poster Session Call: Open Now


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 »

"The support I’ve received at the various levels of my career has been key
in helping me get to the place I am today."

Lee S., AMTA member since 1995

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