Research Programming

Delve into the latest science on massage at the AMTA 2023 National Convention. 

Massage Research Poster Session

AMTA is proud to collaborate with the Massage Therapy Foundation on the 24th Annual MTF Poster Session at the AMTA 2023 National Convention.

The poster sessions are a showcase of research about massage, education, and community service projects. This event creates a forum for informal discussion of research and provides attendees with the opportunity to learn how individual therapists have impacted their communities and advanced the profession.

The deadline to submit poster abstracts has been extended to June 1, 2023.

Submit a Research Poster 

New Massage Research: Staying Current So You Can Better Help Your Clients

Friday, August 25, 1:30-5:30pm

This research-focused session was developed in partnership with the Massage Therapy Foundation. Staying up-to-date on the latest massage therapy research is essential to providing your clients with the best care possible, especially for those who are dealing with specific health conditions. Learn more about the latest research from this panel of experts, how to get involved in research in your practice, and hear from the Massage Therapy Foundation Gold Student Case Report contest winner.

Adrienne F. Asta, LMT, has been practicing massage therapy for over 20 years and holds certifications in neuromuscular therapy and prenatal massage. She is currently serving as President of the Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees and as their Community Service Grants Proposal Review Committee Chairperson. Adrienne is also a member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and has held multiple positions in massage therapy education.

Niki Munk, PhD, LMT is a licensed massage therapist and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences in Indiana University’s School of Health and Human Sciences. Dr. Munk is one of 13 international fellows in ARCCIM’s International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program. Her research focuses on massage therapy efficacy and effectiveness for chronic pain, mental health, and functional outcomes at all life stages. She has been on the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2017, and is currently the Chairperson of the MTF Research Committee and Research Grant Review Committee.

Portia Resnick, PhD, is a board certified massage therapist and athletic trainer with over 25 years of experience in the sports medicine field and is the author of AMTA’s Sports Massage: Injury & Recovery online CE course. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education for the athletic training program at California State University. Portia also works on the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Ergonomic Project and serves on NCBTMB’s Board of Directors.

Paitynn Hippisley is a recent massage therapy graduate from the MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. She was the 2022 Gold Award Winner of the Massage Therapy Foundation Case Report Contest which focused on spasticity in patients with cerebral palsy. She currently provides massage therapy at Northern Escape Heli Skiing.