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Research Opportunities | AMTA 2018 National Convention

Massage Research Poster Session

AMTA is proud to collaborate with the Massage Therapy Foundation on the 21st annual poster session at the AMTA 2018 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.


Research Education

Look for education sessions featuring research-specific education, developed in partnership with the Massage Therapy Foundation. 

The following convention classes fulfill the research requirement for Board Certification renewal.

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

Friday, 8am-Noon

Anneke Bender, PT, MSCS, RYT200 is a physical therapist in the Eula C. & Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, which provides comprehensive MS treatment across the continuum of care. Also a certified yoga teacher, she has helped to develop a community-based program providing instruction in yoga for those living with neurological disabilities, and is a committed advocate for wellness opportunities for this population beyond the traditional scope of treatment.

Erika Larson is the lead massage therapist in a collaborative research  partnership between Emory University and the Atlanta School of Massage. She has a special interest in better understanding what factors contribute to massage therapists successfully engaging in formal research. 

Michelle Lipnicki has a diploma in massage therapy from MacEwan University in Edmonton, where she currently practices as a registered massage therapist. She also holds a degree in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and has spent time teaching yoga in Asia, Europe and Australia. 

Jeanne Massingill is trained in a variety of massage techniques, with a focus on developing techniques to help women who have undergone breast surgery. She has participated in a research study sanctioned by the National Institute of Health, Metro Hospital and Case Western Reserve that demonstrated massage techniques she developed can yield positive results in women who have had mastectomies, as well as other breast treatments. Jeanne Massingill is the owner of The Oaks Massotherapy & Botanical Spa, a personal care center committed to the health and well-being of its clients. 

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, like dystonia, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Learn more about the latest research on these conditions from this panel of experts, and hear from the Massage Therapy Foundation Practitioner Case Report winner, too.


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