Research for Massage Therapy

On Sunday, November 6, I will be presenting to the D.C. Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) on the importance of research for MT practitioners, and how MTs can contribute to the growing body of research.  It will take place at Potomac Massage Training Institute, D.C. at 4pm.  The synopsis is below.

What Massage Therapy Research Means to You:And what you can do about it

With Luann Fortune, LMT, NCTMB, MA, Doctoral Candidate
An interactive workshop and discussion

For AMTA DC Chapter
November 6, 2011
In the past decade, medical science has taken an increased interest in massage therapy.  Seems like we read about a new clinical study or finding about every week in the popular press.  But other than serve as a useful marketing tool to generate new business, what application does this research have for the seasoned massage therapist?
In this hour presentation, Luann Fortune will describe how the growing body of scientific research is already impacting your everyday practice.  Find out how it is likely to continue to have an impact, how you can stay on top of the latest findings (before your clients tell you about it), and what you can do to be part of the movement to research (or not to research).
Luann has been practicing and teaching massage therapy in D.C. for over 20 years.  She has published numerous papers and articles, including a study on the impact of licensing on massage therapists (see  She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Human Development at Fielding Graduate University; her research examines how massage therapists conduct their work.  Luann can be contacted at

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