Resources

5 Myths and Truths about Massage Therapy: Letting Go without Losing Heart

5 Myths and Truths about Massage Therapy: Letting Go without Losing Heart

The physician on my table wanted to chat for the first few minutes of his massage. It was early in my career, and I was seeing him at a well-known spa. He was a big fan of massage therapy and knew many people I knew. He had hired MTs and recommended them to his patients. Our conversation took a turn when he said:

“Even though I really see the value of massage therapy, there’s one thing that massage therapists say, one word you all use, that has always bugged me.”

“What word is that?” “Toxin.”

“Toxin?”

“Yes. Toxin.”

There was silence for a bit as I thought about this. Then we talked some more: How vague the term is. How no one seems to know what it really means, but the idea of “detoxification” has great appeal. He said most any substance in the body is toxic at too high a level. He said the word “toxin” doesn’t have much meaning, the way it is used in massage therapy.

That conversation took place more than 20 years ago. I came away from it with a desire to be thoughtful in my claims about massage.

Much has been learned since then about the effects of massage, but much is still a mystery. In this rapidly developing field, new ideas and information are growing.

Some old ideas are being cleared away so that the profession can move forward. As an oncology massage therapist, I can tell you that shedding the “massage spreads cancer” myth opened up whole new frontiers for clients and therapists alike.

The growth in information serves our profession. As massage therapists, we value good information. We want to pass on the best, most accurate data about the effects of massage. In particular, we want to be as clear as we can about commonly held beliefs. Among these are the effects of massage on:

  • Endorphins
  • Immunity
  • Cortisol
  • Blood circulation
  • “Toxins” and toxin release

In this e-book, we look at each one of these factors and check our assumptions against the best available evidence.

Download the ebook

How to Connect With a Researcher

How to Connect With a Researcher

"Dear Massage Therapy Foundation: I have developed an amazing technique for _______ (Parkinson’s disease, frozen shoulder, wandering spleen). How do I do the research to prove it?"

"Dear Massage Therapy Foundation: I really, really want to participate in a research project. How can I find one near me?"

We get a lot of questions like these in the Massage Therapy Foundation letter bag. It is exciting to know that many people in our developing field want to get involved in scientific research about their craft. At the same time it can be challenging. That's why this ebook is for you.

We will cover:

  • The importance of publishing
  • Research paths
  • How to get involved

We hope you find this resource valuable as you continue on your journey to becoming a research ninja!

Download the ebook

The Case for Pain Relief: 5 Research Studies for Massage Therapists

The Case for Pain Relief: 5 Research Studies for Massage Therapists

If you are like most massage therapists, many of your clients come to see you for help with pain management.

At The Massage Therapy Foundation, we want to give you the tools and resources you need to serve your clients and grow your business.

These research studies will help your approach your practice with the confidence that comes from knowing your work is evidence-informed.

We will cover:

  • Acupressure and chronic neck pain
  • Massage therapy and hand pain
  • Thai massage and pain relief
  • Massage therapy and low back pain
  • Myofascial release and fibromyalgia

We hope you can use this collection of research studies to help you grow your massage therapy practice.

Download the ebook

Working with Physicians: A Massage Therapist's Guide

Working with Physicians: A Massage Therapist's Guide

Research has shown that massage therapy is a beneficial complement to medical treatment in many cases.

Fortunately, today's physicians are beginning to embrace massage therapy and integrate it into their patients' treatment plans.

So, how do you, as a massage therapist, connect with physicians and develop a relationship that can lead to more patient referrals?

Download our free eBook for a complete guide to partnering with physicians.

In this guide you will learn:

  • How to approach physicians and explain what you do;
  • How to speak in terms that will resonate with the medical community;
  • How to use research and data to establish credibility with physicians.


Listen to this testimonial from a massage therapist who downloaded it:

"This eBook is fantastic! Validated my thoughts on the approach, and now I have the confidence to proceed. I am looking forward to the sample documents next week." - Jessie

This comprehensive guide will get you started on the right path toward becoming a true partner with your local physicians.

Download the ebook

Pediatric Massage: A Massage Therapist's Guide to Getting Started

Pediatric Massage: A Massage Therapist's Guide to Getting Started

Why pediatric massage?

Babies and children simply love to be touched. In fact,

they thrive on it and it is a crucial part of their development. Children need
physical contact for healthy growth and development. Nurturing touch promotes physiological, neurological and psychological development and function.

Learn how to start implementing pediatric massage into your massage therapy practice with this introductory guide from Tina Allen, founder of leading children’s health and nurturing touch organization Liddle Kidz Foundation.

This guide will give you the following insights:

  • What makes pediatric massage unique
  • Settings for pediatric massage
  • Education and training options
  • Pediatric massage for specific conditions
  • Community service ideas


If you would like to expand your practice and learn how to get started with pediatric massage, you will love this guide.

Download the ebook

3 Effective Physician Introduction Letters

3 Effective Physician Introduction Letters

We hope you enjoyed our recent eBook on working with physicians!

Today's physicians are beginning to embrace massage therapy and integrate it into their patients' treatment plans.

So how do you, as a massage therapist, connect with physicians and develop a relationship that can lead to more patient referrals?

Download these 3 effective letter templates that will help you contact physicians and let them know how giving you referrals can complement their practice.

These letters are in Microsoft Word format so you can edit and customize them.

Download the Letter