3 CE Hours


Research is overwhelming for many of us. We are unsure of how to begin, where to go for information and what qualifies as a 'good' source. We may not fully understand the different types of research or how to go about formulating a research question, never mind designing a research study. This course will give you the basics in terminology and an overview of concepts and theories behind the subject of research.

As a massage therapist, it is vital that we keep up to date with recent studies regarding the effects of massage or any other topic that affects our ability to assist clients. Unfortunately, research and how to search for it or how to assess and question the results of research studies is not consistently taught in massage school.

Through this course you will:

  • review the history of research.
  • discover the ethical considerations of research - working with human subjects and HIPAA issues.
  • differentiate types of research - compare and contrast qualitative vs. quantitative research.
  • examine the issues of research including researcher bias, questions of interpretation, and informed consent.
  • learn the steps in the research process:
    • formulating a research question.
    • performing a literature review: scholarly vs. popular periodicals.
    • choosing methodologies for research.
    • presenting findings: getting published and peer review.
  • evaluate research studies based on evidence presented.
  • recognize resources for research and locate primary sources.

Course Reviews

Valerie Angeloro, LMT, BCTMB

What I thought would be "dull" subject matter, broadened my perception and understanding of research. I had't really considered the impact of political, social and economic aspects in formulating and carrying out research nor the power differential that exists. The research example was pertinent and well designed and the reference material very helpful.

Laurie E. Deamer, LMT

This study was much more interesting than I anticipated. I recently applied for a healthcare job that includes research, which intimidates me; however this course started to demystify the research process for me. Thank you!

Georgene Echelard, LMT, BCTMB

This class awakened in me a whole new perspective about what I can do to make a difference. Thank you for putting this class together, and thanks to all those who had the idea that all of us massage therapists can participate in such research.

Kathryn Carter, CMT, NCTMB

I have always been bored to tears when it came to research. But I found myself interested in this presentation. I learned a lot about what research is and feel easier about delving into articles now. This is a keeper for me to review. Thank you.

D. Taylor, LMT

Comprehensive guide into starting the complex task of valid "research," finding out if it (the subject) has been evaluated and how and if the results are what you were looking for. I believe this is a valuable course and a valuable tool.

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  • Manual - 57 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Fully Online Materials and Test" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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