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3 CE Hours - E416

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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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.

Featured Reviews

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!

- Laurie E. Deamer, LMT

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.

- Valerie Angeloro, 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.

- Georgene Echelard, LMT, BCTMB

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.

- Kathryn Carter, CMT, NCTMB

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.

- D. Taylor, LMT

Great body of knowledge presented regarding the topic of research, as it relates to the professional field of massage therapy.

- Kristen Perron

This was the first research I have had to take. I thought it would be a problem. I actually enjoyed the content.

- Joanne Gonet

Very well-written. I particularly enjoyed the example of a real research project. Helped to clarify all the concepts and taught me something about the research subject. The course also gave me places to look for information related to massage therapy which I can use as specific issues come up in my practice.

- Margaret D'Arcy

The Research Course was extensive. I greatly appreciate the compilation of information!

- Linda L. Mashas

This was an excellent course, easy to navigate and I will use this information as continue to grow as a massage therapist. Thank you! CH Lore Eidson

- CH Lore Eidson

One of the best online CEU courses I've ever taken. Lots of very interesting information. I especially found the history of research very interesting.

- Susan Kennedy

The course itself was ok, but the resource information at the end of the coursebook was fabulous and a great resource to keep on-hand. Thank you!

- Jackie Howell

I was afraid I'd find this course too hard for me an also that I'd find it dry and uninteresting. However neither proved true. This course held my interest and was clear and easy to understand. I'm glad I took it!

- Marinna Elaine Hinkle, MACP, BCMTB

When I first learned this course was a "requirement" for re certification, I questioned it. However, after taking this course, I gained a lot of valuable information and will be more careful in how I interpret articles! Thanks

- Susan P. Jeske, CMT, BCTMB

This study stimulated my interest in learning about current research in massage therapy. Finding out who is conducting it is still a challenge.

- Pheobe C. Shochat, LMT, NCTMB

Research is a bit dull and I had a hard time keeping my attention, especially with the first 17 pages. I really liked the case study, of giving water to clients post massage, as an example of research. And the resources of websites and organizations at the end is definitely something I want to hold on to.

- Tonia Rutherford, CMT, NCTMB

Thank you for providing a not-so-easy-to-find NCBTMB requirement in Research. Please continue to offer similar CE’s in Research as it is a continual NCBTMB requirement now. Thank you!

- Corinne Corcoran, LMT, BCTMB

This course was very informative. I learned a lot of info I didn’t know. I thought it might be a little boring but it wasn’t at all. Actually enjoyed it! Thank you!

- Debbie Leppo, BCTMB

The Research course provided me with very practical information, especially in comparison with other courses I’ve taken. It was well organized and presented in a logical, easy-to-comprehend way. I especially liked the example about water hydration after a massage. I felt very satisfied with the content. Good work!

- Elaine Hruska, BCTMB

Very informative course. The representative who helped me on the phone was very helpful & knowledgeable.

- Jean Dorr, CMT, NCTMB

Very interesting subject. I was pleasantly surprised that the content held my interest.

- Lisa Winton, LMT

This course took me by surprise in that it was very interesting, educational and illuminated the importance of research in the field of massage therapy. It clarified for me where to look for more documented information other than the trade magazines. Loved all the Resource and Bibliography information...very valuable! Thank you...

- Marcia McGetrick-West, CMT, NCTMB

It is the most comprehensive, relevant and supportive to the profession, research document that I have read so far. Thank you for putting it together and making it available.

- Cheryl Hockett-Prelle, LMT, BCTMB

This was my first experience studying research information for massage therapy. Reading about the necessary step-by-step inclusions in research is eye opening. I especially found valuable the section of cautions about the personal bias and our role in the influence of research.

- Marlene A. Tomasello, LMT, NCTMB

Truly love it. Well organized. Well outlined. Especially for my attention deficit this course is very well laid out and I love that you have the answers to the completed test available. Great website maintenance and functionality.

- Eva Goforth, LMT

I appreciate the need for research to be conducted about massage therapy modalities and their efficacy. This course was informative and to the point.

- Lauren Wadsworth, LMT

Good course! Very informative!

- Sharon A Healy, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very well written, easy to understand, and informative.

- Tammy L. Smith, LMT

This course is an important contribution to massage.

- Eleanor LaVasseur, NCTMB

I think the subject material would have been more interesting and valuable if it had been something I desired more information on. I took the course because it was all I could find on the required CEU list. At almost 67 years old, I doubt I’ll use the information.

- Kathryn Nuzum, BCTMB

I appreciate that you have an in home study on paper that was mailed to me and I could take the test the same way. Computers hurt my eyes after awhile and In my opinion we as a society use computers way too much.

- Debbie Dunkelberger, LMT, BCTMB

The program was interesting. I enjoyed reading about research that had been done and the procedures which have to be considered. Thank for providing this course on-line.

- Lorena Sue Boyce, LMT, BCTMB

So happy to take the Research course online to fulfill my National Certification. Thank you!

- Karen Fairweather, LMT, BCTMB

The course actually exceeded my expectations!

- Jeannette Tino, LMT, NCTMB

Good introductory material about the research! Thank you!

- Jadwiga L. Georgiev, LMT, NCTMB

Loaded with information. It revealed just how difficult “research” is as a massage therapist.

- Terri King Blankenship, LMT

I really enjoyed this information. It was very interesting.

- Kathryn Toya, LMT, NCTMB

The idea that as a massage therapist I am responsible for research is intimidating, this course gave me a good base. I love taking courses from Integrative Health Care. I will continue to learn and grow using these courses.

- Andrea Rumery, LMT, BCTMB

Outstanding subject. I learned sustantial information to potentially get involved in research.

- Joshua McNamee, LMT

At first I simply took this course for new requirements with NCBTMB. To my delight, I found this course very informative and possibly has given me incentive in doing some research on a topic that has been nagging at me. Thank you.

- Jill Davidson, LMT, BCTMB

I very much appreciated this course. It helped me better understand the fundamentals of research and how to get access to evidence-based research that is available on a multitude of topics for my practice and professional growth.

- Exie Buehler, LMT, BCTMB

I am VERY pleased with the high quality of information and materials contained in this course. I have always been pleased with the courses offered by the Institute for Integrative Healthcare.

- Monika Perlstein, LMT

Thank you for the opportunity to take this class on line. It was very informative and easy to understand.

- Stella Cronauer, LMT, BCTMB

I had bought another research course from another company and it was so dry and difficult to manage. I had to give it up! It cost $80! This was easy and 'friendly ' and interesting subject researching water. Thank you!

- Frances Klippel, LMT, BCTMB

I was impressed how much research they have done in massage.

- Revathy Bagawandoss, LMT, NCTMB

Straight forward course to complete the required research credits for ncbtmb. Just what i needed!

- Sarah, Krzanowski, LMT, NCTMB

Materials presented in a concise and straight forward fashion. Very easy to process and retain the information. Thanks so much for making necessary materials so readily available.

- Samuel Kline, NCTMB

The information is very informative. It is not only current but well researched (not a pun), seriously.

- C. Sprado, LMT

I found the course an interesting, well-rounded experience. There was a good mix of general to specific information. Especially the web research listing as well as formal publications.

- C. ManyChief, RMT

Having taken Master's level research methodology years ago, this was an excellent review of the process with updated resources. Naturally, what I liked best was its specificity to our needs as massage therapists.

- B. Knight, LMT, BCTMB


  • 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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