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How you can donate back to the massage therapy community

Give Back

Rigorous research about massage can challenge tradition, but it strengthens our profession, and provides guidance for massage therapists to be as effective as possible. Since its inception over 25 years ago, the Massage Therapy Foundation has funded many research projects.


Topics have ranged from massage for peripheral neuropathy related to chemotherapy to postural control of elders, migraines, cancer, and spinal cord injury. In addition, the Massage Therapy Foundation has consulted on numerous large-scale studies, funded five systematic reviews (one on stress, and one on sports massage), founded and published the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB), and hosted four international science conferences on massage therapy research.


The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.

....Support Precedes Action

~ Patty Townsend

Founder of Embodyoga

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