55 episodes

Research Perch is a podcast designed to help you learn how to use massage therapy research in your practice.

Each episode digs into a specific article from the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and unpacks it so you know how it applies to you.

Grow your massage therapy practice and serve your clients better with the power of research!

Research Perch Massage Therapy Foundation

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.5 • 17 Ratings

Research Perch is a podcast designed to help you learn how to use massage therapy research in your practice.

Each episode digs into a specific article from the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and unpacks it so you know how it applies to you.

Grow your massage therapy practice and serve your clients better with the power of research!

    Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital Part Two

    Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital Part Two

    Learn more about hospital-based massage therapy by tuning in to MTF’s two-part Research Perch podcast interview with guests Laura Bliven-Leapley, RN, MSN, NE-BC, RN-BC, BS, and Karen Kerns, M.S., CCC-SLP, MBA, and Cynthia Spake, B.S.Ed., LMT, from the Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois. Part Two is a continuation of the details of how Blessing's MT Program works, how it has affected patients patient care, and what it is like to be a massage therapist in this setting. Listen to Part One first to learn about the reasons for and inspiration behind the massage therapy program at Blessing Hospital and how it works.

    • 21 min
    Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital Part One [Research Perch]

    Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital Part One [Research Perch]

    Learn more about hospital-based massage therapy by tuning in to MTF’s two-part Research Perch podcast interview with guests Laura Bliven-Leapley, RN, MSN, NE-BC, RN-BC, BS, and Karen Kerns, M.S., CCC-SLP, MBA, and Cynthia Spake, B.S.Ed., LMT, from the Massage Therapy Program at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois.
    In Part One, learn about the reasons for and inspiration behind the massage therapy program at Blessing Hospital and how it works. Part Two(coming soon) will detail how Blessing's MT Program works, how it has affected patients patient care, and what it is like to be a massage therapist in this setting.

    • 24 min
    Massage for Muscle Atrophy [Research Perch]

    Massage for Muscle Atrophy [Research Perch]

    Massage has promising potential to help rebuild muscle in those who cannot handle weight-bearing or resistance exercise. In this episode of Research Perch, learn more about MTF’s 2018 Research Grant award to the University of Kentucky Research Foundation for their study, Massage as an Intervention for Muscle Atrophy, as host Doug Nelson speaks with study investigators Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD, and Tim Butterfield, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA. 

    • 25 min
    Hand Self-Shiatsu for Sleep [Research Perch]

    Hand Self-Shiatsu for Sleep [Research Perch]

    Listen in as host Doug Nelson speaks with Shiatsu Therapist Leisa Bellmore, MSc, ST, about her research studying hand self-Shiatsu massage for sleep, and her work at Toronto Western Hospital’s Al & Malka Green Artists' Health Centre in Toronto, Canada.

    • 20 min
    Indiana University Study: MT Client 2020 Pandemic Survey [Research Perch]

    Indiana University Study: MT Client 2020 Pandemic Survey [Research Perch]

    Contribute to research while connecting with your clients during the COVID-19 pandemic— whether or not they are visiting your practice. In this episode of Research Perch, host Doug Nelson welcomes Dr. Niki Munk, Associate Professor at Indiana University (IU) School of Health and Human Sciences, and IU student, Board-Certified massage therapist Mica Rosenow, to discuss the currently ongoing research project, Assessing Affective Measures in the 2020 Pandemic, and how you can be a part of the study.

    • 24 min
    Update on Project COPE: Share Your Story [Research Perch]

    Update on Project COPE: Share Your Story [Research Perch]

    In this special follow-up episode of Research Perch, host Doug Nelson brings back Project COPE investigators Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy (USC Greenville) and Smith Heavner-Sullivan (Prisma Health), for an update on the progress of this important study and information on how you can help be a part of capturing a unique moment in history.
    View our first Research Perch interview with Project COPE investigators here:
    Project COPE: Share Your Story [Research Perch]

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Pete Whitridge ,

This is a great resource for Massage Therapists!

I always look forward to hearing from Ruth Werner, Niki Munk, and Michael Reynolds! These podcasts help me understand MT research more. I also use this with my students in the classroom for educating them about Research Findings and issues related to creating Case Studies and Research Protocols. Thank you! P>

Allissa Haines ,

I love Research Perch

This podcast breaks down research topics into easily understandable information that is instantly applicable to my hands-on massage practice. It’s often great info to share with clients and inspiring to see how accessible research really is.

Every massage therapist and bodyworker can benefit from this podcast, and at 20 minutes or less per episode, I can easily fit into my commute or listen while cleaning my office :)

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