The Canadian Massage Therapy Association membership recognizes that a strong health care system is guided by evidence‐informed decision‐making. Research evidence is essential to advance the knowledge related to massage therapy as a healthcare service in every community.

CMTA supports and promotes the development of effective and well‐resourced research capacity both within and outside the profession. The Association works to advance a collaborative research agenda, empower alliance member involvement in research, disseminate research knowledge and conduct research related to professional issues in order to inform the public/private health  sector and to advance social policy.


A National Study on Canadian Registered Massage Therapists’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment and Assault by Clients

The final report of the cross-Canada research study to evaluate massage therapists’ experiences/lack of experiences of sexual harassment and assault by clients led by Morgan Richard (Principal Investigator, University of New Brunswick), Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan (University of New Brunswick), and the Canadian Massage Therapist Association has now been released..

National Study Report Final 2022

MTAM Research Award: “FARMh: The Role of Registered Massage Therapists in the Assessment of Farmer and Rancher Mental Health”

FARMh: The Role of Registered Massage Therapists in the Assessment of Farmer and Rancher Mental Health is part of the larger multi-method study – The Farmer and Rancher Mental Health Initiative which seeks to identify key features needed for a mental health support system for farmers and ranchers.

The proposed study will use mixed methodology of which the quantitative analysis data will be derived from the Beck Depression Inventory and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale, which will be followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews with clients and RMTs.

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2022 International Massage Therapy Research Conference

Research is crucial to moving the profession forward. It inspires and educates massage therapists on how to apply the latest science when working with clients. Held every three years, IMTRC conferences provide an opportunity to contextualize and evaluate scholarly research findings and bring together an engaged community of thought leaders, educators, therapists, and allied health practitioners to discuss massage therapy research.

The 2022 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC), in Alexandria, Va., will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest innovations while connecting with colleagues and researchers. Participants can join thought leaders in a series of fascinating presentations about the latest massage therapy research.

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