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Research Guide: Massage Therapy - General Resources

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Recommended Books
Title Location Call Number
Alternative medicine: The definitive guide Reference R733 .A46 2002
Encyclopedia of complementary and alternative medicine Reference R733 .N38 2004
Pathophysiology for massage therapists : a functional approach Tyger River
RM721 .C69 2016
Modalities for massage and bodywork Tyger River
RM721 .S755 2016
Massage therapy : principles and practice Tyger River
RM721 .S146 2016
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Associations and Societies

American Massage Therapy Association: Association representing massage therapists in 27 countries. Has links to articles from Massage Therapy Journal,

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP): Organization serving the massage, bodywork, somatic and esthetic professions. Includes links to articles from Massage and Bodywork Magazine,

Massage Therapy Foundation:  Organization founded by the AMTA whose mission is to advance "the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): One of 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its mission is to give the American public reliable information about the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine practices,

The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Nationally recognized certification program. Includes links to the Candidate Handbook and Portfolio Review Handbook,

Touch Research Institutes: Located at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the Philippines, and the University of Paris, the Institutes study effects of massage therapy,

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards: Creator of the MBLEx licensing exam,


Massage Magazine: Links to massage schools, seminars, and training opportunities. Some full text articles,

Massage Today: Links to current and previous issues. Also has links to discussion forums, "Ask a Massage Therapist," and a massage therapist locater,

Massage Therapy Journal: Includes links to archived articles,

Massage and Bodywork: Magazine put out by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Includes link to a selection of archived articles,

Massage Related Websites

Science of Massage: Resources for massage professionals,

Massage Network: List your business, find a therapist, and order products. Features the latest news from the field, Website put together by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Includes searchable archives of articles,

Massage Therapy 101: Offers information on massage techniques as well as massage schools and training,

Touchpoint Reflexology Website: Website put together by the Touchpoint Institute of Reflexology and Kinesthetics,

WholeHealth Alternative medicine website. Includes information on nutritional supplements, multivitamins, treatments and recipes,

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Last updated: 04/30/18