Basics of Research Literacy

The Massage Therapy Foundation and Academy of Clinical Massage are excited to bring you Basics of Research Literacy, an online continuing education course for massage therapists and educators about incorporating principles of research literacy in your practice and teaching. BRL is an interactive skill-building experience that has the capacity to change the way you work.

This course was created as a fundraiser for the Massage Therapy Foundation. The Academy of Clinical Massage donates 65% of the proceeds from this course to the MTF.


What: This is a 3-hour NCBTMB-approved online course that provides an introduction to concepts of research and how to apply these principles to your practice.
Cost: $29.95 + applicable tax

Massage therapist, Rosemary Chunco, says:

“This course is a vital first step for every therapist wishing to be informed by research. It not only demonstrates the reasoning behind why every therapist needs the ability to find and critique research, but it equips the student with the first steps in how to do that, with examples that we all can relate to. As an added bonus, it was also engaging and fun.”

Research Literacy: Crucial to Your Practice

Research about massage therapy is being conducted and published at an unprecedented pace. Clients are invested in massage therapy as a health care intervention. Health care systems rely on evidence-informed practice, and massage therapy is no different. If massage is to be practiced as an evidence-informed practice, then therapists must:

  • Understand basic research vocabulary and concepts;
  • Know how to use research databases to quickly find the information;
  • Discern the differences between advertisements, trade magazines, and academic journals;
  • Evaluate published research for its validity;
  • Apply findings to our work to build our practices and improve outcomes.


Current research about massage can be used in virtually every class taught in a massage program. Use Basics of Research Literacy as an introduction to this world, so you can begin to share it with your students.

*This course is approved in most states, including Florida, NY, Texas, South Carolina and Mississippi. These are states where special approval is needed. This course is NOT approved in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Arkansas. The course is also approved in Ontario, Canada.

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Tuition is refundable if the student has not engaged in the course activities. Activities are defined as downloading material or participating in the interactive sections of the course.  Participants should email us at to request a refund. Refunds will be made within 30 days of receipt of email.

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