Amara Massage Evidence Informed Resource Library for Self Guided CE

Are you ready to evolve your massage practice or just eager to learn more about science and evidence informed manual therapy practice? Below you will find an ever growing list of resources. Check back regularly for updated and new information!



  1. Myth Reduction
    1. “5 Myths and Truths about Massage Therapy Letting Go Without Losing Heart Written by: Tracy Walton, MS, LMT” (PDF) :
    2. Massage Sloth Video “What Are Muscle Knots?”
  2. Verbal Communication Skills
    1. My Massage Therapy Needs Modern Psychology by Christopher Moyer, PhD (VIDEO):
  3. Non Verbal Communication Skills
    1. My Stroke Of Insight, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (VIDEO):
  4. Body Mechanics
  5. Ethics
    1. The Ethics Of Working With People With Cancer (free online CE Course from Laura Allen, LMT):
  6. Critical Thinking Skills for Life Application and Manual Therapy
    1. Critical Thinking Skills and Tribalism w/Kevin DeLaplante (video)
    2. Learning to Think Critically w/Lars AveMarie (video):
  7. Pain, Touch and Neuroscience Education
    1. Crossing The Chasm: Integrating Pain Science And Finding Your Way by Jason Silvernail, DPT, DSc, CSCS, FAAOMPT” VIDEO LINK:
    2. Pain Experts Answer Your Pain Questions (VIDEO):
    3. “Back Pain; Separating Fact From Fiction” Dr. Peter O’Sullivan (VIDEO):
    4. “Why Things Hurt” Professor Lorimer Moseley (VIDEO):
    5. Professor Lorimer Moseley: “Getting a grip on pain and the brain (video 40 min)
    6. “The Power of Touch” on Psychology Today:
    7. “The Science of Touch and Emotion” on Berkeley Science Review:
    8. “Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much” on the New York Times:
    9. Dacher Keltner on Touch, an 8 min vid:
    10. “Pleasant to the Touch” on the Scientist:
    11. “Acute Pain Is Eased With the Touch of A Hand” on PHYSORG:
    12. “The Mystery of Human Touch” on Pacific Standard:
    13. “Scientists Identify Key Cells in Touch Sensation” on Scicasts:
    14. “A Mind About Touch”, a 5 min vid on Brainfacts:
    15. “Researchers Examine How Touch Can Trigger Our Emotions”,
    16. “Our Ability To Identify the Source of Pain Varies Across the Body”,
    17. “Groundbreaking Model Explains How the Brain Learns To Ignore Familiar Stimuli”,
    18. “Nerves of Endearment: How a Gentle Touch Affects Emotions”,
    19. “A ‘Hands-On’ Approach Could Help Babies Develop Spatial Awareness”
    20. “Metaphors Make Brains Touchy Feely” on Science News:
    21. “Rub Out Your Pain” on BrainBlogger:
    22. “Not Just Skin Deep: Neurons Detect Pleasurable Touch” on KnowingNeurons:
    23. “A Nose for Touch” on the Scientist, an intriguing post about how the star-nosed mole interpret its surroundings through touch:
    24. “The Cell Biology of Touch”, open access in the Journal of Cell Biology:
    25. “Pain Relief by Touch: A Quantitative Approach”, open access in Pain:
    26. “The Skin As A Social Organ”, open access in Experimental Brain Research:
    27. “The Social and Personality Neuroscience of Empathy For Pain and Touch”, open access in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience:
    28. “Vicarious Responses to Social Touch in Posterior Insular Cortex Are Tuned to Pleasant Caressing Speeds”, open access in the Journal of Neuroscience:
    29. “Pinpointing the Pressure Responder”, open access in Science Signaling:
    30. “Epidermal Merkel Cells Are Mechanosensory Cells That Tune Mammalian Touch Receptors” on PainResearchForum:
    31. “Sensory Biology: It Takes Piezo2 To Tango”, abstract in Current Biology (PM me for full text):
    32. “An Alternative To Traditional Mirror Therapy: Illusory Touch Can Reduce Phantom Pain When Illusory Movement Does Not”, abstract in Clinical Journal of Pain (PM me for full text):
    33. “Pain-Specific Brain Activity Arrives Just Before Birth” on PainResearchForum (PM me for full text):
    34. “Discriminative and Affective Touch: Sensing and Feeling”, abstract in Neuron (PM me for full text):
    35. “Genetic Identification of C Fibres That Detect Massage-Like Stroking of Hairy Skin In Vivo”, abstract in Nature (PM me for full text):
    36. “The Science of Interpersonal Touch: An Overview”, open access in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews:
    37. “Touching and Feeling: Differences In Pleasant Touch Processing Between Glabrous and Hairy Skin In Humans”, abstract in European Journal of Neuroscience:
    38. “Touch Sense: Functional Organization and Molecular Determinants of Mechanosensitive Receptors”, open access in Channels:
    39. “Touch Communicates Distinct Emotions”, open access in Emotion:
    40. “Primary Somatosensory Cortex Discriminates Affective Significance In Social Touch”, open access in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
    41. “Neurons in your skin can do math”:
    42. A BUNCH of papers and slides from Dr Nicholas Paul Holmes, PhD in Neuroscience. His research area dives into the cognitive neuroscience and psychology of ‘the hand’. His website on Neurobiography seems like a never-ending story. Start out with his lecture notes on “Body Perception 2: The Skin and Touch” and get lost in everything touchy:
    43. A BUNCH of open access papers from Touch: Gothenburg about somatosensory research:
    44. Dunbar – 2010 – The social role of touch in humans and primates: Behavioural function and neurobiological mechanisms:
    45. “Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why ‘Touch’ Triggers Pleasure And Pain” Intreview with David Linden on NPR:
    46.  “The Power of Touch” on The New Yorker:
    47. “Active Interpersonal Touch Gives Rise to the Social Softness Illusion”, open access in Current Biology:
    48. “Emotional and physiological responses to touch massage”, open access Phd thesis from Lenita Lindgren:
    49. “Keeping the touch in medical practice”
    50. “Development of brain mechanisms for processing affective touch”
    51. “Feel me – what the new science of touch says about ourselves” in The New Yorker:
    52. “Encoding of Touch Intensity But Not Pleasantness in Human Primary Somatosensory Cortex”, abstract in Journal of Neuroscience:
    53. A blogpost by Meghan Mounce that to me describes the humanistic value of touch:
    54. “The sensory neurons of touch”, open access in Neuron:
    55. “From sweeping to the caress; Similarities and discrepancies between human and non-human primates’ pleasant touch”, open access in Frontiers in Psychology:
    56. “Social touch modulates endogenous μ-opioid system activity in humans”, abstract in Neuroimaging:
    57. “The human somatosensory system: From perception to decision making”, abstract in Progress in Neurobiology:
    58. “Effect of Continuous Touch on Brain Functional Connectivity Is Modified by the Operator’s Tactile Attention” in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience:
    59. “Voluntary self-touch increases body ownership” in Frontiers in Psychology:
    60. «Uncovering the cells and circuits of touch in normal and pathological settings» in Neuron:
  1. 8.  Self Care Tools
    1. 10 Evidence Based Reasons Why You & Your Patients Should Exercise” by Jamie Johnston, RMT

         9. Mental Health & Trauma Awareness Skills  


                2. “Understanding Depression; ways to recognize and help” by Jamie Johnston (article)

3. “Why Massage Therapy Needs to Be Trauma Informed”, by Mark Olson,

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