Evolve Massage Evidence Informed Resource Library

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) : https://www.tracywalton.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/5-Myths-and-Truths-about-Massage-Therapy_final-with-Page-Numers.pdf
    2. Massage Sloth Video “What Are Muscle Knots?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMhIw4yr5s8
  2. Verbal Communication Skills
    1. My Massage Therapy Needs Modern Psychology by Christopher Moyer, PhD (VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiNzuNfVWIk
  3. Non Verbal Communication Skills
    1. My Stroke Of Insight, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (VIDEO): https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight?language=en
  4. Body Mechanics
  5. Ethics
    1. The Ethics Of Working With People With Cancer (free online CE Course from Laura Allen, LMT): https://www.mytablemesa.com/courses/ethics-working-with-people-with-cancer-laura-allen-florida-massage-therapy-NCBTMB?fbclid=IwAR3yqFQdYn0VDY4A-xQs2sTp7bpES13530bton9EXQX81bfyWtwYkqbfzbk
  6. Critical Thinking Skills for Life Application and Manual Therapy
    1. Critical Thinking Skills and Tribalism w/Kevin DeLaplante (video) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCPXzKiZn7OGiC9gzz13dp2IdgmzsiPET
    2. Learning to Think Critically w/Lars AveMarie (video): https://breathe.edu.au/learning-think-critically-lars-avemarie/?fbclid=IwAR20KZZDdMMuhnAuYPGEfjfGGFyg_6odIkHDr-P5leBD6yrIf92p7ZmBYFI
  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: https://vimeo.com/121527095
    2. Pain Experts Answer Your Pain Questions (VIDEO): https://www.facebook.com/fxnlmedia/videos/2042860965968131/
    3. “Back Pain; Separating Fact From Fiction” Dr. Peter O’Sullivan (VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlSQLUE4brQ
    4. “Why Things Hurt” Professor Lorimer Moseley (VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gwd-wLdIHjs
    5. Professor Lorimer Moseley: “Getting a grip on pain and the brain (video 40 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5p6sbi_0lLc
    6. “The Power of Touch” on Psychology Today: http://bit.ly/WC1H63
    7. “The Science of Touch and Emotion” on Berkeley Science Review: http://bit.ly/1gXXOxN
    8. “Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much” on the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1oO922i
    9. Dacher Keltner on Touch, an 8 min vid: http://bit.ly/1kX0RIG
    10. “Pleasant to the Touch” on the Scientist: http://bit.ly/1nqyS7a
    11. “Acute Pain Is Eased With the Touch of A Hand” on PHYSORG: http://bit.ly/1lTEggv
    12. “The Mystery of Human Touch” on Pacific Standard: http://bit.ly/1m5KkXW
    13. “Scientists Identify Key Cells in Touch Sensation” on Scicasts: http://bit.ly/1qzpvXT
    14. “A Mind About Touch”, a 5 min vid on Brainfacts: http://bit.ly
    15. “Researchers Examine How Touch Can Trigger Our Emotions” http://bit.ly/1ihsORf,
    16. “Our Ability To Identify the Source of Pain Varies Across the Body” http://bit.ly/1lGvVCK,
    17. “Groundbreaking Model Explains How the Brain Learns To Ignore Familiar Stimuli” http://bit.ly/1qqh3Yu,
    18. “Nerves of Endearment: How a Gentle Touch Affects Emotions” http://bit.ly/1ihG48n,
    19. “A ‘Hands-On’ Approach Could Help Babies Develop Spatial Awareness” http://bit.ly/1qqh66Q
    20. “Metaphors Make Brains Touchy Feely” on Science News: http://bit.ly/1kWBV4f
    21. “Rub Out Your Pain” on BrainBlogger: http://bit.ly/1m5VxrA
    22. “Not Just Skin Deep: Neurons Detect Pleasurable Touch” on KnowingNeurons: http://bit.ly/1yuTwu4
    23. “A Nose for Touch” on the Scientist, an intriguing post about how the star-nosed mole interpret its surroundings through touch: http://bit.ly/1wcbJdQ
    24. “The Cell Biology of Touch”, open access in the Journal of Cell Biology: http://bit.ly/1ihHZKf
    25. “Pain Relief by Touch: A Quantitative Approach”, open access in Pain: http://1.usa.gov/UpxVni
    26. “The Skin As A Social Organ”, open access in Experimental Brain Research: http://bit.ly/1EeZfX1
    27. “The Social and Personality Neuroscience of Empathy For Pain and Touch”, open access in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: http://1.usa.gov/1nTHK7a
    28. “Vicarious Responses to Social Touch in Posterior Insular Cortex Are Tuned to Pleasant Caressing Speeds”, open access in the Journal of Neuroscience: http://bit.ly/1iTwraL
    29. “Pinpointing the Pressure Responder”, open access in Science Signaling: http://bit.ly/SYBgsi
    30. “Epidermal Merkel Cells Are Mechanosensory Cells That Tune Mammalian Touch Receptors” on PainResearchForum: http://bit.ly/1sujspr
    31. “Sensory Biology: It Takes Piezo2 To Tango”, abstract in Current Biology (PM me for full text): http://1.usa.gov/1nqsJYz
    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): http://1.usa.gov/1iTmv0Q
    33. “Pain-Specific Brain Activity Arrives Just Before Birth” on PainResearchForum (PM me for full text): http://bit.ly/1lGJRN1
    34. “Discriminative and Affective Touch: Sensing and Feeling”, abstract in Neuron (PM me for full text): http://bit.ly/Tg6F9U
    35. “Genetic Identification of C Fibres That Detect Massage-Like Stroking of Hairy Skin In Vivo”, abstract in Nature (PM me for full text): http://bit.ly/UpNJXc
    36. “The Science of Interpersonal Touch: An Overview”, open access in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews: http://bit.ly/1iTx2Jr
    37. “Touching and Feeling: Differences In Pleasant Touch Processing Between Glabrous and Hairy Skin In Humans”, abstract in European Journal of Neuroscience: http://bit.ly/1it8L1V
    38. “Touch Sense: Functional Organization and Molecular Determinants of Mechanosensitive Receptors”, open access in Channels: http://1.usa.gov/1qzy8S8
    39. “Touch Communicates Distinct Emotions”, open access in Emotion: http://bit.ly/1pum5DK
    40. “Primary Somatosensory Cortex Discriminates Affective Significance In Social Touch”, open access in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: http://bit.ly/1yuVDy7
    41. “Neurons in your skin can do math”: http://bit.ly/1o6tTs0
    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: http://bit.ly/1qzyV5s
    43. A BUNCH of open access papers from Touch: Gothenburg about somatosensory research: http://bit.ly/SA1TVd
    44. Dunbar – 2010 – The social role of touch in humans and primates: Behavioural function and neurobiological mechanisms: http://bit.ly/1JVP3q9
    45. “Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why ‘Touch’ Triggers Pleasure And Pain” Intreview with David Linden on NPR: http://n.pr/1xawNiV
    46.  “The Power of Touch” on The New Yorker: http://nyr.kr/18pZcMN
    47. “Active Interpersonal Touch Gives Rise to the Social Softness Illusion”, open access in Current Biology: http://bit.ly/1QuO2aC
    48. “Emotional and physiological responses to touch massage”, open access Phd thesis from Lenita Lindgren: http://bit.ly/1iXoEgd
    49. “Keeping the touch in medical practice” http://bit.ly/1kEtRN3
    50. “Development of brain mechanisms for processing affective touch” http://1.usa.gov/1Rg8A8K
    51. “Feel me – what the new science of touch says about ourselves” in The New Yorker: http://bit.ly/1TS0Z0y
    52. “Encoding of Touch Intensity But Not Pleasantness in Human Primary Somatosensory Cortex”, abstract in Journal of Neuroscience: http://1.usa.gov/1TLn414
    53. A blogpost by Meghan Mounce that to me describes the humanistic value of touch: http://bit.ly/2ccWGPJ
    54. “The sensory neurons of touch”, open access in Neuron: http://bit.ly/2cFi2F6
    55. “From sweeping to the caress; Similarities and discrepancies between human and non-human primates’ pleasant touch”, open access in Frontiers in Psychology: http://bit.ly/2dfyPOx
    56. “Social touch modulates endogenous μ-opioid system activity in humans”, abstract in Neuroimaging: http://bit.ly/2kgUP0I
    57. “The human somatosensory system: From perception to decision making”, abstract in Progress in Neurobiology: http://bit.ly/2oTzugT
    58. “Effect of Continuous Touch on Brain Functional Connectivity Is Modified by the Operator’s Tactile Attention” in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: http://bit.ly/2uOPzap
    59. “Voluntary self-touch increases body ownership” in Frontiers in Psychology: http://bit.ly/2HJzwBy
    60. «Uncovering the cells and circuits of touch in normal and pathological settings» in Neuron: http://bit.ly/2yAucK2
  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  

               1. https://www.massagemag.com/4-essential-skills-trauma-massage-87929/?fbclid=IwAR1wTKjFJXkHSCVvYg_VjHpwLp_4KIOGacEVJVMRbDp6knBmFwiSls79I5

                2. “Understanding Depression; ways to recognize and help” by Jamie Johnston (article) https://themtdc.com/understanding-depression-ways-to-recognize-and-help/?fbclid=IwAR0nNBkNAn7BiD7Q5NZDNsKlU19s0DgYf5zWMqzdGaQbRpkwXo12DsWHszM

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