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3 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



Research is overwhelming for many of us. We are unsure of how to begin, where to go for information and what qualifies as a 'good' source. We may not fully understand the different types of research or how to go about formulating a research question, never mind designing a research study. This course will give you the basics in terminology and an overview of concepts and theories behind the subject of research.

As a massage therapist, it is vital that we keep up to date with recent studies regarding the effects of massage or any other topic that affects our ability to assist clients. Unfortunately, research and how to search for it or how to assess and question the results of research studies is not consistently taught in massage school.

Through this course you will:

  • review the history of research.
  • discover the ethical considerations of research - working with human subjects and HIPAA issues.
  • differentiate types of research - compare and contrast qualitative vs. quantitative research.
  • examine the issues of research including researcher bias, questions of interpretation, and informed consent.
  • learn the steps in the research process:
    • formulating a research question.
    • performing a literature review: scholarly vs. popular periodicals.
    • choosing methodologies for research.
    • presenting findings: getting published and peer review.
  • evaluate research studies based on evidence presented.
  • recognize resources for research and locate primary sources.
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Having taken Master's level research methodology years ago, this was an excellent review of the process with updated resources. Naturally, what I liked best was its specificity to our needs as massage therapists.

B. Knight, LMT, BCTMB

Comprehensive guide into starting the complex task of valid "research," finding out if it (the subject) has been evaluated and how and if the results are what you were looking for. I believe this is a valuable course and a valuable tool.

D. Taylor, LMT

I found the course an interesting, well-rounded experience. There was a good mix of general to specific information. Especially the web research listing as well as formal publications.

C. ManyChief, RMT

The information is very informative. It is not only current but well researched (not a pun), seriously.

C. Sprado, LMT

Materials presented in a concise and straight forward fashion. Very easy to process and retain the information. Thanks so much for making necessary materials so readily available.

Samuel Kline, NCTMB

I have always been bored to tears when it came to research. But I found myself interested in this presentation. I learned a lot about what research is and feel easier about delving into articles now. This is a keeper for me to review. Thank you.

Kathryn Carter, CMT, NCTMB

Straight forward course to complete the required research credits for ncbtmb. Just what i needed!

Sarah, Krzanowski, LMT, NCTMB

I was impressed how much research they have done in massage.

Revathy Bagawandoss, LMT, NCTMB

What I thought would be "dull" subject matter, broadened my perception and understanding of research. I had't really considered the impact of political, social and economic aspects in formulating and carrying out research nor the power differential that exists. The research example was pertinent and well designed and the reference material very helpful.

Valerie Angeloro, LMT, BCTMB

Outstanding subject. I learned sustantial information to potentially get involved in research.

Joshua McNamee, LMT

At first I simply took this course for new requirements with NCBTMB. To my delight, I found this course very informative and possibly has given me incentive in doing some research on a topic that has been nagging at me. Thank you.

Jill Davidson, LMT, BCTMB

I very much appreciated this course. It helped me better understand the fundamentals of research and how to get access to evidence-based research that is available on a multitude of topics for my practice and professional growth.

Exie Buehler, LMT, BCTMB

This class awakened in me a whole new perspective about what I can do to make a difference. Thank you for putting this class together, and thanks to all those who had the idea that all of us massage therapists can participate in such research.

Georgene Echelard, LMT, BCTMB

I am VERY pleased with the high quality of information and materials contained in this course. I have always been pleased with the courses offered by the Institute for Integrative Healthcare.

Monika Perlstein, LMT

Thank you for the opportunity to take this class on line. It was very informative and easy to understand.

Stella Cronauer, LMT, BCTMB

I had bought another research course from another company and it was so dry and difficult to manage. I had to give it up! It cost $80! This was easy and 'friendly ' and interesting subject researching water. Thank you!

Frances Klippel, LMT, BCTMB

The idea that as a massage therapist I am responsible for research is intimidating, this course gave me a good base. I love taking courses from Integrative Health Care. I will continue to learn and grow using these courses.

Andrea Rumery, LMT, BCTMB

I really enjoyed this information. It was very interesting.

Kathryn Toya, LMT, NCTMB

Loaded with information. It revealed just how difficult “research” is as a massage therapist.

Terri King Blankenship, LMT

Good introductory material about the research! Thank you!

Jadwiga L. Georgiev, LMT, NCTMB

The course actually exceeded my expectations!

Jeannette Tino, LMT, NCTMB

This study was much more interesting than I anticipated. I recently applied for a healthcare job that includes research, which intimidates me; however this course started to demystify the research process for me. Thank you!

Laurie E. Deamer, LMT

So happy to take the Research course online to fulfill my National Certification. Thank you!

Karen Fairweather, LMT, BCTMB

The program was interesting. I enjoyed reading about research that had been done and the procedures which have to be considered. Thank for providing this course on-line.

Lorena Sue Boyce, LMT, BCTMB

I appreciate that you have an in home study on paper that was mailed to me and I could take the test the same way. Computers hurt my eyes after awhile and In my opinion we as a society use computers way too much.

Debbie Dunkelberger, LMT, BCTMB

I think the subject material would have been more interesting and valuable if it had been something I desired more information on. I took the course because it was all I could find on the required CEU list. At almost 67 years old, I doubt I’ll use the information.

Kathryn Nuzum, BCTMB

This course is an important contribution to massage.

Eleanor LaVasseur, NCTMB

This course was very well written, easy to understand, and informative.

Tammy L. Smith, LMT

Good course! Very informative!

Sharon A Healy, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the need for research to be conducted about massage therapy modalities and their efficacy. This course was informative and to the point.

Lauren Wadsworth, LMT

Truly love it. Well organized. Well outlined. Especially for my attention deficit this course is very well laid out and I love that you have the answers to the completed test available. Great website maintenance and functionality.

Eva Goforth, LMT

This was my first experience studying research information for massage therapy. Reading about the necessary step-by-step inclusions in research is eye opening. I especially found valuable the section of cautions about the personal bias and our role in the influence of research.

Marlene A. Tomasello, LMT, NCTMB

It is the most comprehensive, relevant and supportive to the profession, research document that I have read so far. Thank you for putting it together and making it available.

Cheryl Hockett-Prelle, LMT, BCTMB

This course took me by surprise in that it was very interesting, educational and illuminated the importance of research in the field of massage therapy. It clarified for me where to look for more documented information other than the trade magazines. Loved all the Resource and Bibliography information...very valuable! Thank you...

Marcia McGetrick-West, CMT, NCTMB

Very interesting subject. I was pleasantly surprised that the content held my interest.

Lisa Winton, LMT

Very informative course. The representative who helped me on the phone was very helpful & knowledgeable.

Jean Dorr, CMT, NCTMB

The Research course provided me with very practical information, especially in comparison with other courses I’ve taken. It was well organized and presented in a logical, easy-to-comprehend way. I especially liked the example about water hydration after a massage. I felt very satisfied with the content. Good work!

Elaine Hruska, BCTMB

This course was very informative. I learned a lot of info I didn’t know. I thought it might be a little boring but it wasn’t at all. Actually enjoyed it! Thank you!

Debbie Leppo, BCTMB

Thank you for providing a not-so-easy-to-find NCBTMB requirement in Research. Please continue to offer similar CE’s in Research as it is a continual NCBTMB requirement now. Thank you!

Corinne Corcoran, LMT, BCTMB

Research is a bit dull and I had a hard time keeping my attention, especially with the first 17 pages. I really liked the case study, of giving water to clients post massage, as an example of research. And the resources of websites and organizations at the end is definitely something I want to hold on to.

Tonia Rutherford, CMT, NCTMB

This study stimulated my interest in learning about current research in massage therapy. Finding out who is conducting it is still a challenge.

Pheobe C. Shochat, LMT, NCTMB

When I first learned this course was a "requirement" for re certification, I questioned it. However, after taking this course, I gained a lot of valuable information and will be more careful in how I interpret articles! Thanks

Susan P. Jeske, CMT, BCTMB

I was afraid I'd find this course too hard for me an also that I'd find it dry and uninteresting. However neither proved true. This course held my interest and was clear and easy to understand. I'm glad I took it!

Marinna Elaine Hinkle, MACP, BCMTB

The course itself was ok, but the resource information at the end of the coursebook was fabulous and a great resource to keep on-hand. Thank you!

Jackie Howell

One of the best online CEU courses I've ever taken. Lots of very interesting information. I especially found the history of research very interesting.

Susan Kennedy

This was an excellent course, easy to navigate and I will use this information as continue to grow as a massage therapist. Thank you! CH Lore Eidson

CH Lore Eidson

The Research Course was extensive. I greatly appreciate the compilation of information!

Linda L. Mashas

Very well-written. I particularly enjoyed the example of a real research project. Helped to clarify all the concepts and taught me something about the research subject. The course also gave me places to look for information related to massage therapy which I can use as specific issues come up in my practice.

Margaret D'Arcy

This was the first research I have had to take. I thought it would be a problem. I actually enjoyed the content.

Joanne Gonet

Great body of knowledge presented regarding the topic of research, as it relates to the professional field of massage therapy.

Kristen Perron

I was impressed with the information presented. I did not expect it to be terribly appealing since I only took the course because it is required for NCBTMB board ceritfication and I am not really interested in research. I liked that you used the "should I drink more water?" topic and followed it through the research method, since it a common question clients ask me. It was a great way to illustrate the material.

Beth Thran Bunch, LMBT, BCTMB

The Research online course is very informative for massage therapists who intends to do a research study for massage therapy. Research is very important to obtain a high standard of professionalism for massage therapists.

Erlinda Tom, LMT, BCTMB

I've taken other online courses in order to meet recertification requirements and this one far surpassed the others.

Cathy Sanders, LMT, BCTMB

Though a basic research class, I enjoyed the minor review and still learned some new things. The topics chosen for explanations also added to the overall interest of the class. Overall, very pleased.

Dorian Frances, BCTMB

This course was so informative. I've been wanting to start research studies within the massage profession. I am really excited because after reading this course, I see my path more clearly defined. There was so much more usable knowledge provided in this course than any other massage research course I have done. Thank You!!!!

Julia Gandy, LMT

This course has me interested in reading more research whereas before I did not know where to start!

Amy Fontaine, LMBT

I prefer my CE in classroom setting and I was anxious about completing CE online. I was thrilled to find that you company offered a choice of online or delivered by mail course materials. I was even more excited when I received my package containing the 3 classes I ordered. The Materials were high quality and everything I wanted them to be. The course on Research was very helpful and expanded my basic understanding of the topic. The accompanying booklet will be kept as the wonderful resource that it was designed to be. Thank you for doing a superb job on this course.

Janet D. Kosar, LMT

I liked this course and how research is an important part for massage therapists and keeping up with the most current information. I loved the example of how much water to drink and how to go about researching. It is a good blueprint for how to go about researching other topics.

Judy Anderson, LMT, BCTMB

I was pleasantly surprised to discover so many interesting facts, so much relevant information and so many reference listings to investigate. Thank you.

Dianna Gordon, LMBT, BCTMB

Loved the course to my surprise - Very informative and fun. Expecting a boring research class. Got the opposite! Thanks.

Maureen Griffith-Whelan, LMT, BCTMB

I enjoyed this course. Very informative and inspiring!

Michelle Chaves-Torres, LMT, BCTMB

This is the first course I have taken with the Institute and I found it professional and informative. Also, clear instructions about how to complete a course and take the test. I am keen to see what other interesting research courses are available the next time I am due to renew board certification. Thanks!

Helen Talenti, BCTMB

Clear and helpful material. Well presented.

Gail M. Hutchinson, LMT, BCTMB

Thorough and in depth research course that provided specific detailed examples of how to use and conduct research.

Marie K. Hardman, LMT, BCTMB

I was surprised by the relevant information that I could use in my practice, thinking it was going to be a very dry course. I came away with some helpful information and reliable resources that I can use to do my own research. Thank you!

Andrea McLaughlin, LMT

I found this course more interesting than I thought it was going to be. I had a preconceived notion that this subject would be boring, but you made it interesting and easy to follow. Thank you.

Dolly Cohen, LMT

I have taken other research courses and this one was surprisingly more relevant and interesting compared to the other courses. I loved all the direct examples pertaining specifically to massage. Overall, it was a very enlightening course.

Crystal L. Fleitz, LMT, BCTMB

I took a different course from another company on research that was so boring, it was difficult to follow. This was actually fun and interesting! What a relief!

Carol Miller, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent, pertinent information presented in a concise yet detailed fashion. Multiple references and guides for seeking additional knowledge added to the long term value of the Research course.

Colleen M. McGann RN,LMT

I found myself wondering why this course is required for renewal of my NCBTMB certification. There is a paragraph on page 17 that explicitly states why the profession of massage therapy would benefit from our participation in research, and later information about the founding of the MRAW. I took this course because I had to, and was a little resentful at the outset. I think I would have invested more in the course from the start if the rationale for making it a requirement had appeared right at the beginning. This truly is good information. I'm glad I took the course.

Kathleen Tremblay, LMT, BCTMB

This course was very well-presented and is a significant offering for massage therapists as we do need to grow individually and as a profession

Kathleen Sullivan, LMT, BCTMB

I enjoyed this class as a review of Research that has been done. Also, the importance of how to document this information. I would recommend this course and the Institute to other people.

Joanne M. Verone, LMT, BCTMB

Very pertinent information!

Elaine M. Ryan, LMT

This did definitely open me to the idea that I could do some research at some point!

Barbara Alpert, LMT

A very helpful refresher course with lots of information to help one grow their practice and learn to research in specific areas of interest.Thank you for this informative and well-written course.

Skye Lin Walker, LMT, BCTMB

Great Class!!! Thank you!

Cheryl Matteo-Kerney, CMT, BCTMB

I appreciated the ease at which I was able to study for this course and take the test online. For me, this was not an easy topic but the material made it less stressful. I appreciated having the test and materials coming to me through the mail.

Shirley Williams, LMT, BCTMB

I was dreading having to take a course on Research but was pleasantly surprised to find the information in this course well-presented, interesting and with great resource material to refer to in the future.

Paula Klann, CMT, BCTMB

I felt that this course was very comprehensive, covering a variety of issues involving research. The explanations were clearly presented and described. Good details on how to evaluate different research studies. I was really impressed by the depth of information presented and the encouragement to get involved in doing out own research for our profession.

Elaine Hruska, LMT, BCTMB

Your courses are well written and researched, easy to read, in great sequence of information, easy to understand and covers the course material adequately. Tests are also a good overview of the material, usually easy to understand and take. I appreciated having this research course from your institute so I could also read it at my pace and review for the test. I am grateful I can do this at home since I am not a great "techy" and concerned about testing on a computer. Thank you!

Janine B. Ivory, LMT, BCTMB

I really liked the mock research proposal. It was nice to see an example and really made the material clear.

Christina VanderClute, LMT, BCTMB

I investigated 2 or 3 online research courses for renewal of my National Board license. Our state board had a few classes listed by the Integrative Healthcare Institute and that in addition to the quick and friendly email response I received made the decision to get this course very easy. I enjoyed the material and ease of the course. I would highly recommend to others!

Anna Kreutzer, LMT, BCTMB

The information is clear, concise, and informative.

Susan Collins, LMT, BCTMB

I did not expect to like this course, and only took it because it is required for continued Board Certification. However, it was very informative and I learned new information about how to find scholarly research articles and what constitutes a primary source. It was easy to follow and held my attention. Thank You!

Jodi Mathews, LMT, BCTMB

Course was informative. Thought I would be bored, but actually really learned a lot of the history of research and how it pertains to Massage Therapy. Highly recommended!

Theresa Hankins, LMT

Excellent course.I love the history. Found the entire material interesting and enjoyed reading through it. Material gave applicable examples that were informative and inspiring. Thank you!

Melissa Katsakos, CMT, BCTMB

Research course was well done. Research just isn't on my radar. I would recommend this to my peers.

Karen Wright, LMT, BCTMB

Very informative and easy to understand. Using the example of post-massage hydration benefits was great

Randy Rudloff, LMT, BCTMB

Loved this course. Well written and very informative.

Sally Spurgeon, LMT, BCTMB

I enjoyed this brief course, as it was very informative and handy.

Carey Kimball, BCTMB

I really enjoyed this Research course and being able to read, study and take the test at my convenience and in the comfort of my home. I will be looking forward to taking additional CEU courses with you in he future! Thank you!

Brenda Lee Clark, CMT

I take these courses simply to complete my national re-certification. You have always been helpful and your courses clear and understandable. I've always returned to you for these requirements. Thank you for all the work put into these courses.

Keye McCulloch, LMT, BCTMB

This course would have been so helpful to me in massage school during my research course! Intertwining the information and history of research with an actual research project took the dryness of the subject and brought it to life. It also gave me more criteria to measure articles on any subject against.

Robin Belden, BCTMB

lots of info! Great course.

Michael Ewell, CMT, BCTMB

I'm very interested in Research. I like the sample that was in the material and would like to see more samples that are relevant to massage work. Great job

Judith A Blatz, LMT, BCTMB

I enjoyed the in depth information offered in this course and feel I gained a greater understanding of research studies and how they pertain to the massage therapy industry.

Leah Marie Somerville, LMT, BCTMB

The course was organized, top-down, sequenced, from high level to detail and methodical from a historical and research based perspective with good examples to emphasize the processes and approaches to clearly demonstrate the empirical approach.

Benny Glandon, LMP

I love it, very interesting, very clear, and well presented. The content has very good knowledge. Thank you very much for your good work.

Stella M. Barragan

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Learning Objectives

  • Review the history of research.
  • Discover the ethical considerations of research – working with human subjects and HIPAA issues.
  • Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Examine the issues of research including researcher bias, questions of interpretation, and informed consent.
  • Learn the steps in the research process: formulating a research question; performing a literature review; choosing methodologies for research; analyzing data; presenting findings.
  • Evaluate one example of a research topic.
  • Determine considerations for evaluating research studies.
  • Recognize resources for research and locate primary sources.
  • Ascertain the applicability of research skills to your massage practice.
  • Review resources for further research.
  • Understand important research terminology.
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