NCBTMB and MTF Strengthen Collaboration Efforts, Announce 2019 Webinar Series

Burr Ridge, Ill. / Evanston, Ill. (February 5, 2019)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) announced today a free 2019 Research Webinar Series to further define research, its impact on the profession, and resources for engagement. The first webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Noon CT.

According to Douglas Nelson, President, Massage Therapy Foundation: “The first webinar explores the question of why research is essential to the practice of massage therapy. Research insights broaden our understanding of the power and promise of massage therapy, and each new finding invites further curiosity and exploration into the application and mechanisms of the work. Publishing massage research in peer-reviewed journals affords us the ability to share these insights with other health care disciplines, inviting collaboration and shared learning. Ultimately, that which deepens our understanding also deepens the art of massage therapy, facilitating a richer and deeper experience for massage therapists and better outcomes for clients as well.”

The free 2019 NCB/MTF Webinar Series will include topics such as:

  • Why Research? (February 28, 2019)
  • What is Research? (Summer, 2019)
  • How to Find Quality Resources (Fall, 2019)

“NCB and MTF are both deeply committed to advancing standards throughout the massage therapy and bodywork profession,” commented Steve Kirin, Chief Executive Officer, NCBTMB. “Board Certification and research both aim to advance the professional practice of massage in various settings, such as integrative healthcare, oncology, sports, and much more. Such synergies compelled our organizations to further serve the profession by providing additional opportunities to enrich therapists’ understanding of research—what it is, how to find it, evaluate it, and apply it to their everyday practice.”

To learn more and/or register for the free NCB/MTF February 28, 2019 Webinar, please visit

Official dates for Summer and Fall webinars to be released in Spring 2019.


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Specialty Certificates, an Approved Provider Program, and an Assigned School Code Program. For more information, please visit

About MTF

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 providing support to the massage therapy profession. Since 1990, MTF has provided over $1 million in research grants studying the science behind therapeutic massage. The Foundation founded and publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal and provides many educational resources for massage therapists, educators, and students. MTF provides community service grants to populations in need of therapeutic massage who would otherwise lack access. For more information, please visit