Massage & Bodywork

July/August 2013

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education clAssrooM to client | PAthology PersPectives | BoDy AWAreness | functionAl AnAtoMy | soMaTIC researCH Research Shines at IMTRC 2013 By Diana L. Thompson farewell Diana L. Thompson's goal in writing the Somatic Research column was to be the voice of the non-PhD massage therapist making sense of research. she hopes you all have grown as much as she did and leaves you in good hands with Jerrilyn Cambron, Dc, PhD, lMt, a clinician, educator, and researcher. the international massage therapy research Conference (imtrC), sponsored by the massage therapy foundation, was held april 25–27 in Boston. This conference touched hearts and minds unlike any scientific meeting I have ever attended. From the opening native American blessing to the closing small-group discussions, speakers and participants shared touching stories, heartfelt concerns, and meaningful data that were directly applicable to massage research and practice. Each morning, plenary sessions consisted of one keynote speaker followed by a panel focused on a particular theme—Day One: Mechanisms; Day Two: Community Health; and Day Three: The Future—regarding massage and health care, and massage research. Afternoon and evening sessions included research presentations, workshops, and video presentations. Here is a rundown of the conference highlights. 54 massage & bodywork july/august 2013

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