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Massage for Life to be expanded

A number of other provincial associations (friends from the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance) are excited to use and help Manitoba expand the research and information on the web space.

This unique site created by the MTAM is seen as an excellent resource for the public to learn what massage therapy can do, but also to collect and hold relevant research. 

2018 will see changes, the addition of more research in support of massage therapy and our LGBT2SQ+ Task Force will help to ensure we create something that is more inclusive. 

The Next Great Research Roadshow!

This year's Research Roadshow will use the game show Family Feud as a base for a 2-hour event of fun and learning!  

May 11 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ in Winkler
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST

June 22 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ in Steinbach
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST

September 14 | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Research Roadshow: Family Feud ~ in Winnipeg
MTAM Practicing/Non-Practicing/Retired Members: $20 plus GST


Evidenced-Informed Research & Research News

Toxins: a myth of massage therapy

Definition of toxin (Merriam Webster Dictionary) : a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.

Over time and advertising, our overall understanding of the word "toxin" is something completely different than this. The term has been co-opted into health advertising and the claims have grown into a multi-million dollar "detox" industry.  The word "detox" used to refer primarily to a medical procedure that rids the body of dangerous, often life-threatening, levels of alcohol, drugs, or poisons. Patients undergoing medical detoxification are treated in hospitals or clinics. The treatment generally involves the use of drugs and other therapies in a combination that depends on the type and severity of the toxicity.


How many massage therapists are still out there telling their clients that massage gets rid of toxins in the body? On any given day on Facebook, I see about half dozen people at least making that claim … Would you maaahnd sharing with us exactly how that happens? — Laura Allen, Massage Therapist

Why Drink Water After Massage?

Massage therapy does not flush toxins into the bloodstream, and water wouldn’t help if it did

The Unexamined Life: What Are Toxins?


Research Resources

This website, created by the MTAM, is an interactive site for the public that also lists the related evidence-based research relating to how Massage Therapy can help patients.

Massage Therapy Publications and Research Journals

International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Massage Therapy Canada

Massage Therapy Journal

Massage Therapy Magazine

Research Grants

Government of Canada

Government of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

Massage Therapy Foundation

College of Massage Therapy of Ontario

Registered Massage Therapist Association of British Columbia

Massage Therapy Research Websites

Fascia Research Congress