Teaching Research Literacy: Igniting the Spark

This presentation in the current research into manual therapies is designed to help you expand your knowledge about the effects of touch on the human body. From infants, to burn patients and cancer survivors, everyone has a story to tell about how a good massage helped them cope with their problems, aches, and pains. Most importantly, we will explore the current research into aspects of touch and manual therapies from energy work to rehabilitation. We may even have answers to the questions: Do scars change in response to fascial stretching? What happens at a cellular level when you massage a surgical scar? A burn? A bruise? We will look at some case studies, literature searches, and review the database of both the Touch Research Institute and the Massage Therapy Foundation. Pete will demonstrate some of the successful techniques used in the applied research and you will have an opportunity to practice some of these techniques on each other.

Pete Whitridge

Pete Whitridge has been a licensed massage therapist since 1988. He teaches “Myofascial Components of Pain” workshops throughout the Southeast, as well as Florida Law, Ethics, and Business Building classes. Pete completed a four-year term on the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, serving two years as Chairman. Pete is a faculty member several massage schools and is a frequent speaker for FSMTA chapter meetings, as well as AMTA, FSMTA, and FCA conventions. Pete received the Charles Canfield Award from the FSMTA in 2004 for service and dedication to the massage profession. Pete is currently the President of the Alliance For Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) and has dedicated his career to helping establish high standards in massage therapy education. Pete has always encouraged therapists to “take the next step.” He lives in Fort Pierce, FL with his wife (and editor) Lee. They travel frequently and would love to visit your town. They are available to teach myofascial classes, aromatherapy, and business building classes in your area. Pete can be contacted at: justaskpete@mac.com or 772.332.6116. See his online Laws and Rules Class at: https://yourceplace.com/index/course#Florida Massage Law


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