research 101

Research 101: An Introduction to Research Fundamentals

Somatic movement research 2

Somatic Movement Research 2.0: Case Studies

Embodying research

Embodying Research: A Field Guide for Practitioners



Research 101: An Introduction to Research Fundamentals with Ruth Werner

Research about movement education and manual therapies is not the abstract exercise that you might think! The best research that is being conducted today uses professional practitioners doing work in real-life settings where the results reflect what truly happens in a successful session. Being able to access and understand the latest research can make you a better practitioner-and enhance positive outcomes for your clients and students.

This webinar covers fundamental research concepts: the hierarchy of evidence, principles of evidence-informed practice, and how to find and make sense of research that is relevant to your practice.


Somatic Movement Research 2.0: Case Studies with Ruth Werner

What is a case report? A case report is a story that tells what happens when one client and one practitioner work together to achieve some specific goals. Case reports are the base of the research pyramid, and they are, by definition, written by practitioners in the field-- that's you.

Case reports allow practitioners to share their wisdom with each other, and they allow other health care providers to learn what happens in this kind of interaction.

Ruth Werner

Ruth Werner

Ms. Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, was first published in 1998, and is now in its 7th edition. Ruth's other books include Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists and her revision of the beloved Scheumann's The Balanced Body. Ruth writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine, serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005, and she was also proud to serve the Massage Therapy Foundation as a Trustee from 2007 to 2017, and as President from 2010-2014.


Embodying Research: A Field Guide for Practitioners with Rae Johnson

Although research is a crucial element in advancing knowledge in the field of Somatics, somatic practitioners sometimes struggle to find a meaningful connection to the research literature, or to see themselves as potential researchers. One challenge to these efforts is identifying a research methodology that fits the values and the lived experiences of practitioners and clients doing somatic work.  The presenter, a seasoned practitioner and researcher, introduces an approach to research that honors the nuances and complexities of somatic data while also being attentive to the diverse sociocultural contexts of somatic practice.

Rae Johnson

Rae Johnson 2020

Rae Johnson, PhD, RSW, RSMT, BCC is a social worker, somatic movement therapist, and scholar/activist working at the intersections of embodiment and social justice. Rae's approach to embodied activism has been shaped by decades of frontline work with street youth, women in addiction recovery, psychiatric survivors, and members of the queer community. Since completing their doctoral studies, Rae has held academic positions in several somatic psychology graduate programs, including at Naropa University and Pacifica Graduate Institute. They currently teach somatic psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and co-direct an online certificate program in embodied social justice.




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