Research Video Library - ISMETA

ISMETA Research Video Library

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.

RUTH WERNER, BCTMB: 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 6th edition. A 7th edition will appear in 2019, through Books of Discovery. 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.

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, BCTMB: 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 6th edition. A 7th edition will appear in 2019, through Books of Discovery. 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.

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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, will introduce 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, PhD, RSMT is a scholar, researcher, and registered somatic movement therapist who currently chairs the Somatic Studies specialization in the Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of numerous articles and book chapters on somatic approaches to research, Rae has been teaching embodied research methodologies to somatic practitioners since 2004.

The ISMETA Research and Publications Committee is proud to share this video of the ISMETA Symposium held at the “Movement and Cognition Conference” in Tel Aviv, Israel  July 2019. During this academic gathering, the latest installation in a series of conversations we facilitate on how to move the research agenda for somatic movement forward, four expert practitioners / researchers discussed, “The role of imagery, touch, and interoception in activating cortical and subcortical somatosensory circuits through somatic movement practices.”

ISMETA would like to express deep gratitude to all involved, particularly the presenters (bios below) and The Feldenkrais Guild of North America.

Abstract of the Symposium

Full Bios of Symposium Presenters

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On September 4, 2018, ISMETA was honored to host a webinar based on the Symposium we first presented July 28,2018 at the Movement2018: Brain, Body and Cognition Conference at Harvard Medical School. We are offering this recording to all interested people and welcome your responses and questions at ResearchCommitteeChair@ismeta.org.

Abstract of the Symposium

Full Bios of the Symposium Panelists

Session Content: What research about somatic movement education and therapy has already occurred, and how can we continue to build a base of evidence for our field? Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell will summarize ISMETA’s recent endeavors to gather existing research literature in a single bibliography, and to increase research literacy among somatic movement professionals. Then, Dr. Abraham will discuss his professional path to become a researcher of somatics, as well as his vision for advancing our work in academic contexts. Please bring potential research topics and projects you are considering. There will be time for questions from and conversation with the session participants.

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell (MA, EdM, RSME/T, REAT) is an expressive arts therapist who cherishes the Body as an on-going, creative process. As a member of Tamalpa Institute’s faculty and the Continuum Teachers Association, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals across the lifespan. After serving on the Board of Directors of ISMETA for 9 years, she currently acts as Co-Chair of its Research and Publications Committee and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Group. She authored an academic article on the educational implications of the philosophical concept of embodied cognition and presents internationally on the impact of movement on human development. For more information: elisabethosgood.com

Dr. Amit Abraham (PhD, MAPhty Musculoskeletal, B.P.T) is a musculoskeletal physical therapist specializing in mental imagery training for dancers, athletes, and people with Parkinson disease. Dr. Abraham holds a Bachelor in Physical Therapy from Tel-Aviv University, a Masterʼs Degree in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from The University of Queensland, and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from the University of Haifa. He completed post-doctoral training at Emory University School of Medicine and served as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Georgia. Currently, Dr. Abraham is a faculty member and director of the Mental Imagery and Human Performance Lab in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ariel University (Israel).

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