Atlanta School of Massage (ASM) and Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have partnered to study the biological effects of massage therapy on General Anxiety Disorder. Jim Nettles, a graduate of ASM and assistant professor at Emory, helped establish the research relationship with Emory’s Psychiatry Department. Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is leading the study, a continuation of his previous massage therapy research.
Atlanta School of Massage has worked extensively with Dr. Rapaport’s research group to develop the training tools and establish research protocols. ASM graduates, Erika Larson, Dedric Carroll, Laureen Dietrick and Brittney Turnes are participating as the massage therapist researchers along with team liaison, Lovelace Linares, Massage Program Director. “Partnerships between researchers and massage therapists are invaluable as they enable all those involved to contribute their expertise while gaining exposure to other fields from qualified individuals. In other words, the scientists can be scientists and the massage therapists can be massage therapists and both groups will be better prepared for further collaboration,” comments Erika Larson.
In 2007, Atlanta School of Massage partnered with the Neurology Department at Emory University to study the beneficial effects of Neuromuscular Therapy on patients with Parkinson’s disease. The findings suggested that neuromuscular therapy (NMT), can improve motor and selected non-motor symptoms. The schools’ continued involvement in massage therapy research demonstrates the dedication that Atlanta School of Massage has to finding new ways to improve the quality of life through therapeutic massage.
The amount of published studies affirming the numerous benefits of massage therapy continues to grow. In addition, more and more people are seeking alternative healing therapies. That’s why this is a very exciting time to pursue a rewarding massage therapy career. If you are considering becoming a massage therapist check out Choose the Massage School Right for You – 10 Things to Consider.