Evanston, IL – June 17, 2009 – Five exceptional students are the winners of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s 2009 Annual Student Case Report Contest. This contest supports the Foundation’s belief that education about research will build a deeper appreciation of massage therapy. The student case report contest promotes research literacy in massage therapy schools by integrating research into schools’ existing programs. With the support and cooperation of schools, students learn to write a research case report and simultaneously begin to incorporate research into their practice habits.  

This year’s first place Gold Award goes to Amy Axt Hanson from Cortiva Institute, Seattle School of Massage Therapy. Her report is titled, “Improving Mobility in a Client with Hypochondroplasia (Dwarfism): A Case Report.” As the first place winner, Ms. Hanson receives $2,500 cash along with an invitation to present her report during a Foundation-sponsored session at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Convention that will take place this September in Orlando, FL. Additionally, Ms. Hanson and her faculty supervisor will each be awarded a $1,000 stipend to attend the convention and an opportunity to publish her report. 

The second place Silver Award goes to John Sherwin from Cortiva Institute, Seattle School of Massage Therapy.  His report is titled, “Impact of Massage Therapy on Treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis.” As a Silver Award winner, Mr. Sherwin receives $2,000 cash and an invitation to present his case report as a poster at the poster session during the AMTA National Convention.

Three students are being recognized with an Honorable Mention. The Honorable Mentions are Christin Gray from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada with a report titled “Management of Lower Body Pain in a Client with a Chronic Lumbar Disk Herniation”; Monika Hocklander from Cortiva Institute, Seattle School of Massage Therapy with a report titled “Intuitive Listening and Body Reading: Are They Viable Tools in Massage and Bodywork?”; and Brian D. F. Richmond, MPH from Potomac Massage Therapy Institute with a report titled “Massage Effectiveness for Client with Post-Polio Syndrome.”

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.