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Where Are We Going? Massage Therapy Education and the Future of the Profession


July 21, 2019 at 8:00PM (Eastern)


This episode: It’s an exciting time for massage therapy, and it’s also a difficult and confusing time.  The Opioid Crisis has people (including mainstream medicine’s most influential voices) talking about integrated care and massage therapy as part of the solution.  Are we ready?  What would it take to be ready? What are we getting ready for?  Do we start with foundational education or is “readiness” a post-graduate endeavor?   In a profession that resists considering itself “healthcare”, it’s difficult to create a way forward.  


In this episode of the ICM, guests Niki Munk and Lauren Cates will discuss their observations of the current state of education and practice as well as share their respective visions for the future of the profession and for the education of those who want to pursue massage therapy as a career. 



Panelists: Niki Munk, PhD, LMT

Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Indiana University. Munk is a clinically trained and licensed massage therapist and completed her doctoral training in gerontology at the University of Kentucky. Munk is one of 13 international Fellows in the International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program at University Technology Sydney (UTS): Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM). In addition, Munk is a Massage Therapy Foundation Trustee and co-investigator on the VA funded TOMCATT study, which examines care-ally assisted and therapist provided massage for Veterans with chronic neck pain.



Lauren Cates, LMT

Lauren is one of Healwell’s founders, its Board Chair and Executive Director. Lauren speaks around the world on a variety of topics related to integrative medicine, emotional self-care for practitioners and the mechanics and politics of introducing massage therapy into clinical settings. Lauren has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Lauren is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Their favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human and more flexible.

This webinar is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in integrative medicine, healthcare, or other humans.

$100 for 12 episodes (September 2018 – August 2019) $20 for a single episode

Tuition for the Interdisciplinary Clan of Mystery is non-refundable.

During this 12-month journey, Healwell’s fearlessly inquisitive, critical thinking mastermind, Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT will host a live monthly webinar with a different guest or guests each month. Mystery panelists will include a palliative care physician, an integrative nurse coach, an RN and an NP who team up to specialize in providing care to the geriatric LGBTQ community, researchers, authors, a palliative care social worker and more. These people think about things that you think about and they are thinking about them in new ways that will challenge you and invite you to consider how you can deepen your service to the humans you care for (personally and professionally) and broaden your perspective to invite collaborations, curiosity and plain old increased clinical knowledge.


*All episodes are recorded. If you have subscribed for the series and miss an episode (or just want to see it again) you may request access to view a recording at a later date.

Upcoming Episodes:

  • Episode 12: August 18, 2019 at 8:00PM (Eastern) – The Sex Talk: Illness and Intimacy with Anne Kelemen, LICSW, ACHP-SW

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Past Episodes:

  • Episode 10 – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Managing Pain with Diana Thompson, LMT
  • Episode 9 – Disenfranchised Grief and Vicarious Trauma in Healthcare Providers with Regina Tosca, LICSW
  • Episode 8 – Silent, Stoic and Suffering: Managing Pain When the Client Can’t Speak with Emily Clore, DVM
  • Episode 7 – Healthcare Everywhere: The Role of Massage Therapists in Community Health Promotion with Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH & Robin Byler Thomas, LMT, DrPH
  • Episode 6 – Balance and the Brain: Adapting Motor Learning for Individuals with Dementia with Julie D. Ries, PT, PhD, Marymount University
  • Episode 5 – Can’t We All Just Get Along? Medication and Massage Therapy with Diana Stewart, PharmD, Palliative Care Pharmacist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center & Lauren Cates, LMT, massage therapist and Executive Director of Healwell
  • Episode 4 – Treating the Whole Kid: How Integrative Therapies Support Pediatric Cancer Patients and their Families with Shana Jacobs, MD Oncologist at Children’s National Medical Center & Amanda Leland, mother of a child with chronic healthcare needs
  • Episode 3 – Caring for LGBTQ Elders with Suzanne Dutton, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, NICHE coordinator/geriatric advanced practice nurse & Clare Madrigal, RN, LGBTQ Resource Nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Episode 2 – Re-imagining the End of Life: Old Wisdom and New Innovations with Janet Booth, RN
  • Episode 1 – Creating an Interdisciplinary Team that is Truly Interdisciplinary and a Team with Hunter Groniger, MD and Anne Kelemen, LICSW

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