Workshop Dates

Preterm Infant Massage'


  • January 27-28
  • February 24-25
  • March 16-17
  • April 20-21
  • May 18-19

TRI Workshops

The Touch Research Institute Workshop is a 2-day intensive training course on conducting touch therapy research. There are no professional requirements for attending this workshop. The Touch Research Institute is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Licensed massage therapists receive 12 CEUs from attending our workshop.

Program Design

The workshop is very much like an apprenticeship with hands-on experience both conducting touch therapies and learning various aspects of research including different forms of data collection such as interviews, questionnaires and behavioral observations, monitoring physiological measures and collecting biochemical samples, including saliva and urine. Basically, the program involves modeling and demonstrations of these various procedures by researchers at the TRI and first hand involvement in the research and therapy activities.

Touch Research workshops are NCBTMB certified (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork), and upon completion of the workshop course, the participants will be given a certificate and 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Research Methods Training

In addition to the hands-on experience, participants will attend a variety of interactive sessions in which they will learn the basic principles of conducting research. Participants will learn about the process of evaluating and designing touch therapy research. They will learn about the different kinds of measures that assess the effects of massage, the essential components of a good research study and how to get one started.

Current Ongoing Research Studies

· a pregnancy study that is demonstrating how massage therapy reduces depression and stress hormones during pregnancy and, in turn, reduces prematurity and low birthweight
· a study that shows that massage therapy increases weight gain


9am to 3pm


$500 in US funds, by check or money order, payable to Touch Research Institute (Unfortunately, credit card payments are not accepted.)
Please do not make your travel arrangements until your attendance is confirmed.

Sample Workshop Agenda

9:00-10:00 Video for preterm massage
10:00-11:00 NICU for preterm infant massage
11:00-12:00 Pregnancy massage
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
1:00-2:30 NICU for preterm infant massage and data collection.

9:00-10:00 Newborn Assessment
10:00-11:00 NICU for preterm infant massage.
11:00-12:00 Prenatal Clinic/Literature Search
12:00-1:00 LUNCH with Tiffany
1:00- 2:30 NICU for preterm infant massage and data collection

Additional Information

Attire: Because you will be visiting hospital units (Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit) and clinics with patients and doctors, we ask that you wear office clothing or scrubs and comfortable shoes.

Weather: Miami’s weather is pleasant and summer-like most of the year. However, you may wish to bring a light sweater or jacket for indoor air-conditioned areas. If you wish, a small hand umbrella is sometimes handy in case you are caught in a rain shower.