Industry Research

Massage Envy believes that scientific, viable research on the benefits of massage therapy and bodywork is vital to the future growth and acceptance of the massage therapy profession. To date, Massage Envy has donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation and Touch Research Institute to aid in the development and facilitation of research programs.

Research Organizations:


SpaEvidence is the world's first portal designed to help people explore the medical evidence that exists for spa and wellness therapies.  The SpaEvidence portal contains thousands of studies that evaluate approaches to wellness therapies like massage.

 Spa Evidence


 Massage Therapy Foundation                                                                  


The Massage Therapy Foundation was founded by AMTA in 1990, with the mission of bringing the benefits of massage therapy to the broadest spectrum of society through the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge in this field. We do this by receiving donations and granting funds for research, community service, educational initiatives and conferences. We also do this by providing direct consultation to the medical and research communities and by educating massage therapists about the world of research.              



The Touch Research Institute was formally established in 1992, by Director Tiffany Field, Ph.D. at the University of Miami School of Medicine, via a start-up grant from Johnson & Johnson. The TRI was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine.

Touch Research Institute