Ep 154 – The Ergonomics Project with Robin Anderson

Male massage therapist using elbow to massage client's back.

Safety and efficiencies in the workplace can help a therapist’s career longevity. So, how does the Ergonomics Project aim to do this? In this episode, Robin Anderson, president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, discusses what the study of ergonomics entails and delves into both phases of the Ergonomics Project, how they plan on using this research, and how different modalities play a role in the project’s approach.

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Robin Anderson, director of education at Mpower Education
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Robin Anderson, MEd, LMT, BCTMB, CEAS, is the regional director of education at Mpower Education. She has been a board-certified licensed massage therapist for 15+ years and currently practices in a plastic surgeon’s office specializing in post-operative recovery care. She is also an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. Robin has a master’s degree in adult education and training from Colorado State University and has published research on ergonomics teaching methods for improving body mechanics in massage therapy students. Robin is a frequent presenter at many professional conferences specializing in the realms of adult education, teaching methods, and ergonomics. In addition to the Massage Therapy Foundation, Robin has participated on committees with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, and currently serves as a site reviewer for the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

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Maryland Board of Massage Vacancies

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