about the instructor

michael hamm, lmt ccst

(WA LICENSE #MA00021821)



I’ve taught anatomy, research literacy, and clinical approaches to manual therapy for the last 13 years.  In more recent years I’ve also developed numerous courses in embodiment practice.


I enjoy working with integrative groups of students: manual therapists, movement practitioners, and various species of somatic bodynerd.

I maintain a private massage therapy practice and I serve as a clinical director for a busy medical massage clinic in Seattle.  When not teaching or practicing bodywork, I’m a composer/musician.

professional roles

Licensed Massage Therapist in Private Practice (Seattle, 2005-present)

Clinical Director, Paul Perrotta Massage Associates (Seattle, 2010-present) 

Core Faculty focused on Anatomy, Technique, Research, and Cadaver Study at the Brian Utting School of Massage and Cortiva Institute (Seattle, 2007-2014)


Trustee, Best Practices Committee Chair, Volunteer and Workshop Presenter for the Massage Therapy Foundation (Evanston, IL 2005-2015) 


Editorial Reviewer for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB), Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT) and the Massage Therapy Journal (MTJ) (2006-2014) 

Research Presenter at the 3rd & 4th International Fascia Research Congresses (Vancouver 2012, Washington DC 2015), and the 2010 and 2013 International Massage Therapy Research Conferences (Seattle WA, Boston MA)


Gold Award Winner of MTF’s Student Case Report Contest (2005)

Instructor/Advisor to 3 prize winners and 2 honorable mentions of MTF’s Student Case Report Contest (2007-2010)

Service to the Profession Special Award from the American Massage Therapy Association - WA Chapter (AMTA-WA), in recognition of work on the ‘Summary of Evidence’ sent to the WA State Health Commission during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (2013) 



The Fascia of the Peripheral Nervous System (in: Fascia in Osteopathic Field)

Eds. Torsten Liem and Paolo Tozzi.  Handspring Publishing, Edinburgh. (Book Chapter)


Developing an Open Source Clinical Reference Tool for the Nerve-Fascia Interface

4th International Fascia Research Congress. (Research Conference Poster)



Mechanical Relationships in the Neurofascia: A Visual Schematic Approach

3rd International Fascia Research Congress. (Research Conference Poster)


Thinking Bigger about Bodywork & Research 

Massage & Bodywork (Trade Journal)


Chapter 21: Clinical Case Reports

Book chapter in Massage Therapy: Integrating Research & Practice Eds. Christopher Moyer and Trish Dryden Human Kinetics (Textbook)


Case Study: A Year in the Life of a Massage Research Curriculum

International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (Research Journal)


Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Conference: A Massage Therapist’s Perspective.

Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (Research Journal)



Jaws: How Massage can help clients with Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

Massage Therapy Journal (Trade Journal) 

Clinical Case Reports for Massage Therapists

Massage & Bodywork (Trade Journal)


Trust: Working with Trauma in Massage Practice

Massage Therapy Journal (Trade Journal) 


Case Report - Impact of Massage Therapy in the Treatment of Linked Pathologies: Scoliosis, Costovertebral Dysfunction,

and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

MT Foundation Gold Award Winner. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (Research Journal) 

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