With regards to massage therapy, researching involves a variety of different things. We are always finding out new things, investigating techniques and ideas and looking into and understanding theories.
We begin research with an idea. We begin with brainstorming to try and establish a question that corresponds with the idea. We have to see if anybody else has come up with the same question and see what they have said about it. This is called a literature review and/or theoretical framework. We must always be searching for the truth. The next step that goes with the researching process is methodology, here we are trying to seek how we are going to collect information and/or data on the theory at hand and see if the information we are going to find is valid and relevant. They (methods) are used for collecting info on your question. Some of these methods are; interviews, group discussions and perhaps questionnaires and from there it is about building interpretations. We have to make sure that when we are conducting investigations and searches that we are doing it in an ethically correct manner.
Next I am going to talk about implications of research. It is important to keep the information valid and interpreted in its original state.
By having structure to attain information at any level, ethically, research is a very powerful technique in which is very valuable to anyone including massage therapists.