Diana Thompson is a licensed massage therapist for 30 years, has a private practice in Seattle, USA, treating acute and chronic soft tissue disorders, specializing in post-operative care. She is author of Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists, now in its fourth edition. She was also the author from 2010-2013 of a regular column in Massage and Bodywork Magazine, titled Somatic Research. Thompson lectures internationally at massage, acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic, physician and physical therapy conferences and is a consultant for massage therapy research with The Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. She is a past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, a philanthropic non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.