1. Informed Consent & Explanation of Study

Read below for an explanation of the study!


Title of Research: Does the compatibility of the zodiac signs between the practitioner and the client influence the outcome of energy work?
Investigator: Robin Streit, Massage Therapy Student, BA Cognitive Psychology & Health Communications

At Therapeutic Massage and Training Center students were assigned a paper on massage and wellness. For this assignment, I’ve decided to incorporate my knowledge of research into a creative study on the influence of the compatibility of zodiac signs between the practitioner and the client on the outcome of energy healing. As this theory is in its early stages of development, I will not be sending a formal proposal to the IRB, therefore the data will not be publishable at this time. My intent is to treat this study as if it were reviewed, therefore following the proper procedures for conducting a survey.

Please read the following explanation of the study below. The statement describes the purpose, procedures, benefits, risks, discomforts, and precautions of the program. Also described is your right to withdraw from the study at any time.

Explanation of Procedures
You are being asked to participate in a research project to study the influence of the compatibility of zodiac signs between the practitioner and the client on the outcome of energy healing through massage. The theory is based on research of the science behind astrology and energy healing (e.g. Reiki, Quantum Touch).

Please participate in this study if you practice energy work (you do not necessarily have to be a massage practitioner). The questionnaire contains 10 questions and should take about 5 - 10 minutes; it does not ask for any personal information that could identify you or your clients. Before the study, identify your zodiac sign (there is a reference on the survey) and please be ready to determine your clients' zodiac signs (only up to 4 clients’ signs are necessary; the survey will identify which clients to include).

The questionnaires will be read over only by the researcher, Robin Streit. The researcher will review the answers and will not be able to identify the participants. The data from the questionnaires will be decoded and presented for statistical means. The results will become available for your viewing pleasure on June 30, 2010 at www.wix.com/robin43087/mymassage (the researcher’s website).

Risks and Discomforts
You will not be at physical or psychological risk and should experience no discomfort resulting from answering the questionnaire.

Benefits
There are no direct benefits by participating in this project. However, this research has the potential to set a foundation for studies correlating energy work to the science of astrology. The findings could be used to improve energy healing methods.

Confidentiality
All information gathered from the study will remain confidential. There are no questions that would disclose your or your clients’ identities.

Withdrawal
Participation in this study is voluntary; refusal to participate will involve no penalty. You are free to withdraw consent and discontinue participation in this project at any time.

Questions
If there are any questions or comments concerning the research project, participants are encouraged to contact Robin Streit, the researcher of the project, at robinstreit@gmail.com.

Agreement
This agreement states that you have received a copy of this informed consent and can be printed for your records. Your continued participation indicates that you agree to participate in this study.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Again, thank you very much for participating; it means a lot to me and will be a huge help for my research project!

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