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Massage Therapy: Web Resources

An introduction to the services and resources for Massage Therapy students at Bristol Community College.

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Massage Therapy

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. AMTA provides our members with the strongest benefits in the profession. We promote massage to the public, the health care community and other important groups. We work for fair licensing of massage in all states, and actively support research. Your voice is heard in AMTA as we are governed by massage therapists. And, we provide a wealth of local and national networking and continuing education opportunities.

American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)

The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) is a professional membership organization which promotes Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) and its practitioners while honoring a diversity of disciplines. AOBTA® serves its community of members by supporting appropriate credentialing, defining scope of practice and educational standards, and providing resources for training, professional development, and networking. AOBTA® advocates public policy to protect its members. AOBTA® also promotes public education on the benefits, ethics, and principles of ABT.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.

AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique)

A proven approach to self-care, the Alexander Technique is a method that people of all ages and abilities can learn to relieve the pain and stress caused by everyday misuse of the body. With the Alexander Technique, you learn how to strip away the movement habits and tensions patterns at the root of your discomfort. You learn how to balance your own body and take charge of your own health. You learn how to sit, stand and move — with safety, efficiency and ease.

Associate Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) exists to advance the professional interests of its members. It accomplishes this goal through various approaches: helping members sort among career path choices; providing materials and advice to help members maximize their prospects for success in establishing and sustaining a practice; aiding marketing and client communications via Web and print resources; providing affordable, comprehensively tailored professional liability insurance; facilitating access to products, continuing education alternatives, and other business services; advocating for a level, fair regulatory environment; and keeping members informed about major issues and educational developments within the massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies professions.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-graduating colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Massage & Bodywork Glossary

ABMP’s massage and bodywork glossary, containing more than 250 terms and their definitions, are housed on ABMP’s public education site

Massage Therapy Foundation (MTH)

We believe in massage therapy and bodywork. We are therapists, educators, members of professional organizations, vendors who sell supplies, and massage and bodywork clients. We support the Massage Therapy Foundation with our hearts and dollars, donating to promote the knowledge and understanding of massage. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public charity, advances the profession through community service projects, research, and education.

National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (NANMT)

The National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists is a member-driven nursing organization founded for the purpose of promoting the practice, education, research, and regulatory interests of its members. It is the official forum and organization for professional Nurse Massage Therapists. NANMT was incorporated in 1990, after evolving from the Georgia Association of Nurse Massage Therapists which was founded in 1987.

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) was founded in 1992 to establish a certification program and uphold a national standard of excellence. Today, the independent, private, nonprofit organization has certified more than 88,000 massage therapists and body workers, who safely and competently serve millions of Americans each year.

The Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Practices Organizations

In 1991, non-profit membership organizations in the massage, bodywork and somatic practice field held an unprecedented meeting to support their individual disciplines while also strengthening their value as a collective group. The Federation was formed to carry out this new vision of mutual support and cooperation.

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