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Membership in Massage Professional Societies

Massage Therapy Professional Society Membership is important if you are going to take your career seriously, and you wish for others to do so as well. Joining a Professional Society is a way of letting your clients know that as a Massage Therapist, you hold yourself to high standards of conduct and professionalism.

The benefits of joining are numerous. Some Massage Professional Associations also provide Massage Liability Insurance as part of your yearly membership. Others do not. Besides this, there are discounts you can get from manufacturers of massage equipment, as well as other opportunities to save with participating businesses of all sorts. And some even offer their own accredited continuing education courses online!

But these are just the perks; the really important part is that you are putting your money behind an organization that stands for ethical, evidence-based Massage Therapy, and you get to display the logo of your Massage Professional Society, letting others know where you stand. Your Professional Society may also lobby or advocate for laws to help protect your profession.

If you are specializing in Oncology Massage, there's a special Professional Society dedicated just to that niche. And that is but one example; there are many other professional societies for Massage Practitioners dedicated to other specialized therapies. Of course, there is no limit to how many professional societes you may join, except that each costs money for membership dues.

As a student, you may be entitled to a discount. Your school may have already enrolled you in one of these societies as part of your tuition. Ask, and see if this is the case if you're currently a student. Member ship in at least one Massage Professional Society is highly recommended for therapists of all skill and experience levels.

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List of Massage Professional Societies

Massage Professional Associations in the US

American Massage Therapy Association
www.amtamassage.org/
AMTA is the leading choice among massage therapists. ... Access the best benefits available to massage professionals including ... AMTA Member Discounts


Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
www.abmp.com/
Serving the massage therapy community since 1987 through practice support, ethical standards, legislative advocacy, and public education.


National Association of Massage Therapists
namtonline.com/
$1,000,000 A+ rated General & Professional Massage Insurance; ... Insurance included in $89.95 association membership (*with a one time initiation fee of $50) ...


Feldenkrais Guild of North America
feldenkrais.com/profession/fgna/about_fgna/?/profession/about_fgna/
An association for practitioners of the Feldenkrais method of massage, who are trained by accepted training facilities or by The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education school.


Alexander Technique International
http://www.ati-net.com/
This is the association of massage therapists trained in the Alexander Technique, a method which seeks to improve function through movement improvement.


Alliance for Massage Therapy Education
http://www.afmte.org/
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education is a non-profit organization established to serve as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the entire education sector - from entry-level massage training programs through post-graduate studies.


American Academy of Pain Management
http://www.aapainmanage.org/
Join the American Academy of Pain Management, become a member, and be part of an energized community of clinicians that works together to ensure that people with pain have access to optimal, person-centered care. Join us and get the tools, services, and support you need to provide that care.


American Medical Massage Association
http://www.americanmedicalmassage.com/
The national trade associations combined within the AHS consortium serve the needs of a diverse family of health care providers and educators in the areas of alternative, complementary, conventional, and allied health care and includes members from the professional disciplines of allied health education, medical assisting, nursing, medical massage, medical acupuncture, holistic health care, personal training, naturopathy and naprapathy.
The AHS Consortium of national trade associations has joined together to provide outstanding member benefits including: Education, Testing and Credentialing - Professional Liability Insurance - Personal Health Insurance - Business Development and Financial Products.


American Organization for Bodywork Therapists of Asia
www.aobta.org/
Promoting Eastern Philosophical Approaches to Health and Well-Being With Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) ABT promotes, maintains, and restores physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual health by treating the bioenergetic system with Oriental Medicine based assessments, treatment strategies, and bodywork techniques.


American Society for the Alexander Technique
www.alexandertech.org/
AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique) is the largest professional organization of teachers of the Alexander Technique in the United States. AmSAT-certified teachers have completed a comprehensive training over a minimum of three years at an AmSAT approved teacher training course, as specified in the AmSAT Bylaws. Continuing education is a requirement for ongoing AmSAT membership.


Association for Research and Enlightenment
http://www.edgarcayce.org/
Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment was founded more than 80 years ago with the purpose of helping people to transform their lives for the better through ideas and information found in the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce. Our goal is to be your resource for body-mind-spirit materials that will help you in your everyday experience to be all that you can be.


Esalen Massage and Bodywork Association
esalen.org/esalenmassage/
The Esalen Massage and Bodywork Association (EMBA) extends the study and practice of Esalen Massage via an active, worldwide community of professionals.


Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
fsmtb.org/
The mission of the Federation is to support its Member Boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner. They also ensure the provision of a valid reliable licensing examination to determine entry-level competence.


Florida State Massage Therapy Association
fsmta.org
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) is the only association that works exclusively for massage therapists in Florida. FSMTA membership dues not only provide you with excellent benefits for yourself and your business, but also promote and protect the entire massage therapy profession in Florida. If you are searching for a job, a friend, a smart business idea, insurance, or news about massage therapy; then FSMTA is for you!


Hands-On Trade Association (HOTA)
handsontrade.com/
Offering a Benefits Package including Professional and General Liability Insurance Coverage, a website with unlimited pages, images, and e-mail hosting for an independent Massage Therapist, Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Body Worker, Yoga and more...


Minnesota Touch Movement Network
mtmn.org/
Supporting and protecting the practice of massage, touch therapy and somatic education since 1981. The MTMN-Minnesota Therapeutic Massage Network/Minnesota Touch Movement Network was formed in 1981 by massage therapists seeking networking support and means of exploring educational options. The MTMN is the oldest organization of its type in the state. Comprised of practitioners with a wide variety of modality training, the network is clearly not limited to massage therapists.


National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists
nanmt.org/
NANMT members are committed to integrating massage and bodywork into various settings of contemporary nursing practice and health care. We work cooperatively with other health care professionals and with other nursing and massage/bodywork organizations.
NANMT members maintain a high level of integrity and accountability consistent with the NANMT Code of Ethics and Bylaws, and adhere to the laws and legal scope of practice set forth by the regulatory nursing agency where they practice, as well as the Standards of Practice for the Nurse Massage Therapist.


National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
ncbtmb.org/
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork field. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Approved Providers, Assigned Schools and entry level State Licensure Exams.


New York Institute of Massage Alumni Association
nyinstituteofmassage.com/alumni-association
The Alumni Association was developed to provide a professional membership organization to NYIM graduates. Benefits include continuing education opportunities, networking and business contacts, referral services, and membership in the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) organization. Discounts are also available for professional insurance, massage therapy supplies, equipment, and NYIM student clinic treatments.


New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists
nysmassage.org/
The New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists is a Not-for-Profit organization, 501(C)6, whose purpose is the education and advancement of the Massage Therapy profession. The NYSSMMT is comprised of members, living and working in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We offer quarterly newsletters, meetings and workshops to educate and inform members and massage therapy students throughout the region.


Beauty & Bodywork Insurance
insurebodywork.com/about_us
The Bodywork Insurance Program was launched in the Fall of 2012 by Veracity Insurance Solutions, LLC. After seeing a need in the health & beauty industries for more affordable insurance options, Veracity worked alongside Great American Insurance Company to develop a program that catered to the bodywork industry.


Oregon Massage Therapist Association
omta.net/
OMTA is an alternative grass-roots professional organization. We are a diverse, eclectic membership, dedicated to a collaborative, consensus process. We support creative new ideas and flexibility. We have a local Oregon identity, are self-authorized, and self-created.


Tennessee Massage Therapy Association
tmtanews.org/
It is the mission of the Tennessee Massage Therapy Association to maintain the integrity of our profession, promote professional educational opportunities for our members, promote community within the profession, and develop and improve membership benefits that prepare our members to flourish in the 21st century.


Therese C Pfrimmer International Association of Deep Muscle Therapists
pfrimmer.org/
Therese C. Pfrimmer, creator of Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy, considered her work to be finished and complete. She stated to Mary Kish, her personal assistant, on multiple occasions that she did not want her work altered or changed in any way. One of the missions of the T.C.P.I.A.D.M.T. is to be the steward of the original work of Therese C. Pfrimmer. We are doing our very best to keep her work pure.


Touchpro International
touchpro.com/
TouchPro was developed in 1986 by David Palmer, the "father" of chair massage, out of his passion for positive touch. Our focus is seated massage and our commitment is to provide training, resources and support to help people learn about and earn a living providing skilled touch. Explore the free articles and videos and stay in touch!


Zero Balancing Health Association
http://www.zerobalancing.com/
The Zero Balancing Health Association (ZBHA) is a membership organization that serves the Zero Balancing community of North America. The ZBHA is comprised of our dedicated office staff, talented faculty, and growing community of practitioners. Much of the curriculum development, promotional work, website creation, and policy development within our organization happens thanks to ZBHA members who volunteer in leadership positions and as committee members. Our board members, faculty, mentors and certified practitioners are the ambassadors of Zero Balancing, and we are proud of the passion and creativity within our association.


Hospital-Based Massage Network
naturaltouchmarketing.com/HBMN-hospital-massage/HBMNHome.php
The Hospital-Based Massage Network (HBMN) compiles a list of hospital-based massage programs.


International Association of Infant Massage
iaim.net/
All IAIM infant massage instructors, throughout the world, receive a comprehensive programme of practical and theoretical training. IAIM Certified Instructors of Infant Massage (CIMIs) share the belief that every baby deserves respect, tenderness, warmth and a listening heart. Infant massage is a communication process that parents and babies share which promotes these values.


International Loving Touch Foundation
lovingtouch.com/
International Loving Touch Foundation (ILTF) is an infant pediatric massage instructor community. ILTF is one of the first established training programs of infant massage in the world. ILTF is an accredited program that provides trainings, resources and classes in the field of infant and pediatric massage. Loving Touch® educates individuals and groups in 2- and 3-Day Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) hands-on certification trainings, known as the CIMI® (Certified Infant Massage Instructor) Training Program.


International Massage Association
imagroup.com/
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS ... ... the first association to give members individual insurance policies directly from the insurance company


International Myomassethics Federation
massagepros.org/
The International Myomassethics Federation, Inc., (IMF) was established in August 1971, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The founding members dedicated themselves to establishing a professional organization that would encompass all modalities of massage and bodywork. Those founders wanted to further the education and ethical use of myomassology throughout the world.


Society for Oncology Massage
www.s4om.org/
The Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM) exists to support and educate massage therapists, consumers, and health professionals about the value and specific considerations and applications of oncology massage.


Massage Professional Associations in Canada

College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
www.cmto.com/
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (referred to as the College, or CMTO) is the not-for-profit organization established by the provincial government to regulate the conduct of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in the province of Ontario through the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).


Alberta Registered Massage Therapists Society
www.mtaalberta.com/
This is the association responsible for testing and registering massage therapists in Albera, Canada.


Ontario Massage Therapist Association or Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario
omta.com/
The RMTAO exists in order to advance the massage therapy profession in Ontario. Improvements in the ability of Registered Massage Therapists to provide quality care will improve the health of the people of Ontario whom the profession serves. While massage therapy will not "heal", the services provided by RMTs will assist in rehabilitation, promote recovery and help reduce stress.


Federation Quebecoise Des Massotherapeutes
fqm.qc.ca
The mission of the Federation Quebecoise des Massotherapeutes is to ensure that massage therapists are qualified and supported in their professional practise, and to inform and protect the public.


Massage Professional Associations in the UK

Cambridge University Massage Society
massage.soc.srcf.net/
Offering courses for interested persons in Massage Therapy at their campus. The society holds balls and other events, which members are able to attend after taking their Foundations course and passing an assessment.


MassageSoc of the Student's Union at the University of Nottingham
su.nottingham.ac.uk/societies/society/massagesoc/
MassageSoc offers courses in Massage Therapy for persons interested in learning about Massage Therapy. The society also allows their members to attend socials and balls with other massage therapists.


University of Bristol Student's Union Massage Society
www.ubu.org.uk/activities/societies/7071/
This is another society in England that offers courses in Massage Therapy for persons interested in learning about Massage Therapy, and people taking the courses can also receive a free massage every week. The society meets weekly.


Edinburgh University Student's Association ChillOut Society
www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/societies/society/chilloutsoc/
This is a society in England that offers courses in Massage Therapy for persons interested in learning about Massage Therapy, and people taking the courses can also share massage sessions with other members. Social events are also organized, along with an annual retreat where individuals participate in massage, yoga, meditation, food, drink, walks, and scrabble.


Massage Professional Associations in the rest of the world

Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists' Association
nlmta.ca/
The Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapists' Association (NLMTA) is a non-profit association of professional, practising RMTs who are dedicated to promoting high standards of massage therapy throughout the province...





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