The American Massage Therapy Association® represents more than 56,000 massage therapists. AMTA works to establish massage therapy as integral to the maintenance of good health and complementary to other therapeutic processes; to advance the profession through ethics and standards, continuing education, professional publications, legislative efforts, public education, and fostering the development of members. AMTA provides professional and general liability insurance as part of the member benefits package. The organization also provides many optional insurance plans for its members. Member Benefits and Insurance Questions
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Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy administers and enforces the statutory authority monitors the needs of the consuming public. The Board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession as a Massage Therapist. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The Board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 309.350 to 309.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization whose examination is recognized by Kentucky as evidence of competence for license eligibility. NCBTMB’s certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), a national, non-governmental, public protection and standards-setting organization and is made up of a number of components: Eligibility, Examination, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Continuing Education and Recertification.
The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is an autonomous, not-for-profit organization comprised of state regulatory boards and agencies that regulate the massage therapy profession. The FSMTB was established in 2005 and operates under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All revenue collected by the organization is used to enhance FSMTB programs, maintain and improve the quality of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and provide support to FSMTB Member Boards in fulfilling their responsibility of protecting the public.
FSMTB is governed by a board of directors comprised of seven voting directors and two non-voting members (immediate past president and executive director). The seven voting positions are elected into office by the delegate assembly at the FSMTB Annual Meeting. When making nominations, the Nominating Committee considers diversity of ethnicity, gender, geographic distribution and professional experience. Ultimately, the mission of the board of directors and FSMTB is to support our member boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and competent manner.
Examination, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Continuing Education and Recertification.
The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. It was founded by AMTA in 1990 with the mission of bringing the benefits of massage therapy to the broadest spectrum of society through the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge in the field of massage therapy.
The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge is a profession-wide and unifying effort to articulate a common body of knowledge for the profession. These foundational elements include the following defination of massage therapy:
- Describing the Field (primarily to enhance understanding and appreciation of the profession by those outside the profession)
- Scope of Practice
- Competencies of an entry-level massage therapist (knowledge, skills, abilities)
Six organizations agreed to jointly steward the MTBOK initiative. They are American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), AMTA Council of Schools, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), Massage Therapy Foundation, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Task Force bios and other MTBOK updates are available at www.mtbok.org.
Society for Oncology Massage is an international association of massage therapists with the particular interest, specialized training and extra-ordinary compassion to safely bring the healing powers of massage to oncology patients at all stages of the cancer journey. For more information go to www.s4om.org