Useful Links for Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers
At this time, there is only one national organization that approves Continuing Education Providers for Massage and Bodywork: NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) Visit the site at NCBTMB.com. Scroll down the left column to the “FIND A…” section and you can choose to find an NCBTMB Approved CE Provider, review their courses and find contact details.
Some state massage boards approve Continuing Education Providers within state jurisdiction. When a Continuing Education Provider is approved by a state board, continuing education courses they offer are only valid within that state. Continuing Education Providers may have multiple approvals, so they might be approved by a state board and also by NCBTMB. A course approved by, for example, the Texas State Board, would not be able to be used for license renewal in another state unless the Continuing Education Provider had an additional approval accepted by that state board.
You can view a reference document for State CE requirements for license renewal HERE.
It is the responsibility of each licensee to be aware of specific requirements for CE content and format that will meet requirements for license renewal. While the NCBTMB approves courses based on their guidelines, state guidelines can vary widely. Some states accept all home study, while others have a hands-on CE requirement; some accept webinars as live classes and other states consider webinars to be home study. Know the CE requirements for renewing your license!
Continuing Education is an activity that we choose to engage in, not just to meet license renewal requirements, but because we can be better therapists, on every level, when we do.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS RELATED TO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK
Members are the State Boards, not massage therapists or educators. They administer the MBLEx, an exam used by most state boards to determine if massage school graduates can qualify for licensure.
Professional Organizations for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers – These organizations require paid membership and provide services, additional credentialing, political representation, et al.
AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) – A non-profit organization that provides insurance, continuing education classes, and marketing advice and materials to members. The AMTA has state and local chapters as well. The AMTA is politically active at the state and national levels, effectively representing the interests of massage therapists and bodyworkers.
ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals) provides insurance, continuing education classes, and marketing website, advice and materials to members. The ABMP is politically active at the state and national levels, representing the interests of massage therapists and bodyworkers.
NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) - Board Certification offers practitioners a higher level of credentialing than licensure. More education hours and active practice hours are required to apply, and applicants for Board Certification must pass an exam.
IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators) - Board certification for Structural Integrators, providing credentialing, insurance, continuing education classes, and marketing website, advice and materials to members, as well as legislative protection for the right to practice.
If you would like clarification about the difference between licensure and certification, CLICK HERE. (Adobe Acrobat reader required.)
CE Broker does not approve CE courses or Providers. CE Broker is a reporting agency used by some state boards to track CE taken by licensed therapists in their state.
The Massage Therapy Foundation – Promotes research in the field of massage therapy. You can learn about research, participate in research projects, find out about grants, and donate to the cause. The site has great resources for use in your practice for talking with clients and doctors about evidence based results.
AFMTE (Alliance for Massage Therapy Education) – Promotes better education in the professions through setting standards for teaching.
NATIONAL PROJECTS RELATED TO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK
MTBOK (Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge) - Representatives from the American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Massage Therapy Foundation, and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, came together in January 2007 to develop a document defining, “The domain of essential information, mastery over which is the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice.”. See website for more information.
NATIONAL MAGAZINES FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND BODYWORKERS
Massage Therapy Journal
Massage & Bodywork Magazine
FORUMS - All require joining (free).
Facebook has multiple discussion groups for massage therapists and bodyworkers. On your Facebook page, just type into the Facebook search bar “massage therapist groups”. Or a similar search term with the word “groups” in it.
Lots of groups on the ABMP Sponsored Massage and Bodywork Professionals – search and join.
Linked In – Online business networking.
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