2002 – AMTA publishes the Business of Massage Book
AMTA encourages physicians to partner with massage therapists for pain management – ad and article in Practical Pain Management magazine
1982 – the AMTA Council of Schools was established
1990 – AMTA creates National Massage Therapy Awareness Week™ (NMTAW)
1990 – AMTA creates the Massage Therapy Foundation which was first called the AMTA Foundation – http://www.amtafoundation.org/ (archive.org link)
AMTA Membership March 1990 – 12,000
1992 – AMTA creates COMTA – The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
1997 The first AMTA National Massage Therapy Awareness Week took place in 1997 www.archive.org
Approximately 20 percent of Americans continue to say that the primary reason they don’t get a regular massage is that they are too busy. This figure has varied little since 1997, with 20 percent giving this reason this year, 21 percent in 1999, 18 percent in 1998, and 24 percent in 1997. People understand its benefits, but say they are too busy to take the time to get a regular massage.
Almost one third of adults (29 percent) say that medical reasons would motivate them to get a massage. [Some medical reasons include: muscle soreness/stiffness/spasm (10 percent); to reduce pain (6 percent); for injury recovery and rehab (4 percent); for wellness and prevention (2 percent); greater joint flexibility or range of motion (2 percent); or because of a medical prescription or physician recommendation (2 percent).]
Twenty percent report that they would seek therapeutic massage for relaxation and 10 percent say they would seek massage for stress reduction.
Membership March 2002 – 46,000
2002 – Article in Parade magazine October 13 issue of Parade magazine
Sept 4 2004 – AMTA Foundation changes it’s name to the Massage Therapy Foundation.
2009 – AMTA provided more than $500,000 to support research and the work of the MTF and more than $4 million from 2000 through 2009.