History of the Massage profession 2010 – Present (US)

2011 – salary stats from AMTA – In 2011, the average annual income for a massage therapist (including tips) was estimated to be $21,028.

2011 – ABMP has 79,444 members (combined massage therapists, yoga instructors and others.)  See ABMP growth chart.

July 2011 – International Massage Association owner – Will Green convicted of fraud.  See www.imagroup.com (website has been taken over by another insurance company)   See Massage Today Article – What Became of IMA?     ABMP responds On closure of IMA Group.

Nov 2011 – Steiner Leisure buys Cortiva.  Steiner runs the many cruise ship lines.  12 campuses for $33 Million. see the press release.

2012 – Salary Stats from the BLS :  $35,970 per year , $17.29 per hour. Number of jobs : 132,800

May 12, 2012  Diane Polseno passes away.  A leader in the massage profession.

June 20, 2012  – AMTA finally commits to educating consumers and announces their Massage Consumer Experience Tour. (See Press release)

Sept 2012 – Touchy Subjects by Steve Capellini, leader in the spa world publishes controversial book about what it was really like to be a massage therapist in the 70s and 80’s.

Sept 2012 – Roark Capital that owns Cinnabon, Arbys, Wingstop, buys Massage Envy

October 26, 2012 Dr John Upledger passes away.  Truly a leader in the massage profession.

2013FSMTB task analysis

2014 -AMTA approximately 57000 members

2014  – Entry Level Analaysis Project Completed  (ELAP)

2014 May – Federation of Massage State Boards Model Practice Act (PDF)

2014 –  NCBTMB releases National Exam into Federation of Massage State Boards Hands.   FSTMB and NCBTMB reach an agreement. (PDF)


ELAP Recommendation:

Having completed 1.5 hours of instruction on the evolution of massage and bodywork, thelearner is expected to:
•Demonstrate knowledge of the terms and concepts related to the evolution of massage andbodywork including historical events, knowledge of the current structure of the massage and bodywork profession including massage as part of health care, relevant organizations, work environments, client types, and their needs and wants, on a written examination.

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