Massage Politics Resources

Federation of  State Massage Therapy Boards

National Certification Board for Massage and Bodywork

Body of Knowledge     The MTBOK Stewards consist of 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.

Entry-Level Analysis (ELAP) workgroup. ELAP is a collaborative project stemming from the Massage Therapy Leadership Summits.

 Project Description (PDF)


Laura Allen  – Massage  Politics Blog

Keith Grant’s Massage Politics Blog
Issues In Massage Governance
Massage Therapist Activist Pages

Rick Rosen’s – On becoming a profession” (PDF)  Paper written that started the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education  This advocacy comes into play in dealing with regulatory issues, accreditation, standard-setting initiatives such as the Alliance’s National Teacher Education Standards Project, as well as ongoing efforts to get massage therapy better recognized by and integrated into the health care delivery system.

Articles on Politics

The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Critical Look at National Certification

By Keith Eric Grant, Ph.D., NCTMB

Examining the Current State of Massage Education
By Shirley Vanderbilt
Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, October/November 2002.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
A Necessary Part of Evolving the Profession
By Whitney Lowe, NCTMB Chairman, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
The Body of Knowledge What the MTBOK Is and Why You Should Care By Karrie Osborn.  Massage and Bodywork Magazine

The ELAP Project vs. The Seven Deadly Sins of Massage Education By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB  Massage Today August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08

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