October 06, 2009

Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge

The AMTA announced the first draft of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge is available to the to be read, reviewed and reacted to. They are asking those in the Massage Therapy field to check it out and send in your comments.  I went to the Project Blog to find out more.This profession-wide effort to unify and articulate a common body of knowledge for the Massage Therapy profession is a collaboration of the following organizations:

American Massage Therapy Association
AMTA Council of Schools
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals 
Massage Therapy Foundation
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork 

These communities agree that the LMT "Profession is at a key stage in its development"  The group wants to "Develop and adopt across the massage therapy profession a living resource of competencies, standards and values that inform and guide the domains of practice, licensure, certification, education, accreditation and research."

They will focus on the following topics:

1. Definition of Massage Therapy
2. Describing the Field (to enhance understanding and appreciation by those outside the profession)
3. Scope of Practice
4. Terminology
5. Competencies of an Entry-Level Massage Therapist (knowledge, skills, abilities)

The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge is expected to be completed by mid-2010 - So read the draft HERE! And send in any thoughts you may have, as this kind of research shapes the future of our profession!

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