American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
AMTA is the premiere non-profit professional association in the Massage Therapy field. Founded in 1943, the AMTA represents more than 46.000 massage therapists in 27 countries. AMTA works to establish massage therapy as integral to the maintenance of good health and complementary to other therapeutic processes; to advance the profession through ethics and standards, certification, school accreditation, continuing education, professional publications, legislative efforts, public education and fostering the development of members.

Certification/Accreditation in Massage Therapy Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
Massage Therapy Accreditation, a non-profit independent body, is to maintain and improve quality assurance in massage therapy and bodywork education by recognizing post secondary schools and programs through an accreditation process. Schools and programs achieve this recognition by continually demonstrating their compliance with and commitment to standards developed and monitored by the Commission. This process and training, and therefore, that the industry receives competently trained practitioners and the public receives quality services.


Massage Therapy Foundation

Mission and History

The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, eductation and community services.
The Massage Therapy Foundation was founded by AMTA in 1990 with the mission of bringing the benefits of massage therapy tot he broadest spectrum of society through the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge in this field. We do this by receiving donations and granting funds for research, community service, educational initiatives and conferences. We also do this by providing direct consultation to the medical and research communities and by educating massage therapists about the world of research. For more information about the Foundation, please click on the name above.


Resource Documents

A (Very) Brief History of the Massage Therapy Act

A Brief History of AMTA-CAs Legislative Efforts