Video Course: ELAP: An Industry Changing Project You Need to Know About

Anne Williams

Initiated by conversations among the profession’s leadership early in 2011, the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) goals were to obtain and use research data and analysis of findings from other massage profession documents to inform the creation of an entry-level curriculum map. The map defines the essential elements of entry-level curriculum necessary for safe and competent practice in a massage career and predicts the total number of minimum hours needed to prepare graduates for entry into the massage profession. The project outputs are being used to inform the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards’ Model Practice Act to promote portability of credentials in the massage profession. This session reports on the project findings, resources, and implications for massage professionals, schools, instructors, and students.

During the original World Massage Conference course recording, there was a technical error resulting in a portion of the onscreen images being blocked. Please download the handout for the course to view the complete slide images.

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Anne Williams

Anne Williams is a licensed massage therapist, former esthetician, certified reflexologist, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor, aromatherapist, author, and educator. Before joining Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) as director of education, Anne worked as a school director of education, massage instructor, CE provider, spa consultant, and curriculum specialist. While with ABMP, Anne developed an extensive library of in-person and online resources for professionals, schools, instructors, and students. She published Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists in 2006 and Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional in 2012. Learn more at and

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