Recent News and Legislative Updates

Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations Meets

The Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations met December 4 in Chicago to continue dialog on a variety of issues facing the massage therapy profession. The coalition comprises seven organizations participating on an equal footing, in an atmosphere of mutual participation and respect. Two representatives from each of the organizations participated in the daylong conversation.


Massage Therapy Foundation Extends Abstract Submission Deadline

The Massage Therapy Foundation has extended the deadline for abstract submissions for the 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC). The new deadline for poster and presentation abstracts is January 4, 2016, at 11:50 p.m. CST.

The IMTRC will take place May 12–15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.


Only One Week Left for Elite Sports Massage Early Registration

Attention—all therapists interested in advanced certification training in elite sports massage through CORE Sports & Performance Bodywork: the deadline for discounted early registration is just a week away. Apply by December 15 to get the best rate! After this date, tuition for the weeklong program in Boca Raton, Florida, will be full price.





2015 Successful Hands Grant Program Winners Announced

Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa, and Bon Vital’ announced the winners of their second annual Successful Hands Grant Program. The program supports professional massage therapy students in their educational pursuits. Applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay on the topic, “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” Each winner received a $1,000 grant, and each winner’s school received a $1,000 grant package.
The winners are:



Massage Therapy Foundation Announces 2016 Conference

The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) will be hosting its triennial International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) May 12–15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

This is the fourth research conference the MTF has hosted, and the attendance is expected to be between 300 and 400 people from across the United States and abroad.


Massage & Bodywork Nov/Dec Digital Edition Available

The November/December 2015 digital edition of Massage & Bodywork magazine is now available.

In this issue: 

Massage for Moms-to-Be

Massaging a pregnant woman is an honor and a privilege, and this rewarding specialty comes with tremendous responsibility. Explore how competent and appropriate training is essential for the safety of mother and baby.


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