Resources

Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy

We have been asked to not post requirements and other board information on our website. Please go to http://www.in.gov/pla/massage.htm or call Board Director Tasha Coleman at 317-234-2051 directly with any of your questions. Board members may also be reached by writing pla6@pla.in.gov. Posted meetings are open to the public and are held at the Government Center South Building, 402 W. Washington St., Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204. You may also govt_relations/SBMT.2009_EDITION.doc download the rules and regulations

Indiana Consumer Protection

To file a complaint against any licensed profession in Indiana, go to http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/consumer and download a consumer complaint form. Upon examination, this may be forwarded on to the Board the person is licensed through. The phone number is 317-232-6330 or 800-382-5516.

Federation of State Therapeutic Massage Board

Go to http://www.fsmtb.org/ or call 913-681-0380. This is one of the exams accepted by the Indiana Massage Board for Certification.

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. For industry facts, click here.

The Massage Therapy Journal (MTJ)

AMTA’s official professional magazine.

Indiana Commission of Proprietary Education

Do you need your school transcript from a closed massage school? Is there an area beauty school or massage program that you want to check on to see if they may legitimately offer massage therapy training? If so, contact the Indiana Commission of Proprietary Education at: http://www.state.in.us/cope/ or 1-800-227-9655. This is also where you would go to lodge a complaint against a school, if necessary.

AMTA Job Bank

The AMTA Job Bank helps massage therapists network and find jobs.

AMTA Center for Continuing Education

AMTA now offers one place for you to enhance your career through continuing education.

Marketing Tools
AMTA National offers marketing tools for 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.

Indiana Pain Initiative

Indiana Pain Initiative is working to educate Hoosiers about pain and its management. They are looking for massage therapist to participate in their activities and efforts. Contact them at: Indiana Pain Initiative, 10 W. Market St. ,Ste. 1720, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Phone 317-464-5145, fax: 317-464-5146 or info@indianapain.org

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)

The mission of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is to foster high standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of services through a credible, recognized credentialing program that assures the competency of practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork. In an effort to keep pace with the growing field of massage therapy and bodywork, and to demonstrate a commitment to quality service, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) was created in 1992. NCBTMB originated with a focus of protecting the public, as well as upholding a national standard for the industry that, until that time, did not exist. NCBTMB is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization that certifies professionals in the massage therapy and bodywork industry through a recognized credentialing program. NCBTMB certifies massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession to benefit employers, consumers and practitioners. Practitioners must meet the standards of proficiency and follow the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to remain in good standing with the NCBTMB. The NCBTMB Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NOCA is a national, non-governmental, public protection and standards-setting organization.

Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. The Massage Therapy Foundation was founded by AMTA in 1990 with the mission of bringing the benefits of massage therapy to the 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 scholarship 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.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Serious Illness

Columbia University study and online survey on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for serious or debilitating illness.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) – conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public.
Touch Research Institute, University of Miami

The Touch Research Institutes are dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy. The TRIs have researched the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. In these studies the TRIs have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects. The first Touch Research Institute was formally established in 1992 by Director Tiffany Field, Ph.D. at the University of Miami School of Medicine via a start-up grant from Johnson & Johnson. The TRI was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine. The TRI’s distinguished team of researchers, representing Duke, Harvard, Maryland, and other universities, strive to better define touch as it promotes health and contributes to the treatment of disease. Research efforts that began in 1982 and continue today have shown that touch therapy has numerous beneficial effects on health and well-being.