Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy
For all massage therapy licensing questions and rules, please click here or call Board Director Tasha Coleman at 317-234-2051 directly with any of your questions. Board Members may also be reached by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Indiana Consumer Protection
To file a complaint against any licensed profession in Indiana, go here 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
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.
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.
The AMTA Job Bank helps massage therapists network and find jobs.
AMTA now offers one place for you to enhance your career through continuing education.
AMTA National offers marketing tools for members.
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.
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.
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.