American Massage Therapy Association
The AMTA provides tips for consumers about how to get the most out of massage therapy, as well as lists of local providers. The page for consumers also includes information on licensing and certification, information about research in massage therapy, and a glossary of terms.
Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals
The ABMT provides general information on massage therapy and bodywork, as well as a provider search tool.
Commission on Massage Training Accreditation (COMTA)
COMTA provides a list of accredited massage schools, along with information about receiving and maintaining accreditation.
The Massage Therapy Foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
The NCBTMB provides consumers with a description of what it means to be a NCBTMB-certified provider, as well as a search tool to help find local, certified practitioners.
This website provides information on a variety of wellness & prevention topics, including massage therapy. There are also consumer guides available on a number of topics, including finding a provider and health insurance.
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