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Massage and Bodywork Associations:

Here is a listing of some of the bigger massage and bodywork associations. This is just a small number of the total number of associations as virtually every massage and bodywork technique has one or more professional associations. See the techniques page for specifics on the different types of massage and bodywork. Also, some people feel that the bigger massage associations are not as beneficial as you might think and some are a actually a threat to other forms of natural, integrative health care. See the Laws page for more info.
  • American Medical Massage Association (AMMA)
    Mission Statement: To promote Manual Medicine Training within the allied health industry, by establishing professional programs for education and examination.

  • Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)

  • International Massage Association

  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
    Welcome Message: The American Massage Therapy Association® represents more than 47,000 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.

  • Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)

  • Massage Association of Australia (MAA):
    Welcome Message: M.A.A (Massage Association of Australia) stands for caring and nurturing. The aims of M.A.A are:
    • To be of service to our own members, practitioners and the whole profession of massage and body-work methods and the schools which teach these
    • Liaising and building bridges between the Massage and other Health Professions
    • Dissemination of information
    • Educating the general public regarding the numerous benefits from massage
    • Maintaining a realistic view of massage.We feel that our Profession can only flourish in a climate of mutual respect and assistance and keeping massage in the area of care and respect for the whole person.


  • The Northern Massage Association (NMA):
    The Northern Massage Association is an organisation for professionals who value and practise massage within a framework of holistic awareness. Energy manifests in mind, body and spirit. Holistic therapeutic massage embodies this understanding.

    The Association was established in 1990 by massage practitioners in the North of England. It grew from an awareness that not all massage training and practice has this spiritual dimension. The Association sought from the start to give peer supervision and support, directions for further training, and opportunities for practice.

  • Sports Massage Association (SMA):
    Aim: “To promote knowledgeable, skilful and committed sports massage practitioners for the enhancement of the profession in the eyes of both professionals and the general public.” Location: London, UK.

  • Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA):
    Objectives: The Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) provides leadership in the field of sport massage therapy and education in Canada through the establishment of professional standards and qualifications of its members as a certifying body. Comments:

  • Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA):
    Mission Statement:
    • To ensure the client receives services from a fully trained and qualified Equine Sports Masseur.
    • To maintain a high standard of practice and code of conduct by all its members.
    Comments: Based in the U.K., although they have a few international members.