News

Stay up to date on the latest news in the massage therapy profession.

Advocacy

AMTA Files Lawsuit to Save the 150% Rule

AMTA has taken action and filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Department of Education (DoEd) rule eliminating the longstanding “150% rule” for federal financial aid for massage therapy students and schools. We are committed to fighting for massage therapy schools, students and the entire profession! (6/10/24)
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Research

The Latest Research Indicates Massage Has Benefits from Birth to End of Life

Explore the latest studies in our research roundup on how massage therapy can help improve the quality of life for infants, middle-aged individuals, and older adults. (6/6/24)
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Techniques and Modalities

New CE: Massage Techniques for Tech Neck Syndrome

With the epidemic of “Tech Neck Syndrome” on the rise, discover AMTA's new CE course that explores how to implement massage therapy and stretching protocols into your practice for clients with TNS symptoms. (5/29/24)
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Advocacy

Alabama Massage Therapy Licensing Board Update

The passage of Senate Bill 137 will dissolve the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy on June 1, 2024, transferring its powers and duties to the newly established Alabama Massage Therapy Licensing Board, which will temporarily be overseen by the Board of Nursing. (5/21/24)
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AMTA News

Featured Hands-On CE Sessions at AMTA's National Convention

Broaden your knowledge by exploring these featured hands-on CE sessions at the AMTA 2024 National Convention in Tampa, FL this September! (5/10/24)
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Advocacy

Tennessee Raises Minimum Education Hours for Massage Therapists

The Tennessee Governor recently signed a law which increases the minimum massage education hours from 500 to 650 hours. This law is in direct response to recent changes to the U.S. Department of Education regulations and will allow schools to continue to offer all of the financial support to massage students. (5/9/24)
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Advocacy

AMTA's Recent Efforts to Assist Title IV Schools in Georgia

Learn more about AMTA's recent efforts to aid Title IV schools in Georgia through supporting legislation that would have raised educational hours as a solution to new rules imposed by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Your Massage Practice

Is Assisted Stretch Something You Should Add to Your Practice?

Learn about assisted stretch and if this technique could benefit your clients as part of your massage therapy practice.
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Advocacy

Veterans Administration: Massage Therapy Reimbursement Issues

AMTA has heard from many massage therapists who contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the Community Care Network (CCN), regarding recent cuts to reimbursement rates. Here is an update on why massage therapy fee schedules may fluctuate.
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Your Massage Practice

Taxes for Massage Therapists

Do you still need to complete your taxes? Check out our tax tips for massage therapists! The deadline for most taxpayers to file federal and state income taxes is April 15th.
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AMTA News

AMTA 2024 National Convention: Registration Now Open

Join us for the AMTA 2024 National Convention in Tampa, FL September 12th-14th as we come together to hear inspiring speakers, learn from top massage educators, and explore the latest massage products.
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News from the Profession

Aescape: The First Fully Automated Massage Table

AMTA is keeping a pulse on how AI continues to impact the massage profession. Learn about a newly-launched AI-powered massage table that uses advanced AI technology for a personalized experience.
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Techniques and Modalities

3 New Massage CE Courses

Stay ahead of the trends in the massage therapy profession by adding these new CE courses to your skillset.
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AMTA News

AMTA 2024-25 Board of Directors Sworn Into Office

Congratulations to the AMTA 2024-25 Board of Directors who were sworn into office on March 8th.
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Your Massage Practice

4 Tips to Help Massage Therapists Deal With Inflation

As consumer prices continue to rise, small businesses are feeling the financial strain. Explore four tips to help massage therapists navigate rising costs while taking the pressure off of their finances.
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Techniques and Modalities

Cupping CE Courses

Discover how to integrate cupping techniques into your massage therapy practice with our Cupping CE series, featuring our advanced CE: Cupping with Movement. 
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Advocacy

AMTA’s Position on the Interstate Massage Compact (IMpact)

Learn why AMTA opposes the Interstate Compact as it's currently written and find out how you can support a more inclusive IMpact.
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Advocacy

Take Action Now: Federal Funding for Massage Schools at Risk Across the U.S.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released its final ruling that is set to go into effect on July 2024, if not amended or postponed. This will eliminate the 150% rule, which could impact federal funding for massage therapy schools.
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Research

New Research Shows that Massage Therapy Helps Veterans Coping with Chronic Pain

Military veterans often face a host of health concerns upon returning from service, including chronic pain and PTSD. Take a look at recent research that explores how massage therapy supports the health and well-being of our U.S. veterans.
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Techniques and Modalities

Massage for Cancer CE Series

Explore our cancer CE series and discover the crucial role massage therapists can play as part of a client’s oncology care team.
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Research

Recent Research Continues to Support the Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

From pain management to relieving lymphedema, explore recent research that supports the benefits of massage therapy for cancer patients.
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Techniques and Modalities

Massage CE for Pain Relief

Expand your skillset with our top online courses that take a closer look at the ways massage therapy can be part of the solution for pain relief.
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Advocacy

The 2023 Legislative Season: Highlights for the Massage Therapy Profession

With an active legislative season coming to a close, explore how AMTA was involved in advocating for state licensure, massage therapy for pain management, the Interstate Compact and fighting the reduction of standards in the profession.
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AMTA News

AMTA Reaches 100,000 Members

Our AMTA community is now 100,000 members strong! We have reached this historic milestone because of our members, and we thank you for being a part of the AMTA family.
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Advocacy

Congress Passes the NOPAIN Act

AMTA is excited to share that Congress passed the NOPAIN Act in late December! Thank you to our massage community for your support in helping pass this crucial legislation, which aims to expand access to massage therapy for pain and help stem the opioid epidemic across the nation. 
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Research

A Growing Body of Research Supports the Positive Impact of Massage Therapy for Mental Health

Explore recent research that supports the benefits of massage therapy for stress, anxiety and depression.
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Advocacy

Congress Passes Omnibus Bill for HHS Initiatives

AMTA is pleased that the omnibus bill includes many provisions that support integrative healthcare including massage therapy.
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Research

New Research Continues to Reinforce Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Relief of Chronic Pain

Recent studies demonstrate the efficacy of massage therapy for relief of chronic pain and show its value in reducing the need for opioids.
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Advocacy

Senator Capito Calls For Better Pain Management

With input from the massage community, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encouraging the distribution of the HHS Pain Management Report to the medical community.
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Advocacy

NAICS 2022 Update

With AMTA input, the NAICS 2022 update includes changing the term "massage parlors" to "massage wellness centers."
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AMTA News

AMTA Membership Will Be a New Benefit Offered to Massage Envy Therapists

AMTA is pleased to announce that Massage Envy will be purchasing AMTA memberships, on behalf of massage therapists employed across the country at their franchised locations.
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Advocacy

AMTA Encourages CMS To Provide Medicare Coverage For Massage Therapy

AMTA provides comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about Medicare's Inclusion of Massage in 2022.
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Advocacy

HHS Labor Bill & Draft Report

Learn how the HHS FY 2022 bill and draft report supports education, public awareness, and research on massage therapy for pain management.
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Advocacy

AMTA Advocacy: Moving Massage Forward

AMTA’s advocacy efforts are continuing to move the massage therapy profession forward. We are working to increase public and policymaker awareness of the efficacy of massage therapy. 
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Techniques and Modalities

Pregnancy and Massage CE

Discover how massage therapy can help support clients during all phases of pregnancy.
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Advocacy

CARA 3.0: AMTA-Supported Bill

New legislation addressing comprehensive approaches to pain care introduced in Congress.
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