Massage Therapists Deserve Respect

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is aware of the comments by comedian Jim Gaffigan regarding massage therapy, and the association has reached out to CBS on behalf of the 300,000+ massage therapists in the United States.

The practice of massage therapy is focused on health and wellness. It can help alleviate the effects of a broad range of health conditions, including pain, stress and muscle injury.

The growing popularity of massage therapy in recent years has attracted greater attention to the profession and its practitioners by the media and the public. While this increased attention has resulted in a wider recognition of the many benefits of massage, occasionally some public figures make inappropriate comments. These comments demean the profession of massage therapy and the reputation of massage therapists.

AMTA and its members understand good-natured humor, but call on the media and public figures to not allow their comments to denigrate the massage therapy profession, stereotype massage therapists or threaten their safety.

Massage therapists are trained professionals who have completed specialized education in their field. Those who belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), for example, have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and testing, adhere to a code of ethics and must meet continuing education requirements to retain membership.

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"Being a member of AMTA has totally opened my business and career wide open."

Kelly L., AMTA member since 2010