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75 Years Strong

The Start

Summer 1943: The start of what would become the American Massage Therapy Association you know today was, as many great things are, a little humble.

All those many years ago, the postgraduate class of the College of Swedish Massage in Chicago met in an open forum and decided to create a new professional association— named the American Association of Masseurs and Masseuses—that included 29 charter members. At this first meeting, the foundation of the new association was embodied in a pledge to commitment to service, ethical practice and the massage therapy profession.


Summer 1946: The first AAMM National Convention took place in Kansas City, Missouri, and was attended by 14 members. During this convention, a constitution and bylaws were adopted and dues were raised to $2.50 per year (up from 50 cents at the start of the AAMM!), along with a $5 application fee.

» 1946 was also the year the association adopted an official “emblem,” comprising the association’s initials—AAMM—separated by a cross and enclosed in a circle.

In 1949, the emblem was made available to members as a decal to be placed in a window to identify professional massage therapists.


Fall 2017: AMTA hosted the largest convention in the association’s history in Pasadena, California! Attendees were treated to an inspiring message of self-care from Keynote Speaker Shaun T while also learning more about how to increase happiness in their personal and professional lives from Closing Session Speaker Shawn Achor.


Spring 1967: For the first time, AMTA membership reached 1,000 members, a goal that members and association leaders worked hard to achieve. 


2018: Your AMTA has grown to more than 80,000 members and continues to provide the most comprehensive liability insurance, as well as a vareity of benefits and discounts.

Related: Check out all AMTA membership benefits!

A Look Back

1951: The sixth annual convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri. Approximately 40 members attended.

Learn More, Celebrate More

From the beginning: AMTA Timeline

The history of massage therapy: Brush Up on the History of the Massage Profession

Help us celebrate 75 Years of Health and Wellness: AMTA's 75th Anniversary! 

"As a professional member of AMTA, I have found comfort in knowing that all the effort I put into obtaining my massage certification is recognized and protected. AMTA standards validate the profession."

Kim K., AMTA member since 2003

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AMTA has long been the leading choice among massage therapists looking to establish themselves within the profession. We provide our members with the strongest benefits and promote massage therapy to the public and health care community.

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