Well the votes are in and the staff of the massage school is proud to say that our Director, Susan G. Salvo, has been named one of eight members of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Task Force.
The task force, made up of subject matter experts in the field (practitioners, educators, and researchers), will define and develop a consistent set of national standards for the massage therapy industry.
As you know, the field of massage varies greatly, incorporating the hard sciences of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, with a huge spectrum of hands on techniques. These modalities range from traditional Swedish massage to Shiatsu to Reiki. They are based on diverse philosophies ranging from Western science to Oriental medicine to intuitive touch.
The task force of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge, which Salvo is now an appointed member, will help shape the future of the massage industry. Their task is to develop and adopt a common body of knowledge that embraces all segments of our profession. These guidelines will be used to set consistent national standards for education, research, teacher qualifications, and regulatory requirements.
The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Project consists of representatives from several national groups including the American Massage Therapy Association and AMTA Council of Schools, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Massage Therapy Foundation, and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
For more information about the Project, log onto http://www.mtbok.org/