Alliance for Massage Therapy Education is a non-profit organization established to serve as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the entire MT education sector – from entry-level massage training programs through post-graduate studies. It is the only organization that brings Schools, Teachers, Continuing Education Providers, and Allied Industry Partners together under one roof. By strengthening and improving massage education, the Alliance will bring great benefit to massage schools, teachers and practitioners, along with everyone in the general public who receives massage therapy. Click here to view our Mission and Goals.
Bastyr University – Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocation
Simkin Center was founded in 1988 as a program of the Seattle Midwifery School. Simkin Center trains social, practical and clinical care providers for pregnant and new families, including:
- Birth doulas
- Postpartum doulas
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- Lactation consultants and educators
- Childbirth educators
A department of Bastyr’s School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences, the Simkin Center also sponsors workshops that focus on essential maternity care issues, as well as pregnancy and infant massage educator certification courses. Simkin Center courses take place at the Bastyr University campus in Kenmore, Washington, and Bastyr University California in San Diego, California, unless otherwise noted.
BeFit-Mom, founded by perinatal exercise specialist and author Helene Byrne, is dedicated to helping women stay fit and healthy during and after their pregnancies, and to inspiring and motivating women to lead their entire families to better health and wellness.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
For over thirty -five years, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has been an innovator and leader in working with movement, touch, and the body-mind relationship. Her work has influenced the fields of bodywork, movement, yoga, dance, infant and child development, and many other body-mind disciplines.
With more than 5,500 birth and postpartum doula members and growing, they are the largest doula association in the world. They support doulas by providing quality training and meaningful certification.
Foundation for Healthy Family Living
Infant Massage: Communication In Parenting Instructor Certification Training
Infant Massage Association -World Institute for Nurturing Communication
Infant Massage Instructor Certification courses
IPSB College’s mission is to provide quality educational programs, faculty, staff and resources that present a diverse student body with a profoundly deeper understanding of somatic (body/mind) awareness. The college’s programs prepare students for successful entry and lifelong learning in the field of therapeutic touch, massage, integrative and holistic health. IPSB College, short for the International Professional School of Bodywork, was founded in 1977 as the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. The school was created by three individuals, including Carole Osborne, who wanted to teach massage therapy and combine body mechanics and movement with consciousness-raising techniques to touch the mind, body, and spirit of an individual. IPSB is COMTA approved, and, as one of the oldest massage therapy schools in the US, has earned the reputation of being an innovative school devoted to the art and science of contemporary bodywork and massage.
Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation was founded by the American Massage Therapy Association in 1990 with the mission of bringing the benefits of massage therapy to the broadest spectrum of society through the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge in this field. We do this by receiving donations and granting funds for research, community service, educational initiatives, and conferences. We also provide direct consultation to the medical and research communities, and educate massage therapists about the world of research.
Medical Fitness Network
The Medical Fitness Network (MFN) facilitates relationships between fitness & healthcare professionals, community members, business partners, and patient organizations. In the medical field, a team approach is often required to achieve ideal outcomes. A healthcare team can include many health professionals including a physician, chiropractor, dietitian, acupuncturist, and massage therapist, to name a few. The Medical Fitness Network is a compilation of well-trained fitness professionals & representatives from many fields of healthcare. This team approach, facilitated through the Medical Fitness Network, will positively impact the care of many individuals with chronic disease. Graduates of Carole’s comprehensive workshop are qualified to join as MT members. MFN also provides resources for pregnant women, whether medically complicated or normal in progression. MFN’s goal is to provide individuals the resources to locate exemplary fitness and healthcare professionals with a background in treatment and rehabilitation of various diseases, medical conditions and of pregnancy.
Oakworks, Inc. makes high quality massage tables, massage chairs and massage table accessories including bolsters, face rests, sheets, armrests, stools, table warming pads, massage oil and more. Check out their line of professional grade portable, stationary, affordable electric lift and hydraulic lift massage tables and their new Side Lying Support System for comfortable, secure and safe prenatal positioning. Since 1977, Oakworks, Inc. has been committed to providing safe, durable, comfortable and ergonomic equipment to industries supporting the health and wellbeing of people all over the globe.
Pure Pro is a therapist owned and operated company that creates and manufactures the highest quality body work, facial, and skin care products specifically designed for massage therapists, estheticians, spas, and alternative health care professionals. Every day they bring together the finest, hand-selected, natural ingredients to create each of their unique formulations. Pure Pro oils, lotions, creams, essential oils, and arnica products provide the most gentle, yet powerful tools to help you promote physical healing and reduce stress. Their values guide them in their work to sustain your health and improve your well-being.
Sohnen-Moe Associates, Inc.
Cherie Sohnen-Moe and her gifted staff provide convenient, affordable access to state-of-the-art information, products, and services for professional development. They are committed to supporting small business owners (particularly those in the healing arts fields) in developing profitable, enjoyable businesses. They want people to do what they love and earn a decent living doing it. They believe in supporting people in living their lives and running their businesses from their values. They help make managing and marketing your business a pleasure.
Thomas Myers studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller. He has also studied less extensively with movement teachers Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and in the martial arts. His work is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies he made with European schools of osteopathy. Author of Anatomy Trains, Tom directs Kinesis, which conducts professional certification and continuing education courses worldwide.
Tracy Walton is a massage therapist, researcher, writer and teacher. She focuses these efforts on massage therapy for people with cancer, offering instruction and writing in oncology massage. She works to bring safe, effective massage therapy to people in cancer treatment, at end of life, and in survivorship. In a typical week, she will interact with a variety of people – researchers, spa directors, other therapists, massage clients, educators, health care providers and an editor or two – toward this end.