Evanston, IL – The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) announces availability of its third annual summary research report on the state of the massage therapy profession. The massage therapy school edition of the 2010 Massage Profession Research Report was presented and discussed at AMTA’s Massage Therapy Schools Summit on February 19. The full report is now available for purchase through AMTA’s Web site at http://www.amtamassage.org/a/shoppingmall/ProductDetail.aspx?SiteMapId=5&ProductId=2874 . AMTA members can receive the report free as part of their membership.

The report indicates shifts in work locations for massage therapists and the impact of the economic downturn, and compares these changes in the marketplace to the association’s past consumer surveys. It examines the current massage therapy climate from consumers to massage therapists, from massage schools to the growing integration of massage in health care. Excerpts also were published in the spring 2010 issue of Massage Therapy Journal (mtj).

Read AMTA’s 2010 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet at http://www.amtamassage.org/news/MTIndustryFactSheet2010.html.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters.