A group of massage organizations working together to create a body of knowledge for the massage profession announced Feb. 6 it is seeking a project manager, and released the address of its new website.

Member groups include the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Massage Therapy Foundation, AMTA Council of Schools and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

“The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK) Project Stewards recently met in San Antonio, Texas, to establish next steps in the MTBOK development process,” the statement noted. “The stewards are pleased to announce the establishment of a structure to articulate the foundational elements common to a MTBOK shared by all stakeholders in the profession.

“The foundational elements of the MTBOK consist of: definition of massage therapy (scope of practice, terminology, describing the field); and definition of the competencies of an entry-level massage therapist, in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities.”

The project manager will organize a task force of experts who will be charged with defining, developing and articulating the MTBOK, or compendium that represents the collective skills and knowledge necessary to practice massage therapy.

The task force will comprise practitioners, educators and researchers and will be seated in July, 2009, the statement noted.

For more information, visit the MTBOK’s new website: www.mtbok.org.