A group of massage organizations working together to create a body of knowledge for the massage profession has announced the appointment of its project manager.

Chip Hines is formerly both a senior federal government project manager and PMI-certified Project Management Professional.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience managing large scale projects requiring consensus-building within a diverse community,” a statement from the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Project noted.

Hines is also a massage therapist licensed in Maryland who is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and has taught advanced bodywork at the Baltimore School of Massage.

“As project manager, Chip will direct and manage efforts of the [MTBOK] Task Force, to ensure its members successfully produce the desired outcomes within the time and resource constraints; serve as a public liaison for the Task Force; and act as a conduit to MTBOK Stewards,” the statement noted.

The task force, made up of subject matter experts in the massage field, including practitioners, educators and researchers, will be seated in July 2009 to define, develop and articulate the MTBOK.

Also from the MTBOK statement:

Foundational elements of the MTBOK project will consist of:
• Definition of massage therapy (scope of practice, terminology, describing the field);
• Definition of the competencies of an entry-level massage therapist, in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities.

Hines will serve a 12-month contract and report directly to the MTBOK stewards, representatives from the American Massage Therapy Association, 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.

In March MASSAGE Magazine reported that the MTBOK was seeking task-force volunteers. The group launched its website, www.mtbok.org, in February.