This morning the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations announced the publication of its Entry-Level Analysis Project, which recommends core content and training hours for massage therapy students.

The Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations includes: ?the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Massage Therapy Foundation and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

“The group’s members used accepted and successful instructional design methods to create a first-draft blueprint of education that was then revised based on feedback from the profession,” a press release from the coalition states. “The detailed educational blueprint was used to tabulate hours based on stated objectives for each subtopic, leading to topic, subject, and curriculum totals, and an informed recommendation of a minimum of 625 training hours.”

The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report and The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint are now available to download from

Related article: “Massage Coalition Releases Statement In Advance of Entry-Level Analysis Project”