A new group focused on serving the needs of massage schools, administrators and educators announced today its 2010 membership drive and opening of conference registration.

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, an independent, nonprofit organization, was launched in September 2009. Its executive director is Rick Rosen, founder of the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, North Carolina.

There are three primary membership categories: Massage Schools; Teachers; and Continuing Education Providers. There is also an Associate Member category for companies that provide products and services to the education sector, and stakeholder organizations in the massage-therapy field that wish to support the work of the alliance. Those outside the massage-education sector who are interested in the alliance may join as a Supporting Member.

In mid January the alliance announced it had completed its founding member campaign; in December the alliance established its national headquarters in Washington D.C.

The alliance’s first conference will be held June 3-5 in Park City, Utah, and will bring together directors and administrators from massage therapy schools, along with massage school teachers and those who provide continuing education seminars and advanced trainings to the field.

For more information, visit www.afmte.org.