A group of massage professionals and experts is working to determine the “essential elements of massage practice that are necessary in an entry-level curriculum,” according to a report released yesterday.

The report from the group states that its goals include: “To implement an Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) to delineate key learning outcomes schools can be encouraged to address in their core instructional programs to ensure attainment of KSAs for competent and safe application of massage in an early massage career … [and] to assess how many program hours are needed to attain this KSA goal, assuming capable instruction.”

The report states:

“The new understanding gained through this project is expected to benefit the profession in a number of ways. The profession’s leadership could make an informed statement regarding what constitutes evidence based, minimum educational requirements a student should meet to qualify for a license to practice massage. Massage schools will have a blueprint of essential topics, key learning outcomes, and appropriate clock hours on which to base their foundation curriculum. Organizations accrediting massage programs potentially will gain a consensus view from the massage profession of core education components to factor into their accreditation expectations for program approval. Project outputs could be used to inform regulatory bodies about essential curriculum components, which, if broadly adopted, would help ensure greater consistency in massage education.”

Read the report here.