A group of massage organizations working together to create a body of knowledge for the massage profession announced the selections for its task force on July 7.

The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK) task force is charged with beginning work on articulating a common body of knowledge for the massage profession, including: a definition of massage therapy; a description of the massage field in order to enhance understanding and appreciation of the profession by those outside the profession; a scope of practice for massage therapy; terminology; and knowledge, skills and abilities of an entry-level massage therapist.

The MTBOK projects that this work will be completed in mid-2010.

The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Task Force members are:

• Megan Lavery, a massage therapist and instructor in Bowling Green, Kentucky

• Kevin Pierce, corporate director of massage therapy at Anthem Education Group, in the Orlando, Florida, region

• Susan Salvo, textbook author and co-owner, co-director and instructor at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy, in Lake Charles, Louisiana

• Michael Shea, a massage and bodywork instructor and author in Juno Beach, Florida

• Steve Schenkman, an educational consultant and curriculum specialist in Long Island, New York

• Dawn Schmidt, director of education at The Brenneke School of massage in Seattle, Washington

• Nancy Schmitt, an educator and massage therapist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

• JoEllen Sefton, an assistant professor at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama

“Every attempt has been made to select a dynamic group of individuals who together represent what may be considered the broadly defined field of massage therapy,” noted a release sent on behalf of the MTBOK by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), one of the member groups. “Each of the MTBOK Task Force members were chosen for their experience, credentials and expertise, as well as having a working understanding of at least one of the major areas impacting the current and future growth of the massage therapy profession.”

In addition to AMTA, members of the MTBOK include Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Massage Therapy Foundation, AMTA Council of Schools and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

On May 7 MASSAGE Magazine reported that Chip Hines had been hired as MTBOK project manager.

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