The first full report from the coalition developing a “body of knowledge” for the massage field has been released.

The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK) task force released its report at the 2010 Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM conference, sponsored by the Massage Therapy Foundation and held in Seattle, Washington.

The body of knowledge is intended to include: 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 release comes after almost a year-long effort by a task force composed of professionals from the massage therapy field,” stated a press release from the task force. “The task force was established by five of the major organizations that represent massage therapy: American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Massage Therapy Foundation and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.”

For more information and to download a copy of the report, visit Comments and suggestions on the MTBOK may be emailed to