Evanston, IL – The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is proud to announce that its member magazine MTJ (Massage Therapy Journal) has been recognized for excellence by Association Media & Publications (formerly the Society of National Association Publications or SNAP). For the second year in a row, the publication has been honored with a 2009 Silver EXCEL Award for general excellence, recognizing it as among the best in nonprofit association media and publishing.

“We are delighted MTJ is being honored again this year for its publishing excellence,” says AMTA President Kathleen Miller-Read. “Our members receive an outstanding publication that keeps them informed about their profession and gives them quality information about their association.”

This is the fourth time in four years the publication has been recognized for excellence in association publishing. In 2007, MTJ was recognized with an EXCEL EXTRA! Award for its outstanding innovation in association publishing.

MTJ is one of 181 winners, representing 108 nonprofit associations, selected from nearly 1,000 entries. According to AM&P, “Winners were chosen for taking bold chances in editorial, design, advertising and marketing, online publishing and electronic newsletter categories.” Association Media & Publishing serves the needs of association publishers, communications professionals and the media they create. AMTA’s accomplishment will be recognized at the 30th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala on Monday, June 14, 2010, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association for massage therapists with more than 57,000 massage therapist members. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.