The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork has confirmed it is launching a membership organization.

A copy of a memo distributed to NCBTMB board members was provided to the press, including MASSAGE Magazine, before the NCBTMB made its official announcement. In a July 2 release provided to MASSAGE Magazine, the NCBTMB stated:

“This week an important NCBTMB initiative was prematurely disclosed – an affiliate relationship that will result in extensive new benefits for our certificants and all practitioners. Acutely aware of the financial pressures generated by the current economic climate, NCBTMB has long been concerned that no effort on a national scale exists to address the high costs incurred by massage therapists in their personal and professional lives.

“As a result, the USA Massage Resource Alliance (usaMRA), a nonprofit organization, will soon debut across the country in support of massage therapists everywhere. It will provide low-cost products and services meant to ease the effects of a tough economy, featuring free enrollment for all NCBTMB certificants in good standing. There will also be an affordable option for non-certificants.

“usaMRA benefits will include a comprehensive liability insurance product that will be available to all 91,000 certificants and offered to all NCBTMB assigned schools across the United States. The malpractice insurance will be administered by an experienced, longstanding leader in the industry … usaMRA and NCBTMB look forward to providing more detailed information in the weeks ahead, and are excited to be able to help improve the quality of life of those who work so hard to touch the lives of others.”