AFMTE logoMarch 15, 2016 — The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) announced today details regarding the next Biennial Educational Congress. The 2017 theme is “Elevating Standards of Excellence.” The second Educational Congress will take place over five days at the end of July 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to the pre- and post-conference events, the exhibit hall, keynote, and general and breakout sessions are scheduled for July 27, 28 and 29.

“Our mission remains diligent: To foster dialogue, inquiry and creative problem-solving between and among organizations and individuals involved in massage therapy and bodywork education,” stated Nancy Dail, Conference Planning Committee Chair.

The idea of a Congress was originally inspired by members of the massage therapy and bodywork education community, who desired to have one event where representatives from every organization connected with massage therapy and bodywork education could gather to share, collaborate and discuss together the critical issues affecting our industry, exchange information, enhance teaching skills and network.

The first Educational Congress in 2015 set a record for the best-attended educational massage and bodywork event in history. “We have set high goals for 2017 and created a variety of options for networking, collaboration and participation,” said Cherie Sohnen-Moe, president of AFMTE. “Educational Congress sponsors and exhibitors are an integral and vital part of the massage and bodywork community, and are encouraged to be active in all aspects of the events because they have such valuable information and ideas to contribute to raising the standard of education,” Sohnen-Moe added.

The AFMTE Conference Planning Committee is accepting presenter applications for consideration; be sure to visit 2017 Educational Congress Presenter Application today for all details and opportunities.  

Information, application and instructions for presenting at the Educational Congress can be found on the AFMTE website.

Leaders in this industry are encouraged to distinguish themselves and their organizations by supporting educational excellence within the profession. Registration will be announced soon. The Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus is available now.


About the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) serves as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the massage therapy and bodywork education community. Our mission is to support, strengthen and elevate educational practices and standards in massage therapy and bodywork. The AFMTE may be contacted at (855) 236-8331; the general office email address is, and the website is