Close to 300 massage therapists have volunteered to act as mentors to up-and-coming therapists, in a program launched recently by a national massage association.

The purpose of the mentoring program, launched in late January, is to improve communication skills, goal-setting abilities and business planning for American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) members just entering the massage therapy profession.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our experienced members to use the strength of the AMTA community and share their wisdom with new massage therapists,” said AMTA President Glenath Moyle in an association press release. “This expands the sense of community from [association] chapters into one-on-one support to help build better future massage therapists and a stronger profession.”