Massage therapy used to be a component of nursing care, but became a lost art in the mid-20th centrury. Today, of course, massage therapy is in use at many hospitals; yet some nurses still want to integrate touch therapies into their work with patients.

This is where the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapist (NANMT) comes in. The Association supports those nurses.

The distributes a newsletter, provides a source of referral and collaboration to nurses and non-nursing colleagues and interacts with legislators as to the role of the nurse massage therapist in health care.

NANMT announced this week that although its board had considered dissolving the organization due to dropping membership figures, a turnaround has occurred and it will be guided by a newly appointed board.

The goard president is Judith Dean, R.N., D.S., N.C.T.M.B., CH.t, a former director and chair of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

“The New Board will assess and formulate various structural and logistical changes to re-develop a strong, active, viable membership driven organization,” a press release noted.

For more information about the new board, read the press release here.