hands and heart help build the massage profession

When it comes to volunteering, massage therapists have many opportunities to raise awareness of healing touch and contribute to the massage profession.

Volunteerism can bring greater attention to the benefits of massage therapy—at sporting events, in medical settings, at community gatherings and more—and underserved populations gain pain relief and nurturance from helping hands. Additionally, massage organizations seek volunteers to serve on committees and perform helpful tasks.


Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

This nonprofit organization is focused on advancing the skills of massage educators and students, and comprises various volunteer committees.



American Heart Association Heart Walks

Each year, millions of people participate in Heart Walks throughout the U.S., with funds raised to support the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association. Volunteer massage therapists are needed at Heart Walks.



Boston Marathon

Volunteer massage therapists are needed to provide massage therapy both pre- and post-race to participants.



Buds to Blossoms

This organization brings teams of volunteers to Vietnam to provide massage to AIDS orphans to foster their health, well-being and development.



Hands for Heroes

This organization consists of health care professionals who donate their time and skills to provide therapeutic bodywork to our nation’s veterans, with an ultimate goal of providing 1 million bodywork sessions.



Integrative Touch for Kids

This organization works to enhance well-being, minimize suffering and facilitate healing for children with developmental disabilities, genetic conditions, cancers and other chronic, acute and life-limiting illness.



Liddle Kidz Foundation

This organization coordinates trips to bring massage therapists to orphaned children in countries such as the U.S., Thailand, East Africa, Romania, Vietnam, Ghana and more.



Massage Therapy Foundation

This nonprofit needs people to perform grant writing, research, public relations, communications, fundraising and more.



National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

This nonprofit’s volunteers help staff various committees related to education providers, exam development and more.



Olympic Games

PyeongChang, South Korea, 2018

Volunteer opportunities with the Olympic medical team and individual teams.



Paralympic Games

PyeongChang, South Korea, 2018

Volunteer opportunities with the Paralympic medical team and individual teams.



The Heart Touch Project

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the training and delivery of compassionate, healing touch to homebound or hospitalized people.



Heartland Alliance

This treatment program is devoted to the recovery and healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by torture.