American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA)
500 Davis Street 9th floor, Evanston, IL 60201-4695
Attn: Federation MBS
Phone: 877.905.2700, Fax: 847.864.1178
email@example.com | http://www.amtamassage.org
The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) is the largest, non-profit massage therapy professional association in the U.S, with 56,000 massage therapist, student and school/program members. Its mission is to serve its members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy.
AMTA works to establish massage therapy as integral to maintaining health and complementary to other therapeutic processes; to advance the profession through ethics and standards, continuing education, professional publications, legislative efforts and public education; and foster the professional development of its members. It is directed by elected, volunteer leadership and fosters member involvement through 51 state chapters.
AMTA has defined massage as manual soft tissue manipulation, which includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body. The association views massage therapy as a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.
The American Massage Therapy Association participates in the Federation to foster relations with associations representing other professions and to understand the concerns of other Federation members about massage therapy regulation.
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American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)
11 Monument Avenue, Suite 510, Dayton, OH 45402
Attn: Federation MBS
Phone: 800-437-0620 or 937-586-3732 | Fax: 937-586-3699
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.amsatonline.org
The Alexander Technique is an educational discipline that teaches students to become aware of habitual responses to stimuli. Students learn to prevent ineffective and inefficient responses through careful attention to how they prepare for an action. Practice of the Alexander Technique leads to increased self-awareness and improved psychophysical functioning.
The main teaching methods used by certified Alexander Technique teachers are verbal instruction, modeling, and the use of the teacher's hands to convey a working knowledge of improved coordination in everyday activities such as sitting, standing, and walking. Lessons in the Alexander Technique are conducted while clothed.
The American Society for the Alexander Technique, Inc. (AmSAT) is an educational, not-for-profit corporation that is federally tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
AmSAT promotes public awareness of the Alexander Technique; encourages research related to the Technique; maintains the nation’s highest standards for teacher training, certification and membership; supports its teaching members in their professional growth and is affiliated with similar credentialing bodies.
AmSAT participates in the Federation to stay informed about state legislation that could affect the right of Alexander Technique teachers to practice, and to assure that appropriate exemptions are included in massage and bodywork laws for movement education professions such as the Alexander Technique. We also benefit from collegial communication with other member organizations, whose professions are often very different from ours.
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American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA)
122 N Elm Street, Suite 504, Greensboro, NC 27401
Attn: Federation MBS
Phone: (336) 574-1121, Fax: (336) 574-1151
APTA office: APTAoffices@polaritytherapy.org
Legislative contact: email@example.com
APTA President: President@polaritytherapy.org
firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.polaritytherapy.org
Polarity Therapy is a gracefully integrated approach to understanding vibrational and energetic patterns, especially the manner in which they influence human potential, health and healing. Polarity Therapy is not one specific technique, yet Polarity Therapy integrates many energy medicine techniques into a unique template. In essence, you might define Polarity Therapy as a "unified theory" of energy and human potential.
Four primary areas are addressed by Polarity Therapy, all with the intent of the balancing of mind, body, emotion, and Spirit leading to healing and wellness:
- Energetic Bodywork (Not to be confused with massage/bodywork therapy). Dr Randolph Stone evolved a form of energetic bodywork which used his understanding of how energy moves within the body to stimulate and balance this movement in the restoration and support of health. Any physical touch used is incidental to the application of this energy medicine discipline.
- Exercises. Based on this same energy model, a form of energy balancing exercises called "Polarity Yoga" exercises, which are a self-help way of maintaining energy flow, are used.
- Energetic Nutrition. Polarity Therapy stresses organ de-toxification, maintenance, and health building through liver cleansing and a wholesome nutritious diet. The energetics of nutrition are applied as they relate to energy balancing based on the Five-Elements and one's personal Dosha and needs.
- Attitude. How one thinks and approaches life is presented as an essential to health and wellness.
Approximately twenty-five years ago, the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) was formed as a 501 (c) (3) education organization to further develop and define Polarity Therapy based on Dr. Stone's teachings, while offering training possibilities through APTA Approved Trainings . Since that time, APTA has become a 501 (c) (6) trade association representing the profession of Polarity Therapy while continuing with its 501 (c) (3) status and activities (Administered as a Foundation).
APTA has developed extensive training requirements for both practitioners and teachers of Polarity Therapy and offers certifications for the Associate Polarity Therapy Practitioner (APP), the Registered Polarity Therapy Practitioner (RPP), and the Registered Polarity Educator (RPE).
APTA is a member of the Federation in order to receive and offer support to organizations similar to APTA. Our work along with the Joint Government Relations Committee (JGRC) of the Federation has proven to be a very positive relationship in addressing APTA’s regulatory needs. In addition, the opportunity to share and listen as organizational experiences, procedures, visions, and plans have been discussed has proven extremely helpful to our organization.
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American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®)
1010 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Suite 408, Voorhees, NJ 08043-3514
Attn: Federation MBS
Phone: (856) 782-1616 | Fax: (856) 782-1653
email@example.com | http://www.aobta.org
AOBTA® was formed in 1989 with the coming together of a number of associations and schools representing individual disciplines of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT). Legally incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) professional organization in 1990, AOBTA is the resource for information about Acupressure, Shiatsu, and other Asian Bodywork Therapy modalities that are sometimes mistakenly considered part of the Massage Therapy profession. The US Department of Education recognizes Asian Bodywork Therapy as a distinct profession, listing separate definitions for Asian Bodywork Therapy (#51.3502) and Massage Therapy (#51.3501) in its Classification of Instructional Programs.
As perhaps the oldest form of healing known to humankind, it has been said that there is nothing like the healing power of touch. This healing power is shared by at least seventeen different forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy in existence today, represented by AOBTA in the United States. Acupressure, Amma, Chi Nei Tsang, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®, Medical Qigong, Nuad bo ‘Rarn (Thai), Shiatsu, and Tuina are a short selection of ABT modalities.
Based on Chinese Medical principles for assessing and evaluating the body’s energetic system, ABT is one of the three branches of Chinese Medicine nationally certified for professional practice through exams created by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). By passing the NCCAOM ABT exam, the professional practitioner becomes Nationally Certified as a “Diplomate ABT (NCCAOM).”
AOBTA defines ABT as the treatment of the human body/mind/spirit, including the electromagnetic or energetic field that surrounds, infuses and brings that body to life. The goal of Asian Bodywork Therapists primarily is to affect and balance the body’s energetic system for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, smooth flow of Qi – our vital life force – is a sure sign of and requisite for good health. At its most basic level, ABT is an excellent way to help keep our Qi flowing during life changes and to live at our deepest potential.
ABT Qi assessment and treatment may include, but are not limited to: touching, stretching, pressing or holding meridians (channels of Qi) and/or acupoints, primarily with the hands. Appropriately trained practitioners may also use external application of medicinal plants, heat or cold; dietary and exercise suggestions; cupping; gua sha; moxibustion and other Asian-based techniques or practices.
AOBTA participates in the Federation because
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- We appreciate the annual opportunity to sit face-to-face with others who represent non-profit professional membership organizations. The dialogue generated, the connections made and the learning shared offer invaluable assistance and networking.
- AOBTA members have benefited from the conversations among Federation members. As the leadership learns from others, more can be offered to members.
- As representatives of a profession impacted by massage laws, we have seen enormous value in our inclusion in the Federation's Joint Government Relations Committee (JGRC), connecting regularly to discuss and refine legal issues affecting the various professions represented. Due to concern about being subsumed under massage or acupuncture laws, AOBTA embraces the professional recognition of Asian Bodywork Therapy educational standards and national certification through the NCCAOM ABT Exam.
- The Federation, as a forum for communication, has offered a chance for emerging professions to meet and engage in civil discourse and debate, leading to a more fair and balanced approach to issues that affect us all.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA)
115 Williamston Ridge Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
Phone: (239) 206-6078
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The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) is a non-profit organization supporting practitioners and teachers of the biodynamic model of craniosacral therapy, as developed by Franklyn Sills, in the lineage of William Garner Sutherland, DO, and others. BCTA/NA was founded in 1998 and incorporated in Canada as a not-for-profit in January 1999. Subsequently BCTA/NA was incorporated as a non-profit in the US in February 2006.
This organization was founded to establish a curriculum, approve teachers and recognize, register and provide a referral service for Registered Craniosacral Therapists (RCST®s). The BCTA/NA also educates the public about the practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.
The work is based on Dr. Sutherland’s discovery of subtle rhythms in the body, over 100 years ago. He realized that cranial sutures were designed to express small degrees of motion and he was later able to demonstrate the existence of this motion. Sutherland concluded that motions of the cranial structures are essentially produced by the body's inherent life force, which he referred to as the "Breath of Life." He also discovered that the motion of cranial bones is closely connected to subtle movements within the network of interrelated tissues and fluids at the core of the body; these include cerebrospinal fluid and the central nervous system.
The Biodynamic Craniosacral approach recognizes an essential ordering principle of Health carried in the rhythms of the Breath of Life. This principle acts as a blueprint for health that is present from the time of early embryological development and is the fundamental factor that maintains balance in our form and function. When these rhythms are expressed in fullness and balance, health and well-being naturally follow.
The emphasis in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is to help resolve the trapped trauma forces that underlie and govern patterns of dis-ease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves the practitioner "listening through the hands" to the body's subtle rhythms and any patterns of energetic congestion or blockage. Through the development of subtle palpatory skills, the practitioner can read the story of the body, identify places where issues are held and then follow the body’s natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient¹s physiology.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing. The inter-connections of mind, body and spirit are regarded as essential. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions and helps to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages and can be effective in acute or chronic cases.
The BCTA/NA participates in the Federation because it deeply values the benefits from collegial communication with the many diverse member organizations. We also participate to stay abreast of legislative developments that could affect the right of its members to practice, and to assure that appropriate language is incorporated in massage and bodywork laws and regulations.
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The Feldenkrais Guild® of North America (FGNA)
401 Edgewater Place, Suite 600, Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 876-8935 or (800) 775-2118, Fax: (781) 645-1322
email@example.com | http://www.feldenkrais.com
The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is an active process that helps people of all ages to learn to accomplish more easily what they need to do in their lives. These gentle, innovative lessons also help reduce unnecessary tension and improve overall coordination and efficiency in action.
Ordinarily, one learns just enough to function as needed in a given situation. For example, we learn to use our hands well enough to eat, our legs well enough to walk. Our ability to function with a greater range of ease and skill, however, remain to be developed. The Feldenkrais Method teaches—through movement—how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives. This applies to people who are said to have “deficits” in functioning, as well as to highly skilled and “normal” people.
The benefit is accomplished by using two avenues. Awareness Through Movement® classes are verbally directed lessons presented in groups. In Functional Integration®, a hands-on form of kinesthetic communication, the Feldenkrais® practitioner communicates to the student individually how he or she organizes his or her body, and hints, through gentle touch and movement, how to move in more expanded functional movement patterns. All Feldenkrais lessons are conducted while fully clothed.
The Feldenkrais Guild® was established by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in 1977. Feldenkrais Guild® of North America (FGNA) is the current professional organization of practitioners and teachers of the Feldenkrais Method. Only graduates of accredited training programs are eligible to be certified and to use the service marked terms cited here. Through its service marks, training accreditation, trainer and practitioner Certification, Standards of Practice and Ethics, and continuing education programs, FGNA develops, promotes, controls and protects the Feldenkrais Method, to help provide the public with assurance of quality. FGNA also works through the International Feldenkrais Federation, an organization which includes many guilds worldwide, to support research in the Method, as well as to maintain international standards and afford portability for Feldenkrais practitioners.
FGNA has an active program of monitoring legislation and responding to regulatory conditions. Therefore FGNA benefits greatly by its work with the Federation MBS, through staying informed about state legislation which impacts Feldenkrais practitioners. Sharing organizational resources where appropriate, we support working together with the other Federation organizations on exemption for movement education and other types of professions, from laws which might unfairly affect practitioners. We also appreciate the beneficial exchange of ideas and insight on organizational issues that we have in common with other member organizations.
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International Association of Structural Integrators® (IASI)
PO Box 31381 Raleigh NC 27622
Structural integration, as practiced by Board Certified Structural Integrators (BCSI) and professional structural integrators, is a system of manual therapy and sensorimotor education designed to improve biomechanical function for people of all ages. Structural integrators conduct initial and ongoing visual assessment of global postural and movement patterns together with manual assessment of the connective tissue matrix. They organize an individualized series of sessions that employ specific strategies. It is a highly effective approach that often produces profound healing, encouraging each individual client's body to become more efficient, resilient and optimally balanced. The underlying theories are unique, and practitioners require extensive education and practice in order to produce sustainable structural change.
Structural integration is based on the work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf, from which several related models for delivery of structural integration services have evolved, including Rolf Structural Integration, Guild Structural Integration, Hellerwork, Kinesis Myofascial Integration, and SOMA Neuromuscular Integration. Structural integrators are trained at structural integration education programs in accordance with the standards established by the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI).
IASI is a worldwide membership organization devoted to serving the interests of the Structural Integration community. IASI's mission is to protect the integrity of this revolutionary work by setting standards that support the recognition of structural integration as a distinct profession. Members must meet educational standards and continuing education requirements in order to maintain professional membership. The Certification Board for Structural Integrators(SM) (CBSI), an independent division of IASI, has developed an exam to test entry level proficiency in the profession. The Certification Exam for Structural Integrators(SM) (CESI) confers the professional title of Certified Structural Integrator(SM) (CSI). The exam was developed in accordance with NCCA standards, recognized by legislative bodies as assurance of competency.
In the United States, 34 states regulate the practice of structural integration, with a variety of requirements, almost none of which are specific to it. Boards of massage, nursing, medicine and chiropractic all are employed by states to regulate structural integration practice, usually defining it as a subset of massage therapy. Practitioners and educators are challenged by a wide range of requirements that are confusing at best. At worst, they severely limit both practice portability between states and public access to an adequate supply of qualified practitioners. In some states, structural integration practitioners are required to complete massage in addition to structural integration education in order to practice structural integration legally, and are also required to meet continuing education requirements that are not relevant to the practice of structural integration. To offer guidance to regulators and policymakers, IASI’s Board of Directors has adopted a position statement on the appropriate regulation of structural integration.
IASI participates in the Federation to stay abreast of legislative developments that could affect the right of Structural Integrators to practice, and to assure that appropriate language is incorporated in massage and bodywork laws and regulations. We also benefit from collegial communication with diverse member organizations with similar legislative agendas.
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The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA)
PO Box 1104
Troy, NY 12181
Phone: (518) 362-8466
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The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) is an association of professionals dedicated to enhancing human function and body-mind integration through movement awareness. Our profession encompasses distinct disciplines each with their own educational or therapeutic emphasis, principles, methods and techniques.
The purpose of somatic movement education and therapy is to enhance human processes of physical, mental, and emotional awareness and functioning through movement learning.
The practice of somatic movement education and therapy encompass: postural and movement evaluation; experiential anatomy and imagery; movement patterning for integration, and efficiency; and body awareness through movement.
Each method helps students and clients in some way to:
- recognize habitual patterns of perceptual, postural and movement interaction with the environment
- improve movement coordination that supports structural, functional and expressive integration
- experience an embodied sense of vitality and create both meaning for and enjoyment of life
- focus on the body both as an objective physical process and as a subjective process of lived consciousness
- refine perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and enteroceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis and self-regulation
These practices are applied to both pedestrian and specialized activities for persons in all stages of health and development. The work can be communicated either on an individual basis or with groups.
Classes and sessions in somatic movement are conducted while fully clothed, and require the student or client to be actively participatory.
Founded in 1988, The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association is a membership organization that is federally tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. ISMETA maintains a professional registry of Somatic Movement Educators ( RSME) and Somatic Movement Therapists ( RSMT), promotes public awareness of the profession of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy, encourages research and publications related to somatic movement education and therapy, upholds high educational and professional standards, and supports its members professional development.
ISMETA participates in the Federation to stay informed of state legislation that could affect the right of ISMETA registered professional members to practice, and to assure that appropriate exemptions are included in massage and bodywork laws for movement professions that include somatic approaches. ISMETA benefits from collegial exchange with all Federation member organizations.
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Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI)
5055 Chaparral Court, Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-449-5903 or 800-530-8875 Toll Free
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Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist and Rockefeller University Fellow, founded the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI) in 1971. Dr. Rolf began her inquiry more than fifty years ago, based on the premise that quality of life and well-being depend in part on the person’s capacity to adapt to the field of gravity. Dr. Rolf created a holistic system to realign, rebalance, reorganize, and reintegrate the whole body structure in gravity. She discovered that she could achieve remarkable changes in posture and structure by manipulating the fascia, the body’s connective tissue system. The notion that proper alignment, physiologic function and anatomical structure are all related led her to develop a system now known as “Rolfing”.
RISI is a tax-exempt nonprofit educational organization with a mission to:
- Train and certify qualified and competent practitioners of Rolfing® Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Integration.
- Provide continuing education for Certified Rolfers™.
- Promote programs of research regarding Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration.
- Educate the general public concerning the principles and benefits of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration.
RISI is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and has five international licensees, located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany and Japan, that independently offer programs compatible with trainings sponsored in the United States. RISI is the sole certifying body for Rolfers. It certifies persons who have completed training as Certified Rolfers, Certified Advanced Rolfers, and Certified Rolf Movement. Practitioners. RISI maintains rigorous standards for student candidates, students in training, and members, and enforces members’ adherence to its Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, as well as compliance with Continuing Education requirements.
RISI participates in the Federation to stay informed about state legislation that could affect the right of Rolfers to practice, and to assure that appropriate exemptions and wording are included in massage and bodywork laws for structural integration, including but not limited to Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement Integration. We also benefit from collegial communication with other member organizations, whose professions are often very different from ours, and from the mutual respect and awareness in seeking consensus when advocating positions or language for any particular legislation or other regulation.
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United States Trager® Association (U.S.T.A.)
P.O. Box 1009, Burton, OH 44021
Phone: 440.834.0308, Fax: 440.834.0365
firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.tragerus.org
Trager® Psychophysical Integration and Mentastics® movement education, more generally known as "The Trager Approach," is the discovery of Milton Trager, M.D. Dr. Trager spent much of his life as a lay practitioner and later, as a medical doctor, refining and expanding his work.
The Trager Approach is educational and not a form of therapy. Trager Practitioners use subtle directed movements, skilled touch, sensory awareness and internal imagery designed to increase the client’s self-awareness and generate physiological changes in the body tissues that allow the client to experience a new way of moving in their body. The quality of touch is such that the client experiences the feeling of moving effortlessly and freely on his own. As the body and mind receive these sensations, new movement patterns become possible. The Trager Approach includes instruction in the use of self-care movements that Dr. Trager termed Mentastics, encouraging the client to integrate the session into daily life through recalling feelings of ease, freedom and flexibility. The result of repeated Trager sessions is the development of greater self-awareness and increased ease and efficiency of movement.
The United States Trager Association is the professional association responsible for the regulation of the practice of the Trager Approach in the United States. The United States Trager Association is a National Association member of Trager International, a worldwide organization dedicated to the growth and support of the Trager Approach. Through the use of the service mark protection afforded by the use of the terms “Trager" and “Mentastics”, the United States Trager Association ensures that persons representing themselves as Trager Practitioners meet the high standards set by Trager International.
The United States Trager Association’s mission includes: supporting and encouraging the expanding use and recognition of the Trager Approach and Mentastics movement education in the United States; maintaining, supporting and enforcing professional Standards of Practice and Instruction in the United States in accordance with the standards of Trager International; and developing, coordinating and regulating the Professional Certification Program and Continuing Education and Certification Renewal Requirements.
The United States Trager Association participates in the Federation in order to share insight and knowledge with other member organizations concerning issues that may affect the United States Trager Association and the practitioners it represents. The United States Trager Association works together with other Federation members to oppose legislation that could inappropriately regulate Trager practitioners by insuring that adequate language exempting movement educators, including Trager practitioners, is included in proposed regulations, including massage and bodywork licensing laws.
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