A large non-profit professional association for massage therapists, massage students and massage schools, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) takes a three-pronged approach to advancing the profession.
This approach focuses on ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.
The American Massage Therapy Association works to improve each of these three areas under the direction of volunteer leadership, along with the direct involvement of members from each chapter of the association.
According to a demographic study of AMTA members, the association is predominantly female—around 85 percent of the members are women and around 15 percent are men. As for the age of AMTA members, 50 percent of them are between ages 35 and 54, with a median age of 49 years. One percent of the association’s members are ages 18 to 24, and 36 percent are ages 55 and older.
The demographic study of AMTA members also revealed that 74 percent are sole practitioners with their own businesses. Another 22 percent of American Massage Therapy Association members are self-employed contractors, and 25 percent of them work as employees.
The place of practice for AMTA members varies, with about 38 percent going to the client’s location and another 38 percent practicing in their own homes. Around 36 percent of American Massage Therapy Association members have a private practice solo office, and 25 percent work in a health-care facility.
Other practice locales include spas and salons, where 23 percent of AMTA members work. Nine percent of the association’s massage therapists work in health clubs, and the remaining four percent work in massage-therapy franchises or chains.
Besides serving as one of the main professional organizations for the massage therapy industry and working to advance the field, AMTA also offers a number of member services, one of which is the sale of professional liability insurance coverage.
AMTA insurance is available to the members of this professional organization, and the policy covers professional liability, general liability, products coverage and personal injury. Their insurance policy also covers massage therapists who work as estheticians or yoga instructors as well.
Student members of the American Massage Therapy Association can receive AMTA insurance with professional and general liability coverage for school-sponsored or sanctioned activities. Upon graduation, these members may then upgrade to graduate membership for extended AMTA liability insurance coverage.
NOTE: The information in this comparison has been gathered from the web sites of each organization and other third party sources. No guarantee or assurance is made by MMIP as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.
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