Massage & Bodywork

July/August 2009

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news notes COMPILED BY SEAN EADS The Massage Therapy Foundation is a nonprofit organization MTBOK PROJECT MANAGER ANNOUNCED Chip Hines, MS, LMT, has been appointed project manager for the definition phase of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK; www. Started in 2007, the MTBOK project brought together several massage organizations to develop consensus around definition and scope of practice issues pertaining to massage therapy. MTBOK will create a resource of competencies, standards, and values that inform all aspects of the profession, including accreditation, education, licensure, and research. Hines, a former senior project manager with the federal government and a certified project management professional, will head a task force designed to define the terminology and scope of practice for massage therapy and define the competencies for an entry- level practitioner. He will serve on a 12-month contractual basis. ABMP Partners with 2009 World Massage Conference Registration is open for the second annual World Massage Conference (, a virtual conference to be conducted entirely over the Internet, from November 12–17, 2009. The conference will feature online audio presentations from prominent massage experts, with whom audience members can participate and interact. Presentations will also be archived for those who cannot attend the conference in real time. Presenters include David Kent, Robert Schliep, Suzanne Scurlock- Durana, and Ruth Werner. There are two types of registration, with basic access for $59 and full access for $199. A 50 percent discount is offered to all ABMP members. The conference is organized by the creators of Massage Therapy Radio (, which broadcasts interviews with top professionals in the massage industry and provides various resources for massage professionals. that promotes education, research, and community service in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork. Ruth Werner Nominated President-Elect of MT Foundation Ruth Werner (www.ruthwerner. com) was been nominated president-elect of the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF; www. She will succeed Diana Thompson on March 1, 2010. Werner, author of A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology (now in its fourth edition) and contributor to Massage & Bodywork, has been a trustee with the MTF since 2006, most recently serving on the executive committee. The MTF is a nonprofit organization that promotes education, research, and community service in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork. 20 massage & bodywork july/august 2009

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