Seven of the top massage leadership groups in the United States have been meeting over these past couple years to determine how they could work together to better serve the industry.
One of their first initiatives was determining what an entry level therapist needs to know to practice safely and how many hours of schooling are required to learn those skills. It has been a massive project and yesterday they released details as well as a way to provide feedback to the work group.
This project called the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) (not a particularly sexy name) has the potential to radically change the massage profession in the United States and your input is important. This will be particularly important at this point in time for massage instructors and school administrators, but it has such wide ranging implications that everyone should contribute their feedback. Yes, that means you.
You can give feedback as well as find out more about the project, it’s history, it findings and implications here…
From the site:
The Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) is a research project that defines the minimum number of training hours necessary to acquire knowledge and skills essential for safe and competent practice as an entry-level massage therapist. The project was initiated through conversations between the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Massage Therapy Foundation, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
ELAP aims to obtain and use research data and analysis of findings from other massage profession projects to inform the creation of an entry-level curriculum map. The map will define the essential elements of an entry-level curriculum necessary for safe and competent practice in a massage career, as well as the number of hours deemed necessary to teach these learning objectives and outcomes. The project outputs will be used to inform the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) Model Practice Act designed to promote interstate portability of credentials in the massage profession. The recommendations of the ELAP project will be available to the massage profession as a resource to enhance consistency of entry-level curricula in massage and bodywork training programs.