What professional massage organizations or associations should I join?
Once you have completed your schooling for massage therapy it is wise to join massage therapy associations. This is because belonging to professional massage associations can offer you many benefits which can help your business grow. Additionally, belonging to recognized massage therapy associations can give you credibility with new clients.
When looking at massage organizations to join look to see how long they have been established. You will also want to see how large their memberships are and if any massage therapists in your area belong to them. Do not be shy about asking other massage therapists whom you respect what the most reputable massage therapy organizations are and which professional associations they trust.
You will also want to see what benefits different massage therapy organizations offer you as a member. Some organizations offer you the ability to obtain ongoing training and massage continuing education. Others may offer you assistance with marketing and advertising your massage therapy business. Many times these organizations can be very valuable for those starting their own independent practice. This is because some organization offers many resources for those massage therapists who choose this path.
Once you have all of this information, check into what the dues and fees are for joining a professional organization or association. Check to see how frequently these expenses must be paid in order to maintain your memberships with them. Are the benefits they offer worth the amount you pay to be a member?
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is an excellent organization for any massage therapist in the United States to join. Not only do they offer many of the above listed resources, but they also offer many other helpful tools for massage therapists. This organization has a job bank you can look into when you are searching for a job as a massage therapist. The AMTA also offers its members the ability to buy new massage equipment and accessories at reasonable prices through their online shopping mall. You can also list and buy used massage equipment in the classified section of their website. The website for the AMTA also has an area where members blog their experiences being a professional massage therapist. This can be an important and useful tool for those just getting started in the massage industry. It can be tough for some to get started and it can be comforting to know others have experienced similar tihngs.