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)
P.O. Box 10942, Parkville, MD 21234
Attn: Federation MBS
Phone: (336) 574-1121, Fax: (336) 574-1151
APTA office: APTAoffices@polaritytherapy.org
Legislative contact email@example.com
Polarity Therapy is an integrated approach to understanding the Human Energy System and vibration and frequency patterns of the human body, as they influence human potential toward health and wellness. Polarity Therapy integrates many energy medicine techniques into a unique human energy template used to facilitate energetic balance and harmonization. Polarity Therapy can also be defined as a "unified theory" of energy and human potential.
Polarity Therapy addresses four primary areas, in which balance and harmonization effect the mental, emotional, physical and the spiritual, all guiding the Human Energy System toward patterns of wellness:
- Energy Touch: (This is not to be confused with massage/bodywork therapy). Dr Randolph Stone evolved a form of energetic protocols 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. Polarity Therapy’s focus is to influence the human body’s energy system and does not focus on physical tissue stimulation.
- Energy Exercises. Based on this same energy model, a form of energy balancing exercises called "Polarity Yoga", are a self-help way of maintaining energy flow and harmonization.
- Energy Nutrition. Polarity Therapy stresses organ de-toxification, digestive maintenance, and health building through liver cleansing as well as 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.
- Conscious Awakening: How one “thinks” and approaches life is presented as an essential to health and wellness. Polarity Therapy stresses a deeper understanding of the “self” and how
In 1984, 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 Training Programs . 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 educational and training requirements for both practitioners and teachers of Polarity Therapy. APTA, since 2014, through the guidelines of NCCA/ICE offers, supports and oversees a Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP) designation. This level of achievement is a Practitioner approved level. All other APTA designations such as Associate Polarity Therapy Practitioner (APP), Registered Polarity Therapy Practitioner (RPP) are levels of educational attainment only. The Registered Polarity Educator (RPE) is APTA’s training program required for teachers of Polarity Therapy and APTA’s Approved Training Managers (ATM).
APTA is a member of the Federation MBS 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®)
391 Wilmington Pike, Suite #3, Box 260, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: (484) 841-6023
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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 Asian Bodywork Therapy and its Forms.
Asian Bodywork Therapy uses touch according to the concepts of Chinese medical theory and practice to affect the structures and functioning of the human body, mind, and spirit. As perhaps the oldest form of healing known to humankind, there is nothing like the healing power of touch. This healing power is integral to more than fifteen different Forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy represented by AOBTA® in the United States.
ABT Forms include, but are not limited to, Acupressure, Amma, AMMA Therapy®, Chi Nei Tsang, Five Element Shiatsu, Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu, Japanese Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®, Jin Shou TuinaTM, Macrobiotic Shiatsu, Medical Qigong (Chi Gong or Qi Gong), Nuad Bo ‘Rarn (Traditional Thai Bodywork), Shiatsu, Shiatsu Anma Therapy, Tuina (or Tui Na), and Zen Shiatsu.
Based on Chinese Medical principles for assessing and evaluating the body’s energetic system, ABT is one of the three branches of Chinese Medicine officially recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)®.
ABT educational standards and curricula can be found by visiting our website, www.aobta.org.
AOBTA® participates in the Federation because we value and appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with our colleagues who represent similar non-profit professional membership organizations. As representatives of a profession impacted by Massage Therapy laws, we have seen enormous value in our inclusion in the Federation's Joint Government Relations Committee (JGRC), connecting regularly to discuss and refine regulatory issues affecting our various professions. 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.
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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA)
115 Williamston Ridge Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596
Phone: (239) 206-6078
email@example.com | http://www.craniosacraltherapy.org/
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
firstname.lastname@example.org | 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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Society of Ortho-Bionomy International (SOBI)
P.O. Box 40937, Indianapolis, IN 46240
email@example.com | www.orthobionomy.org
Ortho-Bionomy® is an holistic approach to healing that works with the proprioceptive aspects of the nervous system to cue the self-corrective reflexes inherent in everyone. Ortho-Bionomy uses gentle positioning and movements which can allow tension patterns which are creating pain to relax, reset, and reorganize from within.
Typically, Ortho-Bionomy sessions last about 1 hour. Comfortable loose-fitting clothing is suggested to allow full range of movement. The practitioner works with you to identify areas of discomfort, tension, and pain as well as areas of comfort and ease of movement. Gentlemovements, comfortable positioning, brief compressions, and subtle contacts are used. No forceful movements or pressures are used.
Ortho-Bionomy is a principle-based approach which means that we work with the conditions present in each individual body in any given moment. Because the principles of Ortho-Bionomy are to work with positions of ease rather than force, most people find an Ortho-Bionomy session to be comfortable and relaxing. Each session is different as self-correction is as individual as each person.
The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International was founded in December 1984 and is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Indiana. We are also a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization - Business League - with the IRS.
The Mission of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International is to support its membership in their Ortho-Bionomy Practices, to promote public education and awareness of Ortho-Bionomy, to regulate the registration of Practitioners and Instructors, and to continue the evolvement of Ortho-Bionomy in accordance with its own philosophy and principles.
To fulfill our mission, we strive to:
- Conduct all Society business with awareness of Ortho-Bionomy’s principles and philosophy in a sustainable and inclusive fashion.
- Maintain the integrity of Ortho-Bionomy by ensuring the competence and training of all our Ortho-Bionomy Associates, Practitioners, and Instructors
- Ensure compliance with the SOBI Code of Ethics.
- Protect the 3 trademarks owned by the Society: Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® Ortho-Bionomy®
The extensive professional training programs ensure that each of our Registered Practitioners and Instructors has demonstrated the highest level of Ortho-Bionomy skills, professional competence, and standards of practice.
The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International owns the trademark to the terms Ortho-Bionomy, The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International and the Sand Dollar logo.
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International Association of Structural Integrators® (IASI)
2150 N. 107th Street, Ste. 205 Seattle, WA 98133
firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.theiasi.net
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 Rolfing® Structural Integration, Guild Structural Integration, Hellerwork® Structural Integration, Anatomy Trains® Structural Integration, and SOMA Neuromuscular Integration®. Structural Integrators are trained at IASI approved Structural Integration schools.
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 a psychometrically valid exam to test entry level proficiency in the profession. It is the only such exam for Structural Integration. The Certification Exam for Structural Integrators(SM) (CESI) confers the professional title of Board Certified Structural Integrator(SM) (BCSI). The exam was developed in accordance with NCCA standards, recognized by legislative bodies as assurance of competency.
In the United States, two states have appropriate Structural Integration specific licensure. Most states that regulate the practice of Structural Integration use a variety of requirements, almost none of which are specific to the profession. 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 impose significant costs on practitioners by requiring the completion of professionally unrelated education and continuing education, 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)
email@example.com | http://www.ismeta.org
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 practice of somatic movement education and therapy incorporate: postural and movement evaluation; experiential anatomy; and movement patterning that increases efficiency, while refining perceptual, kinesthetic and proprioceptive sensitivity. Somatic Movement Education and Therapy supports homeostasis, co- regulation and neuro-plasticity in our students and clients.
Each method helps students and clients in some way to:
- focus on the body both as an objective physical process and as a subjective process of lived consciousness;
- refine perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis, co-regulation, and neuro-plasticity;
- 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;
Somatic Movement Education and Therapy is applied to both pedestrian and specialized activities for persons in all stages of health and development through communication and guidance by way of touch and verbal cues. The work is done fully clothed, either on an individual basis or with groups, and requires 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 ensures that training programs uphold high standards of education and practice and maintains a professional registry of Registered Somatic Movement Educators (RSME) and Registered Somatic Movement Therapists (RSMT). We work to educate the general public about our profession and help our colleagues in Integrative Health, Human Services, Education and the Arts understand the benefits of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.rolf.org
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.)
3755 Attucks Drive, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 440.834.0308, Fax: 888.525.7645
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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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