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Massage Today
March, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 03

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

Update on the Diplomate of Massage Therapy (DMT) Program

Last year, Massage Today reported on a new advanced massage therapy certification created by Arizona massage therapist Steve Miller.

Miller created the Diplomate of Massage Therapy (DMT) certification and founded the International Center for Excellence in Massage Therapy (ICEMT) to oversee the DMT, because he believes that advanced certification is crucial to moving the massage therapy profession forward. (See "Advanced Certification: The Future of Massage Therapy?"

Massage Today contacted Miller to see how, one year later, the DMT program is going. "We had a number of inquiries after the [Massage Today] article ran, and continue to get interest," Miller confided.

"A number of individuals have made some serious inquiries, but none have started the application process as of yet. Local physicians still believe this is a reasonable requirement for those wishing to work in the medical field as it relates to massage. As far as national level certification goes, that is on hold pending Arizona approval. Currently, the Arizona Board of Massage Therapy is so backlogged with issues...they are not ready to look at alternative tests to the National Certification Examination. Once this occurs, we will look at completing required aspects of National Organization for Competency Assurance-certification."

Visit for more information about the DMT and ICEMT.

Massage Therapy Foundation Announces 2004 Grant Recipients

The Massage Therapy Foundation recently announced its 2004 grant recipients. They include:

Harriet W. Hopf, MD, University of California, San Francisco. "Mechanisms and Clinical Outcomes of Lymphatic-Circulatory Massage on Wound Healing," $20,000 - research grant.

Christopher Moyer, MA and James B. Rounds, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Massage Therapy: An Examination of the Contextual Model," $20,000 - research grant.

Theresa Polley, San Diego Cancer Research Institute. "Caring for the Caregiver," $5,000 - community service grant.

Edith Seyl, Weaver's Tale Retreat Center, Inc. "Caregiver Respite Retreats," $4,920 - community service grant.

Adrienne Winiecki, Porter-Starke Counseling Centers. "Hands On," $3,777 - community service grant.

To learn more about the Massage Therapy Foundation's grant program, visit

National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists Holds National Convention

The National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists (NANMT) held its annual convention titled, "In Touch With Aging," Jan. 14-16, 2005, in Columbia, SC. The convention focused on aging, including how it affects the human body; geriatric massage; and proper massage applications on those with specific diseases and conditions.

According to NANMT Vice-President Joyce Garland, RN, LMBT, also a presenter at the convention, the association would like to see massage therapy added to regular nursing curriculums. For more information, visit


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