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May 4, 2009

Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Project Manager Announced

The Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge (MTBOK) Stewards are pleased to announce the appointment of Chip Hines, MS, LMT as the project manager for the definition phase of the project.

Chip is formerly both a senior federal government project manager and PMI-certified project management professional. He brings with him a wealth of experience managing large scale projects requiring consensus building within a diverse community. Chip is also a licensed massage therapist (Maryland) who is NCBTMB-certified and has taught advanced bodywork at the Baltimore School of Massage.

As project manager, Chip will direct and manage efforts of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Task Force, to ensure its members successfully produce the desired outcomes within the time and resource constraints; serve as a public liaison for the Task Force; and act as a conduit to MTBOK Stewards. The Task Force, made up of subject matter experts in the field --practitioners, educators and researchers -- will be seated in July 2009 to define, develop and articulate the MTBOK. Foundational elements of the MTBOK project will consist of:

  • definition of massage therapy (scope of practice, terminology, describing the field); and
  • definition of the competencies of an entry-level massage therapist, in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs).

Chip will serve a 12-month contract and report directly to the MTBOK Stewards. The MTBOK Stewards consist of representatives from the American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Massage Therapy Foundation, and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

For more information and ongoing updates on the Body of Knowledge Project, please visit

Source: American Massage Therapy Association


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