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Resource Directory

Explore each category below for links to organizations and additional tools on other websites. Although we do our best to keep these links updated, please let us know of any corrections.

 

Our Associates

Over the years we have developed strong working relationships with several companies and organizations. We actively support each other’s successes. We recommend you visit our associates’ sites to learn more about the companies who help us provide you with many free resources, products, and services.

The Benjamin Institute
The Benjamin Institute offers massage training and massage continued education through in-person and online classes for massage therapists, presented by leaders in their fields. You can select from dozens of massage therapist CE topics, all accredited by NCBTMB.
Biotone
BIOTONE is dedicated to bringing you exceptional quality products and service. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Hands Heal EHR
Invigorate your practice with an intuitive cloud-based electronic health record platform tailored to massage therapy professionals.
Massage Magazine
MASSAGE Magazine supports massage therapists and students with the information and products you need to succeed over the lifetime of your career.
Massage Warehouse
Massage Warehouse knows massage, delivering quality massage products at fair prices in a timely manner. Additionally, they pass along educational information to Massage Therapists to keep you well informed and knowledgeable.
Performance Health
Performance Health is a leader in consumer healthcare and the largest global manufacturer and distributor of products to the massage, rehabilitation, and sports medicine markets.
Pressure Positive
The Pressure Positive’s goal is to produce, develop, and distribute well-crafted, self-massage products of practical value made of quality materials, and with a design grace of elegant simplicity.
Sanders Freeman Services
Sanders Freeman Services provides customer service support and order fulfillment for Sohnen-Moe Associates and other independent publishers. Contact Sara Freeman at sarakeeno2747@gmail.com or 520-329-0722.

Business Organizations

Business Networking International
The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.
SCORE
The nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors who foster small business communities through mentoring and educational resources.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA supports small businesses with educational materials, counseling session, and loan support.
Word of Mouth Marketing Association
WOMMA advocates ethical word of mouth marketing practices through education, professional development, and knowledge sharing with top industry marketers.

Business Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Businessballs
A site that provides links to material for self-development, developing others, research, and organizational improvement.
Copyright Clearance Center
When you need permission to reuse content, turn to the rights licensing expert for simple, easy-to-use solutions.
Digital.com
This site provides reviews powered by real people to help you find the best tools and resources for your small business website.
Employment Law Guide
This Guide describes the major statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide is designed mainly for those needing “hands-on” information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses.
Ezine Articles
This site brings real-world experts and ezine publishers together. It allows you to post articles as well as find articles that you can include in your newsletters.
Find-A-Therapist
Search through this directory of mental health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and psychiatrists to help develop a list of potential referrals for clients or to find a supervisor for yourself.
FindLaw
FindLaw’s Small Business Law section covers everything from obtaining financing and hiring employees, filing taxes, and obtaining licenses and permits for your business.
Fund-Raising.Com
An online community dedicated to helping those involved in grassroots fund-raising. They offer practical, unique fundraising ideas that can be used by groups of all types.
Job Hero
This resource provides employment law resources.
Legal Documents Online
Prepare personalized, downloadable and printable legal documents and legal forms. Some are available for free.
Massage Practice Builder
A company that offers classes, supervision, educational materials, and web services for creating your massage practice.
My Own Business Institute
The mission at MOBI is to start businesses that create jobs by providing free online business education.
U.S. Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is responsible for administering a complex and dynamic set of laws which include registration, the recordation of title and licenses, and a number of statutory licensing provisions.

Disability Resources

Bookshare
A huge collection of titles that allow students to listen to books, follow along with karaoke-style highlighting, read in braille or large font, and customize their reading experience with ebooks in a variety of formats for people with reading barriers. The current editions of our titles are available, as well as many other titles that are used in massage and wellness programs.
VitalSource
VitalSource provides digital versions of textbooks to students with documented disabilities to be used with screen readers and other technology that helps students learn. The current editions of our titles are available, as well as many other titles that are used in massage and wellness programs.

HIPAA

Covered Entity Guide
This guide includes an online tool to see if you are a Covered Entity.
HIPAA Privacy Rule and Public Health
Information and guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (also includes many links).
National Provider Identifier
Get your assigned National Provider Identifier (NPI) here.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The mission of the HHS isto enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. This section covers HIPPA.

Professional Organizations

Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health
The Collaborative builds partnerships, educates, collaborates and advocates for whole person, collaborative, team-based, patient/person-centered care.
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
The AIHM is a interprofessional association of integrative clinicians who embrace a person-centered, team-based approach to health care. They provide transformational educational programs, connections to a global network of providers, and valuable resources and toolkits for members.
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education
The AFMTE is a non-profit organization established to serve as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the entire education sector – from entry-level massage training programs through post-graduate studies. The Alliance is the only organization that brings Schools, Teachers, Continuing Education Providers, and Allied Industry Partners together under one roof.
American Massage Therapy Association
Founded in 1943, the AMTA is a non-profit national membership association that provides the tools and resources needed (e.g., broad liability insurance, continuing education, annual conferences) to thrive in in a massage therapy career. They also do community awareness and outreach.
American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
The AOBTA supports Eastern philosophical approaches to health and well-being by promoting Asian Bodywork Therapy. They provide members with education and networking opportunities to support their personal and professional development and success.
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Founded in 1987, ABMP is a national membership association that goes above and beyond great liability insurance to make it easier for massage and bodywork practitioners and students to succeed.
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
COMTA accredits both educational institutions and programs offering instruction in massage therapy and bodywork or esthetics and skin care. They were formed with the mission of establishing and maintaining the quality and integrity of our professions. Since 2002, COMTA has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency.
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
The mission of the FSMTB is to support its Member Boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner.
Global Wellness Institute
The GWI mission is to empower wellness worldwide by educating public and private sectors about preventative health and wellness. They are also the sponsors of Massage Makes Me Happy Initiative.
Integrative Health Policy Consortium
Advocates for a health system that creates, promotes, and supports people’s health and well-being.
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
IDEA and its members are passionately committed to improving the health and fitness of all people. They are focused on delivering compelling member value by imparting knowledge, credibility, inspiration, marketability and personal and professional growth opportunities.
The International Association of Yoga Therapists
The IAYT supports research and education in yoga and yoga therapy and serves as a membership-based, professional organization for yoga teachers and therapists worldwide.
International SPA Association
The ISPA has is the major professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists, and product suppliers.
Massage Therapy Foundation
An organization that advances the massage profession through community service projects, research, and education.
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification.
NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
NIH is the U.S. government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Approved Providers, and Assigned Schools.
Spa Industry Association
The SIA mission to connect the community. They offer educational resources, industry news, links to services, events, and products, and opportunities to network. Membership is free to those actively practicing the pursuit of wellness.
TouchPro International
TouchPro is committed to promoting the benefits of chair massage and skilled touch for developing and maintaining good health and well being. They provide professional chair massage training, tools, and resources to help you get started and make chair massage a successful part of your professional life.
The Touch Research Institute
TRI is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy.

Study Skills

A College Student’s Guide for Studying
Studying, testing, and presenting are all important parts of the college and learning experience. Leverage these skills in your professional life after college.
The Study Skills Resource Page
This site provides links to articles on a variety of study links, including, reading skills, test taking, time management, note taking, writing a research paper, and citations.
Time Management and Studying Resource Guide
This site provides PDF files, links to articles, and links to other website resources for time management, planning, and study skills development.

Success Strategies

The Center for Nonviolent Communication
The CNVC is a global organization that supports the learning and sharing of Nonviolent Communication, and helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings.
Creativity Central
A variety of tools, downloads, fun websites, and quotes about creativity.
HelpGuide
Articles and self-health tools for mental, emotional, and social health
International Mentoring Group
This organization connects specialists and professionals from around the world to share experience and achieve desired personal goals.
Mind Tools
Articles, self-tests, and tips on time management, communication skills, leadership, and personal excellence skills.
National Mentor Partnership
The National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring.
Success Consciousness
Articles, eBooks, and guidance on success, positive thinking, self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation.

Trauma / Abuse

National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. They work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.
Soldier’s Heart
Their mission is to transform the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds that often result from war and military service. They also offer family retreats, workshops, trainings, educational programs, and lectures on a wide variety of topics.
Tools for Awakening Resources and Awareness
The TARA Approach programs are designed to help in the resolution of shock and trauma.
Trauma Information Pages
Comprehensive resources on emotional trauma and PTSD affecting individuals or communities.
Veterans Families United
Resources for veterans and their families including information about appropriate therapies.