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Marla Hieger, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? In my former career, I was an over-the-road truck driver. I drove long periods of time, and developed lower-back issues. I was at a time in my life that I wanted a career change, and thought massage might be a good choice—I…

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NCBTMB Announces Certification Board Elections Update

Burr Ridge, Ill. (January 29, 2018)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today key updates regarding its annual Certification Board Elections process, as well as the departure of current Certification Board Member, Jill K. Berkana. “In November 2017, the NCBTMB Slate Selection Committee received an overwhelming…

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Ryan Witholt, LMT, BCTMB

Long before deciding to become a massage therapist, I was interested in healthcare. Specifically, I wanted to be a physician so I could help people heal.  In my final year as an undergraduate, I learned that my vision of medicine and helping people heal was not in alignment with the…

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NCBTMB Featured in December Issue of Massage Magazine

Burr Ridge, Ill. (December 14, 2017)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today a feature in the December Issue of Massage Magazine. The feature highlights the differences between certification and a certificate. The full issue with limited advertisements is available for download at https://www.massagemag.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/MM259-NCBTMB.pdf. About NCBTMB The National…

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Stacy Smith, LMT, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was one of those people who thought of getting massages as a luxury—as something I did when I went on vacation. Even though I grew up and still live in Maryland, I’d never had a massage in Maryland. Between 2007 and…

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NCBTMB Issues Calls for Candidates, Seeks Two Practitioner Members and One Public Member to Join its Certification Board

Burr Ridge, Ill. (November 1st, 2017)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today it is seeking candidates to fill three available positions on its Certification Board. The organization seeks two (2) Practitioner Members and one (1) Public Member. Candidates must submit a completed application by Thursday,…

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Marnie Hass, LMT, BCTMB

How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I first found massage in my early 20’s when a family friend went to massage school. Back then, massage was strictly thought of for pampering purposes only. We would give each other gift certificates for birthdays or holidays, so we could have…

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NCBTMB and The Heart Touch Project Launch Pain and Palliative Care Specialty Certificate Program

Burr Ridge, Ill. / Santa Monica, Calif. (October 30, 2017)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today a partnership with The Heart Touch Project (THTP) to introduce the profession’s first Pain and Palliative Care Specialty Certificate Program. Under the new partnership, candidates become eligible for the…

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NCBTMB Publishes Revised Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Burr Ridge, Ill. (October 4, 2017)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today its Certification Board approved revisions to the NCBTMB Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, effective immediately. Led by the NCBTMB Ethics and Standards Committee, revisions to the NCBTMB Code of Ethics and…

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Faith Swartzendruber, LMT, Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Holder

Although I knew I wanted to get into massage as a teenager, I did not pursue a career in massage until I was 32 years old and in possession of a Masters of Education. Touch has always been a natural outpouring of myself, and after seeing a documentary in middle…

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