COVID-19 Updates & Official NCBTMB Statements

Burr Ridge, Ill. (March 20, 2020)

As a valued member of the NCBTMB community, we are writing to make you aware of how you can further support the work our professional organizations are doing on the state and federal levels to help minimize the short and long-term impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)

Please Note: You do NOT have to be a member of AMTA nor ABMP to participate and show your support for the massage profession. We encourage you to click on the above links to learn more.

As a certification board, NCBTMB’s role is not to lobby, however, we fully support the efforts of our professional associations doing during this time. We encourage you to remain up-to-date with your professional association of choice, as well as the expert online resources—including information from the CDCWHO and your local health authorities—as this rapidly-changing situation unfolds.

Stay Healthy & Safe,



Portia B. Resnick, PH.D., ATC, BCTMB, LMT
President, NCBTMB Certification Board

Burr Ridge, Ill. (March 19, 2020)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) released the following updated statement today regarding COVID-19 concerns:

NCBTMB fully supports AMTA’s position and recommendations for massage therapists amid COVID-19 concerns.

The AMTA Government Relations Team has been connecting with federal, state and local governments regarding laws, executive orders, and regulations that impact massage therapists during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information on AMTA’s GR efforts, we encourage you to check the AMTA website for updates:

We hope you all remain healthy and safe.

Burr Ridge, Ill. (March 16, 2020)—The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) released the following statement regarding COVID-19 concerns today:

Recommendations Amid COVID-19 Concerns

NCBTMB recommends following the CDC for the most up-to-date information and safety tips during this difficult time.

In the wake of recent concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across the country, NCBTMB recognizes the impact it may have on you, your loved ones, and your clients.

During this time, NCBTMB strongly recommends the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Proper sanitation and hygiene practices are the best precautionary measures within our control. The CDC website is updated regularly with the most accurate information. Additionally, the CDC has produced lots of helpful content and tips, such as:

If you need to reach our offices, we encourage you to contact us electronically at We ask you reserve our phone lines to help us prioritize support for our Certificants and APs directly impacted by the outbreak.

We are in this together.

Stay Safe,

Please Note: If you are due to renew your Board Certification during this time—and unable to meet the requirements as a result of the COVID-19 impact—please contact us. Our team has a plan in place to support you during this time. Your health and safety are of utmost importance.