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FSMTB 2022 Annual Report Now Available

The 2022 FSMTB Annual Report is now available. The annual report provides insights into the daily operations of FSMTB, the organization's accomplishments over the past year, and the incredible volunteers that make it all possible.

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FSMTB 2022 Election Results

The 17th annual meeting of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) was held October 19-20, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina with 37 member boards and agencies represented. Delegates elected two positions on the FSMTB Board of Directors and three positions on the 2023 Nominating Committee.

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The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards is thrilled to announce the release of a new resource, co-authored by our executive director, Dr. Debra Persinger – A Toolkit for Identifying Human Trafficking and Fraud in Higher Education. The toolkit, co-authored with Lorna Candler of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, is a practical guide for state authorizers to identify and take action on human trafficking in higher education institutions.

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The Biden Administration, through the US Department of Health and Human Services, has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, with cases on the rise across the US. Since monkeypox can spread through skin-to-skin contact, massage and bodywork practitioners should continue to engage procedures to ensure client safety, proper practitioner hygiene, and disease prevention protocols that have long been a cornerstone of professional massage and bodywork practice.

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Job Task Analysis Survey and Sexual Harassment Survey are Here

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards invites massage and bodywork therapy professionals to participate in the 2022 Job Task Analysis (JTA) Survey. This survey, which will be available beginning February 22, 2022, seeks to ensure that the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx®) reflects current practice.

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