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History of Pennsylvania Body Therapy Association (PaBTA)

Created in the year 2002, the Pennsylvania Body Therapy Association (PaBTA) was formerly known as the Pennsylvania Licensure Coalition (PaLC, or the Coalition). The Coalition was extremely active since the early 1990’s with the sole purpose of promoting licensure for massage therapists and exemption for other bodywork professionals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since that time, the licensure effort has gained great momentum across the Commonwealth. During the twelve (12) years prior to the formation of PaBTA, the various rewrites of the licensure bills and negotiations in Harrisburg revealed to the leadership of the PaLC the need for a statewide association to represent all body therapists . In response to this need, PaBTA was incorporated during the fall of 2002 as a non-profit organization with the goal of providing information to various body therapy groups regarding legislative and educational issues in the Commonwealth. PaBTA is comprised of individuals in the therapeutic massage and bodywork fields in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who wish to increase the credibility of their professions, protect the public from unqualified practitioners, and establish a network for professional exchange amongst practitioners of all body therapies. The leadership of the Association (PaBTA) works very closely and diligently with the Pennsylvania Chapter of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA PA Chapter) regarding the licensing of massage therapists and supports the licensure efforts underway in Harrisburg while actively serving PaBTA's membership.

Our Mission

  • to educate and encourage communication between practitioners and the public.


  • to encourage networking among practitioners.


  • to serve as liaison between practitioners and
    state government by addressing political issues.


  • to promote educational programs within the
    state of Pennsylvania.


  • to monitor state legislation concerning body
    therapy practices.


  • to establish standards & ethics for body therapy
    practitioners in the state of Pennsylvania.


Association Profile

The Pennsylvania Body Therapy Association (PaBTA) is a non-profit organization that was established to promote the unification of body therapists in the State of Pennsylvania.

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Last modified: 11/02/05