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.
- 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
- to establish standards & ethics for body therapy
practitioners in the state of Pennsylvania.
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.
- (717) 891-6726
- Postal address
- P.O Box 274, Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356
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