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AMTA® Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

This Code of Ethics is a summary statement of the standards of conduct that define ethical behavior for the massage therapist. Adherence to the Code is a prerequisite for admission to and continued membership in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Principles of Ethics. The Principles of Ethics form the first part of the Code of Ethics. They are aspirational and inspirational model standards of exemplary professional conduct for all members of the association. These Principles should not be regarded as limitations or restrictions, but as goals for which members should constantly strive.

Massage therapists/practitioners shall:

  1. Demonstrate commitment to provide the highest quality massage therapy/bodywork to those who seek their professional service.
  2. Acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person by not discriminating or behaving in any prejudicial manner with clients and/or colleagues.
  3. Demonstrate professional excellence through regular self-assessment of strengths, limitations, and effectiveness by continued education and training.
  4. Acknowledge the confidential nature of the professional relationship with clients and respect each client’s right to privacy within the constraints of the law.
  5. Project a professional image and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
  6. Accept responsibility to do no harm to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of self, clients, and associates.

Rules of Ethics. The Rules of Ethics are mandatory and direct specific standards of minimally-acceptable professional conduct for all members of the association. The Rules of Ethics are enforceable for all association members, and any members who violate this Code shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Massage therapists/practitioners shall:

  1. Conduct all business and professional activities within their scope of practice and all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
  2. Refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct or sexual activities involving their clients in the course of a massage therapy session.
  3. Be truthful in advertising and marketing, and refrain from misrepresenting his or her services, charges for services, credentials, training, experience, ability or results.
  4. Refrain from using AMTA membership, including the AMTA name, logo or other intellectual property, or the member’s position, in any way that is unauthorized, improper or misleading.
  5. Refrain from engaging in any activity which would violate confidentiality commitments and/or proprietary rights of AMTA or any other person or organization.

Effective Date May 1, 2010

About AMTA Montana Chapter

Our Mission
To serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy.

Core Purposes:
To promote, advance and provide innovative thinking in the field of massage therapy while facilitating, supporting and serving AMTA members.

A little more about us
On a state chapter level, the AMTA -Montana Chapter strives to be a regional as well as a national connecting point of professional information for its members. AMTA-MT communicates with its membership via newsletters, annual conventions, and chapter meetings.



How many members does the chapter have?

Currently we have approximately 582 members.

When does the chapter meet?

The AMTA-MT chapter holds a spring meeting each year as part of the chapter convention. Generally the spring conventions/meetings are scheduled around the end of April or early May. The location of the conventions rotates to different locations within Montana. AMTA-MT Chapter members are informed of the conventions via postcard, email blasts, Facebook and this website.

What about educational opportunities sponsored by the AMTA-MT Chapter?

Workshops are offered during the spring.

How else can I keep informed about chapter and state happenings?

Check back to this website for additional updates and upcoming events regarding national conventions, legislative activities and other chapter happenings. Facebook is also another good resource.

When does the chapter hold board officer elections?

Elections are held before the spring conference via online elections and announced at the spring membership meeting. Contact the chapter president if you are interested in running for an office.

Are there chapter (regional) units?

No, at this time the chapter does not have any established units. However, you may want to check with a board officer near you to determine if there are any local meetings which take place in your community.

What kind of volunteer opportunities are available within the chapter?

The chapter is always open to the talents of volunteers. Here are a few examples: writing articles for the website, serving in a leadership capacity on the board, helping with planning conferences, assisting with fundraising, serving on the financial committee/auditing finances and the list goes on.