American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Connecticut Chapter

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Connecticut Chapter


The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the only non-profit member driven professional organization for massage therapists. The Connecticut Chapter of the AMTA has over 2100 members dedicated to serving the public through touch.  Our Community Service Massage Team (CSMT) has a two-fold purpose: to raise money for a designated charity, and to be prepared to assist people and organizations that respond to major emergencies within Connecticut communities.  Members of our team are trained in emergency response and in using massage to help reduce the effects of stress on responders during emergency situations. Our members spent 45 days at Ground Zero immediately following the events of 9/11. Since then, our team has provided chair massage at the O&G explosion, Sandy Hook shootings, tornados in Massachusetts and Connecticut and the Boston Marathon bombings.  We are the leader and resource in massage emergency response as support to emergency responders, support personnel and other responding organizations during a disaster.

Connecticut Disaster Services

  • Provide licensed massage therapists trained in massage emergency response to provide chair massage at a designated site in support of those responding.
  • Provide stress support services to first and second responders following a disaster.
  • Provide stress support services to staff and organizations mobilized in a crisis situation.
  • We have a Letter of Agreement with the American Red Cross
  • We have a working relationship with CT Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM).
  • Our members are trained to recognize the “stress response syndrome” in responders, provide appropriate support, and refer as necessary.

Connecticut Disaster Assets

  • Over 55 licensed massage therapists trained in massage emergency response.
  • An infrastructure in place to quickly respond to emergencies.
  • Serves as a network and resource to access emergency services in neighboring states.
  • Membership that covers the entire state allowing statewide response.

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