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The New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists, Inc. (NYSSMMT) is a 501(C)(6) Not-for-Profit professional association. Its main purpose is to educate and advance the Massage Therapy profession. The Society is primarily composed of members from the New York Tri-State Area and beyond who hold a New York State license in massage therapy.


Licensure in the State

Established in 1927, NYSSMMT paved the way as one of the first professional associations for massage therapy in the US making the organization over 90 years old.  NYSSMMT owns the achievement in the New York State of the successful lobbying efforts resulting in massage therapy becoming a license healthcare profession (see picture to the right) and to have the title “masseur” legally changed to “massage therapist” led by our current NYSSMMT Legend members, Dr. Carol Kessler Ph.D, LAc, MS, LMT and Barbara Joel, LMT.   


Abolishing the classification term "Massage Parlor" in North America

Since May 20, 2020,  NYSSMMT, once again, is leading the call to action to have the name "massage parlor" removed from NAICS:  North American Industry Classification System, a reference guide from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget of The White House.  This guide is used by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States to describe economic activity in North America.  Click here to learn more.

Removing Special Permit to practice massage in NYC

In April 2021, NYSSMMT was invited by the NYC Dept of City Planning to provide guidance and endorsement of the proposal to rezone licensed massage therapy in commercial real estate as ambulatory care.  To learn more about this current effort, click here. 

NYSSMMT strives to preserve and elevate the profession by serving our members, students, schools, employers and consumers throughout the region. It’s this spirit of leadership that keeps NYSSMMT aiming to develop new leaders in the profession as it takes early preparation to mark a centennial milestone.  Ask yourself, are you a leader?  If the answer is yes, then NYSSMMT is for you.

Code of Ethics

A Licensed Massage Therapist, becoming duly elected into membership of the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists, Inc., pledges to uphold the Bylaws and the following Code of Ethics.

  1. To conduct their practice in an ethical manner.
  2. To abide by the Medical Practice Act.
  3. Not to diagnose, nor to prescribe to any person or patient any form of medication.
  4. Not to disclose confidential information in the course of treatment of a patient to anyone other than the patient's caregivers, legal guardian, and recommending physician, and to respect all confidences. This obligation shall extend beyond the period of professional services.
  5. Massage Therapists shall assume the foregoing obligations with a free will, in full appreciation of the privilege and opportunity to place the practice of this profession in a position of honor and distinction.


  1. To provide continuing education opportunities to members so that excellence in the field of applying Massage Therapy techniques will be maintained. .
  2. To seek enactment of laws to promote a high standard for the profession of Massage Therapy.
  3. To uphold the ethical standards for the profession of Massage Therapy for members and consumers.
  4. To assist local authorities and jurisdictions with their efforts to prevent abuses by unethical and illegal practitioners.
  5. To educate health care and related medical providers about the benefits of Massage Therapy.
  6. To educate our consumers and the public in general about the established and documented benefits of Massage Therapy.
  7. To promote an inclusive environment of medical,clinical, and pharmacological components within the massage industry.

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