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.
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.
North American Efforts
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.
Local Efforts 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.