Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Massage Therapy Profession

Keywords: Minority Groups, Ethnic groups, Health Occupations, health services accessibility, African Americans, massage therapy, primary health care


It has been documented that there are disparities in who seeks massage therapy in the United States. Yet, there are few conversations about race and ethnicity of the massage therapists who provide these services. We must examine the diversity, equity, and inclusion within the massage therapy profession and consider how the profession can improve the landscape for clients/patients and for those who feel called to work within this field. Although the diversity of the profession and those who seek treatment are rarely discussed, this paper explores these issues and offers possible solutions to expand the diversity of the profession and patient population.

Author Biography

Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, 864-455-8374

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

How to Cite
Balogun, MS4O., & Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, A. B. (2020). Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Massage Therapy Profession. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice, 13(3), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.3822/ijtmb.v13i3.571