The United Stated Massage Therapy Association was created with these goals in mind:

* To promote the adoption of high standards of practice in massage therapies and all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques, thereby optimizing public access to treatment of a high professional standard
* To establish and maintain a nationwide professionally determined Standard of Training, Conduct and Competence for the protection of the public
* To act as a unifying body by bringing together organisations engaged in representing or teaching massage therapies, all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques

* To establish standards for continuing professional development of registered practitioners
* Establish Core Curricula in all areas of Massage Therapies,bodywork and soft tissue techniques
* Establish Advanced Curricula in all areas of Massage Therapies, bodywork and soft tissue techiques, as applicable
* Provide support to the profession in the form of Standards and expertise