International Massage Assoziation Germany

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Leistungen/ Infos


Massage categories:

1. Swedish massage (Western massage including classical relaxing massage)

2. Thai massage (Traditional Thai, Warrior, Royal, Thai yoga ect.)  

3. Wellness massage (Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, spa massage, lymph drainage, hoilistic massage etc)  

4. Free style massage (Western inspired) (Combination of different types of western massage methods, mobilization, cupping, massage with tools, bodywork etc.)  

5. Free style massage (Eastern inspired) Combination of different types of Asian massage methods (Shiatsu, Acupressure, Thai massage, cupping, Tui Na, Ayurveda, Reflexology massage with tools, etc.)  

6. Chair massage (both Western and Eastern inspired massage)  

7. Sports massage (Deep-Tissue massage, MFR, MET, neuromuscular techniques, stretching etc.)  

Participants are informed, that the judges at the competition are capable of evaluating the individual treatment and please note, that a treatment can be placed in several categories. 


1. Each Massage Therapist can participate in 1 or 2 categories

2. Dress Code: Participants are allowed to wear personal sponsorship clothing or any other National suit that fits the category. Participants must wear sports shoes, sports pants or yoga pants, T-shirts etc.. Shoes are not allowed in Thai Yoga Massage.

3. The recipient of the massage must wear underwear at all times and have covered their chest (if she is a woman). Any area which is not being worked on must be covered/draped.

4. No cameras are allowed during the rounds and the final. Unauthorized use of cameras and recordings can result in expulsion.

5. Insurance – It is your own insurance that covers both you and the participant you treat during the competition.

6. There is an absolute zero tolerance policy concerning inappropriate behavior. Any massage of sensual/sexual nature would result in immediate disqualification and expulsion from the Championship.

7. All participants are required to receive massage, as well as giving massages. If necessary the International Massage Association will arrange for suitable candidates/massage recipients in particular cases.

8. No chiropractic and osteopathic manipulations are allowed during the competition.

9. The IMAG decide which music will be played during the Massage Competition. Most of it will be inspired by the choices of who is an expert in the philosophical and spiritual part of massage.


Competition Area

The competition area is divided into 4-5 massage areas. 30-40 massage tables are available, as well as 10 mattresses for Thai massage and 10 chairs for the chair massage. Height of tables will be adjusted by the participants.

The location of table/mattress/chair and receiver for each participant will be chosen by lot. Duration of each round is 65 minutes (incl. examination).

Participants have approximately 5 minutes to examine the receiver before the massage is given.

The Judges:

In the preliminary rounds, the Judges are constituted by members of the Board of Directors at The International Massage Association Germany as well as elected representatives from the National Massage Associations. The Judges may issue 1-3 wildcards for the Finale.

Judges will evaluate the participants in the following areas with a point system:

 Techniques

 Ergonomics

 Flow

 Innovation and Development of new methods

 Client contact

 Recipient feedback

The participants can’t expect feedback and score results from the judges neither during or after the competition.

All decisions regarding the competition are made collective within the group of Judges – this is to make sure the competition is as fair as possible.

The Final:

The Duration of the Final is 65 minutes.

Massage recipients (Professional and highly educated Massage Therapists) hand up to 6 points depending on their experience of the massage they receive.

The head judges are able to hand out 3 points each to only one finalist.

The Winner will be the Massage Therapist who gets the most points, and he/she is appointed as Overall Champion in Massage Competition 2022.

How can one compete in massage?

At the Massage Competition, focus is on examination, techniques, ergonomics and overall performance in each category – judged by specialists and highly experienced judges in the specific category.

By “The flow of the massage” means a continuous non-stop movement and variation of techniques performed by the therapist.

Ergonomics: How does the therapists use their own bodies (work environment) and their remedies (Massage tables etc)

Techniques: Different techniques used in each category. Innovative and effective techniques for both therapist and client.

The judges will each evaluate the participants in their field of expertise in close cooperation with other judges. The recipients in the final are also judges, and will give up to 6 points for the treatment as well.