Founded in 1974 as the American Association for the Advancement of Tension Control (AAATC), the Association was renamed as the International Stress and Tension Control Society (ISTCS) in 1981 due to international interest. In 1984, the UK and French branches were formed and the organisation was renamed International Stress Management Association (ISMA) in 1989. With branches in 8 countries and members in many other countries, ISMA has a global reach.
The International Stress Management Association is an established lead professional body for workplace and personal Stress Management, Well-being and Performance. ISMA promotes sound knowledge and best practice, nationally and internationally.
Since 1984, the role of International Stress Management Association (ISMA) has been to raise the profile of stress-related issues both in the home and workplace; combat the stigma often associated with personal stress; change attitudes towards the management of stress at work. ISMA has become an established lead professional body for workplace and personal Stress Management, Well-being and Performance.