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2022 National Elections Are Now Open

The AMTA 2022 National Elections are now open. All professional members (as of October 1) are eligible to vote and should receive their ballot via email on November 15.
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Lame Duck Congressional Session Coming

A "lame duck" session is coming when Congress returns to Washington, DC on November 14. Big changes are expected in massage therapy committees of interest.
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Grassroots Alert: NOPAIN ACT

The NOPAIN ACT, which aims to increase patient and provider access to non-opioid approaches to acute pain management, is continuing to attract support and interest in the Senate and House. Reach out to your representatives today and urge them to support this bill.
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A Growing Body of Research Supports the Positive Impact of Massage Therapy for Mental Health

Explore recent research that supports the benefits of massage therapy for stress, anxiety and depression.
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AMTA Dissatisfied with Weak Response from NFL

AMTA believes the current disciplinary action against Deshaun Watson for his predatory behavior in violation of the League’s personal conduct policy doesn’t go far enough. We strongly feel that any client - including professional athlete - who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face serious legal consequences.
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AMTA Addresses The Importance of Safety for Massage Therapists

AMTA is aware of the allegations of misconduct against Deshaun Watson and the related news coverage. While we are not in a position to comment on ongoing litigation, we do feel strongly about reiterating that the safety of both the massage therapist and client is of utmost importance.
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Focus on Your Health: Questions about Massage and Monkeypox

The health and wellness of our members and the clients you serve are the highest priority for AMTA. We have recently heard from members with concerns about monkeypox and what precautions they need to take.
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New Research Continues to Reinforce Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Relief of Chronic Pain

Recent studies demonstrate the efficacy of massage therapy for relief of chronic pain and show its value in reducing the need for opioids.
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Congress Passes Omnibus Bill for HHS Initiatives

AMTA is pleased that the omnibus bill includes many provisions that support integrative healthcare including massage therapy.
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Senator Capito Calls For Better Pain Management

With input from the massage community, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encouraging the distribution of the HHS Pain Management Report to the medical community.
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NAICS 2022 Update

With AMTA input, the NAICS 2022 update includes changing the term "massage parlors" to "massage wellness centers."
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AMTA Membership Will Be a New Benefit Offered to Massage Envy Therapists

AMTA is pleased to announce that Massage Envy will be purchasing AMTA memberships, on behalf of massage therapists employed across the country at their franchised locations.
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Our New Massage CE Courses

Discover our new online massage CE courses on cupping therapy, the lymphatic system and how to modify massages for clients with chronic conditions.
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AMTA Encourages CMS To Provide Medicare Coverage For Massage Therapy

AMTA provides comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about Medicare's Inclusion of Massage in 2022.
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HHS Labor Bill & Draft Report

Learn how the HHS FY 2022 bill and draft report supports education, public awareness, and research on massage therapy for pain management.
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AMTA Advocacy: Moving Massage Forward

AMTA’s advocacy efforts are continuing to move the massage therapy profession forward. We are working to increase public and policymaker awareness of the efficacy of massage therapy. 
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Pregnancy and Massage CE

Discover how massage therapy can help support clients during all phases of pregnancy.
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CARA 3.0: AMTA-Supported Bill

New legislation addressing comprehensive approaches to pain care introduced in Congress.
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The NO PAIN Act

Our Government Relations Team has been advocating for the NOPAIN Act in Congress. This bill would increase access to non-opioid approaches for acute pain management – including massage therapy.
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Cancer CE: Advanced Session Planning Part III

In our Advanced Cancer CE, discover the crucial role massage therapists can play as part of a client’s cancer care team.
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