Evanston, IL – The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) expanded its relations with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as an active participant in the organization’s annual conference last weekend in Boston, MA. AMTA was invited to the conference to both present information to high school counselors about how someone trains to become a massage therapist and answer questions about what high school students need to know to plan for a massage therapy career. For many years, the association has provided ASCA with massage therapy career information for its publications.
“This was a great opportunity for AMTA representatives to meet with high school counselors and let them know how and where to find information for students who are interested in massage therapy as a career,” says AMTA President Kathleen Miller-Read. “We helped the counselors understand how to guide their students both on what massage therapy practice is like and how to find the AMTA massage school member that best matches their career goals.”
More than 1,700 high school counselors attended the conference. Many visited the AMTA booth and said an increasing number of high school students are interested in training to become massage therapists and want to know what is needed to become massage professionals. Most expressed interest in how massage is rapidly becoming integrated into health care and medical environments. Dozens of counselors requested AMTA’s 2010 Massage Profession Research Report to make it available to their students.
AMTA member Nancy Wilde (MA) made a special presentation in a session called, “Careers Your Students Need to Know About.” She emphasized how a massage therapy program can help recent high school grads both grow as students and develop as adults, and that a career in massage would be best suited for someone who is compassionate, enthusiastic, a self-starter, has good organization and communication skills, and is a life-long learner.
AMTA will maintain its relationship with ASCA and continue to help guide high school students interested in attending massage school and becoming professional massage therapists.
The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association for massage therapists with more than 56,000 massage therapist members. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.