In Your Community: AMTA’s National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Is Oct. 23-29

In Your Community

AMTA’s 15th Annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Is Oct. 23-29

Massage: a positive step in your preventive health care. AMTA members across the country will be sharing the benefits of massage therapy and more during National Massage Therapy Aweareness Week® (NMTAW). NMTAW, now in its 15th year, will be celebrated October 23-29, 2011.

Book a massage with an AMTA Professional member today! An effective massage can only come from a qualified massage therapist.Use AMTA’s Find A Massage Therapist® national locator service to locate an AMTA Professional member anywhere in the United States. This service will direct you to professionals who agree to adhere to a professionally recognized code of ethics and standards of practice, and are committed to continuing their professional education and development.

>> Book a massage with an AMTA member!

Connect With AMTA Volunteers in Your Community

Look for AMTA massage therapists providing 10-minute massages to walk participants at the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Heart Walks in the Chicago area this fall.  For the fourth year in a row, AMTA members will take part in the walkathon and support the more than 20,000 walkers. The American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Heart Walk aids funding for ground-breaking heart and stroke research, as well as educational initiatives that provide life-saving information to those who need it most.

“We are honored that AMTA has once again been asked to participate in such an important event to support research and education for the prevention of America’s number one killer: cardiovascular disease,” says AMTA President Glenath Moyle. “This opportunity allows our members to give back to their community, while demonstrating the value of massage to a person’s health and wellness.” 
Visit AMTA's Volunteer Connections to find out where you might catch an AMTA member massage therapist at an event in your area. And be sure to explore AMTA's revamped Find A Massage Therapist anytime to find a qualified, AMTA member massage therapist near you. Use the new Google map function to easily find the therapist's location.

>> AMTA's Volunteer Connections
>> AMTA's Find a Massage Therapist National Locator Service

New Opportunities for People Living with Lupus

AMTA and the S.L.E. Lupus foundation have now formally joined together to provide new opportunities for people living with lupus to experience the benefits of massage. The S.L.E. foundation is a nonprofit organization that is the nation’s leader in providing direct patient services, education, public awareness and funding for lupus research. S.L.E. works with people living with lupus and their communities on a national and local level.

Many people with autoimmune diseases such as lupus report that massage benefits them. Massage therapy has the ability to increase pain-relieving endorphins while reducing inflammation and soreness.

For several years, AMTA volunteer members and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation have worked together on a local level. This collaboration has sparked the creation of the massage therapy online resource guide. AMTA members are now listed on the S.L.E. website to help people with lupus find qualified, licensed, affordable massage therapists in their area.

>> Find an AMTA massage therapist willing to work with lupus patients on a sliding fee scale in the New York area.
>> Learn about the benefits of massage for Lupus.

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