Have You Planned Your National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Activity?
AMTA's 15th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW) is right around the corner, October 23-29!
Share the benefits of massage with the public by organizing a NMTAW activity with your chapter, school, colleagues or as an individual member. Participating in NTMAW is an important way to share the health and wellness benefits of massage with your community.
Start planning for NMTAW!
AMTA Remembrance of September 11, 2001
As the people of the United States prepare to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, it also is a time to remember those massage therapists who gave so much of themselves to support those involved in rescue and recovery during such difficult times. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) extends its sincere appreciation to its members and all other massage therapists who provided massage to those affected by the tragedy. Their efforts are an example of the spirit of our association and the heart of massage therapy. On behalf of our board of directors and our members, I want to thank all of you for the services you gave. You are a credit to our profession.
AMTA Participates in First Brazilian Spa Congress
AMTA was invited to join a group of international massage therapists and spa owners for the First Brazilian Spa Congress held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 28-30. AMTA’s representatives shared details on the history of massage therapy and how AMTA organized the profession in the U.S. AMTA also shared information on entry level education available through AMTA school members and continuing education opportunities available through AMTA, its Chapters and other continuing education providers. President Elect Cynthia Ribeiro made the presentation to 100 conference attendees. AMTA representatives also answered questions from spa attendees about education and other professional issues in the United States.
Give Back to the Profession: Be a Mentor
Share your professional experience in the massage therapy industry with a new massage therapist. Becoming a Mentor by participating in AMTA’s Mentoring Program.
AMTA-CA Chapter Leaders Support Legislation Strengthening California Certification
AMTA Chapter leaders' work with AB 619 sponsor Assembly member Dr. Linda Halderman led to Governor Jerry Brown signing the legislation on August 3, 2011. AB 619 makes several necessary clarifications to the voluntary statewide certification administered by the California Massage Therapy Council. Additionally, AB 619 creates a new provision requiring those certified by CAMTC use their certificate name and certificate number in all advertising. The new provision is intended to aid the public in identifying certificate holders while strengthening the title protection for those certificate holders.
Pictured above: Sitting left to right: AMTA-CA Government Relations Chair Bernadette Murray and Assembly member Dr. Linda Halderman. Standing left to right: Sarah Lahti, Second VP; Donald E Harris, Northern Representative; Melissa M Colburn, AMTA-CA President; and Jennifer Tannehill, Legislative Advocate.