“Being a member of AMTA has totally opened my business and career wide open,” says Kelly Lott, a 22-year massage veteran who specializes in instructing cold stone therapy and spa treatments. Read more about Kelly’s past experiences with educating massage students, preparing for conferences, and her plans for the upcoming AMTA National Convention below.
What led you to pursue your career in massage therapy?
My husband’s job moved us to Chicago and I wanted to pursue a new avenue. I talked with a massage therapist while getting a massage, and she informed me that Chicago had one of the top five schools in the country. I visited the school and decided to attend. The best decision I ever made.
What types of education have aided in your success?
I took as much continuing education as I could find in the areas of headache specialties, pregnancy massage and infant massage. Also, years of research and reading all I can find has been very helpful.
What do you enjoy most about your current work environment? What are some of the challenges?
I travel all over the country, mostly at AMTA conferences and spa conferences. I love going to new states and cities, meeting new people and making friends wherever I go.
The challenge is travelling. It takes many hours to plan, go through airports, travel to the conferences, set up the workshops, work it, pack it back up, and go to the airport again. But I love what I do, and when the workshop finally begins and ends, I am at my happiest. I love to teach and present.
What are some of the takeaways from your session, “Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine Headaches?"
A good take away is how much I do care about how badly people suffer from migraines. When I first started doing research, I had no idea how many people are so completely disabled by it. I am devoted to learning why people suffer from them and trying to help them figure out their triggers. I wish to convey that to my students so they in turn will do the same—have a relationship with their migrainer's and work together to prevent them.
How has being an AMTA member impacted your career?
Being a member of AMTA has totally opened my business and career wide open. Having the opportunity to present at the different chapters has enabled me to share my research and treatment to many massage therapists, who are now in turn helping many, many people. Before the conferences, I tried to go to as many massage schools as possible, which can be very challenging. On average I would have 10-12 students. With the conferences, I can have as many as 50 in a class. This spreads the word faster to many!
What should attendees be sure to check out in Fort Worth?
I am so thoroughly excited to present Migraine Miracle-Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine Headaches at the AMTA National Convention this year. I am already planning the workshop. I will have lots of help, a power point presentation to follow along and three instructors demonstrating the treatment, so all will be able to view the session very well. It will be a lot of fun and informative. I look forward to meeting everybody!
Learn more about the AMTA National Convention as well as Kelly’s session »