Finding the Teamwork in Massage Therapy
Like many therapists, I spend the better part of my day in isolation with my clients. The solitary nature of our work is ideal for the client, who receives the therapist’s full attention with little or no distraction. I recognize that the time we spend with our clients is only a slice of our professional lives. Massage therapists are very much a part of a team, and I would like to take the time to recognize the players that help make us successful.
Educators who have helped provide me with knowledge and develop the skills that I offer to my clients every day. From my initial training to continuing education, they help me find better ways to serve my clients and expand my menu of services.
Vendors and developers of the products that I use in my office and offer to my clients. From massage tables to lotions and gadgets alike, I rely upon these people to find out what products are best for my clients. They help make my job easier.
Colleagues that provide me with inspiration and make me feel that we are part of something bigger. They give me advice and guidance on challenging situations and give me objective feedback when I am exploring new ideas.
AMTA has always been an integral part of my practice team from the very beginning of my career. I recognized early that I could not become successful alone. I needed to find resources that would help me develop and grow as a massage therapist. AMTA has provided the structure to network with other therapists, connect with educational opportunities, and capitalize on their marketing activities. I use my association with AMTA to communicate to my clients that I belong to a professional organization with ethical standards.
When we start to recognize the value that others bring to our practice of massage therapy, it broadens our view and increases our potential. This year, you can experience unrestricted access to your team at the AMTA 2014 National Convention, September 17-20, in Denver. Educators, vendors, colleagues and AMTA leaders will be present to share and show you what they bring to your team. Capital One asks in their commercials “What’s in Your Wallet?” For massage therapists we might ask, “Who’s on your Team?”
I look forward to connecting with you all in Denver!