Find out how former Chapter President Bob McAtee has grown personally and professionally as a member of AMTA.
How long have you been practicing?
I was an appreciative client for several years before I finally decided in 1981 to pursue massage professionally. I'm in my 34th year of practice. The primary focus of my work is sports massage and soft-tissue therapy (including facilitated stretching), though I also do a fair amount of relaxation massage.
Describe your education.
Eclectic and ongoing!
What do you enjoy most about your current position?
I've been able to put together a nice balance of private practice, writing, and teaching that keeps things interesting every day. I especially enjoy meeting colleagues when I teach for AMTA Chapters and at the National Convention.
What is a typical day like?
In the office by eight, clients throughout the day, interspersed with writing, social media time, the gym, researching material for updating my current seminars, developing new topics, and administrative work.
How has being an AMTA member impacted your career?
I've been an AMTA member for 26 years and have received many personal and professional benefits from my membership. Professionally, I've had the opportunity to learn from some of the best educators in our field, both at National Conventions and at Colorado Chapter meetings. Those opportunities contributed immensely to my professional development. My volunteer activities with AMTA helped me tap into my own leadership skills and I'm proud to have served on our Chapter Board in many capacities, including two terms as Chapter President. I'm also grateful for the many friends I've made through my AMTA membership.
One sentence of advice?
An invaluable piece of advice I received was "pay yourself first and save 10% of that."
Why should AMTA members attend your session at the AMTA National Convention in Denver?
Many people suffer from gluteal pain that does not respond to their best attempts at rest, ice, stretching and other self-care remedies. They often seek information on the web and self-diagnose "piriformis syndrome." My session, Alleviating Piriformis Syndrome, is designed to provide massage therapists with a simple and effective assessment and treatment protocol that they can easily incorporate into their skill-set. Assessment is important so we know what to treat and how to re-test to see if the treatment helped. Massage therapists who can successfully treat this condition will be amazed at how fast word-of-mouth publicity from their appreciative clients will spread through their community.
Learn more about the continuing education courses offered at the AMTA 2014 National Convention.