Recap: AMTA 2016 National Convention

Largest National Convention in AMTA History

The AMTA 2016 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 26-29, was an outstanding success and ranks as the largest convention in our history.

Relive the excitement of the 2016 National Convention!

Opening Session keynote speaker Robin Roberts inspired the massage therapy community with her grace, humor and candor in the face of life’s challenges. From her early years as an athlete to her noteworthy interviews with passion for Good Morning America, she has always been a leader. Robin is committed to living the best life possible, and massage therapy has helped her stay active and get through some of life’s most difficult challenges.

Watch as Robin Shares Her Story

Closing Session: Olympians + Massage Therapy

The Closing Session Bringing Home the Gold: Olympians + Massage Therapy featured Olympic athletes Bonnie Blair, Alicia Dana, Kerri Strug and Abby Wambach. Their stories touched hearts and focused attention on how sports massage enabled them to achieve their goals and face life challenges.

Related: View Photos of Robin & the Olympians »

AMTA Announces Funding for Massage Therapy Foundation

At Opening Session, AMTA President Nathan Nordstrom announced that AMTA will provide a minimum of $475,000 to the Massage Therapy Foundation this year. AMTA’s support helps MTF carry out its mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. MTF President Jerrilyn Cambron thanked AMTA for their ongoing partnership.

AMTA to Provide Free Membership to Massage Students

AMTA announced a new program to provide all students of AMTA member schools with free Student Membership beginning November 1. All of these students will have the advantage of experiencing AMTA and learning about how to move forward in their careers at no charge. Contact Mike Donovan for more information.

AMTA to Support NCBTMB

AMTA has long supported certification as a vital part of the massage therapy profession and we continue to support its value. The AMTA Board of Directors was approached by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and they have agreed to provide operational and logistical support to the organization to safeguard Board Certification.

NCBTMB will continue as an independent body, as AMTA ensures its long term sustainability through operational and logistical support. As this new collaboration evolves, AMTA and NCBTMB will keep everyone in the profession informed about the process.

AMTA and Massage Envy Work Together to Support Self-Care & Injury Prevention

AMTA believes educating and creating a better understanding between all employers and massage therapists will result in better work options for the massage therapy profession. AMTA is committed to working with all employers to strengthen workplace options for the massage therapy profession.

Massage Envy is a large employer of massage therapists, including AMTA members. We have received ongoing feedback about Massage Envy, and at AMTA National Convention it was announced that AMTA and Massage Envy have begun a long term dialog working toward improvements.

AMTA and Massage Envy will create an education program on self-care and injury prevention created to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards (OSHA is the federal government agency that oversees workplace safety). It will be available to Massage Envy employees, as well as all massage therapists.

AMTA will also work with Massage Envy to create an education program for their owners and managers to help them understand what it takes, and what it means, to be a massage therapist.

Save the Date!

Join us for the AMTA 2017 National Convention in Pasadena, California, September 14-16. Check back this spring for details!

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Kelly L., AMTA member since 2010