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Best memories from 2018 National Convention

Saturday, September 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
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AMTA volunteers during a morning training session for chapter volunteers.
 

After spending nearly a week in “the other Washington” to attend the National AMTA Convention I’m still adjusting to the time changes and sorting through all the goodies in my convention bag but I’m happy to report the number one priority post-vacation/convention task of trimming my fingernails back to proper length has been completed. My nails hadn’t been so uncomfortably long in years!


One of my favorite parts of attending the AMTA National Convention in any year is the opening session and Keynote Speaker. 2018 was the 75th Anniversary of AMTA, which began with just 29 members in 1943. AMTA President Joan Nichols shared numerous achievements of AMTA during Opening Session, reminding us all of the commitment we’ve made to a non-profit organization that truly supports us and our profession.


Did you know... 

  • AMTA has 85,000 members
  • AMTA has committed to donating a minimum of $559,000 to the Massage Therapy Foundation
  • AMTA offers free student memberships to member schools
  • AMTA provided membership dues relief for 700 members living in Puerto Rico
  • 32 States and Washington DC have an AMTA lobbyist
  • 13,000 LMTs signed the trigger point petition last year
  • AMTA helped to get massage included as a “medically proven” alternative to opioids
  • AMTA offers 2 free Online Self Care CE courses to all massage therapists

“Tell Me Something Good”
Keynote Speaker Bert Jacobs made me laugh and cry and then laugh again when he shared the origin story of Life Is Good, a multimillion dollar clothing company that started with a couple brothers selling t-shirts with a positive message. It really put me in a positive frame of mind for the convention and got me excited for our State Conference in September - tying in with our theme of “Pay it Forward.”

 

“Our mission at Life is Good is to spread the power of optimism.” Even when there is so much struggle, tragedy and fear in the world and in the media, there is still good in the world. So help spread the power of optimism by sharing what happened today that was good.

Washington Chapter and the Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation is truly helping to integrate massage therapy in health care by allowing our profession to share a common language with the medical world: evidence based science. But as MTF President shared, “embracing the science doesn’t mean abandoning the art.”


The AMTA-Washington Chapter donated $1 per member to the Massage Therapy Foundation - totaling over $5000 and putting the Washington State Chapter in the Massage Therapy Foundations “Trustee’s Circle.” We will potentially double that donation next year, with the inclusion of donations from our Fantasy Casino Fundraiser in Ocean Shores.
Rural Resources, a group in Eastern Washington, received a community service grant from the Massage Therapy Foundation which enabled them to provide therapeutic massage to care-givers in their program.


more Calendar

1/19/2019
Self Care Fair

2/20/2019
Massage Awareness Day

Featured Members
Diana L. ThompsonAMTA-WA Government Relations
Allison HaneltAMTA-WA Board Member

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