Mentoring Our Future – November 22 & 23, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Education Event – Structural Relief Therapy (SRT), with Taya Countryman (4 CEHs)

Medical Marijuana and Massage Therapy…Are We Ready?

Unless you have been hiding in a mine shaft for the last year, you have probably heard that medical marijuana is a hot topic in Nevada.  In November 2014, Dispensary Applicants are expected to be issued their business licenses.

The AMTA-Nevada Government Relations Committee has been contacted by one of the organizations that have organized to educate and advocate the use of medical marijuana.  The Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association (http://www.lvmma.org/) has regular meetings where they discuss policy and educational talks.  At this point, you may be thinking to yourself “So what?”

Well, the “what” is this:  as a complementary and alternative wellness practitioner, you may very well be asked about the use of medical marijuana for pain and stress relief.  What do you say?  What is your personal opinion?  And, moreover: what is your professional opinion?

Apothecanna productsWhat would you say if a client asked you to use an “infused oil” on them?  Are you aware of what infused products are (their content, MSDS requirements, prescription viability)…?  Do you know the risks/benefits of using THC or marijuana for medical purposes…?  Is it in a massage therapist’s Scope of Practice to use it?

These are some of the questions the Government Relations committee has brought to your Chapter’s attention and is looking into answering from a more-informed position.

Here’s a little background information that I have found:

In short, marijuana has two primary substances in it: THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).  THC has mind-altering and anti-nausea effects, while CBD is the pain-relieving, anti-seizure substance.  Traditionally, the different strains of marijuana plants have had different mixtures of these two components.

With selective breeding and hybrids, they now have strains of marijuana with only trace amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD.  Part of the “science” of medical marijuana is finding the right strain for the client and their symptoms, then finding the correct dosage.

Correct dosing is where infused products come into play:  the THC and CBD oils are taken out of the plants, much like an essential oil would be; the oil can then be put on or in a food, or it can be placed in massage oil for topical application.  The dosages of THC and CBD can be controlled better with infused products that are ingested or absorbed rather than by smoking (inhaling) it…at least that is how some think.

The infused products have received some bad press due to their potency.  The thing to remember is, like anything, people tend to become resistant to THC or CBD over time.  So: infused products came about for two reasons, first to make something strong enough to work on the worst cancer patients, and so a person can medicate without smoking pot at work.

There are some upcoming events in Nevada that may be helpful to get more information. The LVMMA’s Medical Marijuana Oktoberfest happens on October 16th and 3rd-annual Marijuana Business Conference & Expo on November 11th at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.  We have been told that there will be massage therapists from Colorado attending.

We think the questions that are arising will be ones that will need answering in the future.  It would be wise for you to do some self-education on this hot topic as well.  We want to hear from you on this topic – please email hidden; JavaScript is required and leave your comments below: answer any of the questions above, share links to online, reputable sources to substantiate data and/or your opinion.  You can help us form an opinion as a state chapter of the AMTA on this hot topic.  Ω

submitted by: Chuck Williams, Government Relations Committee Chair – read more about the chapter’s involvement in Regulation in Nevada

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What’s Love Got To Do With It? A Webmaster’s Request

You’ve probably seen it: an email in your member-registered email Inbox from “email hidden; JavaScript is required”.  That’s Me – HI! :)

Why we receive Nevada chapter email:  We’re all pretty busy in our practices and our lives and you won’t be able to participate in everything that the chapter has to offer that as a chapter and your webmaster, as a natural, efficient, timely, and contemporary method of communicating with all chapter members, send your way.  The National office of the AMTA also sends you news you can use, to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your profession and ways to engage that news with your practice and clients/patients.  So much information is out there, and delivery of that information and receipt/management of that information can be real challenges.

It’s all great information that I, personally, have used and depend on to keep on top of what’s happening in the massage therapy world – my opinions and efforts are driven by several origins of that information, including AMTA’s publications: the MTJ and emails, to name a couple of ways…

If you become inundated or uninterested in the types of information that come your way via email, there are methods for changing your preferences as your needs/desires change – that is the purpose of this article/request.  Instead of reporting chapter emails as Spam or Complaining (as functions of the email links you may click or in your email client options), I ask that you kindly either delete the email or, if you would like to unsubscribe – permanently – from chapter communications, please: change or remove your email address from your AMTA Member Profile on the national website on your Member Profile.

email-letter-envelopeIt happens with any service that mediates email delivery…like, in your own practice, for example.  When Complaints are logged with a mail server, like Eventbrite (a service we use to mediate attendance at free and attendee-paid/chapter-sponsored events), our reputation as an organization is tarnished.  We are perceived as an organization as “not having permission to email the recipients” on the monthly email list that we get and upload each time we send out an email through any service.  As a consequence, we are restricted from emailing through these beneficial services and tools – first, in bulk (All Members At Once as opposed to a “up to 250 emails a day” restriction), but then, ultimately, our account is closed by the service – something we want to avoid.

Up to now, some emails come through from the nevada chapter that a simple button cannot be clicked to Unsubscribe or Complain about “too many” emails coming through.  I can only imagine that that is the main reason members Complain about receiving emails from their chapter.  These emails have directions to “change your email address or remove it” from the database with the National office of the AMTA.  We are preparing to change the way you regularly receive all emails from the chapter.  If you wish to Unsubscribe from specific types (not just chapter-related) of AMTA-approved email communication (login required), visit: https://www.amtamassage.org/membership/account/unsubscribe.html

Not getting your chapter communications?

Update your email address on your AMTA Member Profile if:

  • You no longer have access to (by choice or accident) the email address on AMTA-file,
  • You want to receive your chapter-related emails/communication at another email address than you are currently receiving,
  • You no longer want amta nevada chapter or AMTA National emails

Here’s how to Update your email address(es):

  1. Log in to your AMTA Member Profile at http://www.amtamassage.org/signin.aspx (login Name = your member #)
  2. Click on Edit Account Details
  3. Click (Edit), next to Profile Information
  4. Click the Manage Contact Info button
  5. Under My Email Addresses, Click (Add) or click on the email type you want to change/delete
  6. Enter the new information or remove the email address
  7. Click the orange Save button

Make changes for each type of email address and then exit your Profile.  Explore your options for your Profile to be up-to-date while you’re there: there are a lot of things you can do in and with your AMTA Member Profile!

If you choose to receive AMTA-related emails and before you register a complaint, please Unsubscribe – your Unsubscription will be registered with that particular email service and you will not be emailed again from that service.

What happened to chapter communication in my [USPS] mailbox?  As a reminder, you will not get as many USPS mailings regarding chapter activity: National policy allows us to Be Green in communications with our members, but, more importantly, it makes the process of communicating with each of you more economic – costing the chapter less, for paper mailings – so that we (meaning “you”, if you’d like to volunteer to help facilitate expenditures) can spend your hard-earned membership fees in other efforts that support your local, chapter organization in promotions, educational events, and keeping up-to-date with the ways local government affects your practice.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?  We LOVE that you are a Nevada chapter member!

Thank you for being kind and helping us be efficient and continuing to receive emails from “email hidden; JavaScript is required” – That’s Me: HI!

If you have any questions about your privacy, making changes to your email preferences, or receiving amta nevada chapter emails, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mentoring Our Future – October 25 & 26, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – September 13 & 14, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – August 16 & 17, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

AMTA-NV Summer 2014 Member Forum

Register @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amta-nevada-chapter-member-forum-aug-13-2014-tickets-12495401081

3 Reasons You Should Attend the August AMTA-NV Member Forum:

#1 – Have an impact on your professionTuscan Villas, clubhouse lounge

#2 – Learn techniques to improve your massage practice

#3 – Network with your peers in an impeccable, luxurious setting

Impact Your Profession –  The main purpose for this meeting (and “why” you will likely want to attend) is to have your voice heard and considered: the AMTA is, in its 12th year of proposing Position Statements that are understood by the public and healthcare field as “where AMTA members stand” when it comes to professing the benefits of massage therapy, considering 3 MORE researched and vetted positions to approve…so you can use them in your practice.

Delegate Shawna SmallwoodTo learn what a Position Statement is AND what 2014’s proposed PSes are, visit here: http://www.amtamassage.org/positionintro.html

REVIEW them before the forum discussion…so you can be on your game and be able to add to the conversation

Nevada Delegates representing the AMTA-NV membership will head the discussion: Shawna Smallwood and Brent Bornemeier have reviewed the proposed PSes extensively and would like to add your input to the consideration that NV will vote in the House of Delegates in Denver in September.

Treasurer Anneli Adolfsson & Delegate Brent BornemeierQuestions for email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required?  Please email them prior to this member forum/meeting so they can completely answer them at the presentation…or bring your questions to their presentation.

Now’s your chance to have lively debate, conversation, and maybe learn a few things about what the AMTA (that’s you!) already represents in the healthcare field.

Does your practice need a JOLT?!  Dominic Orlando, MT, Esthetician, and Inventor of Sassi Stones® (pronunciation) comes from Arizona to present some tried and true tools and techniques for augmenting your practice, either in an establishment or in your private practice – and a special announcement will follow his short presentation!

NETWORKING!  Summer’s “slow”? Enliven your relationships with your peers who, when The Schedule gets heavy, may be calling on you to take an appointment or two…or may know of a position opening in your dream massage establishment…or may be your next business partner or cooperative marketing venture – don’t pass up This opportunity!


Tuscan Villas, front drive fountainIf you are interested in taking on a project or leadership position, this meeting will also be a great time to introduce yourself and connect with other member volunteers like you :)  If you haven’t attended a meeting or volunteered before, your Chapter leadership is here to help and will be at the meeting to answer all your questions.

Other things you can do at this meeting:

  • Join us immediately BEFORE and AFTER for some networking and Refreshments!
  • Invite a friend to introduce them to the AMTA Nevada Chapter & its Members – email hidden; JavaScript is required with their Name and Email Address so we can send them an Invitation.

We look forward to learnng & networking with you and making the most of your membership with the amta nevada chapter!

If you have any questions prior to registration, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Because this is event is located on private property, you are asked to park in spaces that are NOT COVERED by a carport.  If your car is reported/cited/towed, the amta nevada chapter is not responsible for any costs associated with the return of your vehicle.

To enter the property for parking, you will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event with a Gate Code to use for vehicle entry.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No.

If you need to change your RSVP, please return to the Eventbrite system to do so. Thank you!

Mentoring Our Future – July 5 & 6, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – June 7 & 8, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html