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Hospice Massage vs Spa Massage

by Robert Amaro, LMT Those in the hospice and palliative care business tend to overlook the value and positive effects massage has on our patients. Perhaps it is due to a misunderstanding of what we do in hospice compared to what we might do in a traditional spa setting. The difference between spa services and the type of massage we do with hospice and palliative care patients is a little like comparing apples and oranges; they are night and day. A few of the services offered in a traditional spa setting would never work for our patients. Massage services such…

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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…

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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 protected]”.  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…

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2014 AMTA-NV Delegates’ Report

2014 House of Delegates – Delegates’ Report Submitted by Nevada chapter Delegates: Shawna Smallwood and Brent Bornemeier, 9/27/2014 Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO – September 17, 2014:  The American Massage Therapy Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) annual Business Meeting started at 1pm with a Welcome from House of Delegates Operating Committee (HODOC) Chair Lisa Curran-Parenteau. Lisa said encouraging words to all Delegates and congratulated everyone on another year of proposed Recommendations and Position Statements. AMTA National President Nancy Porambo also welcomed Delegates with encouraging words. Then, Lee Stang, the HOD Moderator, welcomed everyone and introduced herself to the Delegates. Lisa…

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June 20, 2014

Get Involved: Run for an AMTA National Elected Position!

Get Involved: Run for an AMTA Elected Position Serve your profession by running for an AMTA elected office on the National Board of Directors or the Commission on Candidacy! AMTA is a leader in advancing the massage therapy profession, and we're led by volunteers elected by our membership. Application Process Review the position criteria. Candidate applications will be available on July 1 and must be completed by Sept. 1. Take the following online courses (log-in required): About Non-Profit Associations, Responsibilities and Communications throughout AMTA and Risk Management for Associations. Once the courses are completed, fill out the online application packet. Once the Commission on Candidacy determines that you meet the…

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Mentoring Our Future program

Nevada Chapter Member Benefit Mentoring the Future - a Nevada Member Benefit program The amta nevada chapter is proud to partner with Steiner Education Group’s premier education program and campus, the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, to offer its members an opportunity to mentor up-and-coming professionals in the field of massage therapy! If you are an amta nevada chapter member, have a NV state-issued professional license (NSBMT), and have a couple of hours to help/mentor a current massage therapy student, consider this: Students need guidance. Your feedback is sought and needed, by both the programs that educate future licensed massage…

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Your Vote Counts! AMTA 2013 National Election

Be among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that AMTA remains on top and continues to be well represented. Get to know the candidates. Read each of their biographical sketches. You can find these candidate links, or if they established any Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Blog sites by accessing the AMTA official election website. Don’t be shy, ask them questions or read what someone else asked.  Find…

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AMTA’s Health Care Relationships – Advancing the Massage Therapy Profession

AMTA’s Health Care Relationships 2013 An Update of the Association’s Relationships and their Impact on the Massage Therapy Profession The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) continues to be involved in ongoing interactions with health care, wellness and medical organizations with several goals and objectives in mind: To influence the health care community so it acknowledges the value of massage therapy and professional massage therapists; To educate all in the health care and wellness industries about the benefits of massage therapy and the growing body of research that supports its value; To increase collaboration between AMTA, its members and other health care and      wellness industry leaders;…

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Sponsors Show Appreciation for AMTA-Nevada Members at June 3rd, 2013, Annual Meeting

At this year's 2013 AMTA-Nevada Chapter Annual Meeting, we're again playing Let's Play Monopoly! Participating in this email version of a classic game will help educate members and put members in touch with products and services from well-known and ever-supportive massage therapy and wellness industry Sponsors. Amongst this year's Sponsors and the prizes they are giving the members at the Annual Meeting during Let's Play Monopoly: Biofreeze:  Let's Play Monopoly Weekly Winner prizes Bon Vital:  goodie bags, 4oz coconut massage oils, 1-gallon fractionated coconut massage oil Books of Discovery:  Trail Guide to the Body -Andrew Biel: book w/ DVD; Quick Reference to TrPs; Ed.…

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[Even] Higher Standards in the New NCBTMB Board-certified Credential

Being a massage therapist professional for a number of years in Nevada, I have seen many changes that have affected the direction of our profession, our passion, and ultimately affect the way the public perceives massage therapy. Last year, the AMTA began its Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) which has been wildly successful, for both the public and members.  Check out some of the video, member stories, and news stories that have come out of this well-planned, multi-year project.  Your dollars are at work in promoting massage and its benefits to large gatherings of people, like at races and social events…

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