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Position Statements are the cornerstone professional beliefs of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) as decided by the membership population of over 100,000 professional massage therapists.
See all the currently Approved Position Statements.
the 2023 Agenda – each year the members are encouraged to formally propose Position Statement Ideas and Discussion Topics for the Assembly of Delegates to discuss and on which to possibly take action during their Annual Meeting. Statements that complete the approval process may say something about Massage Therapy: how it can/may assist in healthcare-positive results with special populations or medical conditions – all claims are thoroughly-researched and -studied, created by members with the most-current, scientific data.
Annually, since 2006, Member-approved – through the Assembly of Delegates – Position Statements become the beliefs of the leading, non-profit professional association in the United States. This year’s Discussion Topics and Position Statement Proposal will be released to the membership – through the AoDAC and Chapter Delegates – approximately, in late-June.
Member Voting vs. Delegate Representation: the function of the Delegate is to represent the member consensus on the National floor of the Assembly of Delegates (AoD) each year. Delegates poll the members, discuss the Discussion Topics and Position Statement Proposals with the members and take a Chapter consensus to the AoD. When in the AoD Business Meeting at the National Convention, Delegates from all 51 Chapters have an opportunity to represent the support or concerns of their Chapter’s members and dialogue works toward a consensus of the state Chapters’ Delegates to vote for or against a Discussion Topic and/or Position Statement Idea. If needed and based on information discovered at the annual AoD Business Meeting, a Delegate may change his/her Delegate vote to reflect the best interest of the Chapter membership.
Who can be a Delegate? Any Graduate or Professional AMTA member in good standing. The duration of a Delegate’s Term is 2 years.
Who can write a Discussion Topic or Position Statement Proposal? Any AMTA member. Your current Delegate(s), Chapter Board of Directors, or fellow members can help you start and explore the process, edit, proofread, keep communication with the people that need to vet your document, and basically help you follow it all the way through the process. timeline
If you consider the impact that statements a professional association makes on behalf of its tens-of-thousands of members, to include empirical evidence and “by massage therapists, for massage therapists” method of governance, then it is truly a professional representation of who we are and where we stand – what we profess.
…for 2023: If you are interested in becoming a Delegate or just starting a Position Statement of your own: share it with us. Let us help and represent you in your professional Association, on a National stage, and so you can practice what you preach in your own Practice. Contact your Nevada Chapter Board today.
Current Nevada Delegation
Sarah McCallum – Delegate 2021 & 2022 (2-year term) [Interested in this position?]
Sarah McCallum, LMT BS earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (major) and French Language (minor) from the University of Kansas in 2007. She has been a part of the healing arts community in the Reno-Sparks, Nevada area since her graduation from Hawai’i Healing Arts College in 2009, operating Massage by McCallum; Sarah firmly believes in the body’s ability to heal itself when given guidance.
Sarah currently serves the AMTA-Nevada Chapter as a Board Member, Newsletter Editor, and 2022 Delegate. She has served the chapter, additionally, as 2019 and 2020 Delegate.
Naomi Joy – Delegate 2022 (1-year term) [Interested in this position?]
Naomi Joy, LMT BCTMB, graduated from the Central Maryland School of Massage in 2012, has been practicing Massage Therapy for the past 10 years, and currently practices in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is Board-Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (BCTMB) through the NCBTMB and holds membership with the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) and the International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA).
Throughout her career, Naomi’s passion in massage therapy has been volunteering and professionally working with hospice & palliative care patients. She is a Reiki Master, a published Contributor to the AIA’s quarterly journal: Aromatics in Action, and has volunteered with the NCBTMB as an Item Writer for their Board Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Outside her massage therapy practice, Naomi advocates for marginalized communities, animal welfare, end-of-life care, evidence-based research, and creating higher standards in the wellness community.
Naomi currently serves the AMTA-Nevada Chapter as its Secretary and 2022 Delegate.
2023 Discussion of Assembly of Delegates (AoD) Proposals
Asking all AMTA-NV members for thoughts and opinions for the AOD Meeting
No Discussion Topics or Position Statement Proposals have been proposed for this year’s Assembly of Delegates Meeting which will be held virtually on August 23, 2023. Every year topics focusing on a wide range of issues affecting and pertaining to the betterment of our profession are submitted for Delegates to discuss and/or vote upon.
Delegates are charged with gathering chapter member feedback and determining a Chapter consensus on the topics and statement based on that feedback. Delegates present this information at the Assembly and use this information to guide their vote. The topic(s) and/or statement(s) that pass may then become the approved beliefs of the AMTA.
We want to hear your support, concerns, and thoughts about this year’s discussion topic.
Discussion Topic & Position Statement Proposals: In The Works
Let Us Know your thoughts!
Do you support or challenge any of the ideas statements above? In what way would you like the AMTA to take a position on any or all of these topics?
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