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August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08

AMTA Heads to Quebec: 2001 Convention Preview

By Editorial Staff

Quebec is an overwhelmingly French-speaking province, blending modern cities and charming rural towns. Montreal is the largest urban center in the province, but three hours to the northeast lies Quebec City.

Besides holding the distinction of being the only fortified city in North America, Quebec City is also the capitol of the province --- and host to this year's annual American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) convention.

The theme for this year's convention, to be held October 17-21 at the Quebec City Convention Center, is "Sharing the Time-Honored Traditions of Our Profession." Highlighting the four-day event are scheduled keynote presentations by three prominent members of the profession:

  • Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, will address the potential existence of a unifying principle that integrates bodywork in such a way that the influences of science, energetic interchange, emotions, and spirituality are concurrent and symbiotic.
  • Patricia Benjamin, PhD, will outline the history of massage, including the important people, places and developments that have shaped the profession.
  • Deane Juhan will address the positive influence of touch on physical and psychological functioning, and how pleasuring, nurturing touch is a powerful form of social activism.

The convention will also feature a variety of continuing education classes, covering such topics as breast massage; advanced soft-tissue manipulation; infant massage; tai chi body movement; tissue memory; mentoring; ethics; and tuina.

The AMTA's board of directors will hold meetings in Quebec City on the three days leading up to the convention (October 14-16); AMTA chapter presidents will hold their council meeting on the 17th. Various other administrative and educational functions will also take place over the four-day weekend, and well over 100 exhibitors will fill the convention hall.

Additional information on the 2001 AMTA National Convention can be found on the AMTA website:


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