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December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12

AMTWP Convention Convenes in Alberta

By Editorial Staff

With the magnificent Canadian Rockies as backdrop and roaming elk and deer on constant display, the Edmonton, Alberta-based Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners (AMTWP) convened its national conference October 14-27.

Over 300 people attended the event in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

"Our theme this year, Healing the World One Touch at a Time, is indicative of the importance of offering compassionate touch on a global scale," enthused association president Melanie Hayden. We can all have a positive influence on the health, healing and well being of our planet and all of its inhabitants."

Melanie Hayden, president of the AMTWP. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Melanie Hayden, president of the AMTWP, addresses convention attendees. Massage therapists and bodyworkers from the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, New England and Florida joined Canadian practitioners from most of the Canadian provinces, giving the event an international feel.

In addition to the many superb Canadian instructors who attended, this particular convention also featured a number of the United States' finest educators. Notable among the Americans providing continuing education courses were Mya Breman and Alaya Chikly, who team-taught an overview of Lymphatic Drainage. Mya also presented a CranioSacral overview, and Alaya presented Heart Centered Therapy.

Three Massage Today columnists also presented at the convention. Spa columnist Steve Capellini demonstrated popular spa offerings that could be offered in a dry-room setting. Pathology columnist Ruth Werner discussed stress-related disorders and cancer, and how massage therapists can best relate to clients suffering from these conditions. Convention attendees were honored to have Massage Today columnist John Upledger, DO, OMM, give the keynote presentation. He stressed the importance of teaching children compassionate touch to combat the escalating violence in the world. He also shared his thoughts on cellular intelligence, and how knowledge of communicating with the body on a cellular level enhances the work of massage therapists and bodyworkers.

The AMTWP is a professional association serving massage therapists and allied wholistic practitioners throughout Canada. The association is also a resource to the Canadian public for issues related to these disciplines. Since its inception in 1988, the association has grown to become one of Canada's largest voluntary professional associations, with over 3,900 members throughout Canada. For more information, visit


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