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December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12

Education, Research Highlight AMTA National Convention

By Editorial Staff

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) held its annual convention in Portland, Oregon October 2-6. An estimated 900 members and numerous exhibitors and guests attended the educational workshops, visited the exhibit hall, and participated in association business.

Dan Millman, former world champion athlete, university professor, coach and author, provided the keynote address, discussing The Power of Hands-On Healing.

Twenty educational sessions were offered, focusing on such topics as massage and cancer; massage and fibromyalgia; and massage practice development.

An AMTA Foundation session featured presentations on three recent research studies on the efficacy of massage. Research poster sessions included displays on other massage therapy research studies and community outreach massage projects.

Association officers also were announced at the convention. Brenda Griffith rose from president-elect to president of the organization. Newly elected or re-elected members-at-large are Terry Hirth Caldwell; William J. Greenberg; Charna Rosenholtz; and Diane M. Sater. The newly elected vice president is Kathleen A. Miller-Reed (a twin of former AMTA President Maureen Moon). Laurel J. Freeman also was named as new president-elect.

Another highlight of this year's event was the AMTA announcement that it would offer online continuing education courses for the first time. The AMTA's Distance Learning Program will allow massage therapists to read specific online massage therapy professional articles, then take an online quiz for continuing education credits. The program can be accessed through the AMTA website: The program is available at cost of $20/CEU for members and $25/CEU for nonmembers.


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