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September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09

News from the AMTA Foundation

By Editorial Staff

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Foundation, which officially changed its name to the Massage Therapy Foundation on Sept. 1, 2004, will sponsor the first U.S. massage therapy research conference next year.

The conference titled, "Highlighting Massage Therapy in CAM Research," will be held Sept.

25-27, 2005, at the Sheraton Old Town in Albuquerque, N.M.

Members of the Organizing and Scientific Advisory Committee include: John Balletto, LMT, NCTMB; Clint Chandler; Tiffany Field, PhD; RŽal Gaboriault, PhD; Glenn Hymel, EdD; Sharon Marden Johnson; Janet Kahn, PhD; Martha Brown Menard, PhD; Cynthia Myers, PhD; and Karen Sherman, PhD.

The Foundation is seeking abstracts for the conference in the following areas:

  • Building a massage research infrastructure
  • Safety and efficacy of therapeutic massage and bodywork
  • Studies of physiological (or other) mechanisms by with therapeutic massage and bodywork achieves its effect
  • Studies stemming from a wellness paradigm
  • Studies of the profession of therapeutic massage and bodywork

For more information, contact the Massage Therapy Foundation at 847-869-5019.

ABMP Celebrates Membership Growth

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is a professional association serving the massage therapy, bodywork and skincare industries.

Since its inception in 1987, ABMP has seen slow and steady membership growth. However, in the past two years, membership has grown rapidly, increasing from 35,000 in 2002 to over 50,000 within the last couple of months.

"We are gratified that we seem to be providing services that are valued by our growing numbers," said ABMP President Bob Benson. To celebrate the 50,000-membership mark, ABMP profiled the five members leading up to the milestone membership number, noting that ABMP members come from all walks of life and have diversified backgrounds in the massage therapy profession.

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