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August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08

AMTA Shares a Touch of Inspiration

By Editorial Staff

The American Massage Therapy Association hopes to provide "A Touch of Inspiration" to those attending its 2008 National Convention on Sept. 16-22. The Phoenix Convention Center will play host to this year's convention which includes pre-and post-convention workshops and the popular Exhibitor's Marketplace.

The pre-convention workshop, "Orthopedic Massage for Pelvic Stabilization and Complicated Upper Body Conditions" taught by James Waslaski begins Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Exhibitor's Marketplace opens Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and the keynote address by Judith Aston follows the Thursday morning opening session.

Classes include "Introduction to Stone Massage," "Assessment and Treatment of Common Knee Injuries," "Integral Anatomy: Layers, Relationships and Continuity," "Working With Trauma and Dissociation," "Implications of Presence in Massage Therapy," "Assessing Progress: Introducing Measurement Tools Into Your Practice," "Common Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow," "An Introduction to Qualitative Health Research Methods for Massage," "Neuromuscular Integration Technique," "Deep Tissue Massage With Meridian Awareness" and "Future Healthcare Trends" just to name a few. The Massage Therapy Foundation will have poster sessions throughout the convention and will also introduce its new peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

The post-convention workshop, taught by the Upledger Institute ("Lymph Drainage Therapy"), will close out the festivities. It will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.

The Exhibitor's Marketplace Opening Reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The exhibit hall also will be opening during the following hours:

  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 19, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 20, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are new to the AMTA or attending your first convention, a First-Timer Luncheon will be held Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon is designed to provide an opportunity for "first-timers" to meet the AMTA Board of Directors and connect with their fellow therapists as well.

Have You Had Your Massage Today? - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The popular fundraising event, The Sanctuary, will again make an appearance in the Exhibitor's Marketplace. All proceeds from this event will go toward the research efforts of the Massage Therapy Foundation. For a $10 donation, attendees can receive a 10-minute foot or facial massage treatment. The Sanctuary raised $3,000 in 2007 for the Massage Therapy Foundation and hopes to have even greater success this year.

"We could not be happier to bring The Sanctuary to Phoenix! We are excited about raising awareness and funds for massage therapy research. Once again, we will invite convention attendees to visit us in the exhibit hall and donate $10 to the Massage Therapy Foundation, and in return experience 10 minutes of utter bliss while we provide the treatment of your choice from any of our six Sanctuary protocols," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick.

Be sure to stop by and reserve a time to be pampered, learn a new foot or facial treatment to integrate into your massage practice and help the Massage Therapy Foundation at the same time. Be sure to stop by the Massage Today booth to pick up your free, "Have You Had Your Massage Today" T-shirt and fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win $500.

Official convention hotels include the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (800)233-1234, the Wyndham Phoenix (602)333-0000 and the Hotel San Carlos (866)253-4121. You can also make reservations online at the AMTA Web site. For more information, including a full class schedule, a list of speakers and event details, as well as an online registration form, visit


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