Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Acupuncturists Convene in Palm Springs for Annual California Massage & Bodywork Convention

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One of the largest professional massage practitioner associations in the world, the American Massage Therapy Association, California Chapter is hosting its annual convention in Palm Springs, March 4-8, 2010. This popular four-day convention will feature a variety of topics ranging from hands-on relaxation and rehabilitation therapy techniques to ethics, and will even feature instruction in Equine (horse) massage. The mission of AMTA is to support its members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. All therapists and healing-arts practitioners are invited to attend.

Massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists and acupuncturists from across the country will be convening at The Palm Springs Riviera Resort & Spa March 4 - 8th for the 2010 California State Massage and Bodywork Convention sponsored by the California Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

As one of the largest professional massage associations in the world, the mission of the American Massage Therapy Association is to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. The AMTA is a nonprofit, member-driven organization of ethical professionals, with chapters in all 50 states plus the US Territories and Canada.

The convention will feature educational presenters from across the country, covering a variety of topics ranging from hands-on techniques to ethics, and will even feature instruction in Equine (horse massage) that will provide not only applicable information that therapists can use in their massage practice, but also, continuing education credits for each hour of education. To keep their massage certifications current, massage therapists are required to accrue continuing education credits each year. (The hourly continuing education requirements vary from state to state and by organization.)

To kick off the conference the keynote presentation on Friday night will be "Laughter for Life" with comedian Greg Tamblyn to insure everyone will enjoy themselves.

This year's educational highlights will include a two day course on Zen Touch Shiatsu taught by Seymour Koblin, Nutrition for Massage Therapists presented by KP Khalsa, Teri Rogers will instruct the Essential Lymphatic Performance, Forearm Dance will be taught by Val Guin, Irene Diamond is presenting Active Myofascial Therapy ~ The Diamond Method, and there will be an Introduction to Watsu workshop that will be led by Kim Hartz and Tal Hurley. Carole Osborne will present Easing Back Pain with Rhythmic Deep Tissue, and John Maguire will lead a rousing course covering Ethics for massage therapists. The concluding educational session will be held on Monday, March 8th titled, Horses 2 Hearts -- Equestrian Massage, which will give therapists an introduction to massaging horses. This equestrian massage course will be led by past president of the California chapter, Terri Mongait.

In addition to the educational courses and the AMTA-CA Chapter annual business meetings, there will be plenty of networking and socializing events. The Saturday Chapter Luncheon will have a Hawaiian Luau theme, and a Saturday Night Exhibitor Reception where we will have a "Deal or NO Deal" game show fund-raising event with a Hollywood theme. Participants will want to be sure to dress accordingly for both.

The chapter is also excited to announce the return of the highly anticipated massage therapy trade show. The trade show gives attendants an opportunity to experience new tools, tables and treats provided by a wide variety of vendors such as Massage Envy, Earthlite, Rossiter Systems, Cloud Quilts & Designs, and Earth Angel Oils. Most vendors will be selling their products at a discounted show-price for therapists to be able to purchase on-site.

Melissa Martinie Colburn, California AMTA chapter president says, "We have an exceptional opportunity in Palm Springs with a great venue and a re-expanded convention format. We're connecting with local and regional massage therapists and businesses in new ways, building the massage therapy community and creating networking and support, not only for our members, but all massage therapists and massage related businesses."

This popular four-day California convention will be held at the beautiful Riviera Resort on Indian Canyon Drive, which is home to many popular movie stars when they visit Palm Spring area. Guests staying at the hotel will receive a room at a substantial savings as part of the AMTA group.

Chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturist and anyone interested in attending are invited to participate either in the convention as a whole or for just the trade show or educational classes. “We often have therapists fly in from out of state just for the high quality of education that is available,” says Lucy Wojskowicz, Convention coordinator. “Registration may be for only one or two classes or for the entire convention, including the social activities, plus everyone who attends receives a gift bag full of items they can enjoy, related to massage therapy.”

To register, therapists do not need to be members of the AMTA, although AMTA members do enjoy a discount on the convention price.

More information and registration for the convention can be found at
http://www.amta-ca.org

Call (800) 696-2682 or email info(at)amta-ca(dot)org or convention(at)amta-ca(dot)org

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