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Why should I join AMTA?

 

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) represents more than 58,000 massage therapists. The mission of the American Massage Therapy Association is to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. AMTA works to establish massage therapy as integral to the maintenance of good health and complementary to other therapeutic processes; to advance the profession through ethics and standards, continuing education, professional publications, legislative efforts, public education, and fostering the development of members. To it's 1300+ professional and student members, the AMTA MO Chapter provides continuing education, networking, community service, & sports massage opportunities around the state, in addition to insurance and legislative support.

 

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How do I join AMTA?

 

Information on how to join AMTA is located on the AMTA National site at http://www.amtamassage.org/membership-intro.html.

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Are board members, delegates and committee members elected or appointed?

 

Board members and delegates are elected by professional Kansas AMTA members. Committee chairs are appointed by board members, although professional Kansas AMTA members have a say in who is appointed. To find out requirements or to receive an application to become a board members or delegate, contact the nominations chair. To become appointed as a committee chair, or to join a committee, contact the president.

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Is it expensive or time-consuming to be a volunteer?

 

Not at all. All volunteerism is appreciated and the board makes it easy to volunteer. You tell us your schedule and if you have a preference on what you would like to do. We will match you accordingly. If it's a task that requires reimbursement, ie phone calls, copies, etc., submit the receipt to the treasurer and a reimbursement check will be sent promptly.

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Are massage therapists regulated in the State of Kansas?

 

At this time we are not, though we are in the process of working with the Kansas legislature to make this a reality.

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What benefits can I expect as an AMTA member?

 

AMTA's Professional members receive an extensive menu of outstanding benefits: liability insurance, optional additional insurance coverage, a personal listing in AMTA's "Find a Massage Therapist"® national locator service, credit card scanner, no-fee Platinum credit card, preferred pricing on professional supplies and products for your business, local and national educational events, quarterly Kansas Chapter newsletters, Massage Therapy Journal, e-touch newsletter, community outreach grants, marketing materials to help promote your business and expand your client base, reproducible hand outs, presentation materials and several options for public relations tools. As a Professional AMTA member, this indicates that your education, training and ethics place you within the top tier of massage therapists nationwide. It's a milestone that should make you proud. (Benefits are subject to acceptance.)

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What are the fees for AMTA members?

 

You have three options when joining AMTA. Student member dues are $45 and include liability coverage while in school. Graduate member dues are $89 + $30 chapter fee and includes liability coverage while you are completing the qualification process to be a Professional member. Professional member dues are $235 plus a $30 chapter fee. All members get the latest information about the profession, career and marketing assistance, networking and educational opportunities, discounts on massage therapy products and business support services and products, and subscriptions to AMTA publications such as mtj and Hands On® newsletter. For more info, visit the membership page on AMTA's website: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

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How often is it necessary to renew my membership?

 

It is necessary to renew your memebership every year.

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Does AMTA have a Foundation for grants and scholarships?

 

Yes, the AMTA Foundation was created in 1993 to generate, disseminate and apply the benefits of massage to a vast number in society.

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How can I receive a research grant from the Massage Therapy Foundation?

 

The Foundation grants funding for research, community outreach and educational scholarships.

Since 1993, The Massage Therapy Foundation has granted over $441,000 to advanced research on therapeutic massage and boidywork. A variety of topics havebeen funded ranging from pain and stress to lymphedema.

 

Since 1993, The Massage Therapy Foundation has granted almost $245,000 to foster massage therapy initiatives that serve populations in need. Twenty-one various populations have been served ranging from low income families to hospice patients

 

To obtain information on funding for any of these areas, contact the national office at 800-905-2700.

 

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What are the requirements to become an AMTA member?

 

You can become a student member by being enrolled in a 500 in-class hour supervised entry-level massage therapy training program . Proof of one of the following is required for Professional Membership:

 

  • Graduation from a 500 in-class hour supervised entry-level massage therapy training program

 

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    A current license from one of the following: AL, AR (1988 or after), AZ, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MS, MO, ME, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NY, NV, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, or the province of Ontario, Canada

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    Certification by the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

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    Previous enrollment as an AMTA Professional member

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Do you have to be licensed to practice massage in Kansas?
 
Not at this time.
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Should I become involved in AMTA?

 

Yes! Volunteerism is exciting, rewarding and vital to a well-established and successful chapter. The Indiana chapter is member-driven where your voice is heard and action is taken. Volunteers have kept this chapter going strong, even after 50 years. An hour, a day or a year - all those who volunteer are warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated. Contact the membership chair or the president for more information.

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Does AMTA offer continuing education?

 

Yes. The AMTA Kansas Chapter offers excellent and varied educational opportunities at a very reasonable rate. National and local presenters, doctors, and chiropractors have presented the newest and most innovative techniques available. Check the events calendar for upcoming meetings and continuing education opportunities.

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How many CEUs are required to be an active AMTA member?

 

48 - which can be accumulated over a four year period. All documentation needs to be submitted to the National AMTA office to stay an active member.

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Will I be on a mailing list for AMTA?

 

Yes, from both the national and Kansas office. The Kansas Chapter publishes Hands Across Kansas which brings members up-to-date on upcoming meetings, what the board is working on, legislative updates, member achievements, pictures and highlights from past meetings, contact information, etc. This publication is printed quarterly and is sent via the mail. All contact information is kept confidential.

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What if I am not getting my mailings?

 

You can first contact the National office to confirm that they have your correct and current mailing address. You can also contact the newsletter editor, 3rd Vice President, to have an additional one sent and to try to reconcile any mailing discrepancies. All address and phone number changes are the member's responsibility and the National office needs to be contacted with this information.

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