LITTLETON, Colo., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Colorado Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), a nonprofit organization representing more than 1,500 Colorado-state registered massage therapists, is partnering with The Chanda Plan Foundation and “Giving Wellness A Way” during AMTA’s 15th Annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week® (NMTAW), scheduled for Oct. 23 to 29, 2011. AMTA members will celebrate NMTAW to attract attention to the benefits of massage, and the exceptional members who provide this valuable, therapeutic service. October is also National Disabilities Awareness Month.

This inaugural “Giving Wellness A Way” event will kick off with two screenings of the award-winning film documentary 9000 needles, a story of hope, courage and one family’s unconventional journal towards stroke recovery. To be a participating sponsor of the film, please contact Shawn Bayer at

About the Chanda Plan Foundation

The Chanda Plan Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities through education and programs to access integrative therapies. Since 2006, The Chanda Plan Foundation has provided the opportunity for increased health and hope by covering 11,600 integrative therapies for participants in the Quality Of Life program. For more information, visit

About AMTA-Colorado

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association for massage therapists with more than 56,000 massage therapist and massage therapy school members. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.

The AMTA-Colorado Chapter proudly supports more than 1,500 state-licensed members practicing in Colorado and provides: exceptional continuing education opportunities three times each year, encourages networking and social opportunities, fosters an awareness of legislative changes and requirements within our profession and strives to educate our communities about the benefits of receiving skilled massage. For more information, visit