Evanston, IL — On October 20, 2011 the House of Delegates of the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) approved three position statements for the association. The delegates debated proposals for association position statements that express the sense of the membership on matters pertaining to massage therapy. Approved statements reflect the view of the majority of the delegates that research presented is sufficient for the non-profit association to state publicly the value of massage therapy for these health situations.

The statements approved are:

• It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that massage therapy can be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression.

• It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that massage can be an effective therapy for those who suffer from tension headaches.

• It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that those who participate in exercise programs, as well as athletes in training, can benefit from massage therapy.

Details on the approved position statements, including citations considered during debate, will soon be available on the AMTA website and will become part of the association’s efforts to promote the value of massage therapy, supported by research.

The AMTA House of Delegates has now approved nine position statements since it first began voting on them in 2006. Proposals for AMTA position statements are developed and submitted by members according to specific guidelines and criteria. Proposals that meet all criteria are presented to the House of Delegates at its meeting that occurs during the AMTA national convention. Delegates are elected by their chapters to represent members in that state (and Washington, D.C.).

Board of Directors Chooses 2014 Convention Site

During its meeting October 18, the AMTA Board of Directors approved holding its 2014 national convention in Denver, Colorado September 17-20. This will follow the 2012 convention in Raleigh, North Carolina (October 3-6) and the 2013 convention in Ft. Worth, Texas (September 25-28).

The board of directors meets immediately preceding each national convention and all AMTA members are welcome to attend open sessions of the board.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association for massage therapists in North America with more than 56,000 massage therapist and massage school members. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. 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.