2020 State Conference & Annual Meeting

AMTA New Mexico Chapter

2020 State Conference & Annual Meeting

“Massage Therapist’s Toolbox”

April 2-4, 2020

Nativo Lodge

Albuquerque, NM

We regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 State Conference and in-person Annual Meeting due to the increasing threat posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Like you the AMTA NM Chapter Board and AMTA National have been monitoring the situation with COVID-19. The AMTA NM Chapter Board has been closely monitoring the situation since NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a state of emergency regarding public health on Wednesday March 11, 2020. The NM DOH mandate at that time was no large gatherings (over 100) through the end of April. While our event is not often this large we began to look at alternatives such as postponement and to discuss our options with all those involved. However, on Sunday March 15, 2020 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) issued a new directive eliminating all gatherings larger than 50 for the next 8 weeks. After reading these new guidelines and with the guidance and recommendation of AMTA National we came to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 State Conference and in-person Annual Meeting originally scheduled for April 2-4, 2020.
We know the AMTA NM Chapter State Conference and Annual Meeting is an opportunity for our members to gather together and take advantage of top quality continuing education, while networking with their colleagues from across the state. However, the health and wellness of our members is the highest priority for both AMTA and YOUR NM Chapter. That includes supporting safe learning environments. In our industry it would be impossible to practice social distancing and gain the type of knowledge and practical experience that benefits us. While we have cancelled the in-person portion of our conference we are planning to hold a virtual Annual Meeting. We will be reaching out to you via email, Facebook, and our website to let you know when that has been scheduled.
Our hope is to have a robust Fall Education Conference to fill the void left by cancelling this event. If you are in need of CEUs please remember that there is a vast library of high quality webinars on the AMTA Website. In addition the 2020 AMTA National Convention is being held in our neck of the woods August 27-29, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ.
If you have already registered for the conference we will begin processing the cancellations this week. Please be mindful that this will take time.
We will continue to keep you updated about all future education opportunities, the virtual Annual Meeting, and the Fall Education Conference via email, Facebook, and our website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Join us for the AMTA NM Chapter 2020 State Conference & Annual Meeting.

This fantastic 3-Day event will be filled with great education, networking, wonderful vendors, and fun.

You will be able to earn up to 13 CEUs, your CPR/First Aid Certification, get updated about what YOUR Chapter has been doing to support the industry this year, and support the Massage Therapy Foundation.

We will have a great Vendor Hall open all 3 Days, an Award Reception, and our Annual Meeting with included Breakfast.

Get your friends/colleagues together, put your “Quiz Caps” on and join us for the Quiz Night fundraiser Friday April 3, 2020, to benefit the Massage Therapy Foundation. $10/per person donation to MTF to participate. Prizes for winning team, best team name, costume, and team theme. Surprise Guest Host!

Host Hotel and Venue

Guest room rates:
  • Standard Room $89/night (plus tax and fees). 
  • Artist Rooms $109/night
The deadline to book and receive these special AMTA rates is March 24.
The Nativo Lodge 6000 Pan American Fwy NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 To make your reservation please call (855) 997-8221 and use code: AMTA NM
The beautiful Nativo Lodge will serve not only as our venue but also as our “Home Away from Home” for the 2020 State Conference. The Nativo has offered us a fantastic rate on both their lovely Standard Rooms and their incredible Artist Rooms. The Artist Rooms have been redesigned and decorated by talented Native American artists from across New Mexico.

                                           Registration is NOW OPEN

2020 Courses:

Hands-On Courses April 2-3, 2020

Introduction to BioDynamic Craniosacral (2-Day Course) – 13 CEUs

A clear overview of biodynamic theory, and it’s place in the historical development of craniosacral therapy, is balanced with hands-on exercises designed to ground theory into direct experience in both student practitioner and client roles. This introductory seminar provides an easy to access opportunity for you to explore biodynamics, and whet your appetite for a fuller understanding of this potent and popular healing modality.

Presenter: Scott Zamurut

Authentic Client-Centered Massage Therapy I (1-Day Course repeats Friday) – 6 CEUs 

The use of client-centered massage therapy has become very popular in the marketing of
massage. What does it really mean? This course provides clear perspectives of Authentic Client-Centered Massage Therapy. We then apply those specific perspectives in the therapeutic massage session to enhance the client experience and effectiveness of the massage.

Presenter: Cindy Farrar

Active Isolated Stretching for Lower Body (1-Day Course repeats Friday) – 6 CEUs

Learn AIS method of muscle lengthening and fascial release which provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.

Presenter: David Lang

Lecture Courses April 4, 2020

Stone Soup Ethics – 4 CEUs

In every interaction and every thought, we make ethical decisions. Though it appears to happen practically automatically, what informs our ethical decisions is a complex application of personal and professional beliefs and values utilized in the assessment of the situation at hand. While having written codes help us to define appropriate behavior in specific ethical situations, success is in understanding and knowing the path to ethical decision making. This fresh, interactive class presents the code of ethics in the context of ethical theory and discusses the considerations within the various ethical categories. The Recipe for Success = What you bring to the ethical pot

Presenter: Cindy Farrar

AHA CPR/First Aid Certification – NO CEUs

This course is designed for the student who requires basic CPR training and first aid for their professional licensure. The course will cover topics such as Hands Only CPR, bleeding control, diabetic emergencies, basic wound care, common respiratory emergencies, environmental emergencies etc. The course criteria is accepted for licensed professionals outside of healthcare and covers the license requirement for those who work in child care, massage therapy, education, recreation, office work, industrial etc.


April 2-4, 2020

Vendor Hall: Check out the fantastic Vendors who have joined us. Vendor Hall will be open during breaks, lunch and for 30 minutes after class has ended. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to connect with local and national vendors.

Friday April 3, 2020

2020 Awards Reception: Join YOUR Chapter as we acknowledge the best of the best in our Chapter and our State. We will be awarding; AMTA Chapter Meritorious Award, Virginia Anthony Barrow Distinguished Service Award, NM Chapter President’s Award, AMTA NM Massage Therapy Community Leader Award, and the Dan R. Barrow Memorial Scholarship. We will also be recognizing Milestone Membership Anniversaries. Light snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and a cash bar will be available.

Quiz Night Fundraiser to benefit Massage Therapy Foundation: Get your team together or join a team when you arrive for a “Quiztastic” evening full of fun while raising money for MTF. Prizes will be given for; Winning Team, Best Team Name, Best Costume, and Best Theme. $10/person donation to Massage Therapy Foundation

Saturday April 4, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting & Elections: Find out what YOUR chapter has been doing to support the Massage Therapy Industry in NM and Nationally over the last year. Vote for the 2020/2021 AMTA NM Board of Directors and Delegates. Breakfast will be provided.

AMTA NM Proposed Standing Rule – Online Elections

NM Proposed Standing Rule Online Elections
The AMTA-NM chapter board will be presenting a new standing rule for membership approval at our upcoming membership meeting:
Date: April 4, 2020
Time: 8:00 am (breakfast starts at 7:30 am)
Location: Nativo Lodge
Address: 6000 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

This new Standing Rule would change our election process from an in-person vote at our annual meeting to an online election process. Per National AMTA Bylaws, we will require a 2/3 vote to approve the Standing Rule.
Following is a summary of the proposed Standing Rule requiring member approval. Full context is provided in the attached.
Section 1. Chapter Elections
The New Mexico Chapter shall hold online elections in accordance with AMTA Bylaws and Policy.
Rationale for creating this Standing Rule Section 1. Chapter Elections:
This change proposes that the chapter move from conducting elections at our annual meeting to conducting online elections. Online Elections would provide an opportunity for all AMTA Professional Members in New Mexico to vote for elected chapter board positions and delegates electronically. Currently more than 50% of AMTA chapters are conducting their elections electronically, with an increase in voter participation.
Additional information will be provided at the meeting. We hope you will attend and exercise your member right to vote on this standing rule. If this passes, the chapter will conduct online elections in 2021. Please contact AMTA-NM Chapter President BreAnne Garcia McClellan, president.amtanm@gmail.com if you have any questions about this Standing Rule.

AMTA NM Proposed Standing Rule

Online Elections FAQ/Rationale

Link to our recent E-Blast about the Proposed Standing Rule: https://conta.cc/2xgSyep


2020 AMTA NM Board of Directors & Delegate Elections:

During the 2020 Annual Meeting we will be holding Elections for the following Chapter Board of Directors positions:

Board Member (2-year term)

Secretary (2-year term)

President (2-year term)

All board positions must be AMTA Professional Members in Good Standing (Graduate Membership included). All members of the Chapter Board of Directors are expected to sign and adhere to the AMTA Volunteer Code of Conduct, AMTA National Bylaws & Policy, and AMTA NM Policy. For complete details regarding eligibility and position descriptions please click on each position title.

During the 2020 Annual Meeting we will be holding Elections for the following Chapter Delegate position:

Chapter Delegate (2-year term)

Chapter Delegate is expected to attend the 2020 AMTA Assembly of Delegates meeting in August 2020 in Phoenix, AZ as well as 2021 Assembly of Delegates meeting tentatively scheduled for late August 2021 in Tampa Bay, FL. Chapter Delegate must be an AMTA Professional Member in Good Standing (Graduate Membership included). Delegate must sign and adhere to the AMTA Delegate Code of Conduct, Volunteer Code of Conduct, AMTA National Bylaw & Policy, and AMTA NM Policy. For complete details regarding eligibility and position description please click on “Chapter Delegate”.

If you are interested in running for either a Chapter Board of Directors position or a Chapter Delegate position please click the link below, complete and submit the candidate application. Then submit your resume to the AMTA NM Commissioner on Candidacy Joyce Gilbert via email at: joycegilbert50@gmail.com