Welcome To Your American Massage Therapy Association New Mexico Chapter!

The New Mexico Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association has been collaboratively serving the New Mexico Massage Therapist community for over five decades.

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 On a state chapter level, the AMTA -New Mexico Chapter strives to be a regional as well as a national connecting point of professional information for its members. AMTA-NM communicates with its membership via E-Blasts, Annual Conferences, Social Media and Chapter Meetings.

 

MISSION:

The mission of the AMTA-NM chapter is to inspire, educate, empower, and advocate for the massage therapy community.

 

CORE PURPOSES:

To promote, advance and provide innovative thinking in the field of massage therapy while facilitating, supporting and serving AMTA members.

 

Our Goals For 2019-2020

  • Improve communication with members by; using social media. improving our website, newsletter and email campaigns.
  • Increase volunteer involvement by; focusing on episodic or one time events and tasks, improving communication, keeping events relevant and statewide outreach.
  • Host a second educational event outside New Mexico major metro areas.
  • Engage more effectively with members by using all available communication methods, reviewing member survey results and conference feedback.

 

  

2020 AMTA NM State Conference & Annual Meeting

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.

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

Dan R. Barrow Memorial Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Dan R. Barrow Memorial Scholarship. Dan R. Barrow  was a longtime AMTA-NM member and past president. Dan’s service to this organization was invaluable – serving on the Board of Directors for many years and constantly volunteering his time. Dan elevated and enhanced our profession in New Mexico and on a national level, also serving as a National AMTA volunteer for many years. He was a renowned Neuromuscular Therapist and instructor who served on the NM Massage Therapy licensing board.  The scholarship is valued at $500 in 2020 and can be used for continuing education.  This year the scholarship will be awarded during the AMTA NM Awards Reception on Friday April 3, 2020. Please click the link below to apply. If you have any questions or for more information please contact Scholarship Committee Chair Amy Zampella amy@heartlinemassage.com

Deadline for Application is March 1, 2020

 

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