California Currents
Summer/Fall 2021
President's Message
Read our Chapter President’s Message for a bit of engagement of what your Chapter Board is currently working on.

Focused Members' Benefit - AMTA Massage Anatomy Guide
AMTA Massage Anatomy Guide offers a wide array of features to help you ace your next exam, refresh your knowledge, and/or educate your clients.
Features include:
  • All 364 cards from the Trail Guide to the Body flashcards featuring: 144 muscles, 61 bone and bony landmarks, 50 joints and ligaments and 64 common movements, including the synergists and antagonists.
  • Multiple options to test musculoskeletal anatomy knowledge.
  • Ability to zoom into illustrations for more detail using pinch touch.
A great on-the-go educational tool. Designed to be viewed in portrait mode.

Bob King $5,000 Student Scholarship
Applications are due by November 30, 2021
AMTA will award one lucky student the Bob King $5,000 Student Scholarship!

How Do I Apply?
Complete the application, and, in a few sentences, share why you want to be a massage therapist.

You may also download the printable application and send it via:
Fax: 847-556-1436 
Mail: AMTA Scholarship, 500 Davis Street, Suite 900, Evanston, IL 60201

Applicants must be enrolled or admitted in a 500-hour minimum, entry-level massage therapy program at the time the scholarship application is submitted. The Application deadline is November 30, 2021. The recipient will be announced in December 2021 on the AMTA Scholarship Recipients page.
Questions about the requirements or application process? 
Please contact or call 1-877-905-2700.
Continue Reading for AMTA-CA Updates
AMTA is committed to keeping you informed with the latest updates and resources on COVID-19 and massage therapy.

For California, June 15, 2021 - Governor Newsom terminated the executive orders for the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of the executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The new public health order which also took effect on June 15, supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth. Restrictions that ended include physical distancing, capacity limits on businesses, and the county tier system.

Massage therapists may reference the revised COVID-19 Prevention Temporary Standards to help manage their practices which reflect the state’s latest public health guidance. View FAQs on the temporary standards for more information.

July 17, 2021 - The Los Angeles County Health Officer issued a modified order requiring all individuals to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required in all indoor public places, venues, gatherings, and businesses.

August 16, 2021 - California does not currently have a statewide mask mandate, however, there are specific masking guidelines in place for workplaces; Masks must also be worn in certain health care settings.

August 26, 2021 - Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring all workers statewide, who provide services in, or work within specific health care facilities to be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021.
Hydrotherapy can be functional for massage clients and fruitful for massage practices.

September is National Pain Awareness Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it affects more people than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. For pain relief, many people have turned to prescription opioids, which carry a serious risk of addiction, abuse, and overdose, in addition to several side effects.
For this reason, health organizations and governmental agencies are looking at new ways to manage pain. Massage therapy is a safe and effective option.

As your nonprofit professional association serving massage therapists, AMTA is proud to be leading the conversation on massage therapy as an alternative to opioids for pain relief. We are dedicated to this issue, investing membership dollars back into the profession for research, advocacy, and promotion of massage for pain management. Learn more about The Nonprofit Advantage®.
Registration Now Open!
Wednesday, September 29
11am-12pm PDT

MTF and NCBTMB are hosting:
Research Webinar
Sports Massage

Learn more about current research on Sports Massage and how it can benefit your clients in the latest free webinar from MTF and NCBTMB.

Sign up limited to 500 participants- Register today!
AMTA’s 25th Annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week® (NMTAW) will take place October 24-30, 2021. This is a dedicated week for AMTA members across the U.S. to promote the health benefits of massage therapy and their practices. Continue reading for three easy ways to celebrate, while sharing massage benefits with your clients and community.

From a postcard came inspiration. Read how this quote inspired our Chapter Secretary, Karl Reid-Cramer.

Continuing Education Opportunities are in the making! We hope to have some options for you very soon!

Keep a lookout for emails, our website, and our Facebook page for the announcements.
Advocating on Behalf of the
Massage Profession!
AMTA is the only member-driven and member-led massage therapy association. As a nonprofit, we invest member dollars back into the profession through research, advocacy, and the promotion of the health benefits of massage. Learn more about our advocacy work, why we do this, and what it means to you as a massage therapist.


Our gratitude goes out to the AMTA for being the Premier Sponsor of Team MTF-Running for Research. Your generous support of our Boston Marathon runners makes all the difference! (Including our own California Chapter Member, Oliver Layco!)

2022 International Massage Therapy Research Conference
Research is crucial to moving the profession forward. It inspires and educates massage therapists on how to apply the latest science when working with clients. Held every three years, IMTRC conferences provide an opportunity to contextualize and evaluate scholarly research findings and bring together an engaged community of thought leaders, educators, therapists, and allied health practitioners to discuss massage therapy research.

The 2022 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC), in Alexandria, Va., will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest innovations while connecting with colleagues and researchers. Participants can join thought leaders in a series of fascinating presentations about the latest massage therapy research. Click Here for more information.

Who should attend?

  • Massage Therapists interested in current research on the science behind and efficacy of massage therapy for various health needs they see in their practice;
  • Educators involved in the initial training and continuing education of massage therapists;
  • Researchers studying the clinical and mechanistic impacts of massage therapy;
  • Health and wellness practitioners, including stakeholders in the massage profession, and the CIM and traditional health professionals with whom we share and refer patients; and
  • Schools (Students) – the future of the profession.

The Massage Therapy Foundation encourages massage therapy researchers to submit abstracts for potential presentation at the conference. The exploration and sharing of massage therapy research is vital for advancing the profession. It inspires and educates massage therapists on how to achieve better outcomes for their clients.

The IMTRC 2022 Call for Abstracts is open; deadline is September 13, 2021.
The IMTRC 2022 Call for Posters is open; deadline is January 14, 2022.

Please click below and create a profile in the grant portal to apply:

For more information contact:

Learn more about what resistance training can add to your self-care regimen and A solid self-care routine is essential for your massage therapy career, but it's also great for your physical and mental well-being.
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