Read about Nicole — an award-winning graduate of MacEwan University’s Massage Therapy program — and her first day at the AMTA National Convention.
October 4 was a great first day. The energy was palpable at the Opening Session. Some of the AMTA chapters dressed to match their city or state. There was also a fantastic and engaging Keynote Speaker (Molly Barker, Founder of Girls on the Run International).
I manned my poster from 11am-1pm, and answered questions. The poster really caught people’s attention. I had lots of great conversations with the attendees, including questions from Fiona Rattray (co-author of Clinical Massage Therapy textbook). She took lots of pictures of my poster and would like to include my research on her website. She was looking for new research and my poster fit the bill. This may sound nerdy, but she felt like a celebrity to me (in the massage world). I spent so much time with that textbook of hers. I also mentioned that I used the textbook as a reference in my case report.
Next, I attended the ‘Rolling for Resilience’ session; a hands-on use of foam rollers and pressure balls. Although self-induced, it was my first time for bodywork since school ended and I discovered I’m in pretty rough shape.
The next session was ‘Social Media for Massage Therapists’. There was a brief introduction to the websites available for promotion, networking and information gathering but the main focus was how to create Facebook business page and why this marketing option can draw in new clients and increase the exposure of your massage business.
I was invited to attend a dinner tomorrow night (an exclusive invite only dinner!). I feel pretty special and I’m excited to meet more massage researchers and discuss the potential in that field of work.
I purchased a few things from the Exhibition Marketplace. Two ‘Thumbbys’ (a tool to save your thumbs from overuse injuries), face cradle drapes (not-fitted, no lines on the clients face post tx), and picked up a few freebies. I also tried something called ‘Magic Juice’. The name itself had me wanted to know more. It was a spray that is applied over areas of joint or muscle pain before a massage treatment or on its own. It’s alcohol-based with a plethora of essential oils. It tried it on my right thumb (MCP joint) since it has been sore — I was a skeptic turned believer. It’s short-term relief but effective. No placebo effect here.
I also stopped by the ‘Trail Guide to the Body’ exhibit to let them know we use the textbook at MacEwan University and to pass on my compliments. That’s one textbook I will never part with. They had a new addition called ‘Quick Reference to Trigger Points’ and I passed on your business card so that you could receive a free copy for review.