Read about Nicole — an award-winning graduate of MacEwan University’s Massage Therapy program — and the rest of her weekend at the AMTA National Convention. (Read the first post here)
Friday Oct 5
Sessions began at 8 a.m. First, I attended Pediatric Massage: Highlighting Autism and ADD/ADHD in the morning, led by Tina Allen, founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation. I had read an article based on her research with massage and pediatric oncology patients and was really looking forward to hearing her speak. She spends 365 days a year travelling around North America on a tour bus with her husband and young son to teach pediatric and infant massage. Her dedication to her work was very inspiring.
From noon until 1:30 p.m, I stood with my poster to answer questions and discuss my research with those who were interested. I spoke to many people who were familiar with the Parkinsonian tremor and wanted more information on how the two conditions differ. Every person that stopped for a Q&A also complimented the layout and design of my poster. Thank you to my wonderful friend, a graphic designer, whose vision helped deliver my message and capture people’s attention.
During this time at the poster, Ruth Werner extended an invitation to attend the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Donor Reception. The gathering was for donors, benefactors and volunteers and attendance was by invitation only. I was very humbled to be included.
The afternoon session I attended was titled, ‘Mission Possible: Become a Massage Therapy Researcher’. During this time, both Gold Award winners of the MTF Student and Practitioner Case Report Contests presented their work.
At the donor reception this evening, Ruth Werner gave a speech to thank everyone for another successful year. She announced that 2 of the Student Case Report Contest winners were joining the group that evening and she gave a short synopsis of each of our case reports before having us stand and accept applause from the room. They were truly proud of the work that was submitted.
Saturday Oct 6
I spent this last day going back and forth between my poster and the exhibit hall. There were so many interesting new massage tools. I also treated myself to an hour massage from one of the local chapter therapists. The final session I attended was the Closing Keynote: Elevate the Profession Through Collaboration.
The last event of the convention was a dinner and dance. There was even a red carpet to have your picture taken. The AMTA chapters closed off another convention just as they had started it on Thursday, full of energy, camaraderie and respect for their trade.
Thanks to everyone at MacEwan University who helped get me to this point.