January 2021
Stay Informed During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Are you Eligible for the Covid-19 Vaccine?
As a health care worker who has direct contact with patients, you may be eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. Find out if you are eligible and where you can get vaccinated if you choose to receive one.
Government Relations Team Updates
Read all the most recent communications from your Government Relations Team regarding the Cluster Zone Initiative and "medically necessary massage" in New York State.
NY Accepting 100% of CE's as Self Study
New York State Office of the Professions has made adjustments to required continuing education through May 2021.
Do you fall in an identified Cluster Zone?
Find out if you are in a Covid-19 Hot Spot. Use the NYS lookup tool to see if you are in a red, orange or yellow zone.
Nick Bodkin, LMT
A message from the AMTA-NY Chapter President
I’m writing to all of you at the beginning of another chapter in our lives, 2021. My message this year to all of you is one of “hope”. I encourage all of you to find what we have in common and celebrate our ability to bring comfort to those we touch. Your AMTA-NY Chapter is a team of volunteers who are always working on behalf of the interests of our profession and New York members. We work to keep our members up to date with the most relevant information in these ever changing times. Our mission statement is “to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy”. As we continue to move forward, I encourage all of you to find hope and peace in this new year
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Contact Information
AMTA-NY Chapter Office
167 Chamberlain Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 Tel: 585.582.6208 • www.amtany.org
Free Resource for AMTA-NY Members
Learn Muscles by Dr Joe Muscolino has made his online database of images available FREE for AMTA-NY Members. View and download high quality images of bone figures, muscles, muscle groups, joint figures, stretches and trigger points for you and your clients. Be sure to read the important copy write information.
Student Scholarship Opportunity
National AMTA’s $5,000 Student Scholarship is now open! Tell us why you want to be a massage therapist. To learn more and submit your application visit our scholarship page. Applications are due January 31st.

Stay tuned for more student scholarship opportunities from your NY Chapter!
Integration of Massage Therapy
in Outpatient Cancer Care
Massage therapy can be helpful
in alleviating cancer-related symptoms and cancer treatment-related symptoms. While surveys have noted that cancer patients seek out massage as a nonpharmacologic approach during cancer treatment, little is known about the integration of massage in outpatient cancer care.

The purpose of this study was to exam-
ine the extent to which massage is being integrated into outpatient cancer care at NCI-designated Cancer Centers.
Join host Doug Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, as he facilitates a discussion of, “Integration of Massage Therapy in Outpatient Cancer Care: Part One” with study author Virginia Cowen, PhD, LMT, and Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD.
We Need Your Help!
Join the AMTA-NY family of volunteers and help support NY Members. We are currently looking for AMTA members to fill these roles:

  • Convention Committee Chair
This is the point person responsible for organizing and holding our annual AMTA-NY State Convention

  • Communications Committee
Members are needed to help produce our new monthly newsletter format, social media and email communications, website content creation and design

Interested in volunteering? Opportunities to volunteer exist that may only be 1-3 hours a month!

See something great...NOMINATE!
Can you think of someone who deserves to be recognized for their contribution to massage? Do you know someone who goes above and beyond in the profession of massage? Is there someone who gives to others through touch and shares of themselves by volunteering?

Each Year AMTA-NY is proud to honor those that go above and beyond for the profession. You, as a member, can nominate or be nominated for a Chapter Award. 2021 Awards:

Humanitarian Award
Sports Massage Achiever Award
Government Relations Award

Nomination due by March 1, 2021






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