California Currents
March 2021
President's Message
I’m ready to start clearing the path for more…are you?

There’s something to be said when the State of California formally recognizes Massage Therapy as part of the medical community. Is this the dawning of a new chapter for our profession? Are we ready to move forward? These are difficult questions and I know your Chapter Board and Association are ready to have the necessary conversations and take the appropriate actions.

Save the Dates!!!
April 23-24, 2021

The Annual California Massage & Bodywork Educational Conference is going VIRTUAL!
This is a first for us! and the final details are in process.

Look to your email, Chapter website, and our Facebook page for registration and the outstanding VIRTUAL lineup of presenters and workshops.

Your Chapter Board is working together to bring this new experience together and we look forward to having you join us from the comfort of your own home.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Join us for our Annual California Chapter Business Meeting at 5:00PM, Friday, May 7th, 2021.

We are going VIRTUAL again! We will go over the health of our Chapter and have the results of our on-line elections. Additional information coming soon.
August 26-28, 2021

We look forward to bringing everyone together again for the next AMTA 2021 National Convention in Tampa, Florida to celebrate the massage therapy profession.

It Is Tax Season - Here are Some Helpful Resources
Tax Tips for Massage Therapists
Keep your business in tip-top shape by making sure you’re well-prepared for filing and paying your taxes.

Free Online Financial Workshops
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Whether you are a new massage therapist or have had a practice of your own for many years, the need for complete, timely record keeping is mandatory. Learn the benefits of an accounting system, including preparation of accurate income tax returns and managing information to more successfully run your massage therapy business.
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Understand how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affect your taxes. Learn what defines a business entity, how to file, and common tax deductions for massage therapists.
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Budgeting and planning for the next fiscal year is an important aspect of any business; however, massage therapists tend to neglect this important part of their practice management. Taxes also play an important role in planning for next year. This session will focus on the fundamentals of why planning is so important, and how to use information that is already known to inform the next year’s budget.
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Are You Taking Advantage of AMTA's FIVE Top Member Benefits?

While insurance is one of the top benefits of membership, there are several that make AMTA the most trusted and respected name in the industry! From being a true advocate for all massage therapists to exclusive member-only discounts there's a lot of great reasons to be a part of the AMTA community.
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Opening a business is difficult under any circumstance. Add in the pressures of a global pandemic, and you may begin to wonder why anyone would want to venture out on their own. But for many people, owning their own business is a dream worth pursuing. 

Elisa Gonzalez, LMT, CMT, first discovered her passion for massage therapy a little over a decade ago. At the time, she was in a bit of a rut. “I knew I had a gift for helping my friends and family feel better by massaging their neck or shoulders,” she says. “But, I didn’t know how I could turn that into a career for the long-term.” 

Has COVID affected your sleep? Learn about this relaxation method that may help improve your sleep.

Massage improves sleep quality in ICU patients and manages work-related stress in EMS staff.

Since last year, the national certification board for therapeutic massage and bodywork, inc (NCBTMB) has been reaching out to its approved providers to stay in contact and better understand how COVID-19 is affecting massage education.

With new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., and transmission levels still very high in many places, some public health experts recommend that Americans upgrade from the basic cloth masks that many have been wearing during the pandemic. It’s time to up your mask game!