Archives for August 2014

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education Provides Feedback to Federation of State Massage Therapy Board Regarding the Model Practice Act

August 15, 2014 — For Immediate Release

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education Provides Feedback to Federation of State Massage Therapy Board Regarding the Model Practice Act

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) issued an official statement to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board (FSMTB) thanking them for the opportunity to comment on the publication of the FSMTB’s proposed Model Practice Act for massage therapy (MPA). After reviewing the document, AFMTE board members shared their feedback based on personal beliefs, public comments, member feedback, an evaluation of the MPA and a thorough discussion of the potential effects of this act.

The Board issued this formal statement “The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education would like to thank the FSMTB for the time and effort spent on this project for our profession.” The Board included “We sincerely respect your time, efforts and expertise. Statutes are difficult to create, and often the best intentions and deliberations miss something or do not recognize opportunities or potential. We submit these comments and suggestion based on our collective experience as educators, massage therapists and partners and on behalf of our membership.”

There were four main sections the Alliance offered feedback; Sections 102 -105. The Alliance provided a public copy of their response here: Alliance feedback regarding Model Practice Act

Alliance names the AFMTE, Biofreeze & Bon Vital’ Educator of the Year Award Winners!

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 AFMTE, Biofreeze, and BonVital’ Educators of the Year Award. Cate Miller is the recipient in the teacher category and Whitney Lowe is the recipient in the continuing education category.

The pool of applicants was of high caliber. Each applicant had to rate themselves on 4 out of the 10 Standards from our NTESP Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers. These standards describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes that form the basis for effective and successful teaching. This award honors excellence in massage and bodywork education and serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage and bodywork education. The recipients are chosen based on their experience, teacher training taken, and how well they meet the core competency standards.

Whitney Lowe
Whitney has been teaching continuing education courses for 20 years. His primary areas of expertise are clinical massage and treatment of pain and injury conditions. He has also taught a number of courses on improving teaching skills. The teacher training he has received has predominantly been informal, but extensive. In addition to these training experiences, nominee has engaged in an extensive self study of learning theory, instructional design strategies, presentation skills, and cognitive science.

Cate Miller
Cate received a BA in Philosophy and Education from the University of Buffalo, NY. She has been teaching since 1982, first at the Educating Hands School of Massage, then the Florida School of Massage (1986-present), and the Sedona School of Massage (2006-present) hydrotherapy, Her major focus is on NMT, hydrotherapy, anatomy, pathology, and ethics.

Please join us at the 2015 Educational Congress in Minneapolis to hear from these winners (as well as the 2015 winners) as they share about the specific ways they demonstrate their commitment to excellence in education.

 Educators of the year awared winner 2014 announcement