AMTA Oregon Chapter Calendar

Summer Social 2019 @ Oaks Amusement Park
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland for our AMTA Oregon Chapter Summer Social on Sunday, August 25th from 12 pm-4 pm! This event is FREE and family+dog-friendly. We’ll provide food (veg options available) and lawn games (please plan to purchase amusement tickets on your own).

Register via Eventbrite by August 18th using the registration button on this page, and contact with any questions. See you there!

OBMT Traveling Board Mtg & Friday evening AMTA OR LMT Social Hour in Medford @ Inn at the Commons and Convention Center
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

We’re sending multiple AMTA Oregon Board & Committee Members to Medford for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) Traveling Board meeting this September*, and AMTA Oregon will host an LMT social hour at 7 pm on Friday the 13th at 4 Daughters Irish Pub in downtown Medford to help you get to know your fellow local LMTs and hear about the latest Chapter happenings.

OBMT is hosting their Board Meeting between 9a-4p on both Friday and Saturday, September 13-14th. Please check the OBMT website for more information about their Traveling Board Meeting and contact OBMT at with any questions about the Board Meeting event. We encourage you to attend the OBMT meeting with us to speak up on important issues affecting LMTs across Oregon, but you’re also welcome to just join us for our Friday evening get together!

4 Daughters is located at 126 W Main St, Medford, OR 97501. To join us for our social hour, simply RSVP to by September 10th. Hope to see you there!

Fall Social in Salem @ Riverfront City Park
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at the Riverfront Park City in Salem for an AMTA Oregon Fall Social where we’ll provide food and help you and others connect to LMTs in the southern Oregon area. Register via Eventbrite by September 10th to RSVP, and contact with any questions. See you there!

AMTA OR Traveling Board Meeting & CE Event in Eugene @ Lane Community College
Nov 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This year’s AMTA Oregon Traveling Board Meeting & CE Event will take place in Eugene at Lane Community College! The schedule will be:

9:30-10 am: Doors open/Arrival (coffee/tea available for all)

10-11 am: AMTA Oregon Board Meeting

11 am-12 pm: Lunch*

12-4 pm: CE course*, “The Ethics of Client Communication: Talking to Clients About Their Health”, presented by Ruth Werner (bio below)

This class addresses the delicate art of communicating professionally and with open hearts when we have concerns about our clients’ well being. Key topics include medications that may influence bodywork choices; visual or palpatory signs that are red flags; and maintaining boundaries for client safety (how to say “no” when your client says “yes”). Basic principles of active listening are reviewed and employed as students break into small groups to role-play a variety of difficult client-therapist conversations, all based on real-life situations provided by past participants.

*Registration for the CE course will include lunch. CE registration cost and link coming soon! Check back often for updates.

RUTH WERNER, BCTMB: Ms. Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who live with health challenges. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998, and is now in its 6th edition. A 7th edition will appear in 2019, through Books of Discovery. Ruth’s other books include Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists and her revision of the beloved Scheumann’s The Balanced Body.

Ruth is a columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand. She serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. She was proud to serve the Massage Therapy Foundation as a Trustee from 2007 to 2017, and as President of the Foundation from 2010-2014.

Ruth is an Approved Provider with the National Certifying Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Provider # 282893-00, expires 5/22/20) and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (# 008704-00, expires 4/17/2020).

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