Government relations is how organizations communicate with governments to educate lawmakers on how proposed legislation or regulations could affect the organization's business or the lawmaker's constituents.
There are many ways to get involved and become an activist for yourself and the massage profession. Your level of involvement is going to depend on what you care about.
Don't Have Time?
Maybe you're busy with your massage practice and don't have time to do extra work. That's okay! You can take small actions like writing a letter, signing a petition, or making a phone call.
Concerned about Clients?
Maybe you're more concerned about your clients than about other massage therapists. That's okay too! You can be a client advocate!
Local or State Issues?
Maybe you're really concerned about something going on at the local or state level or there is a problem affecting your massage business. You can ask for help or you can advocate for yourself and your massage practice. You can group up with other massage locals and take collective action. We can help you do that. We also provide our Advocacy Toolkit to learn how to take action on your own. Download it by visiting USOLMT in Action.
Perhaps you're concerned about what's going on in congress and want to help pass sweeping legislation that will benefit our profession. You can get involved at the federal level by contacting your congress members and following AMTA's federal efforts.
You might be concerned about the employees in our industry, or you may be one yourself either at a massage establishment or massage school and are most concerned about worker's rights. If these are your concerns, we are here to help you be an advocate for workplace transformation.
If you are an instructor or massage school administrator, you may be most concerned about advocating for massage students, education, critical thinking skills, science literacy or massage research. We are here to advocate for students and new grads who are experiencing problems with their education, and for educators who are experiencing issues with their schools or want to be advocates for school transformation.