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  • Volunteer for the Pan Mass Challenge!

    Posted by: Katie Adams on Monday, May 30, 2016

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    WHEN: Saturday August 6, 2016
     
    WHY: The spirit of the PMC lives as much in the volunteers as it does in the riders. You will hear stories about who they love, ride for, and who they have lost to cancer. You will also meet riders biking 100+ miles with cancer diagnoses or who have survived cancer and want to give back. You will work with people from all over the country who come to participate in the nation’s largest fund raising event for cancer (the PMC channels 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund). I only hope you will feel as humbled and as inspired as I have every year. This event will stay in your heart forever.
     
    WHERE: Mass Maritime Academy (MMA), Bourne MA
     
    COMMITTMENT: 12 - 8 pm
     
    TRANSPORTATION: Buses are provided from Elizabeth Grady in Medford and Northeastern University in Boston 
     
    PARKING (if you drive): Provided on-site at the MMA
     
    FOOD & AC: You will be well fed and nourished throughout the day in air conditioning!
     
    SUPPLIES & TABLES: PMC provides all massage and cleaning supplies for you, however tables are needed! If you don't have one, you will be paired with a volunteer who does. 

    TO VOLUNTEER: www.pmc.org (select the MMA site to Volunteer)

    Questions: kadams@360nmt.com

    Photos from 2015

     

     

     
  • 2016 Chapter Meritorious Award Winner, Deb Baker!

    Posted by: Kristen Lutz on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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    During our 2016 Annual Chapter Meeting in April, held during our IDEA Conference weekend, we announced the winners of AMTA-MA Chapter Awards. The awards included the President's Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Award. Meritorious is defined as deserving reward or praise. Synonyms include praiseworthy, laudable, commendable, admirable, credible, worthy deserving...ok, you get the point! Our 2016 Meritorious Award winner is Deb Baker! She's all of those things and so much more! We wanted her to share what it was like receiving the award.

    Proud Sponsor of the 2016 Chapter Meritorious Award
    A special thanks to Elements Massage. Due to their support and generosity, we are able to send Deb to the AMTA National Convention where she will be in the running for the National Meritorious Award!

    "I was totally stunned to hear my name when the Meritorious Award was announced.  The morning of the annual chapter meeting started off at a fast pace; registration needed to get set up, final details needed to be ironed out, and questions from attendees answered.  It had snowed that morning and I was figuring out our cancellations for the day of ethics and the annual chapter meeting.  With all these thoughts swirling through my head,  I heard my name called for the award.   

    I have been the Director of Practitioner Development and Education for the past few years for the ATMA-MA Chapter.  Organizing educational events for the chapter is the primary focus of my position.  The entire leadership team is responsible for putting together IDEA 2016. There are so many details to attend to in addition to the classes, and all of our volunteers were hard at work by October 2015.  The phrase "it takes a village" truly applies to  the implementation of IDEA 2016.  I am very fortunate to be a part of such a great village.  The AMTA-MA Chapter is an exceptional chapter, and I am very proud to be a part of this organization.  Thank you for this award.  It means a great deal to me to be recognized by the chapter."
     
     
     
  • 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner, Nancy Porambo!

    Posted by: Kristen Lutz on Monday, May 16, 2016

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    During our 2016 Annual Chapter Meeting in April, held during our IDEA Conference weekend, we announced the winners of AMTA-MA Chapter Awards. The awards included the President's Award, Meritorious Award, Volunteer of the Year Award and Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award goes to an individual leader or presenter in the massage therapy profession who has provided outstanding service to our profession. Our 2016 Distinguished Service Award winner is Nancy Porambo! She's all of those things and so much more! We wanted her to share her accomplishments with you.
     
    "During my presidency, besides making standard policy changes, I believe the most significant thing that I accomplished during my leadership was the major shift in the culture of the organization. The January meeting, in which all the Presidents attended, was a moving experience for all and set the foundation for a future of transparency, trust and respect. Massage therapy in health care was also at the top of my list.  I attended numerous conferences that allowed me to communicate the benefits of massage and how it could effectively be applied within an integrative health care program.  Health care today is currently focused on accomplishing a "Triple Aid" which is to increase the quality, satisfaction and cost of services to the consumer.  Massage therapy, when applied alone or to an integrative application of health care, certainly meets the goals of the Triple Aim!  I believe I have laid an adequate foundation for the Association to build relationships within health care in the future. I also worked with the American Medical Association's Physical Medical and Rehabilitation Workgroup in order to be sure that massage therapy would be properly described within the national billing code system. Additionally, the membership grew over 10,000 members during my 3 years in the Presidency!"
     
  • 2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner Interview

    Posted by: Kristen Lutz on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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    I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner, Erin Carter, to get to know a little more about how this award will affect her and her future practice. Erin was the recipient of $500 and a free year of AMTA-MA membership. Did you know we have $1,000 and $500 (PLUS A YEAR OF FREE AMTA MEMBERSHIP!) just waiting for some brilliant and talented souls to take home each year? Here's what Erin had to say about how the scholarship will make an impact on her career.

    Q. How did you hear about the Dianne Polseno Scholarship?

    A. I heard about the scholarship through a Google search. In hunting for any scholarship opportunities I could find to help offset the cost of my tuition and loans, I came across this opportunity and figured I would give it a chance.

    Q. Where are you attending school and do you have a favorite class/area of study?

    A. I’m attending the Elizabeth Grady School of Massage Therapy. I love all my classes; I’ve always loved learning new information, so now that’s it’s something I want to learn rather than something I have to learn it all feels much more interesting to me. One of my favorite days in class was when we mapped out the muscles of the back on fellow classmates with China markers (an oil-based pencil). My Bachelor’s degree is in studio art, so marrying my love of art with learning massage was a best of both worlds. Being able to move the arm and watch the muscles articulate was a great “A-ha!” moment for all of us.

    Q. What will be the first thing you do with your Scholarship Award?

    A. The first thing I did with my scholarship award was put it toward my tuition. Having already paid off my undergraduate student loans, I’m very aware of how much you can save by paying early (and paying often). I’m trying to pay off my remaining tuition balance as soon as I can so I can start tackling the new student loans I’ve taken out to cover the cost of the program.

    Q. How will the Award make an impact on your massage therapy practice?

    A. The award was a great contribution toward my tuition definitely, but attending the AMTA-MA IDEA Conference and annual chapter meeting was a great learning experience. Meeting new people, learning what’s going on in the local massage community, and hearing about updates coming to the licensing system in the near future were great resources. I actually took notes and reported back to my classmates since some of the topics covered by the special presenters were questions we had been asking our teachers about.

    Q. What would you like to say to next year's applicants?

    A. Find a good proofreader! Any time I have an important letter or essay to write, I get someone else to read it before I send it in. A fresh set of eyes can help you find not only spelling and grammar mistakes, but let you know when the message you’re trying to get across isn’t clear. They can make sure you stay on target with the essay prompt too, if you’ve veered too far off the topic.

    Q. Why is it important for people to contribute to the Dianne Polseno Scholarship Fund?

    A. Because a scholarship is only as strong as its supporters. I worked in fundraising for 5 years, and know that without new money coming in to offset the annual award, the original investment is gone before you know it. I didn’t know Dianne personally, but honoring her memory through scholarship seems a very appropriate way preserve her memory for future generations of massage therapists. Dianne’s passion and advocacy for massage therapy and the education of the next generation of massage therapists is evidenced by the countless students she touched throughout her career.  Scholarships, like the one the AMTA-MA Chapter has established, allow Dianne’s educational legacy to continue on in generations to come.

    Click here to read the interview from our 1st place winner!

     
  • 2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner Interview

    Posted by: Kristen Lutz on Monday, May 2, 2016

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    I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner, Pamela Chiasson, to get to know a little more about how this award will affect her and her future practice. Pamela was the recipient of $1,000 and a free year of AMTA-MA membership. Did you know we have $1,000 and $500 (PLUS A YEAR OF FREE AMTA MEMBERSHIP!) just waiting for some brilliant and talented souls to take home each year? Here's what Pamela had to say about how the scholarship will make an impact on her career.

    Q. How did you hear about the Dianne Polseno Scholarship?

    A. I participated in an internship with Cathrine Thibault  from Compassion Massage in Leominster and at the beginning of the intake process she spoke about the opportunity she had to apply when she was in school and encouraged me to do so as well! 

    Q. Where are you attending school and do you have a favorite class/area of study?

    A. I graduated from Bancroft School of Massage March 2016. The experience of going back to school into such a great program and a great class was my favorite thing. There was not one favorite because all the teachers and classes had in impact in my learning and growth. But if I was to pick a favorite it would be clinic because that's where I was able to start applying what I was learning into practice. The support and encouragement during clinic from Greg Hurd and Sister Pat was amazing. 

    Q. What will be the first thing you do with your Scholarship Award? If you're not sure, you can talk about some ways the money will help you prepare for the start of your practice.

    A. The award has given me the opportunity to take a workshop that I thought was going to have to be taken further down the road. I am thankful to be taking the Lomi Lomi 4-day workshop at Bancroft in June. I am so excited to learn this modality to incorporate into my practice. I have experienced Lomi Lomi massage and I find it to be one of my favorites due to the long seamless strokes and the overall relaxation and healing that I have experienced. My hope is that by incorporating Lomi into what I do now, it will provide my clients with that much more relaxation and healing in their massage sessions. 

    Q. How will the Award make an impact on your massage therapy practice?

    A. There are a couple of things that happened that I would like to share. Being a part of the AMTA-MA IDEA Conference and annual chapter meeting was amazing to be part of fresh out of school. It was great being in a room full of seasoned massage therapists where I was not only able to connect and chat with them but it also gave me a chance to reflect. I am now a part of something much bigger where each an every one of us expresses our gifts of massage therapy in our own unique ways. There was a freedom that I felt when that remembrance washed over me.

    The impact of the upcoming Lomi Lomi workshop and embracing a style of massage that I have high regard for will help me grow into my style that much more. This will be my first professional workshop and it feels right with who I am and what I want to do with my practice. Again, my hope is that it will help my clients in their healing journey. The entire process was so encouraging to me and I am very grateful.

    Q. What would you like to say to next year's applicants?

    A. Go for it and apply! One of the benefits of applying for the scholarship is that it helped me to clarify my vision of my practice. I took the time and sat with the question and was able to think about it as not just answering a question but digging deeper into who I am and what I want to do. The process of drafting and redrafting brought forth what was true for me. It became my vision statement. 

    Q. Why is it important for people to contribute to the Dianne Polseno Scholarship Fund?

    A. I think it's important for people to contribute to the fund to continue to honor Dianne Polseno and the impact she continues to have through her legacy and this award. This award has encouraged me and has given me the gift of growth and opportunity! Thank you!

    Click here to read the interview from our 2nd place winner!