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  • Volunteering for the Rare and Undiagnosed Disease Network

    Posted by: Sheri Miller-Bedau on Monday, May 15, 2017

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    On April 22nd 2017 I had the privilege to take some of my students and recent graduates from Lincoln Technical Institute in Brockton, Massachusetts to Harvard Medical School for a volunteer event. The dinner was to celebrate Marathon runners who ran for the Rare and Undiagnosed Disease Network. In doing so they raised money and awareness for the Network. Each runner was paired with a family who has a patient with a rare disease, undiagnosed disease or a combination of the two.

    Photographed: Student massage therapist, Jacquelina Silva, and a third year Harvard Medical Student who ran the Boston Marathon in 2 hours and 32 minutes

     

    Paul Mazur, a fellow LMT and Project Manager of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, hosted my class and allowed them to partake in a truly magical evening. I watched my students experience the healing power of massage therapy and their realization of the importance of touch. They worked on patients, family members, runners, professors, and staff. In the words of Dan Mazur, “The stories, the hugs, the tears, the laughs and sense of belonging that were shared that evening changed lives, provided perspectives, and created and strengthened our community.”

    Volunteer work is extremely important in our profession, if every therapist commits to a minimum of one day per year, the awareness of our profession will continue to grow.

    Photographed above: (back row, left to right) Paul Mazur, Jacquelina Silva, Melissa Silva, Sheri Miller-Bedau, Tami Cobbs, Lyn Houng, Shantoll Beaumont and Edison Louis Desmoulin; (front row, left to right) Ashley Serra and Eline Paulsaint

    This blog was written by Sheri Miller-Bedau, Massage Therapist and Instructor at Lincoln Technical Institute in Brockton, MA.

     
  • 2017 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner Interview

    Posted by: Kristen Lutz on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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    I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2017 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner, Kristen Flynn, to get to know a little more about how this award will affect her and her future practice. Kristen 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 Kristen had to say about how the scholarship will make an impact on her career.

    After gaining some experience working for and with some seasoned professional therapists she hopes to begin her own practice in Great Barrington, MA - in the Berkshires. At this time, she can be reached via email at kflynn104@gmail.com.

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

    A. I read about the Dianne Polseno Scholarship in an email blast with updates about the latest information from the AMTA-MA chapter. (Thank you Kristen Lutz!)

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

    A. I have just recently completed my program at The Massage School in Easthampton, MA. I had lots of favorite areas of study. The two areas that intrigued me the most were myofascial work and shiatsu but I really enjoyed the entire program.

    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. I am super excited to purchase my first (quality) table with accessories. I will use any extra money left after that purchase to put towards the first of the professional development classes that I would like to take this year.

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

    A. The award has already made a significant impact on me. First, by having to think about the question posed by the committee to apply for the scholarship it provided me with a moment to really reflect on the direction that I would like to take my own personal practice. I am grateful that I had the reminder to really think through my plan for this first year of practice. Secondly, I am grateful for having been inserted immediately upon graduation into the AMTA world by attending the AMTA-MA conference luncheon. I learned so much about all the work that the AMTA does and how the AMTA can really impact me as a massage therapist professional. And finally, being able to start gathering quality tools of this profession in making my massage table purchase was such a gift and a genuine lift to my spirit to begin my journey in massage therapy with a level of quality and excellence that I would like to represent in my work. I am so thankful for this award.

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

    A. Although I did not know Dianne, I learned a little bit about the qualities that she stood for; excellence being one of them. I would say to next year's applicants to be grateful for the reminder to take time to reflect on the question the committee poses and to shape your response with excellence in mind. I would also encourage all students to apply!

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

    A. I think that contributing to a fund that reflects, what I have come to learn as, the strong and passionate love of the massage therapy profession that Dianne stood for feeds an energy that keeps her spirit alive and helps to inspire quality and passion in new therapists which can only benefit the profession as a whole. I would like to thank all of those people who contributed to this fund that I have benefited from - I will work hard to represent Dianne's legacy well.

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

     
  • 2017 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner Interview

    Posted by: Kristen Lutz on Monday, May 1, 2017

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    I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2017 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner, Heather Dunlap, to get to know a little more about how this award will affect her and her future practice. Heather 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 Heather had to say about how the scholarship will make an impact on her career.

    Heather will be opening a place to practice at 20 Hampden Drive in Easton, MA in the next month or as soon as my MA license arrives. She will also be working PT out of Healing Massage Therapy in Taunton, MA. 

     

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

    A. I was first told about Dianne Polseno when I attended a Cadaver Workshop that she had started and the host shared a bit about her and her legacy. Several months later while attending school at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy one of the staff handed out information on the scholarship and recommended anyone who was interested to enter. 

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

    A. I just graduated from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy at the end of March 2017. Picking just one class is hard! I loved Anatomy and Physiology maybe more because we built all of our muscles one by one on our own mannequin. I am a visual learner and this really solidified all that we were learning.  Then really ALL of the hands on massage classes. Each time I thought, WOW this class was great. I’d move on to Asian Studies or Sports Massage and say it all over again. 

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

    A. I plan to take a course in Thai Massage. I am very athletic and had planned to do just Sports Massage but during school and Asian studies I found a balance I hadn’t realized I needed. I am excited to take Thai Massage as I think this will bring all the things I love together. Without the financial help I would not have been able to consider this for several more years.

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

    A. Receiving this award has made it possible to take a class that I believe will help me be a better Massage Therapist to the clients I would like to treat. I think it will give me more knowledge to create treatment plans that are versatile and benefit so many more people than I may have. I also believe that Thai Massage will help me as a Therapist to align myself and keep my body in tune so I will be able to continue working and learning for years to come.

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

    A. Apply! If you have goals and a positive outlook why not apply? It is a fabulous opportunity that is there to help people achieve their dreams!

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

    A. Without this scholarship money many massage therapists might not be able to start their businesses or continue to learn. I know without help from scholarships and loans I would have never been able to go back to school. There are so many talented, giving people out there that want to continue their education but could not without the help of people contributing. I for one am so grateful that Dianne Polseno has started this scholarship and it continues to help students achieve what they might have thought impossible.

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

     
  • 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."