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Let's Grow Together: a resource for AMTA Chapters

August 5, 2017

A very special post from the Mass Chapter's Online Marketing Manager, Allissa Haines As a Chapter, the...

2015 Meritorious Award Winner, Jessica Meltzer!

August 3, 2017

During our 2015 Annual Chapter Meeting in May, held during our Inaugural IDEA Conference weekend, we announce the winners of AMTA-MA Chapter Awards. The awards included the Humanitarian Award, President's 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 2015 Meritorious Award winner is Jessica Meltzer. She's all of those things and so much more! We wanted her to share the following with you, our chapter member.

PMC 2017!

July 14, 2017

The 38th Annual Pan-Mass ChallengeSaturday, August 5th, 2017Mass Maritime Academy12 pm – 8 pm Since 1980,...

Volunteering for the Rare and Undiagnosed Disease Network

May 15, 2017

On April 22nd 2017 I had the privilege to take some of my students and recent graduates from Lincoln...

2017 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner Interview

May 2, 2017

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.

2017 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner Interview

May 1, 2017

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.

$1,000 Goes A Long Way

March 11, 2017

I had the pleasure to sit down with our 2014 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner, Cathrine Thibault,...

Volunteer for the Pan Mass Challenge!

May 30, 2016

WHEN: Saturday August 6, 2016WHY: The spirit of the PMC lives as much in the volunteers as it does in...

2016 Chapter Meritorious Award Winner, Deb Baker!

May 18, 2016

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.

2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner Interview

May 16, 2016

I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner, Pamela...

2016 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner Interview

May 10, 2016

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.

2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner, Nancy Porambo!

May 6, 2016

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.

Structural Relief Therapy Comes to Massachusetts

August 25, 2015

Why should you take Taya Countryman's Structural Relief Therapy in Northampton next month? Read what...

2015 HOD: Position Statement: Portability

July 21, 2015

This is 5 of 5 in our 2015 House of Delegates Blog Series. Our Delegates and Alternate Delegate convened to review each of the 2 Position Statements and 3 Recommendations (Human Trafficking, Media Education, Online CE). We've provided a pros and cons section for each. Please read and offer your thoughts on this year's Recommendations and Position Statements by commenting at the end of each of the blogs. You can earn FREE MA Chapter education!

2015 HOD: Position Statement: Burn Scars

July 21, 2015

This is 4 of 5 in our 2015 House of Delegates Blog Series. Our Delegates and Alternate Delegate convened...

Countdown to the Pan Mass Challenge!

July 8, 2015

T-24 days until the PMC! Can you join me and volunteer for the massage therapy crew? Katie Adams here, and I have the honor this year of being “Table 1” of what we hope will be the first of 100 tables! The PMC is the most incredible sports massage event I’ve ever worked in my 20 years of practice. The riders, who have amazing stories of why they are biking across MA for cancer, think we are the rock stars. Seriously, it stuns me every year how grateful they are to get a massage when they are the ones raised the money and it was their legs that did all the hard work!

2015 HOD: Wisconsin Chapter Recommendation: Online CEs

July 7, 2015

This is 3 of 5 in our 2015 House of Delegates Blog Series. Our Delegates and Alternate Delegate convened...

2015 HOD: Wisconsin Chapter Recommendation: Media Education

July 6, 2015

This is 2 of 5 in our 2015 House of Delegates Blog Series. Our Delegates and Alternate Delegate convened...

2015 HOD: Indiana Chapter Recommendation: Human Trafficking

July 5, 2015

This is 1 of 5 in our 2015 House of Delegates Blog Series. Our Delegates and Alternate Delegate convened to review each of the 3 Recommendations and each of the 2 Position Statements. We've provided a pros and cons section for each. Please read and offer your thoughts on this year's Recommendations and Position Statements.

2015 Humanitarian Award Winner, Kathleen Short!

June 17, 2015

uring our 2015 Annual Chapter Meeting in May, held during our Inaugural IDEA Conference weekend, we announce the winners of AMTA-MA Chapter Awards. The awards included the President's Award, the Meritorious Award and the Humanitarian Award. Humanitarian is defined as a person who seeks to promote human welfare. Synonyms include philanthropist, altruist, benefactor, patron, social reformer, good Samaritan...ok, you get the point! Our 2015 Humanitarian Award winner is Kathleen Short. She's all of those things and so much more! We wanted her to share the following with you, our chapter member.

2015 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner Interview

June 8, 2015

I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2015 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 1st Place Winner, Marissa...

2015 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner Interview

June 8, 2015

I had the pleasure of sitting down with our 2015 Dianne Polseno Scholarship 2nd Place Winner, Elise Gauger,...

What is Coaching Anyway?

April 30, 2015

Coaching is an action and results oriented collaborative process that supports people in getting from...

80 Years Strong!

April 29, 2015

We were contacted by a member who was interested in doing something to recognize her mother, who will...

Bright IDEAs | Educators Name Their Favorite Super Heros!

April 28, 2015

In our final Bright IDEAs blog series, we're letting the cat out of the bag...we're spilling the beans...we're...

Bright IDEAs | Educators Reveal Their Wacky Sides!

April 27, 2015

If you could have a random, weird or wacky job, what would it be? Do you want to know what our IDEA educators...

Bright IDEAs | From One stone to Core Stones

April 24, 2015

Why should you take CoreStones: A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage at IDEA 2015? Just watch this...

Schedule your IDEA 2015 Coaches Corner Session Today!

April 23, 2015

Make the most of your IDEA 2015 Conference experience! Sign up for the Coaches Corner and get the support...

A Comedian Teaching CPR & First Aid at IDEA 2015?

April 22, 2015

Did you know that a comedian will be teaching our CPR/First Aid certification course at IDEA 2015? I...

Bright IDEAs | Michael McGillicuddy's Path to Teaching

April 21, 2015

Why should you take Michael McGillicuddy's Multi Modality Approach to Sports Therapy and Pain Management?...

Bright IDEAs | Who Inspires Dale Grust?

April 20, 2015

Who has inspired you? Dale Grust tells us who her heroes are and why. Be on the lookout for more of our...

Bright IDEAs | SOMA Saturday: The Student Becomes the Teacher

April 18, 2015

Why should you take Soma System®: Return the Favor - Self Bodywork for Massage Therapists at IDEA 2015?...

Bright IDEAs | Dale Grust and Continuing Education

April 17, 2015

Why should you take CoreStones: A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage at IDEA 2015? Be on the lookout...

Coaches Corner Testimonials

April 16, 2015

IDEA 2015 is just a few weeks away and we are very happy to welcome back the Coaches Corner for FREE...

Bright IDEAs | Waslaski Wednesday: Massage Has Opened So Many Doors!

April 15, 2015

Massage has meant so much to James Waslaski and he shares just how much. Be on the lookout for more of...

Bright IDEAs | Ruth Werner Keeps Biofreeze by the TV!

April 13, 2015

Massage therapy means balancing work with fun...and Biofreeze by the TV?!? Read on to find out and be...

Bright IDEAs | SOMA Saturday: Continuing Education Deepens Your Practice

April 11, 2015

Why should you take Soma System®: Return the Favor - Self Bodywork for Massage Therapists at IDEA 2015?...

Bright IDEAs | 5 Key CoreStone Skills

April 10, 2015

Why should you take CoreStones: A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage at IDEA 2015? Read on to find...

Coaches Corner is Coming to IDEA 2015!

April 9, 2015

When I graduated from massage school in 1985, I found myself in an awkward position of trying to grow...

Bright IDEAs | Michael McGillicuddy Shares Why Massage Matters

April 7, 2015

Why should you take Michael McGillicuddy's Approaches to Sports Therapy and Pain Management classes at...

Bright IDEAs | How It All Began for Ruth Werner

April 6, 2015

Why should you take Ruther Werner's Research Class and/or her Ethics Class at IDEA 2015? Read on to find...

Bright IDEAs | SOMA Saturday: 5 Skills You'll Possess

April 4, 2015

Why should you take Soma System®: Return the Favor - Self Bodywork for Massage Therapists at IDEA 2015?...

Bright IDEAs | Waslaski Wednesday: The Globetrotter

April 4, 2015

We've all been on a path towards new relationships, opportunities, experiences and careers. James Waslaski...

Bright IDEAs | CoreStones with Dale Grust

April 3, 2015

Why should you take CoreStones: A Therapeutic Approach to Stone Massage at IDEA 2015? Just watch this...

Bright IDEAs | Waslaski Wednesday: My Heroes

April 1, 2015

Who's your hero? James Waslaski tells us who his heroes are and why. Be on the lookout for more of our...

Bright IDEAs | 5 Skills You'll Have After Michael McGillicuddy's Class

March 31, 2015

Why should you take Michael McGillicuddy's Approaches to Sports Therapy and Pain Management classes at...

Bright IDEAs | Ruth's Massage Heroes

March 30, 2015

Who's your hero? Ruth Werner tells us who her heroes are and why. Read on to find out and be on the lookout...

Bright IDEAs | SOMA Saturday: Why You Must SOMA!

March 28, 2015

Why should you take Soma System®: Return the Favor - Self Bodywork for Massage Therapists at IDEA 2015?...

Bright IDEAs | Waslaski Wednesday: The Forever Student

March 25, 2015

James Waslaski can't stress enough the value of continuing education. Be on the lookout for more of our...

Bright IDEAs | Ruth Says Commit to Continuing Education

March 23, 2015

Why should you take Ruther Werner's Research Class and/or her Ethics Class at IDEA 2015? Read on to find...

Update Your Email Before Voting Begins

March 22, 2015

This year is extra special. There is a greater opportunity for members to vote! We are thrilled to announce...

Bright IDEAs | Waslaski Wednesday: 5 Skills You'll Learn with My Orthopedic Massage Workshop

March 18, 2015

Why should you take James Waslaski's Orthopedic Massage classes at IDEA 2015? Read on to find out and...

Bright IDEAs | 5 Skills You'll Have After Ruth's Research Class

March 9, 2015

Why should you take Ruther Werner's Research Class at IDEA 2015? Read on to find out and be on the lookout...

Bright IDEAs | Ruth Werner's Favorite Piece of Art

March 5, 2015

What's Ruth Werner's favorite piece of art? Read on to find out and be on the lookout for more of our...

Ruth Werner Invites YOU to IDEA 2015!

March 4, 2015

Ruth Werner invites you to join her at the AMTA-MA's Inaugural In Depth Education for All Conference...

A Special Message from NERC to You

January 17, 2015

A Legacy of Healing: It's more than just this year's theme for the 2015 New England Regional Conference....

Volunteering for Veterans

January 8, 2015

After working at a Women's Veterans Retreat, Sheila Checchi, LMT, knew that even more could be done....

The 2014 National Convention: from the leadership's perspective

October 20, 2014

On September 17-20, thousands of massage therapists converged in Denver, Colorado for the most well-attended...

2014 House of Delegates: the results

October 13, 2014

The HOD meeting is an exciting place, where every AMTA member’s voice can be heard through their chapter...

House of Delegates: 2014 Recommendations

August 30, 2014

At National Convention the House of Delegates, with representatives from each state chapter will vote...

2014 Position Statement: Massage for Health and Wellness

August 28, 2014

In a previous blog, Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegates Regine Ryder and...

2014 Position Statement: Therapeutic Massage for Burn Scars

August 21, 2014

In a previous blog, Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegate Kate Peck examines...

2014 Position Statement: Proposal on Portability

August 10, 2014

In a previous blog, Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegates Kelly Dalbec &...

HB 185: Protecting our Scope of Practice

July 10, 2014

In 2006 the Massachusetts Legislature enacted Chapter 135 of the Acts of 2006, which established licensure...

"Massage" advertising online: Why you must act on HB 185

July 7, 2014

In 2006 the Massachusetts Legislature enacted Chapter 135 of the Acts of 2006, which established licensure...

Where Has Massage Taken You?

June 23, 2014

Editor's note- I think I take my surroundings for granted. What I mean by that is I think of my clients...

Community Nursing Company Adds Massage To Their Services

April 20, 2014

The field of massage therapy has a spectrum that spans from the medical to the mystical. We go from quantifiable...

Bright IDEAs | Michael McGillicuddy's Massage Hero

April 14, 2014

Who's your hero? Michael McGillicuddy tells us who his hero is and why. Read on to find out and be on...

We want you. Yes, you.

April 3, 2014

The rewards of volunteering are many. There's the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing your efforts make someone...

Experience the Power of Coaching at the Annual Meeting

March 28, 2014

When I graduated from massage school in 1985, I found myself in an awkward position of trying to grow...

Law & Legislation, what the AMTA-MA Chapter has accomplished

February 4, 2014

As AMTA-MA Chapter President, one of the things I’m most proud of is our commitment to advancing the...

6 Questions with Kristen Lutz: Running for Research, 2014 Boston Marathon

January 29, 2014

Following an application process late last year, Kristen Lutz was chosen to represent the AMTA and wear...

Get Insurance, Because Life Happens

January 20, 2014

At about this time every year there are a number of things that, as a business owner, I need to take...

3 ways Active Isolated Stretching is Great for your Massage Practice

January 7, 2014

Every modality has its benefits. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) speeds the healing of muscles, tendons,...

What would YOU do with $1,000?

December 4, 2013

You could get a drink at Starbucks every day for a year. You could buy a new Gibson SG guitar. You could...

Get out the vote, it's AMTA election time!

November 21, 2013

AMTA members are pretty diverse. We work in spas, hospitals, and private practices. We practice Rolfing,...

The Affordable Care Act and You

November 20, 2013

You’ve likely heard that the Affordable Care Act (often referred to as Obamacare) has begun to roll out...

2013 House Of Delegates Wrap-up

October 15, 2013

This year, the five elected AMTA-MA Chapter Delegates participated in the National AMTA House of Delegates...

4 reasons to join us at Legislative Awareness Day

October 6, 2013

Feeling is BelievingWe know that massage is awesome. We know it can shut down a racing brain, relieve...

Scholarship Recipient Matthew Padulo joins us for a chat

October 3, 2013

I bet you have a few ideas about what you'd do with $1,000, but have you ever wondered what the winner...

2013 Position Statements, Massage and Health

August 31, 2013

In a previous blog, Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegates Lisa Curran Parenteau...

2013 Position Statements, Quality of life for cancer patients

August 16, 2013

In a previous blog, Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegates Kate examines...

2013 Position Statements, Massage for Anxiety

August 8, 2013

In a previous blog, Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegates Kelly Dalbec &...

Get Spiney With Jeff Mahadeen

August 5, 2013

The spine is an amazing bit of architecture. Take 33 of the weirdest-looking bones in the human body,...

Why Position Statements Matter

July 8, 2013

Does massage actually help low back pain? What about anxiety? Can it improve quality of life for cancer...

The New Community Service Massage Team

June 23, 2013

Whether you’re a spa owner managing several massage therapists in your business or a someone who gives...

2013 AMTA National Elections

June 15, 2013

Have you considered participating with fellow members at the National level? If so, you can choose to...

Tracy Walton wins 2013 AMTA-MA Chapter Humanitarian Award

June 3, 2013

At the AMTA-MA Chapter Annual Meeting on May 5, the 2013 Humanitarian Award was presented to Tracy Walton,...

Allissa's top 5 reasons for attending the Annual Meeting & Education

April 30, 2013

It's not a secret that I like hanging out with other massage therapists. I mean, you all get me. You...

Top 5 reasons to check out the TRAGER Approach

April 22, 2013

In 1982, at the very beginning of her career, Cindy Popp-Hager took a class to check out The TRAGER®...

Kickstart! A special program for massage students

April 16, 2013

Everyone’s had the experience of getting in the car and realizing that, although the engine is working...

You can be part of Running for Research!

April 7, 2013

First, I would like to thank the AMTA-MA Chapter for the generous donation to my team as we run to raise...

The Many Benefits of Pediatric Massage

March 19, 2013

Every adult started out as a child at one point. What do you remember? You valued different things. You...

You oughta be in pictures.

March 3, 2013

It’s easy to think of professional headshots as something that only actors, models, and musicians need....

Quick & Easy Guide to Write Your Massage Therapy Elevator Speech

February 27, 2013

Guest Blogger Benjamin McDonald, MBA is CEO of Massamio.com, an elegant, easy to use online directory,...

Boston, Here We Come

January 27, 2013

It’ll come as a surprise to nobody that the Super Bowl is the most watched single-day sporting event...

7 Reasons to take Myofascial Mobilization and Treatment of the Cervical Spine with Jeff Mahadeen

January 8, 2013

I had a chance to talk with Jeff Mahadeen recently about his upcoming February 10 class for the AMTA-MA...

Raise your Voice, Cast your Vote

November 16, 2012

Who’s relieved to be finished with the election season?No more political arguments with neighbors. No...

What do you remember from massage school?

November 5, 2012

Massage school: what do you remember? There was so much information to learn in such a condensed amount...

Can you make a difference with just five questions?

October 29, 2012

This September, the Mass Chapter Board of Directors took the chance to find out. Led by President Mary...

Raleigh Roundup: The Leadership at Convention

October 17, 2012

Your chapter leadership attended the AMTA National Convention earlier this month. Let’s hear some of...

News from the 2012 House of Delegates

October 14, 2012

The first week of October found your five elected Delegates in Raleigh, NC at the AMTA National Convention....

We won the Website Award at National Convention!

September 26, 2012

As a member of the AMTA-MA Chapter, I've always been impressed with the progressive, forward-thinking...

2012 Position Statements, Massage and Health

September 25, 2012

The AMTA National Convention is NEXT WEEK – October 3-6. We have enjoyed blogging on the Statements....

The Importance of Collaboration: Working With Doctors

September 19, 2012

Special thanks to Kat Mayerovitch for this guest post.Cooperation and collaboration are concepts that...

2012 Position Statements, Massage and Public Health

September 12, 2012

Recently head delegate Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegate Allissa Haines...

2012 Position Statements, Massage for Burn Scars

September 10, 2012

Recently head delegate Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegate Kate Peck examines...

Highlighting and pinning posts on your Facebook Page

September 5, 2012

We've learned how to use your chapter's Facebook Page and how to schedule posts for the future. Did you...

2012 Position Statements, Low back Pain

August 31, 2012

Recently head delegate Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegate Sr. Pat Dowler...

2012 Position Statements, Massage and Sleep

August 27, 2012

Massage & SleepRecently head delegate Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Here Delegate...

2012 Position Statements, Fibromyalgia

August 26, 2012

Last week head delegate Greg Hurd explained Why Position Statements Matter. Today he examines one position...

Scheduling posts on your chapter's Facebook Page

August 2, 2012

As a volunteer, managing an AMTA chapter's Facebook page can seem overwhelming. The notion of having...

Using AMTA's Find a Massage Therapist feature

July 22, 2012

Are you an AMTA Professional member? In less than 10 minutes you can make it easy for potential clients...

Using Your Chapter's Facebook Page

July 10, 2012

In talking to chapter leaders from all over, I've found that the most common social media question is,...

Liddle Kidz Foundation in Japan

June 25, 2012

In 2011, the Massage Therapy Foundation awarded a $5000 grant to the Liddle Kidz Foundation. The grant...

4 Excuses for Not Using LinkedIn (and Why They're Silly)

May 30, 2012

LinkedIn: less funny than Facebook, not as cute as Pinterest, and it definitely requires a longer attention...

Ed Connor Receives the 2012 Mass Chapter Humanitarian Award

May 6, 2012

Ed Connor received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts Chapter, what follows is the introduction...

Communication, hands-on work and laying a marketing foundation. (Oh, my!)

April 25, 2012

When I stepped out of massage school I was well prepared to begin working for myself. I had a few clients...

How do you choose between continuing education options?

March 12, 2012

There are a dizzying number of choices when it comes to continuing education courses. Will you take that...

Networking, Colleagues, and Community

March 8, 2012

The word of the day is “networking.” What does it make you think of?A.) Furiously amassing LinkedIn contacts...