American Massage Therapy Association - IL Chapter
American Massage Therapy Association - IL Chapter

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In This Issue
President's Message
ARE YOU A TEACHER?
We Are Voppers: The CVOP Experience
Common Mistakes Made by the Clinical Massage Therapist Teacher
House of Delegates
From One Member to Another
November 2016
From the President's Desk
Hello Colleagues,
 

We are in the midst of fall, and the holidays are quickly approaching. As we are all preparing to share in family, food and goodwill, know that we here at AMTA-IL are excitedly working on your behalf to ensure valuable educational and networking opportunities.

Thank you members, for answering the call on our '200 for $200' promotion at the AMTA National Convention! Our Chapter, AMTA-IL, was slated with bringing the most...

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ARE YOU A TEACHER?

Then read this article just for fun (Or Frustration)

 
Are you a teacher of Massage Therapy? If so, I wanted to share some of the things that drive me crazy as I work with students, both in the program where I teach, and when I work with students in continuing education classes.


So here are a few of my Pet Peeves AND Things that Drive Me Crazy as a Teacher:


1. The therapist asks the client "HOW'S MY PRESSURE?" Who is the professional? Most clients, especially the first timers, will have no idea what their response should be to this question, so they respond with: "It's Okay?"...

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We Are Voppers: The CVOP Experience

 
What a month October was for me. I was on the road so much that a missed a lot of autumn fun, like homecoming parades, football games, fall festivals, and Halloween with my grand kids. However, being on the road I was able to take in the beauty of the turning colors of the leaves on the trees. If I weren't driving, I could have closed my eyes and imagined I was getting a massage at some wellness resort in Vermont.
 
I drove from where I live in Carbondale, to Chicago, to Southern Georgia, and back again. In a two-week span, I was the victim of a hit and run accident, experienced roadside car trouble in my rental vehicle, and spent a whole week doing storm cleanup from Hurricane Matthew...

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Common Mistakes Made by the Clinical Massage Therapist Teacher
How do we teach to students about specific conditions, and what treatment protocols can be best used to resolve the problem?
 
We review the anatomy, the common causes, and discuss the associated conditions. We discuss the mechanism that can lead to the condition, and what are the common signs and symptoms. After all that is done formally, teachers will ask students, "So, let's suppose you have determined the problem is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Now tell me, what is wrong with your client?" In most cases, the student will respond with things like, "They have numbness and tingling in their lateral 3 and a half fingers.", or, "The pain wakes them up at night."...

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House of Delegates 2016
Team: 
Cynthia Spake 
Maria Durbin Cooper 
Lois Hanley 
Steve Albertson 
Rob Laubach 
 
On Wednesday, October 26th, the annual meeting of the AMTA HOD took place in Milwaukee, during National Convention. No Position Statements or Recommendations were submitted this year, so the National Board of the HOD took the opportunity to open discussion regarding the current purpose of HOD, along with how the HOD meeting has been conducted, namely the Robert Rules of Engagement. Also, the HOD members were asked to explore new possibilities of the HOD that would include purpose and function of the meeting....
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From One Member to Another
  From One Member to Another
 
October marked six years that I've been a Licensed Massage Therapist. It was also my first opportunity to attend the AMTA National Convention, in Milwaukee. The last four years, I attended AMTA-IL Chapter's Annual Conference, and I have always found it so uplifting and valuable to connect with my fellow LMT comrades. National Conference = kicked it up a notch! I gained an even greater perspective on the massage field.

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