Summer 2016
From the President's Desk

Dear Friends,

The summer is upon us and the weather is right for all kinds of gatherings! As your new
President, I have hit the ground running and have been extremely busy since the elections this
past April. We are working tirelessly to create educational and networking events throughout
the state to bring AMTA-IL members closer together. At the same time, we hope to encourage
you to sponsor a meet-up event in your area to help bring us even closer.

In This Issue
Has Massage Therapy Lost its Roots?
by Mike Hovi

Ever ask a fellow massage therapist what they do? I am willing to bet most don't say they do massage.
Instead, they respond with, "I do cranial", or maybe "I do Myofascial Work", or "I use lots of aromatherapy", or some other "modality."
Isn't it interesting we were all trained as Massage Therapists, yet so many of us don't do a majority of our work using Massage? I know in my practice, I do primarily clinical based work, or I suppose you could call it medical massage.
Where I teach, we define Clinical Massage as the assessment and then application of massage therapy techniques to relieve soft tissue based dysfunctions. In other words, take an extensive health history, both written and then a follow up with an oral review of the history.

AMTA 2016 National Convention
Attend the AMTA 2016 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 26-29, for three days of inspiration, education and networking. Register early to save and get the best selection of education sessions!

Outreach Corner
A community divided
By Tony Karoumi

I'm sure most of you are aware of the news about the officers killed in Dallas last week. And of the death of the man killed accidentally by an officer that fueled the shootings.  And before that, the shootings in Orlando.  I just don't understand it.  I find it tragically ironic that my last article dealt with the topic of "the Golden Rule."  Treating others the way we wish to be treated.  Unfortunately what we see all too much in the media is just the opposite.  We see a community divided.

Save $200 on AMTA 2016 National Convention
Be among the first 200 AMTA-IL members to register

Registration is now open for the AMTA 2016 National Convention taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 26-29! Make a difference in your knowledge with 18+ hours of rigorously vetted continuing education, valuable networking opportunities, and products to advance your practice.
We're excited to let you know that

the first 200 Illinois members to register for the full Convention will receive $200 off the price of registration!

You'll get three days of education-18 CE hours-for only $195! This unique opportunity is courtesy of the AMTA-Illinois Chapter.
This offer is only available by phone. Call us toll free at


and mention "Illinois 200 for 200."

You're invited to our AMTA-IL Member Cook-Out

You and your family are invited to attend a cook-out for the AMTA-IL Chapter members. Bring a side or dessert if you choose, but it's not necessary.
When: Saturday July 30, 2016
From: 2pm to 5pm
Where: 3704 Lebanon Ave. Belleville, IL 62221
RSVP via email at:  or call
or 1-618-401-7291.

We hope to see you there!