May 2016
President's Message
Hello Everyone,
Spring is winding down, the summer is quickly approaching, and the good works of the chapter
are underway! Before we get to those good works, I would like to introduce myself. My name
is Marva Wright, and I have been a Massage Therapist for 10 years. I live in Champaign-Urbana
and for those of you who cheer for the "Fighting Illini", you know where that is. For those of you
who aren't into Illinois sports, we like to refer to our neck of the woods as "central Illinois." It
is my honor to serve you as your President for the next two years, and I would like to thank you
for all of the positive energy that you've sent my way. I will be sending it back continuously.

We just wrapped up our annual state conference a month ago. Thanks to you, we had a fantastic
turn out! We had a first-rate line-up of presenters and for the second year in a row, we offered a
great deal on the price of the conference. We hope that you had fun picking up new techniques,
meeting new friends and learning from the best! It will be hard to "one up" this year's
conference, but don't think for one second that we'll let that stop us from trying. .. Continue Reading
In This Issue
By Mike Hovi, 2nd V.P.

I wanted to catch your attention with the title of this article, hence the BOLD letters and continuation dots.

There are many things we say we do as massage therapist that just drive me crazy, so I wanted to share my thoughts and reasons, so here we go....

First, can we please stop saying we do "RELAXING MASSAGE." When we say this, I assume most people think of the massage as being a luxury. A luxury is something often associated with the rich, or something done once in a great while, such as part of a vacation. When people think of massage as a luxury, they are not likely to get them on a regular basis, and that is bad for both the individual, and for massage therapists.

We as therapists should be educating people that massage is a healthy activity, something that can be received to keep someone healthy in body, mind and spirit. Look at it this way, people now change the oil in their cars so the car runs well and is less likely to break down (this mind set likely started way back when Fram Oil Filters started advertising the slogan, "You can pay me now, or pay me later.").
We need to use this same thought process as an educational tool to teach our clients and patients that getting a regular massage can also help keep the body from breaking down.

So what should we say we do instead? We should say we do "WELLNESS MASSAGE." When someone asks what that means, just tell them the example I just sited, and watch their eyebrows go up as they think to themselves, "Wow, that makes a lot of sense." ... Continue Reading...

Thank You AMTA-IL
by Christine Stearns, Secretary AMTA, Illinois Chapter

I've been Licensed Massage Therapist since 2013 and last month marked the fourth time I attended the annual AMTA-IL Spring Conference.

This year I decided to register for a class in a modality that I never really had much interest in; Sports Massage. Prior to this, the only and brief exposure I had to Sports Massage was while I was in school,
where we were required to work with the 7 foot 250 pound basketball players on the school's basketball team. It was then I decided I didn't want anything to do with that modality after I graduated because I didn't think I was strong enough to endure that kind of body work.

After taking an 8-hour CE class in "Sports Massage: Developing a Session Plan" at this year's AMTA-IL conference, my perspective changed. This class went beyond the basics. I learned and practiced more advanced techniques that were not covered in school... Continue Reading...

Hello MEMBERS, SHHHH......THIS IS JUST FOR YOU (and your family)
Mid & Southern Illinois, we are excited to be planning OUR NEXT AMTA-IL COOK OUT!!

You and your family are invited to attend our annual cook-out for the AMTA-IL Chapter Members, at 3704 Lebanon Ave, Belleville, IL. We will provide the food and beverages, however you may bring a dessert, but only if you choose. We do not have a set date, but we know it will be on a Saturday in the middle or towards the end of July 2016.
This is a great time to network and meet other Massage Therapist in your area. We will post detailed information after June 6th, so be sure to check our website chapter calendar, check your email for the E-blast, and don't for the get about FACEBOOK!!
Since we are providing the food and beverages, we are asking that you RSVP with a count of how many guest will be attending with you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call our chapter office at 847-430-0203 or email us at You may also contact me, Vicki Gothard, directly at or call/text 618-401-7291.
We appreciate every single member, thank you.
~ Vicki Gothard
AMTA IL Membership Chair
AMTA IL Treasurer

Can We Talk?
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in election once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live or work in." ~ Author Unknown ~

I do believe that every year our Chapter conference gets better and better. We have one event planner and the rest is ALL done by Board members, Committee members, & Volunteers who in reality are just members.


Let me just say that being a Board member of AMTA IL, our constant goal is "What can we do for the Members and how will this decision effect the Members" simply because it's all about the members. Please consider taking an active part in your Chapter, ask yourself what capacity you might be able to fulfill.
Many of you may not realize the number of volunteers it takes to fulfill the duties that makes our chapter go.

There are 7 Board members that also take on the responsibility of the committee jobs. When certain positions do not get filled then a Board member must take it on and yes.... sometimes we even drop the ball. Truth is we're all busy but which do you think is better, 1 member for 5 committees or 5 members on 1 committee? ... Continue Reading...

Why I Volunteer
...You know... Life is when we are connected to each other, and when we are giving, we get back abundantly...

Robin: "Hi Nancy, I am supposed to provide an article for the upcoming newsletter, and I was thinking of asking one of my volunteers to write a short article about the joys of giving back to your association and profession through volunteering. I was wondering if you would be willing to do that?"

Nancy: "I'd be delighted, Robin! Funny you should ask... I had just asked the question: 'Why do you volunteer?' to Tony and Vicki at the table late Saturday night after having danced our feet off the whole evening to the DJ/evening entertainment! Their answers resonated with my own."
I volunteer for professional, financial, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social reasons, as well as out of gratitude.

Professionally: I receive excellent training from those who have gone before me and have years of experience and education. This helps to expand my experience and knowledge in order to grow my practice and broaden how I serve my clients.

There is also support on a broader scale, with advancements in our field and changes in legislation that helps us have more opportunities in the future and to be able to help and reach more people. Exciting stuff!!... Continue Reading...

The Golden Rule
By Tony Karoumi

I wish to thank everyone who organized, volunteered, taught, provided support services, and attended our 2016 AMTA -IL Chapter Convention and Annual meeting. A lot of work went on to provide a weekend of education, networking, and community building. I always walk away from these AMTA conventions with the sense of being recharged and ready to take on the world. This past convention had shaped up to be no different.

But happened. One of our attendees, who I had seen having a great time throughout the weekend, came up to me at lunch before the final session of class. Now I have struggled with even bringing this up. And I chose not to address it at lunch that day because I looked around and saw everyone engaged in conversations with one another and enjoying themselves. I just couldn't end our convention on a negative note.

I have spent time reflecting on the situation, and believe this is the right time and vehicle to address this issue. Having not been there to actually witness this, I realize the initial conversation between the two attendees is hearsay. I will only comment on what I was told and give my two cents... Continue Reading...