AMTA-IL     In Touch
April 2015
President's Message - Spring 2015



   Each new year we may come up with resolutions to accomplish.  What is your resolution this year as a massage therapist? Is it to break into a new market of clientele? Maybe you want to become certified in a new modality, or do you have plans to create a few new referral relationships with other healthcare providers? I think we have all heard  "write down your goals" to actually reach them. 

Visualization leads to actualization. We write down our goals as a reminder that we have goals, that there is a reason for our hard work, that ideas don't have to be only thatRead More...

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Hands-On Intro to Thai Massage
Friday, August 24

Student Day

                                                                                                              Students Benefit From Annual Conference

This year marked the third annual Student Day event, which was held on the first day of the 2015 AMTA-IL conference. Thirty-seven massage therapy students, most of whom are enrolled in schools in the Chicago metropolitan area, attended.



The Spotlight

  Every March at the annual conference, AMTA-IL is proud to award several people for their merit, dedication, outstanding service, accomplishments, contributions to the chapter, and the profession of massage therapy. Sometimes it's difficult for the awards committee to decide who the recipient will be, due to the many nominations submitted. Each nominee is deserving of an award, but only one can be chosen. However, each month between now and next year's conference, we will "Spotlight" someone for their work in massage therapy. If you know of someone deserving of recognition, please write a short description of why, and submit it to the membership committee. We will "Spotlight" them in the next  newsletter.


  This month's Spotlight is on Bill Connell, the recipient of the this year's "Outstanding Educator Award"

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Outreach Corner


Hello AMTA-IL members!


I trust everyone has made it through yet another cold winter here in Illinois.  With the temperature starting to warm up and summer hopefully just around the corner, I and hopefully you are ready to leave the coats home and get out.

Having said that...  I would love to meet up and hear from our members. Read More...

   -Tony Karoumi & the '95 Diamondback
State Conference



WOW!  I didn't dream the AMTA-IL Annual Conference could get any better, but it did!

I have been a member of the AMTA for 12 years, spanning from the time I was a student, until now, as a professional. I currently serve on the board of directors for the Illinois Chapter, and I've been a conference volunteer for the past 7 years. I've experienced the many facets of our organization, and it's always been clear to me that AMTA-IL strives for excellence in every aspect. However, the main focus and mission has always been, "Remember the Member", and our annual conference is just one way of imparting that message to them.


AMTA 2015 National Convention

Join your massage therapy community for inspiration, rigorous education, networking and products to help you succeed. Register early to save $89 and receive the widest selection of classes.

Hands-On Intro to Thai Massage
The  AMTA 2015 National Convention- August 19-22 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - is your destination for hands-on learning. Thai Massage on the Table  with Jill Burynski is just one of our quality CE classes designed to strengthen your skills and your business.

Q&A with New York Times Wellness Columnist Suleika Jaouad
New York Times  columnist, cancer survivor and health advocate Suleika Jaouad  will share her inspirational story during the  AMTA 2015 National Convention  Closing Session on  Cancer + Massage-The Power of Touch .

Watch: AMTA Partners with Paralympic Athletes
AMTA is partnering with  Team Roger C. Peace  to support the paralympic athletes in their conditioning and competition. AMTA's co-sponsorship of the team includes collaboration with the Human Performance Lab of Greenville, South Carolina, to gather data on the impact of massage therapy on the conditioning.

Upcoming Training

Look for further information about these Continuing Education classes in the near future on the AMTA-IL Chapter website.


  • PNMT CEs & Precision Kinematics with Doug Nelson
  • Kinesio Taping 1,2 CEs with Clem Carder
  • Zero Balancing Intro CEs with Jennifer Allen


Membership Benefits Members!

Dear Member,


Thank you for being a part of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Illinois Chapter.  We look forward to connecting with you over the coming year for networking, continuing education and fun!



AMTA Illinois Chapter 2015 Free Day of CE

Get the Edge


Join massage therapists across Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, for a day of continuing education, networking and fun! Be inspired, and earn CE hours with classes on fascial therapy, business building, and ethics. This top-notch event is free!!!

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Register Here

Congrats to AMTA members John Combe and Nathan Nordstrom on finishing the Boston Marathon! Team Massage Therapy Foundation-Running for Research is raising awareness for the benefits of massage and massage research funding