In Touch
July 2015
President's Message July 8, 2015



I hope everyone is having a great summer. It is normally the time of year when vacations are taken with the kids, and since the weather is warmer, everyone is out and about. So we all get busy, but remember to care for yourself and your family. 

I'm now in my final months as AMTA Illinois Chapter President, looking back and hoping I have done right by the chapter. I only hope I will leave the chapter in a better place than when I took this position. It hasn't always been easy, but it has been fulfilling. I know one of your strengths was reaching out for assistance when it was needed, and letting my peers do what they needed to, without interference. They didn't let our members down. They completed any task that was asked of them, and many that weren't. 

Please think about volunteering for the chapter. You never know where or what it could lead to.


Becky Schwoebel 

AMTA-IL Chapter President

In This Issue
AMTA 2015 National Convention!

Where: Pittsburgh, PA
When: August 19-22

We look forward to seeing you there!
AMTA-IL Chapter Cook Out
Saturday, July 25, 2015

3704 Lebanon Ave.
Belleville, IL 62221

2p.m. - 5p.m.

Thank you for RSVP'ing!
We hope to see you there!
In The Spotlight

AMTA-IL offered a free day of continuing education and networking session on Saturday June 13, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL!  Many took us up on our offer and left with free ceu's,  new friends from the networking session, a nice complimentary lunch, great prizes and plenty of fun!

The event was open to all Licensed Massage Therapists.  We were fortunate enough to have out of state LMT's and non AMTA members join us as well as members from our IL Chapter!  

As with all of our events, therapists were willing to roll up their shirtsleeves and volunteer their time when they saw a need.  One of those volunteers for this event was Willie Southerns, and he is "In the Spotlight!"

Willie went above and beyond (literally) to help insure that the day went well.  And he did it all with a genuine smile on his face!

Willie also wanted to share a few words with everyone about his volunteer experience!

"Hello all, 
Today was an awesome day! The atmosphere was warm and welcoming to a person such as myself, who's not an AMTA member yet!  I love the welcoming feeling I received when my volunteer services were needed.  I will definitely be joining the IL chapter soon!"
Willie L Southerns LMT, NCTMB


We appreciate all volunteer efforts and would like to thank everyone that pitched in to make the event a success!

Marva Wright, AMTA-IL 2
Vice President
Strategic Planning Re-cap
Highlights from AMTA-IL 2015 Strategic Planning Meeting!

Hello, Everyone!

Each year the AMTA-IL Board of Directors and Committee Chairpersons hold a Strategic Planning meeting, in which time they focus and plan the events for the upcoming year. All were welcomed this past June, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For those of you who didn't make it, I'd like to share some of the cool ideas and plans that were covered during our two day session. 

The Education Report
Hello, Illinois and beyond! It is in this spirit of believing that learning is indeed a treasure, that I send out greetings this summer. I agreed to become AMTA Illinois Chapter's Chair of Education this past spring, and have enjoyed several months of planning, and now our task is to bring continuing education opportunities down and around the state.


House Of Delegates and You
On August 19, 2015, your elected Illinois delegates will meet in Pittsburgh, at the annual AMTA National Convention House of Delegates (HOD)  Meeting. What does this really mean to the members of AMTA-IL? It means you, the members, elected five of your fellow licensed massage therapists and chapter members (delegates) to represent you, and be your voice on important issues that pertain to our profession and to our members. They will be voting for or against the 2015 HOD Recommendations and Position Statements being presented to the AMTA National Board of Directors.
Elastic Therapeutic Taping
Athletes wearing red, blue, black, and beige tape. We have all seen it, and by now most people know that it is an elastic therapeutic tape that is used, among other things, to decrease edema, relieve pain and relax or facilitate muscles. It is not often that you find a modality that, when  applied to  the  client , actually  benefits the treating therapist When the tape is applied after the massage, (in the words of Dr. Kase, inventor of the taping method) "we send the therapists hands home with the patient." The benefits of the massage last longer, so when the client returns, the amount of work to be done is less, reducing the stress on the treating therapist.
Thank you, members, for your continued support! We hope to see you in Pittsburgh!
Until Next Time,
Jessica Brown LMT, AMTA-IL Newsletter Editor, IL Delegate 2015