January 2018

A letter from the President 
               "Everyone is awesome!"

I open Constant Contact to write my little note to the Indiana members and I see the above quote. Our Newsletter Editor was throwing something in my spot to hold space, and it is most fitting for my first letter of the new year, and may be the last note as President.  It is true, my first term as chapter president is almost over (where did the last 2 years go?) and.... Everyone is awesome!  We have 1,350 members (last count) and every single one of you makes our organization, AMTA, the most respected in the industry. Thank you for being awesome!  

I've grown so much as I learned to lead a chapter, accept change, and to find my strength to do some jobs I very much did not want to do.  Guess what, I did them and I survived!  I spent a lot of time trying to guilt members into taking a volunteer position and for that I apologize.  Your board members and I will not be doing that anymore!  You can come to our meetings and know that we won't hang you from your toenails until you say yes.  Yes, we will probably ask you but we will respect your answer.  
I saw the words in the poster to the right on social media and it is now the background on my computer screen.  This poster is true in many facets of my life.  My new year resolution is to quit chasing. I am choosing to be the best I can be; so you, the member, can know that I am here for you and by seeing that you will want to come to me and let me know your strengths and how you want to help.  
I began my presidency with a few volunteers.  None of us knew what we were doing.  I found out that National has it all spelled out in neat and easy to follow toolkits for the chapters to use.  We have a policy manual that gives us all the information on how to be a chapter...we get free-will in which programs we choose to do or not do in our state...all of that depends on the members.  "What do you want?"  I want an emergency response team in our state.  I can't have one if no one else wants it.  Guess what!  Members do want it and the Tennessee Chapter is allowing us to come to a training meeting so we can get one started!  Once our volunteer learns her position and what is required she will work at getting the CSMT training in Indiana.  Lorrena Story will update us after she attends the training weekend in February.
This newsletter has our upcoming education included, you will see that we are going to try offering lunch on both Saturday and Sunday because YOU asked for it!   Our state conference is also when we have our chapter elections. This year includes the position of president.  Are you ready to lead an amazing chapter?   What was the the hardest part of my job over the last two years?  Working on the bill that would become law.  I didn't know anything about government.  I didn't want to waste our chapter money on licensing efforts when it hadn't worked any other year.  I said I would do my duty if I had help from our National leaders...and now we have licensure!  Our 20+ year battle is over.  National staff makes every part of our chapter running easy.  We now have volunteer positions almost full which will allow you to accomplish your goals that you set.  If you have been a member for at least 2 years you can run for this amazing position!  Other election spots include secretary, board member and delegate. You will find more information about the spots in this newsletter or you can email me! Oh, and I just want to remind you that I too have a busy life, with management skills you can do it all! 
As we tighten our financial belts this board took a look at what we spend our money on and we shifted some things around at the last two chapter board meetings as we worked on the budget.  We  got rid of our stipends, computer purchases, and registration to National Convention.  We will be reimbursed for money we spend doing our jobs and we will go to convention for leadership training.   
Our next business meeting is also a time that our chapter presents awards to members who improve our industry in an altruistic way.  Do you know someone who should be recognized?  Or maybe you would like to share your own accomplishments.  Don't let the application scare you away, submit what you do know and our awards chair can help you find the rest of the information.    Please note the deadlines for applications, they are shorter this year; March 15 for state awards and April 1 for National.  
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your president on the AMTA chapter board, life is good!  Bucket list item check off! 
Kimberly M Pucka, CMT, BCTMB 
The news you have been waiting for... 
AMTA-Indiana Spring Conference and Business Meeting!
Registration is open! 

April 20-22, 2018 
State Horizon Convention Center in Muncie 

Hotel Information: 
Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center
601 South High Street  Muncie  IN  47305
+1 765-287-8550

Click here to book your hotel stay
$109.00/night  rate for 4/19-4/22, must book by March 20, 2018!!
Check in: 3:00pm     Check out: 12:00pm

FRIDAY April 20:
$25 member  $50 nonmember

Research: Correlation, Causation, and Common (Non)Sense (3 CE hours)
This irreverent research class looks at real life examples of statistics and scientific research and how they have been (mis)used to make (in)credible connections and (non)sense of the world around us. Bring your sense of humor and critical thinking skills!

SATURDAY April 21:
$299 Member $349 nonmember


Hot DNM: Pillossage & Pain Science class description (16 CE hours)

Participants will need to bring Massage tables sheets and face cradle covers.

HOT DNM: Pillossage™ & Pain Science is an integrated class taught by Jason Erickson. Pillossage is a groundbreaking form of thermal therapy that combines hands-on techniques with specifically designed thermal flax pillows. This modality is ideal for therapists who are looking for techniques to provide skillful therapy that can stand alone or be integrated with other modalities to offer to clients who live with conditions that include chronic pain, high levels of stress or who are in need of rehabilitation.
You will learn to teach your clients novel self-care techniques so therapy can be continued by the client after the session. The benefits and results last far beyond the massage session. You will learn methods to help clients decrease chronic pain and improve quality of life. As you learn the 'dance of Pillossage™', you will find easier ways to offer deep therapy without strain.

The foundations of this work are informed by pain science and dermoneuromodulation (DNM) concepts. These enable practitioners to work more effectively and customize sessions appropriately for each client, especially when working with chronic pain clients and complex health conditions.

Participants will need to bring Massage tables sheets and face cradle covers.
Mother Earth Pillows will be provided for use in class. These may be purchased afterwards. A selection of other Mother Earth Pillows will also be available

About Jason Erickson
Jason Erickson co-owns and practices massage at Eagan Massage Center where he is best known for therapeutic and sports massage. He has a reputation for providing pain relief, improving function, and enabling athletic performance. Many of his clients have complex medical histories and are referred by medical professionals, personal trainers, and by other massage therapists. A former chronic pain patient, he is passionate about helping people understand, manage, and reduce pain, preferably via manual and movement therapies. He can be reached via or

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Approved CE provider #308
  • CE Broker Approved for massage therapists in Florida and Georgia
  • Personal Trainer since 2004
  • Massage Therapist since 2006
  • Board Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) over 10 years
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) over 10 years
  • Sports Massage Therapist over 10 years
  • Certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist
  • Certified Pre/Post-Natal Massage Therapist
  • Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • Certified Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS)
  • Certified Partner-Assisted Stretching
  • Certificate in Fascia Work
  • Advanced Active Isolated Stretching Therapist (certified 2013-2017)
  • Circular Strength Training Instructor (certified 2004-2010)
  • Business Background (Sales, Marketing, Management, Communications, Service, Training)
  • B.B.A. Marketing, B.A. Economics, A.A. Pre-Law
Jason is an internationally recognized continuing education provider, teaching classes on pain science, pain management, dermoneuromodulation, therapeutic movement, orthopedic massage, sports massage, research literacy, and other topics. He is Master of Ceremonies for the San Diego Pain Summit, one of the premier international interdisciplinary conferences on pain science for manual therapists. Jason was a panelist at the 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) and a presenter at the 2017 Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) Educational Congress. His articles have appeared in Massage & Bodywork Magazine , Massage New Zealand Magazine , the Japanese Journal of Acupuncture and Manual Therapies , Massage Today , Massage Magazine , and other publications.


Nurturing the Mother, Spa Pregnancy Massage - (16 CE Hours)

This is Claire Marie Miller's Spa Certification course in pregnancy massage and postpartum massage .
In this course, you will learn:
  • Anatomy and physiology for pregnancy and birth
  • Pregnancy massage demonstration and practice
  • Cautions and contraindications for pregnancy massage
  • Guidelines for pregnancy massage for each trimester
  • Massage cautions and variations for high risk pregnancies
  • Postpartum massage, with the principle of mother roasting, the application of heat along with specific bodywork techniques for the recovery, and realignment of the mother.
Certification Requirements:
  • A practical assessment is given when you massage a pregnant volunteer or student during the workshop
  • A written assessment/test completed at the end of the course
  • 16 CE hours Nurturing the Mother Spa Certification given upon completion of the course

Participants must bring:  Massage Table, 2 sets of sheets, oil, 2 king and 2 standard pillows and an extra pillowcase for draping.

About Christine Costianes, CMT, BCTMB    
Chris lives in Indianapolis, IN.  The seed of interest in massage was planted early for Chris. Her father taught her to massage his feet and back when  she was a young child.
The seed finally germinated when she went to Harrison College and earned an AAS degree in Therapeutic and Clinical Massage in 2011.  She was hired by Franciscan Health upon graduation, working in the largest hospital-based massage therapy program in the state. She serves her clients with a variety of massage modalities including Nurturing the Mother, Trigger Point Therapy, Geriatric Massage, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, and Hot DNM/Pillossage. Chris is Board Certified through the NCBTMB, Indiana State Certified, Professional Member of the AMTA and a past Board Member, as well as a certified reflexologist.  

Claire's Website Link:

More Education Planned for you! 
June 9, 2018

John Combe, LMT is coming to Indiana to give the live education that goes with the  AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Program  You can just take this class or work towards the full certification program.

You can learn more about the full program here: AMTA WEBSITE LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CERTIFICATION

To sign up for Indiana class for just $149 for our members (that is a savings of $146 compared to the National Average for this class!) Click this link:   Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists

And YES!  Lunch is included in the price of the class!  AMTA is giving this to you, take advantage of it.  Space is limited to 40 registrations, don't wait to sign up.  

$ 149 member $199 nonmember 

Horizon Convention Center               
401 S High St
Muncie, IN 47 305
Time:  8:00am-6:00pm
Registration: 7:30am
Bring: Massage Table 

Fall Education 
October 19-21, 2018

Pokagon Inn Potawatomi State Park

This fall join us for:
Doug Nelson ( 3 classes, Fri, Sat and Sun) 
Creator of Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) and licensed Massage Therapist who has been in practice since 1977. What makes PNMT special is the way it approaches soft-tissue therapy.


Ruth Werner (4 classes Sat and Sun) 16 Total CEU's
1. Herpes Hep & Flu, OH MY: Contagious Diseases for Massage Therapists
2. Fibromyalgia and the Invisible Diseases
3. Touching the Mind: Mental and Mood Disorders for Massage Therapists
4. The Ethics of Client Communication: Talking to Clients About Their Health

Both speakers are involved with the Massage Therapy Foundation and will share their story.

Future Indiana Dates 

April 5-7, 2019
Lafayette at Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette 
Who do you want to come to Indiana?  

Contact us to let us know what you are interested in.  We are looking into kinesiotaping, Zero Balancing, and lymphatic drainage to add to our list but we want to hear from you!

And of course October 2019 will host the National AMTA Convention in Indianapolis, IN!  

AMTA-IN Board and Volunteers

President : 
Kim Pucka

Financial Admin: 
Terri Brandy

Secretary : 
S usan Moody

Board Member and Parliamentarian
Morgan Horton

Board Member and Strategic Plan 
Leslie Thompson

to be elected 04/2018

Sports Massage Chair : Heather Smith

Government Relations :
Dainah Craft

Newsletter/Marketing :
Annette Montgomery

Community Service/Emergency Response: 
Lorrena Story

School Liaison: 
Application in process 

Website Chair :
Jennifer Angel

Education Chair:
Jules Carter 

Robyn Wenwrich

Awards Chair:
Erika Hoff

Kelly McKinney

Erika Hoff 

February 15-16 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Join us for the AMTA 2018 Schools Summit, the largest gathering of massage schools and educators. Come together with fellow massage school teachers for networking, education and fun at the  Fort Lauderdale Marriott North!

Click to learn more
2018 Convention is in
Washington D.C. 

The next PLA Meeting is February 12 and the plan is to have the Rules Subcommittee after the general meeting. Meetings are open to the public.
Time: TBD
Conference Center Room 1
2018 scheduled meetings:
 May 7th
August 6th 
November 5th 

Notes of Sunshine

Our condolences go out to Kelly McKinney and 
Morgan Horton who both lost a parent recently.

Check out benefits and discounts you receive on products like Turbo Tax, and others on the

Taking Care of Your Taxes-a few pointers that will help take the pain out of filing your taxes  3ceus

We asked the Board, "What is a professional New Years resolution you have for 2018?"

"Easing into retirement. And I intend to investigate some volunteer options possibly at Riley."
           -Leslie Thompson

"I resolve to give myself two days off from my massage business each week to rest and catch up. My sanity and personal health should be as important to me as my clients' convenience."
                -Susan Moody

"I making self-care a priority. I'm scheduling 2 massages a month. Meditating. And starting beginners Yoga. It's a necessity for my business and personal life."
     -Annette Montgomery

"My husband and I are expanding our business, we will be wrapping up the remodel and opening our doors soon.  This year I plan to spread happiness in everything I do from my personal life to our industry.  I will continue to help our chapter grow and prosper whether I am the chapter president or not."
                     -Kim Pucka

"I will be obtaining my CMT by mid-March. My first objective is to obtain my Graston Technique Certification. I am currently a provider. Once I get comfortable with it,  I would like to incorporate that modality into majority of my deep tissue massages."
                       -Erika Hoff

" I would like to take better care of myself and be better organized in my business paperwork.  I think the organization will help my peace of mind as well."
                    -Terri Brandt

Facebook is the #1 way to stay up to date and current with the AMTA Indiana Chapter. Content is posted several times a week with valuable tips, news, and information. 

AMTA Chapter Board Meeting 
A pril 20, 2018
9am - 4pm  
Horizon Convention Cntr,  MUNCIE

Chapter Business meeting: 
Awards and Elections
April 22, lunch hour of education weekend

Heather Smith, Sports Massage Chair, is looking for more activities and is also taking names to help with the  Ironman event  July 14.

Marketing Tip!

  New Years is a wonderful time of the year to promote massage therapy, because   it aligns so well with many common New Years Resolutions like starting an   exercise routine and increasing self-care. 

 Massage therapy supports and pairs well with wellness-focused Resolutions,       and can also act as a "reward" for staying on track with creating a better you!

  COURTESY REMINDER                                          
Massage Therapist in Indiana are certified.  Please continue to use CMT or MT until rules are written and approved by the State of Indiana.  

APRIL 2018

Apply now for elected positions:
President, Secretary, Board Member, Delegate

More info and application can be found in this Google  Doc File

   New elected Delegate position

AMTA-IN will be electing (2) Delegates this April. One delegate is a 1 year term, and the other is a 2 year term. Each  will represent the massage therapy profession in the AOD (Assembly of  Delegates) and related activities as they pertain to the profession in their state.

Responsibilities and time commitments average 2-4 hours    per month, higher  during the lead up to National                    Convention, Annual Convention and AOD meeting.

  Download the PDF file with more information HERE. If you are considering this position, National recommends asking yourself these questions...

  1. What is the context of health and wellness in my state?
  2. What are the things that are impacting massage therapy in my state? (including but not limited to):
    1. Education requirements
    2. Regulation
    3. Continuing education
    4. Cultural issues
    5. Socio-economics
    6. Diversity
    7. Employment practices

Awards: Spring 2018
Time to begin thinking about who you want to nominate for Humanitarian, Sports Achiever,
and Meritorious. Nominate by filling out this online form.

Humanitarian award: A Massage Therapist who is demonstrates the 'heart' of massage through v olunteer work, which may or may not include massage, done in the larger community.  Including but not limited to: charity, church, supporting the arts, working with children, disabled, needy, sick, homeless, elderly, community outreach to populations for who massage is otherwise difficult to obtain; fundraising for same, consciousness raising, relief effort

Sports Achiever Award: A Massage Therapist who demonstrates  accomplishments in the area of sports massage, which m ay  include but is not limited to accomplishments that enhance the visibility, prestige and acceptance of sports massage and sports massage therapists to the general public and the other components of the sports community
Meritorious Award: A Massage Therapist who is demonstrated  diligent volunteerism done in an altruistic manner at the National level. 

Have questions? Please contact Erika
Write offs and deductions
Deductions or "write-offs" reduce your taxable income. So if you  have $50,000 of income and $10,000 in deductions  (write-offs) your taxable income is now $40,000. This is the amount you pay taxes on, so it is advantageous  to keep track of your expenses! 
This is a general list, it's always best to consult your CPA!

sheets, blankets, bolsters, pillows           the fees your CPA charge
lotions, oil, etc                                          laundry soap
water bottles for clients                            essential oils
continuing education fees                        tools, hot stones, bamboo, etc
certification and permit fees                      credit card processing fees
professional organization fees                  mileage for mobile massage clients
travel to continuing education                   making copies of intake forms
rent & utilities                                           

If you have an at-home office you can deduct that dedicated space on your taxes. Again, it's always best to consult your CPA after reading this brief explanation. 
You can determine the value of your deduction the easy way or the hard way.
With the simplified option, you aren't deducting actual expenses. Instead, the square footage of your space is multiplied by a prescribed rate. The rate is $5 per square foot for up to 300 square feet of space. If your home office is over 300 square feet, you can't use the simplified method.

The regular, more difficult method values your home office by measuring actual expenditures against your overall residence expenses. You can deduct mortgage interest, taxes, maintenance and repairs, insurance, utilities and other expenses.

You can use  Form 8829 to figure out the expenses you can deduct and file only with Schedule C (Form 1040).  
'Detox' from the holidays with a Green Smoothie

Tips & Tricks

1. 60% fruit 40% leafy greens
-Blend greens with liquid base first, then add fruits & blend again

2. Freeze fruits in small chunks instead of using ice

3. Add naturally sweet fruits like bananas and dates if it tastes bitter or a bit too "green." Avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars

4. Blend your smoothie the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid, and give it a good shake before you open.

New Years Green Smoothie
  • cups spinach
  • cups water
  • cup mango
  • cup pineapple
  • bananas

Use at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie. 


Please meet Jules Carter, our new Education Chair!

"I have been a massage therapist since 1994, receiving my massage degree in Atlanta, Georgia. My family moved to Muncie in 2006 & we consider it home. I have practiced in 3 different states that did not have licensure.  Being an AMTA member is a way to provide my clients with a sense of how serious I take my chosen profession. The AMTAs' CEU requirements, sets the massage therapist up to be ready when or if your state already has licensure. When the second state I practiced in approved licensure, the AMTA was involved to protect our interests when setting standards. Our local chapter & national chapter is doing that now, here in Indiana. I find that so important & one of the driving reasons why I stepped up to volunteer.  By volunteering in the AMTA Indiana chapter, I am excited to be a part of this great group of people who are nurturing a message of unity, creating a network of like minded professionals and directing what the standards should be as a massage therapist in our state. Each one of us brings something special to the table & I look forward to meeting my other Indiana massage therapists in the near future."

Would you like to be our next member spotlight?  
Email Kim or Annette

Please meet Lorrena Story, our new Community Service Chair!
"I have been a full time therapist for almost 7 years. I started 
out at a  chiropractic  office, then had my own studio for a very short time and now I have been at Massage Envy for just over 3 years! I originally became interested in massage
 when my oldest son was experiencing severe growing pains as a young child. I began searching for stretches and ways to work his muscles in order to find relief for him. That's when my interest in human anatomy really started to develop. 

 I volunteered because I have a fascination  for Emergency Management and have always considered myself a natural first responder. Many times I see events on the news and was curious if any massage teams were on site to provide assistance. My hope is to build a team of therapists with a wide array of skills who are well qualified to respond if ever needed. I want to reach out to our communities and help educate them on the importance of massage during times of crisis and the vital role touch therapies can play in dealing with both physical and mental stress."

Would you like to be our next member spotlight?  
Email Kim or Annette

Please meet Erika Hoff, our new Awards & Membership Chair!

"I've been focused on my education for over a decade. I started off with a BS in Exercise Science, then an MBA in Healthcare Management, and finally a License in Massage Therapy. I will obtain my CMT/LMT in March 2018. I am an AMTA-IN Chapter Volunteer and took over the responsibilities for the Awards program. Awards are an important component to a successful program. Recognizing people's achievements drives them to enhance their special qualities and dedication to the profession they love."

Would you like to be our next member spotlight?  
Email Kim or Annette

Seeking to mentor!
Beginning with a little Leslie history: I have been practicing massage therapy for twenty years. In the 90's I owned an herb shoppe in Greenwood, Indiana. When I sold the shoppe, I found I missed working with  essential oils. Luckily at the same time, my husband worked for Rolls Royce in helicopter engines and through him we received an opportunity of a lifetime. Our family was offered a secondment in England for two years. So, we packed up our teenagers (kicking and screaming at first, loving it by the time we returned) and set off to jolly ole England. I registered for the Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy Aromatic Bodywork classes before we even set foot overseas. It was a one year program that included massage training. I loved it so much, I registered for a second year in Clinical Aromatherapy which was mostly chemistry of the oils and their actions. I specialized in how aromatherapy was utilized in hospitals with particular interest in cancer patient palliative support as a complimentary therapy through massage. I had an awesome experience which lead me to continue on the massage therapy path when we returned. I took class after class to enrich my basic training and eventually went through enough training to pursue the portfolio avenue to test and attain my national certification here at home. I then developed a successful pilot program for our local cancer center and received grants for the program which I worked with for five years. 2018 celebrates my 20 th year in massage therapy and retirement from massage therapy practice. My husband has retired and we bought thirty acres of hills, ponds and vistas in southern Indiana. My attention is being drawn from work to writing, art, gardening and playing on our new off grid playground. I will keep certification for another four years but my focus is changing. I'm ready to pass the baton to the next generation of massage therapists and look forward to witnessing where their innovation and social media skill will launch the future of the profession.
Over the past year, I have had the pleasure and honor of serving on the Indiana Board for AMTA with a top notch group of massage therapists. It is a rewarding experience in which I have had the opportunity to attend the national convention as a voting delegate, received leadership training, met therapists from all across the country while benefitting from included education. I have another year to serve and am seeking a candidate who would like the opportunity to be mentored to apply and run for my place on the board in spring 2019. This could include observing board meetings and becoming aware of all the avenues of support national and state offers, planning education and conferences. It is an opportunity for someone who is interested in being on the board to be guided through the process and easy transition into position. If you are interested in exploring a board position please email me at

Emergency Response Training February 3rd & 4th

AMTA-IN is proud to be able to participate in training along with the Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina Chapters. This training allows our members to work with the first responders in times of crisis, providing massage therapy for those volunteering to help. Join us in thanking these members for signing up for this training, and committing to helping our Nation when it is most needed. 

              Thank you!!

If you are interested in attending this training session please email Annette at
New Years Resolutions for your Business

Whatever goals you have for yourself or your business this year, take a look at these 5 suggestions for success:
  1. Be for something, not against it. Instead of setting the goal of, "I want to stop over-working myself." Try stating what it is you do want...more self-care, more free time, more exercise & wellness.
  2. Figure out the desire. Desire is a strong emotion that shows us how badly we want something. Tapping into that can help determine the motivation, and that creates action.
  3. Believe in baby steps. Not every day is going to be a knock-em-down affair. Have confidence in your success, and be proud of all steps....big and small...that move your forward. 
  4. Set an intention, not a goal. Instead of setting a goal, which is something we don't have that we aim to get, set an intention, which is a goal but with all the doubt about its attainment removed. State your intention as if you've already achieved it, with lots of specific details. For example, "After a year, my beautiful, new massage practice in the best part of town is swarming with excited clients. I've repaid all my startup loans and I'm making a nice profit." 
  5. Be flexible. Sometimes when we set intentions and goals, we envision only one path. And yet, opportunities can present themselves in all forms. Be open minded, and willing to see your success happen in many ways. 

Massage is good medicine 

What makes the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) different?
  • AMTA is the only national non-profit association dedicated to serving members and the massage therapy profession, giving AMTA the non-profit advantage.
  • We endorse professional standards and support fair and consistent licensing of massage therapy. We actively promote members as the first choice for massage therapy to consumers.
  • We are led by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership at the national and chapter levels.
  • AMTA has been, and will continue to be, a leader in advancing the massage therapy profession.