November 2017
A letter on why do I want continuing education
Lessons from just one 2 hour education session can directly be applied to Practice:

At the National Convention in California I attended the In Safe Hands: Clients with Diabetes facilitated by Julie Goodwin. I went into this class with an open mind, but thinking it would be review of what I already knew about working with my clients with Diabetes. I came away with gems of information that were new to me, and I can implement in my practice immediately. AMTA offers class notes online via the AMTA website. Also, you can google 'Julie Goodwin' and inquire for more information. Here is some  of the invaluable information from the session. is a valuable tool which can help you with treatment planning. Also, do you ask your insulin dependent diabetic clients what their current blood sugar levels are? If they don't know you can ask them to check. If it is low, you can have water and candy available for them. Julie suggested
small  tubes of icing  f ound at the grocery. They are 100% sugar, and offer quicker recovery of low blood sugar. Wait 15 minutes and test again. Know signs of  ketoacidosis, 

Another takeaway: frozen shoulder for diabetics is not the same as non-diabetic clients, and there is little that can be done on our level of approach. You might not be doing anything but damage if you work
 deep on a diabetic frozen shoulder. Pain with no gain. 

Lastly, an important concept I was not aware of is that you must avoid manipulating insulin injection sites. You might be tempted to break up adhesions in the injection area - DON'T! The fibrotic tissue that has formed from insulin injections can be holding unabsorbed insulin that manual manipulation might

 liberate, and complicate their blood sugar balance while they are on your table, compromising their   health! Yikes! Class notes online include a body map of these areas.

I suggest you connect to the AMTA website for notes and contact Julie Goodwin to attend a class if you find this informative and want more information.
- Leslie Thompson 

AMTA and Massage Envy collaborated on a comprehensive set of two free online continuin g education courses designed to help massage therapists take charge of their self-care.

Self-Care for Massage Therapists: Body Mechanics
3 CE Credits
A solid understanding of body mechanics-or biomechanics-gives massage therapists the tools to provide effective massage therapy with efficiency, reducing the impact to their body while delivering therapeutic care. 

Self-Care for Massage Therapists: Injury Prevention
2 CE Credits
Self-care is important for all professions, but especially massage therapists. Get an overview of self-care best practices and how you can incorporate them into your massages to help keep you healthy now and for years to come.

  Learn more and sign up for these online classes here

Your AMTA-IN Board and Volunteers answer the question...

What is something you currently love about being a CMT, that you weren't expecting when you started your career?

"I have received a level of friendship, spiritual, mental and physical support (gotta love trades!) and professional guidance from associates and clients alike. I went into massage expecting to be giving and was surprised at how much I received and grew personally from my work. Equally unexpected is the flexibility private practice allowed me to be the mom, wife and professional I had struggled to find balance with in other occupations."
-Leslie Thompson

"The thing that amazes me the most and makes me love my job even more is the wide variety of clients that I see. I work on old and young, athletes and disabled and everyone in between. Everyone, from every walk of life can benefit from massage.  I love continuing education for just that reason.  As I am in class, I can always think of someone that the work I am learning will benefit. My clients really like the new things I learn. So I guess I also didn't expect to like continuing education as much as I do!"
-Terri Brandt

My career as a massage therapist has changed my whole life for the best. I am genuinely happy! Whenever I am working, everyone I see is glad to see me. I'm confident I can help each client feel better and am pleased by the instant, often dramatic improvements they experience. My work atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant. What's not to love?"
-Susan Moody

"I did not know how much helping other people through touch could be so rewarding.  I became a therapist to help my autistic son and to maybe do a little massage in my chiropractic assistant duties.  I had no idea how much I would love this career.  24 years later I feel like me going to a massage school to get the name of a midwife was all just part of the plan to put me on my path to today.  AMTA and continuing education keeps me excited and fresh.  Connecting with my patients/clients on a personal level and helping them to find pain free days without the use of opioids and other pain meds is priceless."
-Kimberly Pucka


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
145 referrals were received Nationally this quarter!

AMTA-IN Member, Shannon Greene-Davis of Rensselaer, IN lost her 16 year old son in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. 

Do you want to receive $50 towards continuing education?
AMTA-IN is encouraging support for the Massage Therapy Foundation, which is an organization who advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. They believe the practice of massage therapy is evidence-informed and accessible to everyone.

Donate $50 to the Foundation, and AMTA-IN will give you $50 to spend on continuing education!

*Only one $50 CE credit per person. Donations larger than $50 to the Foundation, still receive $50 CE credits. 

*Must provide proof of donation by submitting your donation receipt to Teri Brandt 

2018 Convention is in
Washington D.C. 
August 8-11

PLA meetings:

November 28 is being rescheduled, will share date on facebook when the date is made public.

Human Trafficking In the Massage industry

AMTA and ABMP released a statement on the FSMTB human trafficking report that was recently released.  
You can read the reports at these links

Coming up in the January Newsletter:

  -Spring Convention and Education
-Creating business-focused New Years Resolutions


Are you a writer?  Send in an article, when it is published you will receive a $25 continuing ed discount 

Facebook is the #1 way to stay up to date with the AMTA Indiana Chapter. Content is posted several times a week with valuable tips, news, and information.
Not on Facebook?  It's ok, it streams right on our website!

Did you love the Special Edition Newsletter of Meet Your Fellow Members that went out a couple weeks ago?

We love hearing from our members and if you are interested in sharing your story, please email:


Remember: be careful & allow yourself extra time getting into work as the weather gets bad. And if you can, try setting up your space as much as possible the day before in case you run a little late!

The American Massage Therapy Association's National Elections will be open November 15 through December 1, 2017. All AMTA Professional members are eligible to vote 

January 14, 2018 

If you are interested in running for an elected position or volunteering in other ways we invite you to this meeting where we will  complete our budget  for 2018,  finalize education, and work on updating our leadership manual. 

And... don't forget! The 2019 National Convention will be right here in our State! 
October 24-26, 2019 Indianapolis

   New elected Delegate position

AMTA-IN will be electing (2) Delegates this April. One of the positions will have a 1 year term and the other position has a 2 year term.  Delegates  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 time leading up to National        Convention, Annual Convention and the AOD meeting.

 If you are interested in an elected position with the Indiana Chapter all position descriptions and application can be found  HERE

Keep your energy up & stay healthy at the same time!

These 6 ingredient protein balls are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. No baking necessary, these are a breeze to whip up and keep your energy levels in check in a healthy way.  
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (the kind with just peanuts and salt)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or 1/4 cup brown rice syrup for a vegan version)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (use gluten-free oats, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup  unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (use vegan chocolate chips, if needed)
  • 2-4 teaspoons water or additional vanilla extract
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup or honey and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir in the oats, coconut and salt until well combined and then add the chocolate chips. If the mixture doesn't hold together well when pinched together, add the additional water or vanilla, a teaspoon at a time until the mixture holds together well when pinched.
  3. Form 1" balls by pressing about 1 tablespoon of the mixture together.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for 1 week

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.

State winners are forwarded to National for consideration of National recognition. This year our very own Gregory Phillips won the National Sports Achiever Award. Congratulations Greg!

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
Patti Clouse IN Meritorious 2017
Meritorious Award: 
A Massage Therapist 
who is demonstrated  diligent volunteerism done in an altruistic manner at the National level. 

Are you crafty?

AMTA-IN is looking for someone to help create posters to demonstrate what the Chapter, and it's volunteers do. 

If you enjoy creating things, and have an artistic eye, we would love to have your help!

In return AMTA-IN will give you credits towards continuing education. It's a WIN-WIN!

Contact Kim Pucka if you are


Gifts for Clients

 The Holiday season is a wonderful time to show your clients how much you   appreciate their patronage. Try one of these ideas to make them feel extra special, or come up with your own unique gift!

- Added time to their already booked session

  - Free aromatherapy or hot stones during their massage

  - $5 gift certificate to a local coffee shop

  - Baked goods, candies, treats

  - Sample sizes of lotions, lip balms, beauty products

  - $10 off a massage in 2018

Recap:  AMTA Indiana Chapter welcomes Dr. Joe Muscolino Fall Education

"In my opinion the most important thing that we learned from Dr Joe Muscolino was proper body mechanics while doing spine and rib cage work.  The only way to have a long career is to to take good care of ourselves. We give so much to our clients, but often forget to take care of ourselves.  All of Dr. Joe's classes are full of amazing information and he always includes the proper way to position ourselves to do the best work." 
-Terri Brandt


"Everyone who knows me as a massage therapist knows I'm a complete fangirl when it comes to Dr. Joe Muscolino! I have signed copies of all his books, subscribe to his Digital COMT, and have taken all the in-person classes required for COMT certification. I admire him because his teachings empower the therapist to think critically and then creatively apply our assessment and treatment techniques. He has distilled anatomy, physiology and kinesiology into his own very clearly-written and beautifully illustrated textbooks and posters.

Dr. Muscolino's main lesson is that if you know a muscle's attachment points, you can figure out its motions. If you take the time to really learn muscle anatomy, you will be able to determine the issues your clients need targeted. Then you need to understand and practice good body mechanics in order to apply massage therapy without injuring yourself. Joe focuses on helping his students determine what needs massage and how to apply our trade effectively.

He sprinkles his teachings with gems that each of us value. One of his most profound jewels for me is that palpation and treatment are often identical, just with different intent. A good, thorough palpation can be an excellent treatment.

Joe saved my thumbs, which saved my career. When I took my first COMT class, my thumb joints were hurting pretty badly. Dr. Muscolino is good at correcting his students' body mechanics when we are practicing, and he teaches good body mechanics. He noticed I was performing effleurage with my thumbs extended, putting stress on my metacarpophalangeal joints. He explained to the class that often schools begin teaching effleurage with gentle Swedish massage, and we learn poor body mechanics. By the time we are practicing deep tissue strokes with heavy pressure, we begin injuring ourselves. That is why many massage therapists leave the profession after only a few years due to injury. It took practice, then time for my body mechanics to improve and my thumbs to heal, but they did and I am usually pain-free." -Susan Moody

Little Gems picked up by Kim Pucka:
  1. "Severity is not the enemy, the fight will come from how chronic the problem is.  If you don't change your direction you are likely to end up where you are heading."  
  2. How often should you see your client? Ask this question. Do you only work-out once a week?  Do you see results when you exercise sporadically?  More visits in the beginning of care and then taper off.
  3. I have attended the other Muscolino classes and using joint mobilization in my practice is important to prepare the joints for chiropractic care.   Working just pass the tissue barrier give the best result.
  4. Dr. Muscolino teaches to the level of the class. He engages with every member in the class, is witty and challenging in his presentation.
  5. Dr. Muscolino offers a subscriber online course (  and travels around the country.  He has done classes in our neighboring states as well.  "The goal of COMT Certification is to empower the therapist to think critically and then creatively apply their assessment and treatment techniques."

Chapter Elections and Volunteer Positions
Indiana Chapter elections occur in April 2018. Elections will be held for President, Secretary, Board Member and Delegate.  You can apply for a position at any time. Complete the initial application  HERE  and we will contact you with more information.

If you enjoy being involved in your community, and helping others, we are looking for a  Community Service Massage Team Chair, who could organize events in AMTA's name to support our local communities. This Chair could also, if wanted, handle Emergency Outreach.  An Emergency Response Team has special training if the event is through the Red Cross.  If you are interested in creating and organizing this team or learning about how to do it, contact  Kim .  

If you enjoy being a mentor and making sure that each new graduate is starting off on the right foot, we are looking for a School Liaison Chair. This volunteer position is someone that could organize school visits  (in person or via video) to field questions about AMTA and the current licensing process. The Board can help with providing you information. 

Upcoming Education for 2018

April 20-22, 2018 State Horizon Convention Center in Muncie. IN 
Look for all pertinent information in our January newsletter!

Jason Erickson Pillossage with Hot DNM: Dermoneuromodulation (pain Science) 
Chris Costianes is teaching Claire Marie Miller's Pregnancy Massage certification course.

October 20-23 2018 Convention in Pokagon State Park Potawatomi
Doug Nelson and Ruth Werner subjects to be determined.

April 5-7, 2019 in Lafayette at Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette. 

2020: Indiana is looking to host the first Mid-Central Conference with Ohio, Michigan, Illinois in South Bend, IN 

Contact us if you are interested in a seminar.  We are looking into kinesiotaping, fertility massage and lymphatic drain to add to our list but we want to hear from you!

Government Relations UPDATE

From Laura Brown and Amy Levander of Krieg DeVault:  

The massage therapy rules subcommittee made substantial progress in the language for Continuing Education and Advertising criteria at the most recent  meeting.  As a reminder, these rules are drafted as a starting point for discussion, some form of these rules will eventually be a part of the final rules adopted by the MT Board.

In Continuing Education, the board looked at rules from several other states to see what they had in common and would work for our state.  The draft included: What education would be accepted, approval process for providers, waivers, appeals, carry-over credit language, and the inactive status language. The last three section might eventually be removed because there is already general appeals process for all professions; calculating carry-over credits is administratively difficult for the PLA; and the MT Board does not have the authority to determine whether a license is inactive or not (licenses are either active or expired).

In the Advertising draft, it will be required to display the massage license in a conspicuous place.  AMTA National Representative requested that the draft be updated to permit massage therapists to either display their licenses, or as an alternative, display a sign that says all licenses are available for inspection (and would need to be accessible at the place of business).  This would assist larger MT offices and franchises such as Massage Envy that have numerous MTs working at any given time, as being required to put up all of the licenses can be overwhelming (both practically and aesthetically).  

In addition, the Attorney General Office's Counsel for the MT Rules Subcommittee, Nicole, noted that the MT rules cannot regulate others, so the reference to sexually oriented businesses in 2(e) will be removed.  If a sexually oriented business utilizes the word "massage" in its advertising to the public in the future, the Attorney General's Office will be able to go after that business regardless of whether the MT rules reference it.  Nicole will also be looking into the provision in 2(e) regarding disclosing compensation in an advertisement, she thought this was overreaching, and will be looking into how other professions regulate advertising.  Nicole will circle back on these matters by the next MT Rules Subcommittee Meeting.

Again, please remember that the 'rules' mentioned above are currently in the discussion phase, and are not the final rules. If you have any comments, questions, or input you are welcome to attend these Rule-Making Subcommittee meetings. 

The following was brought forward to the subcommittee as a starting point for discussion