In Touch
April  2018
President's Letter
   This year is an exciting year for the American Massage Therapy Association. We are celebrating our 75 th Anniversary as an organization. If you read the recent Massage Therapy Journal, the state of Missouri has another celebration to recognize. On pages 16 and 17, the first AAMM, American Association of Masseurs and Masseuses National Convention, took place in the summer of 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri. That was our former name, which is now AMTA today. Our state should feel proud that we played such an outstanding role in the formation of what our profession regards as such a great organization. Next year our Chapter will celebrate our 60 th Anniversary. Again, a great moment for all to celebrate.

    The future of AMTA is getting better every day. The National Office is doing all they can to make our profession positive and advantageous to all who participate. The streamlining of procedures and the new organizational changes have improved our member participation and made it even more enjoyable for all concerned. I encourage each and every one of you to participate in the future of your Chapter. That's right. It is your Chapter and you can make the most of it!

    This year, at our 59 th State Convention we are looking forward to more continuing education credit hours and good fellowship with our members. If you have not registered yet, please do so. We look forward to seeing you there. We have some surprise guests attending this year and I know you will enjoy meeting them. However, if you are not there, you won't get the opportunity!

   The past two years have gone by fast. This will be the last time I will have the opportunity to address you as your President. I have been extremely proud to represent you in this position and as always, I thank each of you for allowing me to do so. I feel we have a great Chapter, and I see only positivity for it in the future. The future leaders of your Chapter will carry you into the next phase and you will see many opportunities for our profession.

    I look forward to seeing you in Columbia, Missouri. I want to express again, my thanks to you, and to see you one more time. Let's celebrate our past while looking forward to our future.
Kimberly White

Come to the annual convention and learn how to integrate functional anatomy and biomechanics into your practice. Below is just a taste for the rationale for treatment approach.
Lino Cedros
(Janene's addendum: The following abstract illustrates some of the ideas Lino has been proving every day for the last 30 years.  He had nothing to do with the writing, or publishing, of the article, but talking about force transmissions and myofascial chains and passive tissue tensioning is right up his alley!)

Krause, F., Wilke, J., Vogt, L., Banzer, W., 2016. 
Intermuscular force transmission along myofascal chains; Journal of Anatomy, 228:6, 910-18.
The present review aims to provide a systematic overview on tensile transmission along myofascial chains based on anatomical dissection studies and in vivo experiments. Evidence for the existence of myofascial chains is growing, and the capability of force transmission via myofascial chains has been hypothesized. However, there is still a lack of evidence concerning the functional significance and capability for force transfer. A systematic literature research was conducted using MEDLINE (Pubmed), ScienceDirect and Google Scholar. Studied myofascial chains encompassed the superficial backline (SBL), the back functional line (BFL) and the front functional line (FFL). Peer-reviewed human dissection studies as well as in vivo experiments reporting intermuscular tension transfer between the constituents of a myofascial chain were included. To assess methodic quality, two independent investigators rated studies by means of validated assessment tools (QUACS and PEDro Scale). The literature research identified 1022 articles. Nine studies (moderate to excellent methodological quality) were included. Concerning the SBL and the BFL, there is moderate evidence for force transfer at all three transitions (based on six studies), and one of two transitions (three studies). One study yields moderate evidence for a slight, but not significant force transfer at one transition in the FFL. The findings of the present study indicate that tension can be transferred between some of the examined adjacent structures. Force transfer might have an impact in overuse conditions as well as on sports performance.
However, different methods of force application and measurement hinder the comparability of results.
Considering anatomical variations in the degree of continuity and histological differences of the linking
structures is crucial for interpretation. Future studies should focus on the
in vivo function of myofascial
continuity during isolated active or passive tissue tensioning.

Upcoming Events

Save the date!
May 4-6, 2018
Annual AMTA-MO Convention in Columbia, MO!

Look to our website for more information:


amta MO Chapter Officer List
Kim White
163 Apache Dr.
Pacific, MO 63069
(636) 346-4882

Communications Chair
Janene Sun
6211 S. Ridgewood Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 999-0451

Education Chair
Sheri Rohrbach
405 North Oak Street
California, MO 65018
(573) 375-3639

Rachel Skrabal

Membership Chair
Dee Featherstone
(636) 352-5187

Financial Administrator
Robin Paul

Law and Legislation Chair
Esteban Ruvalcaba
2718 Forum Blvd Ste 4B
Columbia, MO  65203


In-Touch is a quarterly publication of the Missouri Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (amta-MO).
Ads are accepted on a  first come basis.  Deadlines for 
submission to  In-Touch  are the 15 th  of  February, May, 
August, and  November for publication in the
 following month. 

If you are interested in advertising please contact 
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This year's AMTA MO chapter's 59 th   annual Spring convention will be May 4th - 6th.  It will be held in Columbia, Missouri at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Lino Cedros, ATC, OMT, CAMTC will be teaching 18 hours on "Assessment of the Walking Cycle and Lower Extremity for the Manual Therapist." 

$225 (AMTA members)
$275 (non members)
Our convention is a fun way to network and stay on top of what is going on in our profession while you get your CE's. We always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.     
Sheri Rohrbach
Education Chair

Click HERE to find the class description
Click HERE for an instructor bio

Schedule for the Weekend
Thursday May 3, 2018
Pre-Convention Golf Activity TBA
Pre-Registration TBA  
Friday May 4, 2018  
Registration TBA
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast (Included with registration)
9:00am-5:00pm Class
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch on your own  
Saturday May 5, 2018  
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast (Included  with registration)
9:00am-12:00pm Class
12:00pm-1:00   Annual Chapter meeting and Lunch (Included with registration)
1:00pm-5:00pm Class
Sunday May 6, 2018
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast (Included  with registration)
9:00am-1:00pm Class

*Call the Holiday Inn to book your hotel room. (573) 445-8531.  Be sure to ask for the American Massage Therapy Missouri Chapter price of $99.95/ni.


Register HERE!


Golf, anyone?
Fellow colleagues,
 I'm planning a pre-convention social event in May! Before we dive deep into convention mode with learning new tools for us to enhance our daily life, l et's gather in excitement for our profession to get to know each and every one of the members of the Missouri Chapter.
Some of the most memorable times I've had has been having fun with other massage therapists at National Convention.  So, let's have some fun at the Midway Golf Complex with laughter and excitement.  There is a 3 par golf course, but if you're not a golfer, there is mini-golf, go-karts and even batting cages.
Reservations are required but payment will be made individually on the day of the event.
Midway Golf Complex
Par 3 Greens Fee  $5.00 for 9 holes
Mini Golf  $5.00 per player
Go-Kart Ride  $5.00 per ride
Batting Cage Tokens  3 tokens for $5.00   (each token is 24 pitches)

With excitement
Dee Featherstone 

"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the 
beauty and the test of our civilisation."
Mahatma Gandhi

Law & Legislation

This has already been a fairly active legislative session. In an earlier column, I wrote about the Governor's task force's recommendations on reducing the number of licensing boards. So far, the Massage therapy board is untouched, but it is still vulnerable until the bills that are now working its way through the House and Senate are finalized and either pass or fail to pass. I suspect that the recommendations of the governor's task force will be followed and that the Massage Board will remain untouched.
More recently we followed two bills: SB 604 and HB 1246. These were companion bills that were ultimately combined and passed by both chambers before being sent to the Governor's office on February 20. The Governor signed the bill on March 1st. This was the first bill passed in the legislature this year.
HB 1246 deals with human trafficking. It requires the Missouri Department of Public Safety to create a poster to provide information to victims of human trafficking. The poster mu st include a statement that says:
" If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave - whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity - call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 (BEFREE) or visit the following website: to access help and services. Victims of human trafficking are protected under U.S. and Missouri law."
Posters with this information are supposed to be placed in locations where they may be expected to be seen by victims of human trafficking. Those locations include: hotels, motels, airports, railroad depots, bus terminals, truck stops, roadside rest areas, emergency rooms, women's health centers, abortion facilities, family planning clinics, maternity homes, pregnancy resource centers, urgent care facilities, private clubs with liquor licenses, establishments that have been cited as public nuisances, sexually oriented businesses, and strip clubs.
Our interest was raised because massage establishments were included in the initial list of places where the poster would be displayed. Our lobbyist discussed our concerns with the bill's sponsor Rep. Patricia Pike (District 126), for close to an hour.
With respect to massage business, the language of the bill now reads,
"Businesses or establishments that offer massage or body work services for co
mpensation by individuals who are not licensed under section 324.265;."
In other words, the posters must be displayed in businesses that offer massage/bodywork services illegally. LMT's are not affected by this bill.
There are, of course, other bills we are following, but they are not of immediate concern. If this situation changes, you will hear about it here.

Welcome to our new Financial Administrator!

Greetings AMTA Missouri.  My name is Robin Paul.  I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2004.  I look forward to serving on the Missouri AMTA board.  What a tremendous opportunity I have been given to learn and grow in the field of massage therapy.  I have been in this profession for several years now and am looking forward to somehow giving back to the profession.
I currently reside and have my practice, Chouteau Springs Therapeutic Services, in Boonville, Missouri.  My husband, Darin and I have lived here for 20 years.  We are active in our community and our church.  Along with massage, my practice also offers doula ser vices.  I have been a member of AMTA since graduating H eritage College in 2004.  I have always enjoyed attending the annual conferences. 
Again, thank you for this opportunity to serve on the Board of AMTA Missouri.