August 1st, 2019
Fall Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Letter from the President

  • Calendar of Events

  • Government Relations Update

  • Meet & Greet Initiative

  • 2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference

  • Get Involved

  • Spring Conference 2019: Photos and Video

  • Follow Us!
AMTA Wyoming Member

I hope that you have had a beautiful summer! I am very excited to announce that, after our elections at the Annual Chapter Membership Meeting, AMTA Wyoming now has a full board! Woo!

We were joined by Traci Aguilar as a Board Member/Education Chair and Bethany Taylor as our new Financial Administrator. Monica Taylor-Lee will also be joining us as a Board Member/Membership Chair for a new term of 2 years. We also have gained volunteers for the Government Relations Committe e. These individuals are Chaz Gilmore, Tammy Koncitik, Kim Nimmo, Traci Aguilar and myself. I would like to honor Chaz Gilmore of Casper as he was the first to step up to help our GR Chair with our legislative efforts in this great state of Wyoming. Thank you for your contribution and for sharing your passion for our profession! Read more about our legislative efforts in the Government Relations Update in this newsletter.

In June, w e were honored to send Bethany Taylor , Megan Rumsey and myself to National's June Planning and Training sessions (pictured above). While we were there we all received some much needed training, specific to our positions. I am very excited to see what our Chapter will accomplish in the months and years ahead. Every new volunteer brings a wealth of experience and ideas to the table that will, in time, boost our profession in Wyoming in the long run.

What's next?! The 2019 AMTA Wyoming Fall Workshop is coming up the first weekend of October! We are very excited to have Brian Utting give us an Introduction to Visceral and Abdominal Massage and the Iliopsoas / Diaphragm . As you well know, the abdomen is a very sensitive area to work on. Without proper training we may be putting our clients at risk for injury. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to give safe, calming, and nourishing touch to this vulnerable part of the body. You will also receive 12.5 ​total ​hours ​of ​NCBTMB ​approved ​continued ​education! Register online today!

From myself and our Board of Directors, thank you for your membership and support. And as always, we promise to keep evolving to serve you.

Sincerely,

Cassidy Redig, LMT
AMTA-WY Chapter President
307-286-0434
Photo: AMTA Wyoming Chapter Leadership at the Spring Conference in Cheyenne on May 5th
(Right to left: Megan Rumsey, Kara Bacon, Bethany Taylor, Cassidy Redig, Monica Taylor-Lee, Traci Aguilar)
Calendar of Events
AMTA-WY Fall Workshop 2019

October 5th-6th, 2019

Brian Utting will be our featured educator for our Fall Workshop in Thermopolis, WY!
He will be teaching Introduction to Visceral and Abdominal Massage (8 CE hrs) as well as MSDT Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, and QL (4.5 CE hrs). Course descriptions and registration available in the link below!
AMTA-WY Spring Conference 2020

Details: TBA
Date: May 2nd & 3rd, 2020
Location : Casper, WY
Neighboring AMTA Chapter Spring Education Events

Follow one of the links below to see what our neighbors are up to:

Government Relations Report
by Megan Rumsey, GR Chair
Government Relations efforts are ramping up in Wyoming. I'm excited to be involved in elevating our practice to its deserved professional standing! Let's align to create recognition for the important work we do.

AMTA Wyoming wrote a successful proposal and were awarded an AMTA National LLEAD Grant. This was a monumental first for our chapter!  

I'd like to thank Cassidy Redig (AMTA-WY President) and Chaz Gilmore of Casper, WY. I'd also like to thank Jill Welch and Thea Morton for their past efforts. The LLEAD Grant is a Legal Assistance Grant, one that affords a HUGE push for our pursuit of massage legislation in Wyoming. LLEAD Grant funds will be instrumental in future as we join together with massage therapists statewide and gain momentum in bringing awareness for the need to regulate our profession. It's time!

Wyoming was individually recognized for our hard work by AMTA National. Our State was well-represented at the June Meeting and Planning event at AMTA's national headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. We had 3 days of networking with Governmental Relations teams from all 50 states (and D.C.) and attended intensive break out sessions. In addition, we have forged important liaisons meeting directly with ABMP National Director and reaching out to Wyoming's ABMP members. 

AMTA Wyoming seeks to advocate and unify practicing professionals in our state. We have formed an official Government Relations committee with members throughout our vast state.

Please complete the Government Relations Survey below to communicate your needs, concerns, and questions. Thank you in advance for participating. It is vitally important that we hear YOUR voice.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns to   gr.amtawy@gmail.com   

Meet & Greet Initiative
presented by the Membership Committee
Many AMTA Chapters throughout the U.S. host local/regional Meet & Greet's in their state for members to get to know other Massage Therapists in their area and the AMTA-WY Chapter would like to join in this initiative.

We are looking to designate a lead in several areas of the state to be the point of contact for these Meet & Greet's.

As the Membership Chair of the AMTA-WY Board of Directors, Monica Taylor-Lee will provide support, but the designated lead's throughout the state would be tasked with determining the needs of the local Massage Therapists - Would you need to meet once a month? Once every other month? Once per quarter?, etc. with a goal of the first Meet & Greet's to be held sometime in August.

If you have been wanting to become more active in your Wyoming Chapter of AMTA, this is an excellent opportunity to volunteer!

Please contact Monica at  board2.amtawy@gmail.com   if you are interested in joining the Membership Committee in this initiative!

We look forward to hearing from you!
2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference Report
by Lorianne Ellingrod-Tippets, CMT
In May, this small-town Wyoming girl excitedly landed in Alexandria, VA in preparation for the 2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC). This conference is hosted every three years by the Massage Therapy Foundation and is a positive opportunity for massage therapists to gather and delve into the most recent scientific research involving our exceptional career field. 

This year, I was lucky enough to take part in this inspiring educational experience. I mean, what better way to learn about the scientific process, discover current massage therapy research, and to promote our undeniable significance in health care? It was absolutely awesome. 

For two days we discussed the relevance of massage therapy- from its application to pre and post breast cancer operations, to understanding how massage therapy aids in mental health management and symptom treatment, it quickly became clear to me that our impact on public health is vastly growing. 

Celebrity speakers such as (retired) 42nd United States Army Surgeon General Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCIH) Director Helene Langevin, MD, presented important information regarding topics such as the opioid epidemic and current complementary and alternative therapy research, respectively. 

Dr. Schoomaker noted the promising research and application of massage therapy that our military organizations are working on to combat the use of prescriptions opioids post active duty, often due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain, both generalized or related to injury. This denotes a promising promotion within our society of massage therapy as a commonplace for pain management and symptom treatment, as the influence of US military research heavily weighs on the public health care system. 

Dr. Langevin, as our keynote speaker, spoke to the prominence of massage therapy and similar modalities within her current research at the complementary and alternative branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of pain and the treatment of disrupted connective tissue. With such a brilliant, powerful individual directing an important institute, we have an opportunity to enhance the understanding and utilization of, as well as the future research for the art and science that is massage therapy. 

I could write pages of the important content and astute researchers that are presently completing scientific investigations in our field and who presented at this conference. The important takeaway, however, is that in order to make a consequential impact in health care and to be given the respect we deserve as therapeutic practitioners, we must continue to enhance our own education, complete important scientific research, and collaborate with our peers. The Massage Therapy Foundation has funding available for those wishing to take part in research, and continuous conferences with relevant topics concerning our field. Finally, I urge you all to continue to take part in educational opportunities within AMTA, not only to complete your necessary CE’s, but to remind you of how powerful and valuable massage therapy truly is in health care.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or if you would like to talk more about the IMTRC current research involving massage therapy. 

Lorianne Ellingrod-Tippets, CMT 
Get Involved
Our Chapter gets stronger and more efficient with every volunteer that joins us! Do you have strengths, ideas, or gifts that you would like to offer our team? We are currently looking for volunteers to join one or more of these 3 committees:

  • Education Committee - Help plan education events!
  • Email Traci Aguilar, Education Chair at: board1@gmail.com
  • Membership Committee - Meet & Greet Initiative
  • Email Monica Taylor, Membership Chair- Lee at : board2.amtawy@gmail.com
  • Government Relations Committee
  • Email Megan Rumsey, Government Relations Chair at: gr.amtawy@gmail.com

Each of our Committees are ready for action and the only missing piece is you! Don't hesitate to reach to one or more of our Committee Chairs!
Spring Conference 2019: Photos & Video
Our Spring Conference with Jason Erickson in May was a great success! It very was refreshing to learn as Jason shared his expertise on Restoring Range of Motion and current research along side 15 talented individuals from all over the state!

We are excited to start planning for the AMTA Wyoming Spring Conference 2020 to continue bring you quality and affordable education. Keep an eye out for May 2nd - 3rd, 2020 in Casper, WY.
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