Spring Conference is almost here!
The AMTA-IN chapter conference brings two different NCBTMB approved presenters to Lafayette, Indiana offering an option of 3-18 continuing education credits!

Note* Due to a hotel conflict, we are in the process of moving our conference from West Lafayette.

The new location is Holiday Inn City Center, 515 South St, Lafayette, IN 47901
1-800-HOLIDAY or 1-765-423-1000
Ask for AMTA Indiana Chapter rate $119, per night

Both presenters ask that you bring a table, a set of sheets, and cream/lotion.

Howard Nemerov will be teaching the Nemerov Method of Neuromuscular Therapy. Module I, II, and III will be taught over the course of the weekend. (18ce)

GENERAL MASSAGE COURSES (these are stand alone courses; take one or all!)
Gina McDonald will be teaching the following classes. Massage Mediums (3ce), Side-Lying Techniques (8ce), and Movement Therapies- Muscle Lengthening (7ce)

Complete descriptions for the classes are on the eventbrite page. which you will see when you click "ticket" below.
Fri, Apr 5, 2019 9:00 AM EST
AMTA Indiana 2019 State Massage Conference, Member/Non-Member
Holiday Inn City Center Lafayette, Lafayette
The Hospitality Chair position has been committed to by Nichole Fowler, thank you Nichole, we wish you the best as you move forward. Susan Mattern will join her in helping to plan the Indiana National event.

Volunteer: a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

What does it mean to become a volunteer for amta?
amta is the most respected non-profit massage organization in the country. By becoming a volunteer you will help amta reach their core values, goals, and mission You can read these here
What does it mean to be a chapter volunteer?
Chapters support the activities and programs of the National Association. Those include bringing education opportunities, community building events, networking and government relations.
How much time is involved?
It depends on the time of year. Approximately an hour a week and there are times when a higher commitment is needed when planning events, attending meetings, traveling.
What do I get out of it?
By volunteering you help our industry grow and become an integral part of a person's choice for health. You help our industry in Indiana be a community where we can learn together and stand above those that use our profession for other reasons.
What will this cost me?
It does not cost you to be an elected volunteer. You are reimbursed for expenses you need to do your job including travel expenses.
Who can run for an elected position?
A professional member, in good standing, that has been a member for at least 1 yr.
* Note: the president position requires at least one yr as a board member in the last 3yrs or a committee chair in the last 2yrs. Presidency election is in 2020, it is imperative to run for a position this year if you have not been a board member in the past 3 years. You would then run next year for president even if you are in the middle of your term. Contact Kim for more information.


Elections occur on April 7 during the business meeting luncheon Lafayette, IN
Want to attend elections but not the weekend education?
Contact Terri

Click here to apply for an available position today!

This position requirements include: You need to be a professional member in good standing of at least one year and have a computer and phone.
This position requires an organized individual with the ability to make and use a budget. Your job would be to document and report on all spending for the chapter and send it to national chapter accounting. This job will take 1-3 hours a month in off months, more for meeting months, and 20 hours during budgeting time.
You are a board member and have voting rights
Terri can answer any questions you have, just ask!" my email is  terri.brandt@amtaindiana.org

This position requirements include: You need to be a professional member in good standing of at least one year and have a computer and phone. You cannot be a current National Board Member, Standing Committee Chair, National Commission Chair, or Moderator of the Assembly of Delegates.
This is not a board voting position
This position represents the massage therapy profession in the Assembly of Delegates and related activities as they pertain to the profession of their state. The Assembly of Delegates helps to decide which position statements the AMTA should write. This position requirements attendance of chapter meetings when needed as well as AOD meetings. The delegate reports to the chapter the ongoings of the AOD at least annually.
This is 1-3 hours a month commitment most of the time, with considerably higher amounts during the lead up to National Convention, Annual Convention and AOD meetings. Travel expenses for convention is reimbursed. If you are curious about this position you can email our current delegate Elizabeth Cain for more information  gr@amtaindiana.org

This position requirements include: professional member in good standing of at least one year and have a computer and phone.
Board members are voting members of the board. They take on various tasks including helping to plan events, reaching out to members, help with Government Relations, brainstorming, and budget planning. 
If there is an empty volunteer position, the board members assist in taking on that position's tasks. There are 3 chapter meetings that require attendance as well as national meetings for volunteers.
Depending on Chapter activities, the average time commitment is 1-4 hours a week, that time increasing around Chapter events and actions.
One of the best parts of spring conference!
Giving Awards!
Do you know an amta massage therapist who has gone that extra mile and deserves to be recognized ?
Award nominations are made by members for the 3 major awards that AMTA recognizes. Each year the chapter chooses a representative from Indiana to be sent to the national award committee. These awards are:

Humanitarian Award: A Massage Therapist who is demonstrates the ‘heart’ of massage through volunteer 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 may 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.

Go here to nominate a therapist today! Any questions please contact Erika at awards@amtamassage.org . DEADLINE IS MARCH 15

2019 Indiana amta Board and Business Meetings
The Board Meeting will be on Thursday the 4th at 1pm and RSVPs are necessary and need to be received by April 4th.
The Business Meeting on Sunday the 7th is at the complimentary lunch for those taking the education. This will include elections and awards. If you are not going to the education, but are wanting to attend this meeting contact Terri by March 15th. *if you run for a position you have to be at the meeting.

The Indiana State Board was able to read through the rules at the January 16 meeting. Corrections are being made on the original draft that was forwarded to them from the subcommittee. When the board meets again on March 5 (room W064 of the Government Center South Building), they plan to approve them for the next step. To the right you see a chart of the rules process. You will note that once it is approved by the board it can still take many months until the rules are approved by Governor Holcomb.
Also occurring at the state level is a new bill that would deregulate our profession in Indiana. You can read more here : http://iga.in.gov/documents/cf07a3f4
The bill has been assigned to the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is the same committee that heard and approved our licensing bill. Also, this bill will have a financial impact for Indiana and our representatives do not like to see that happen. It will put the burden on the local cities and counties to license our profession. It require a therapist and client to sign a disclosure and contract.. There is no better time to be an amta member than it is today. Our lobbyist has asked the ELP Committee to not hear this bill and will keep us apprised to any updates on the bill.

GR HINT THIS MONTH: Document Document Document! If you are ever called before the PLA board make sure you have good SOAP notes!
Neighboring States: OH, IL, MI, KY

Kentucky State Conference information: March 14-18 What If Convention
Michigan State Conference information: May 18/19 Website
Illinois State Conference information March 22-24 Conference
Ohio State Conference information (will share when we know it)

The sun in the clouds
Lots of sunshine needed this month.

Our prayers go out to the family of James Brady who graduated from Ivy Tech Massage Program in the fall of 2018. James was in a fatal car accident on January 15. You can read his obituary here.
Our Sunshine Chair Dawn Jones Graham needs prayers for her father who has been placed on hospice.
Cecile Martin has just returned to work after taking a leave to care for her mother until her passing and she also lost her dear friend.
Our Sports Chair Heather Smith is expecting the birth of a baby girl in the coming days.
Congratulations to Emilyn Simone on the birth of your little girl!
A small note to add that Elizabeth will not be running in the Boston Marathon this year. We look forward to a future spot on the MTF team.