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Washington DC Chapter
March 2014
In This Issue
Next Meeting
Join us for your Chapter Board Meeting
March 31 
10 am - 12 pm


Come reconnect with old friends and colleagues, learn more about your DC chapter and AMTA.


The meeting will be held at Mt. Pleasant Massage Therapy, centrally located at 1749 Irving St. NW. Accessible by metro, bus, and CapBikeShare with ample street parking. For directions, click here.


New Advertising Policy
Electronic communication strategy has broader reach


Want to promote your service or product with DC-area bodyworkers?Our new electronic media format has a broader reach with a target audience, so we've developed new advertising packages that integrate social media platforms. 


Ad packages begin at $50/mo., $250/6 mo. $450/yr. To learn more, click here.


Here's your issue of AMTA DC Chapter's electronic newsletter.
We'd love to have your contribution to future newsletters.  
  • Do you have an idea for an article? 
  • Recently stumble across an interesting piece of research? 
  • Attend a fascinating training? 

Let us know so we can share it with our chapter members and the massage therapy community.

From Our President
Melissa Hall  DC Chapter President
Getting ready for warmer weather!

I think we are all ready for warmer weather.  A great way to get geared up for all that summer sun is to register for the World Skin Project - skin cancer awareness event.  Hmmmm, sound like fun?  Believe me, it IS!  The World Skin Project does a great job giving massage therapists and other skin care professionals current information and some serious skills to help detect and prevent skin cancer.  They make it fun and energizing.  You'll be jumping at the opportunity to scan your clients and family member's skin after this workshop.  Click here for more information and to register.


A few reminders about changes within your chapter:

  • We have a new website  with an interactive Google calendar to make it easier for you to find information.
  • e-newsletters and events calendars so you receive AMTA DC-Chapter news fast and easy.
  • A Facebook page (coming soon: our own AMTA DC Chapter FB group so we can exchange ideas and insights about our work.)
  • Sponsoring longer continuing education presentations in May and October (October event TBD)
  • Variety in the times and venues for meetings and networking events for more accessible locations for MTs all over DC.  

Let us know what you think!  

If you haven't seen our changes, take a look.

If you have ideas about the chapter, the profession, what continuing education to offer, how we spend chapter resources, we welcome your feedback.


We'd like all AMTA DC members to consider volunteering with the chapter: run for a chapter board position, become a committee chair, show up for a board meeting, membership meeting, continuing education event or work on your own time collaborating with the chapter to make improvements and plans.


Looking forward to seeing you soon,


Chapter Election Results
Welcome 2014-15 AMTA DC Chapter Board 

Chapter elections were held during the Annual Meeting on February 9 for open positions.  Congratulations to the new board and Delegates:

  • Chapter President: Melissa Martinie Hall
  • 1st Vice President: Jaime Bernardo
  • 2nd Vice President: Cary Bland
  • 3rd Vice President: Jessica LaGarde
  • Chapter Secretary: Elizabeth Shrader
  • Chapter Treasurer: Annie Roberts
  • Alternate Delegate: Connie Ridgeway

If you want more information on elections, please contact anyone serving on the Chapter Board.

March 20, 1:30 pm
DC Massage Board Mtg
899 N.Capitol St.NE

March 31 10am-noon
AMTA DC Chapter Board meeting
May 1-4
AMTA MidAtlantic Conference  
Ocean City, MD
May 7 6:30-8:30pm
AMTA DC Chapter Quarterly Meeting
May 10 1pm-5pm
World Skin Project Continuing Education Event
Location: Vida Fitness
Sept 17-20
AMTA National Convention
Denver, CO
Keynote speaker: Dr Oz!!!
Massage and Addiction: tips for working with those in recovery

We know a lot about our clients.  We know about their bodies, work and family, social life, hobbies and history.  Sometimes part of that history involves issues with addiction and substance use/abuse.  

With my background in social work, it is has always been something I keep in mind at the table. That is why this article by Clare La Plante caught my attention.  

It's an interesting read and a good opportunity for us to practice our boundaries and remember the scope of practice of the massage therapy profession and the AMTA.

Massage and Addiction - tips for working with those in recovery

When Brendan C., a Chicago-based marathon runner and coach and recovering alcoholic with 20 years of sobriety under his belt, went for a recent massage with his regular therapist, the muscles in his calves and lower back were intractable. His therapist asked him what was going on. Brendan said he had no idea.

The therapist continued working on him. As she did, Brendan began to feel profoundly sad. He realized he was finally feeling the stress fall-out

save the date!
save the date!  keynote speaker: Dr Oz!

Melissa Martinie Hall   Jaime Bernardo           Cary Bland                   Jessica LaGarde        Annie Roberts     Elizabeth Shrader
Chapter President      1st Vice-president/      2nd Vice President      3rd Vice President      Treasurer            Secretary

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Washington, DC 20009

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