Spring Newsletter
March 2018
President's Message
Vt. Chapter President,  Suzanne Seymour, relaxing at Muddy Waters in Burlington

SPRINGTIME is upon us... well, something is, albeit more like the shape and color of white fluffiness upon the landscape!
VERMONT is a truly magnificent state with talented and exceptional massage therapists. However, not all are as trained with adapt skill in the profession. At this time, there is  no way to know just how many people are practicing  under the guise of being a massage therapist in our state, nor do we know the level of training those folks have obtained.

THIS is just one of the reasons the Vermont AMTA Chapter is working to pass some way of regulating our profession.  Some people, even within our Chapter, are adamantly opposed to licensing. Although one can understand that we have been a strong, resilient state in opposition to laws that can be overreaching, I believe it is high time that we begin to forge a new relationship with those therapists within our state and begin to craft new ways to help us move forward on this complex and deeply personal issue.  Stay tuned as the year progresses on other ways to make your voice heard. I know I speak for the Board when I say: "We ARE listening!"

HEALING others and ourselves is just one of the reasons we do what we do. I know being a massage therapist has been an amazing journey for me to truly look deep within and as someone famous once said: "Healer, Heal Thyself".
Consider coming to Lake Morey in November for a rejuvenating and restorative weekend get-a-way in Fairlee, VT.  Education is an important ingredient when we come together as massage therapists, but so is camaraderie, relaxation and fun!  ( There's a reason why the Vermont Chapter won the First-Ever Innovation Award from Nationals! ). Taking the time to care for your mind, your body and your spirit is also critical to being a healthy and WHOLE(istic) therapist!
IN the meantime, go and enjoy those moguls and cross-country ski trails... they won't be snowy for too much longer!
Warmly~Suzanne J. Seymour,
AMTA-VT President

In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2 018 Scholarship Application
Due by April 30, 2018

Don't forget to apply for our annual AMTA-VT educational event scholarship!!  We were lucky to raise enough money for two AMTA members to attend. Good luck! 

Lake Morey... ahhhh
Lake Morey hike
Lake Morey 2017 Relaxation Time!
Massage Meet & Greet
Monday, April 2
153 Elm St, Suite 1, Montpelier, VT

Please join us for a fun few hours of socialization and networking. Open to all Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers! 
Click Here for more info :)

AMTA-NH Chapter Annual Meeting & Education Event!

April 6-8th, 2018, Manchester, NH

Trager®. Professional Certification Training Level 1
May 4-6 and May 26-28, 2018

Whether you are a Massage Therapist, Rolfer®, Physical or Occupational Therapist, Chiropractor, Nurse or Yoga Instructor, learning The Trager ®  Approach and Mentastics ® will enhance your treatment efficacy and minimize burnout and repetitive strain injuries. If you are a human being this class will enhance your life!

For more info contact 
Laura Lynn Giubardo@ 808-268-5294 OR email  NaLimaVt@gmail.com
AMTA BOD Retreat 2017
Welcome New and Transfer Members!

Shauni Kirby ~ Salisbury
Elizabeth Barnes ~ Vernon
Caron Maslowsky ~ Rutland
Traci Nemecek ~ Bristol
Stephanie Perkins ~ Barton
Hannah Hoopaugh ~ Middlebury
Moriah Gibson ~ Saint Albans
Marcella Burrington ~ Richford
Tammy Lutz ~ Fairfax
Anne Orellana Whitney ~ Westford
Samantha Sieverding ~ Highgate Center
Kathleen Kleman ~ Burlington
Pamela Cuneo ~ North Hero
Corrie Bradley ~ Saint Albans
Christine Unwin ~ Highgate Center
Samantha Richard ~ Grand Isle
Susan McDonald ~ Saint Albans
Eric Derevjanik ~ Castleton
Holly Cook ~ Wolcott
Kim Newton LeFevre ~ Thetford Center

Update your contact information at www.amtamassage.org to receive up-to-date AMTA National and VT Chapter information and offerings. We look forward to your involvement in our local chapter - welcome!

Hannah Rohloff
Membership Chair

Come learn
Thai Yoga Massage with
 Andréa Altman
 Monday and Tuesday 9:00-4:30
June 11 & 12 and June 18 & 19 2018
  Moonlight Studios
1670 Cleveland Corners Rd.
  Hyde Park, VT
 $425 Early bird registration until 4/11/18
then $475 until day of event
Earn 28 NCBTMB approved CEU's!
Rejuvenate yourself while learning a new modality to expand your practice.
Contact Andréa Altman for more information
The VT chapter board of directors met and approved our next fiscal year budget for March 2018 through February 2019. We passed a tight but balanced budget. Our primary revenues will come from hosting two education events to be held in November 2018 and February 2019, as well as from chapter dues. Major expenditures cover the overhead costs of our events and VT board representation at the national AMTA convention. As I mentioned, the budget is very tight with little room to fall short of our projected revenues; all those extra chapter contributions paid with your AMTA membership really help and are greatly appreciated! A link to our approved FY '19 budget is here:  2018-2019 Budget

Rachelle Ackerman, Financial Administrator

Annual Education Retreat
November 10th & 11th, 2018!
~Options with two awesome presenters~
Education & Relaxation
Saturday & Sunday 16 CEUs!

Dr. Shari Auth is passionate about health and wellness. She founded the Auth Method continuing education programs as a way to give back to the profession that means so much to her and to help those who heal.
The author of a book on forearm massage titled, "A Guide To Using The Forearms,", Shari Auth has produced two instructional massage DVDs also on forearm massage called, "A Guide To Side Lying Position," and "A Guide To Using The Forearms." In her choice of instructional subjects, Ms. Auth focuses on subject matters that make giving massage easier on the practitioner's body while improving the quality of the massage.

Saturday ONLY: 3 or 6 CEUs!
Seva Stress Relief for Self and Others

In Sanskrit, the word Seva means selfless, compassionate service.
In this workshop participants learn about the healing and transforming power of acupressure, practice techniques to use for self-care, and take home skills they can use for the rest of their life.
This method of acupressure can be self-administered, or given to another person who is seated or lying down. The receiver stays fully clothed and finds a comfortable resting place. There are 15 specific points on the body that are accessed in order, with firm but gentle finger pressure. The session begins and ends with a full body stretch, and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Self Care Class, 2016 :) 

2017 Scholarship Recipient: Mandy Bates 
"I could not have been more wrong..."
Dr. George Russell and Mandy Bates, Lake Morey 2017

There is so much to say about the 2017 Vermont AMTA Educational Weekend at Lake Morey that I almost don't know where to begin. But first and foremost, please let me express my 
deepest gratitude for the scholarship that allowed me to have this wonderful experience. 
It was an honor to have been selected for what I consider an integral part of my career as a massage therapist - continuing education and meeting fellow practitioners. 
Two of my lifelong dreams have been to practice massage therapy and move to Vermont. It was beyond comprehension that I would be able to accomplish both, especially when the massage therapy goal was met in Connecticut and I could not bring all of my clients with me. Fast forward to last year when my husband and I decided life was too short to not be where our hearts wanted to be, so we sold everything, packed up and headed north.   Massage therapy was not off the table (bad pun) but I resigned myself to the possibility it would be a few years to rebuild and connect with a new AMTA chapter. I could not have been more wrong...
Government Relations Update :)
~by Melissa Marks~
Hello everyone! The news from GR Land is both exciting and disappointing. On January 17th myself, along with six others, had the honor of testifying before the House Committee on Government Relations in Montpelier. We were there to press the committee for the regulation of massage therapists. Along with our collected testimony, we had many letters of support from medical professionals, massage therapists, and clients of massage therapy. In short we did extremely well...

2017 Scholarship Recipient:
Laura Bull Morley
Laura Bull Morley,
Lake Morey 2017
"Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend!"

I want to take this opportunity to thank the AMTA-VT BOD for selecting me as a scholarship winner at the 2017 educational weekend. 
For me these events have so much to offer: Education, an opportunity to see and use new products and tools, camaraderie with colleagues, and a chance to get away.  I'd like to briefly share my experience in those areas from last November.

The 2018 Call for Submissions for the Assembly of Delegates is now open.

Discussion topic and position statement topic proposals for the 2018 Assembly of Delegates should be submitted by May 16, 2018.
Submission Eligibility

· Position statement proposal: A position statement proposal can be submitted by a professional AMTA member or the Board of Directors.

· Discussion topics: A discussion item may be submitted by any interested individual or group associated with the massage therapy profession.

You can learn more about the guidelines and processes for topic proposals, and download the submission forms here .