The July meeting of the AMTA-CT Chapter was held at the Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell on July 17th. Becca Torns-Barker, President, ran the meeting. All of the chapter leaders were introduced (you can find their contact info on the chapter website

Associate’s Degree Program

We started the meeting with Sue Passini discussing the Associate’s Degree in MT at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield. Asnuntuck started offering an Associate’s Degree in Massage Therapy in January. In addition to training new therapists, there is an alternate track for current licensed massage therapists interested in obtaining an Associate’s Degree. Charter Oak will assess the credits from your completed MT program and you would take the remaining credits. Instead of doing the student clinic there is a Capstone course, paper that will be done online and then defend the thesis in person.   To start, contact Asnuntuck directly and then Sue can walk you through the process. Classes start in August.

Committee Reports

Government Relations Update from Nikki Arel, Government Relations Coordinator.

  • As of June 26, Governor Lamont signed the budget and we are not included as a taxable service. Massage therapy will retain our sales tax exemption.
  • Nikki reminded members about the statute requiring the posting of the “Human Trafficking Poster where massage is being performed (
  • As of October, the 810 hours for licensing and the requirement of liability insurance to practice MT goes into effect.

2020 Conference Update from Sue Barrett, Conference Chair
April 2-5, 2020 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bristol

Doug Nelson (current Massage Therapy Foundation president) Neuromuscular therapist: will be teaching about rotational forces in the body, and another on plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, and the mystery of pain. IAHE will be teaching Lymphatic Balancing, and there will be an Evidence Based Cupping Certification by Cupping Canada  Details are on the website as courses are contracted. The committee has started working on the 2021 conference.

How to Submit a Topic to the AOD
from Maureen Stott, AODAC Member

Chapter delegates to the Assembly of Delegates are assigned to discuss position statements and discussion topics. These can be submitted at any time during the year. There is a deadline for current conference, but you can submit at any point and it will be brought up at the next year.

The discussion topic needs to be submitted as an open-ended question; for example. “How would you define medical massage?” Rationalization: why do you want the AOD to consider this?

Then you would present more open-ended questions that you would like the delegates to discuss. And then you can offer suggestions for the AMTA in terms of what you’d like them to do.

If you are interested in submitting a topic, Maureen is willing to help you with your form. She can’t write it for you, but she can help you make sure it all makes sense.

Discuss Assembly Of Delegates Position Statement: Online Learning
from Nikki Arel and Jeff Shuman, Delegates

Members discussed the current Position Statement being proposed to the 2019 Assembly of Delegates and provided valuable feedback to the delegates for consideration.

If we are able to schedule additional dates for meetings to discuss Position Statements, we will email the membership and post on our web site.

Next Meeting: Saturday, 11/9/19 at the Best Western Plus, North Haven, CT       9:30AM -11:00AM
Followed by FREE 3-hour Education: TBD