Community Service Massage Team

The goal of CSMT… …is simple but powerful: “To respond to the needs of the communities within Connecticut with the power of compassionate, professional touch in order to promote the health and welfare of humanity.”

The Community Service Massage Team, or CSMT, is a group of dedicated volunteers who donate their time to create a working relationship between the community and AMTA members. The team educates the public on the benefits of massage while also lending support to event staff, support staff, and first responders.  It is made up of two divisions: the Emergency Division and the Outreach Division.




If you would like to join the CSMT :

To be a member of the Community Service Massage Team, you are required to take the CSMT training.  Keep an eye out for CSMT Training classes on the AMTA CT-Chapter Events Calendar and get your blue shirts!  With training you can respond to both Outreach division providing support for the agency and Emergency division events with the team providing support for first responders and emergency staff personnel.  Only AMTA CT-Chapter Members that have taken the training can respond to Emergency Division Events!

To remain an active team member, you must participate in two AMTA events per year.

Outreach Division

CSMT team members and non-CSMT chapter members can take part in Outreach events.  CSMT members will wear their blue charity division shirts and non-CSMT members will wear a white CT AMTA Volunteer shirt, which you can get from the coordinator of the event you’re interested in if you don’t already have one.  Contact the coordinator of the event listed on the AMTA CT-Chapter Website calendar of events, sign up for a shift on Eventbrite, come out and volunteer!




CT Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) – a yearly event where volunteer CT AMTA Members work on dentists, dental hygienists, and staff during a clinic for the underinsured or non-insured to receive dental work. Check the CT Chapter event calendar for dates and location as the clinic moves to a new town each year.


Legislative Awareness Day (LAD) – CT AMTA Members work on our legislative community at the Capitol Building in Hartford.  A great event for helping educate our Connecticut lawmakers on the importance of massage therapy and make our presence known when we have legislation ourselves in the works.


Only CSMT team members that have taken the CSMT training are able to respond to Emergency Division deployments and drills. The Emergency Division works closely with the Red Cross, VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters), and other emergency agencies to provide chair massage to first and second responders and their supports.  The AMTA-CT CSMT Emergency division has responded to:

  • 9/11 (as MERT)
  • Hurricane Irene and Joplin Missouri tornado cleanup in 2011
  • Newtown, Sandy Hook shooting in 2012
  • The Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013
  • Active Shooter Training in Vernon, CT in 2016
  • Various other drills and trainings in CT

Most recent deployment: Willimantic paper plant fire
Through contacts in the Willimantic/Columbia area, we responded at the Willimantic Fire House in February of 2018.  We mobilized very quickly and sent a small 3 person team to provide chair massage to the fire fighters who had been working double and triple shifts battling an enormous industrial fire.

EMS Expo – run as a mock emergency drill, it both prepares the team for actual emergency responses and shows emergency personnel how our team can be an asset to them during emergency events.

Want further information on becoming a CSMT member and/or volunteering for CSMT Outreach events?

Contact :
Melissa Glassman CSMT Chair at or
Deb Van Ohlen Emergency Division Chair at

Thank you to our current CSMT Team!  We look forward to seeing everyone out there at events, old friends and new.