Spring 2019 – President’s Message

By Becca Torns-Barker

Greetings AMTA-CT!

Springtime is the perfect time to reinvigorate your practice with AMTA-CT by your side.  Whether reinvigorating yourself with some new techniques or volunteering a few hours of your time, Spring is the perfect time to take on all those things you promised yourself you’d try.

Connecticut Conference
Spring is conference time! This year’s CT Conference is selling out quickly. You can earn up to 18 credits for $265! Classes include Massage Therapy Research Overview for Pain Management, Grief: Coping with the Death of a Client, A&P and How it Effects Assessment and Treatment, Trigger Point Refinement, Business Mastery, Intro to Foot Reflexology, Building Your Seated Chair Massage Business,  Major Assessment and

Treatment, and Ethics in the Sandbox: Learning to Play Well with Others.

In addition, we’re having a Volunteer Appreciation event on Friday from 5:30-7:30, with complementary food and a cash bar; and a Cocktail Reception on Saturday from 5:30-7:30. Both activities will take place in the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall is open to all, no fee required for entry. Please stop by and see our great exhibitors. Complete information is available at amtactchapter.org/events/conference/

Exhibitors include Asnuntuck Community College (to answer all your questions about getting an Associate’s Degree in Massage Therapy), CoreStones, CST Alliance, Cupping Canada, doTERRA Oils, Innerpeace, Joe Muscolino, Krystal Blue International, Life in Colors, Sarga Bodywork, TapRoot Threads, Inc., and Universal Companies.

Don’t wait. There is still time to sign up for those perfect classes to round out your modalities. Sign up today: regonline.com/amtact2019

Massage Legislation
In case you hadn’t heard, Governor Lamont has proposed applying sales tax to massage therapy. Our lobbyist, our Government Relations Coordinator, Nikki Arel, and I are busy fighting this. Want to learn more about what’s going on? Come to our annual meeting on Saturday 4/27 at 12:00pm.

AMTA-CT Calendar
Spring is also the perfect time to look at our calendar and sign up to volunteer! Please consider adding a single AMTA event into your schedule. We’re asking for 2 hours! You choose when. We will do our best to make sure people from your area are in your chair or on your table, and remember we provide basic supplies like face cradle covers, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. Our complete schedule is available at amtactchapter.org/event.

And since this year we are involved with some legislation at the Capitol, it’s an important year to have all hands on deck for our annual Legislative Awareness Day, May 8.

Learn more here: http://www.amtactchapter.org/events/legislative-awareness-day-3/

Elections and Annual Meeting
Lastly, but certainly very important, spring is election time! We are electing a Board Member, Financial Administrator, and two Delegates this year. Please consider running and volunteering a little of your time.

Attend our annual meeting on Saturday 4/27 to get a legislation update, to see who is going to get recognized during our special awards ceremony, and to congratulate our elected officials. Also, come to hear National President Christopher Deery, who is our guest speaker. Lastly, the Chapter Meritorious winner will also be announced. Our Chapter Meritorious is also awarded a trip to AMTA National Convention. Who will the lucky member be?

Best wishes to all of you. Thank you for your support and for being members. We are AMTA.

Becca Torns-Barker