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October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10

A Quarter Century and Counting: AMTA-Indiana Holds 25th Annual Convention

By Editorial Staff

The Indiana Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association celebrated its 25th annual convention, September 6-8, 2002. Massage Today Editor Cliff Korn attended the event. While the chapter has been in existence since at least 1951, it has held a massage education conference in conjunction with its annual meeting only in the past quarter century.

Convened at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, more than 200 Midwestern massage therapists attended the event.

As Merrillville is only about 40 miles from Chicago, the weekend event was attended by a diverse group of therapists, representing Indiana; Illinois; Wisconsin; Michigan; Iowa; Missouri; Minnesota; Ohio; and Kentucky, among others.

Classes covering a variety of topics provided attendees with up 22 continuing education units (CEUs). The educational opportunities were far-reaching, featuring locally and nationally known presenters. Of note:

  • Florida's David Kent led a workshop entitled Dissection & Assessment of the Forearm, Wrist and Hand. The workshop utilized actual cadaveric specimens, coupled with multimedia technology, to give participants a clear understanding of the relationship between the muscles of this body area, including their innervations, blood supply, lymphatic drainage, and how fascia interconnect these structures.
  • Cherie Sohnen-Moe traveled from Tucson, Arizona to conduct several workshops, including Therapeutic Communication, which presented keys to effective communication and interpersonal interaction in a therapeutic setting; Business Ethics, designed to give participants the opportunity to experience real-life ethical dilemmas and discuss various methods of resolution; and Marketing from the Heart, which taught small-business owners who embrace a holistic approach to life and business ways to expand their practice, using proven techniques that integrate their values into their businesses.
  • Leena Guptha presented Oriental Bodywork, a program that provided foundational knowledge in the principles, practice and application of shiatsu/acupressure.

Regional presenters also offered valuable education:

  • David White discussed Tai Chi Self Care for the Bodyworker;
  • Chiropractor Daryl Cowan presented Cervical Related Condition & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;
  • Michelle Mostert spoke on Healing with Angels; and
  • Walter Miller taught Integrated Seated Chair Massage.

At its annual business meeting during the convention, the Indiana chapter held elections for president, 2nd vice president and treasurer; reviewed the status of an effort to bring massage therapy licensing to Indiana; and reviewed the growth of the chapter's Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT). The chapter's roster of officers now includes:

President: Barb Lis
1st Vice President: Dale Huston
2nd Vice President: David White
3rd Vice President: Joe Sidell
Treasurer: Margi Cangany-Lane
Secretary: Janet Rapala
Immediate Past President: LuAnn Williams

Next year's convention will be held September 12-14, 2003.


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