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Welcome to the latest edition of hotsheet - the bi-monthly newsletter from AMTA Washington. In each issue we keep you up to date on the latest industry news and AMTA Chapter events.  We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.


AMTA Washington Chapter
President's Message
I hope that you are enjoying your summer, and what a wonderful one it has been, so far! 

I want to use this President's Message to update you on just a few of the many things that the Washington Massage Association: AMTA Washington Chapter has been working on, on your behalf since the last E-News was delivered to your inbox. 

May 1-3, at the Annual Chapter Convention we provided Continuing Education, Community, Unity, Networking and FUN to almost 400 attendees over three days. 40 of these attendees went home qualified to receive their Intra-Oral Endorsement from the State of Washington! And, believe it or not, we are already hard at work, planning not only the 2015 Convention but also the 2016 Educational Conference, more on both of these events to come.

Also in May, Health and Human Services (HHS) sent out a request for comment on Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obama Care). Not only did the national branch of AMTA send comment but this association sent comment. We also helped YOU, as individual LMPs, to send comment, by providing you with information and text that would help you to craft a response. Thank you, to all of you who added your voice to that of your professional association in the ongoing job of protecting and promoting the massage profession. Together our voice has a powerful impact!

As we work our way through the second half of the year (can that be?) our focus will continue to be on excellence, in the execution of all of our Programs that serve you, our loyal members. We also will continue to reach out to the greater massage community; non-members, massage schools, massage educators, massage products businesses, other health care providers, leaders in local and state government and anyone else who is a stakeholder in the massage profession in WA. We want ALL of you to engage, be invested and feel a part of this amazing community and all of the work that we are doing to secure the future of the massage profession.

If you have any comments, questions or ideas about how we, as a strong community of massage practitioners, can work to move our profession forward, please contact me or any of your other Board of Directors. Click here for our email addresses.

Have a GREAT summer.

Marybeth Berney
AMTA-WA President

Chapter Planning Conference


 On June 21st Washington chapter board members and program directors met and envisioned big plans for the chapter, then whittled those ideas into manageable tasks and projects. The big accomplishment of the day was creating job descriptions for volunteers to help turn those plans into action. This makes it possible for eager volunteers to browse opportunities, large and small, and find the perfect match for their skills and level of commitment. It also helps all leaders hunt for and "swoop" potential volunteers by defining what kind of help different programs are looking for.  


Other highlights of the day were petting turtles in the lily pond, eating delicious chocolate vegan cupcakes and realizing that we can accomplish our goals for the chapter if we build the capacity to welcome new volunteers into this amazing group of people.

Look for volunteer opportunities coming soon on the chapter website. Many new volunteer job descriptions are being written. We will let you know when they are posted.  


Upcoming Event Dates
Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 18-20, National Convention, Denver


Oct. 18 & 19, Leadership Retreat, Federal Way, by invitation 


Oct. 19-25, National Massage Therapy Awareness Week

Feb. 2, Application Deadline to run for Chapter Officer or Delegate Position

March 21, Annual Meeting, Tukwila

April 23-25, Chapter Convention, Tacoma

Website Spotlight

Did you know the Chapter website has a Career Center? Members and non-members can search for jobs there. And members can post job openings for free! 
Click here for our "Search Openings" page.  Click the Search button at the bottom of the page to see all listings.

For future reference you can navigate to the Career Center as follows -
  • Go to
  • Select Resources from the main menu (top of page0
  • Hover over Career Center
  • Select Search Openings to find jobs - or - 
  • Select Career Center Home  for more options

"Throwback Thursday"

Just like the comeback of leg warmers and neon clothes, we brought back the wooden seated massage chair.  On May 17th and 18th at Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics, in Tacoma we fetched a relic to share with massage students.  

Loving known as "grandpa", the 1989 wooden massage chair was shared with future massage therapists, courtesy of Steve Wooding.  Over 45 massage students were able to experience the artifact first-hand while taking on-site seated chair massage. 
The course is part of the standard curriculum at Alexandar's.  Instructors Linda Bucher and Christine Uhl thought it would bring a different experience to the class and make it more interactive.


Do you need more help with marketing?
Who doesn't?   

Now you can get help in the comfort of your home or office.  

If you were not able to make it to the AMTA-WA Chapter Convention May 1-3, 2014 or you missed taking Felicia Brown's classes at convention or you just want more help in building your practice, you can now get more from Felicia in her Every Touch Marketing: Home Study Program. This program is a 12-week home study course that covers the basics of building a business - getting new clients, getting repeat clients, as well as getting your clients to refer all of their friends and family members to you for massage.

Click here to read Felicia's Free and Easy article
Click here to purchase Felicia's Every Touch Marketing: Home Study Program

Although AMTA-WA is offering this program to its members, AMTA-WA does not in any way endorse Felicia Brown. AMTA and AMTA-WA assume no responsibility or liability for the accuracy, suitability or completeness of the program. AMTA-WA does receive some financial gain from the purchase of this program.

Sign In to the AMTA Washington Chapter Website

All AMTA Washington members have an account on our chapter website. We encourage you to sign in and utilize the many features and benefits that the website offers to our members.

If you haven't signed in yet, you'll need to retrieve your Username and establish a new Password.

Here's the process -
  • Go to our website home page
  • Click on Forgot your password?
  • Enter your e-mail address in the Username or Email form
  • You'll receive a password reset e-mail
  • Click on the link in the e-mail and follow the prompts
  • During the reset process your Username will appear on the screen.  Please make note of your Username.
  • You'll then sign in with your username and password
After you sign in you can change your screen name, username, password, and other personal information on the Manage Profile >> Edit Bio screen.

We have lots of help pages on the website, including screen shots of the instructions above.

If you encounter any difficulty signing in, contact the webmaster for assistance.