from the AMTA Pa Chapter President

Welcome to those of you who are visiting our site for the first time! We want to make everyone aware that ALL massage therapist in Pennsylvania must be licensed. If you have not sent in your application you MUST do so Immediately! Regardless if you meet the grand fathering you still must apply, you can read more about what is needed under the Government Relations Tab.

If you are looking for a massage therapist please click on the link on the side to locate a member in your area.

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We are pleased to report that the licensure process has now been completed. Please keep us posted on any issues that you may have regarding the rules and regulations and how the law might impact your practice. We have been in contact with our lobbyist to keep us updated on other bills that might affect us as well.


There have been 200+ licenses already issued!! It does take some time to go over all the documents but licenses are being issued. DO NOT DELAY sending your application in. ALL licenses will expire the same date of Jan,2013...and the longer you wait the less time you will have to get your CE's.

Please visit the Government Relations page for more information...

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In preparing for this years National Convention and Massage Therapy Awareness week, I remember all the hard work and effort that our members have done. Many are planning events for Massage Therapy Awareness week and the information will be posted on the unit pages so that people can support efforts in their neighborhood! Thank you to everyone for sending in your event listing.

National Convention was a great event this year and our chapter has won the Give Chapters a Hand Award of Excellence

4 hands award!

Congratulations!

If you are looking for licensure information please click on the government relations tab. Their you will find information on applications and the proposed rules and regulations. When the rules and regulations are final we will notify our members.


from the past president

American Massage Therapy Association Touched My Life

I read over and over again, basic human contact is lacking in our society to the point we   are suffering from touch deprivation.  It's very confusing to me because culturally, we are   saturated with suggestive messages about "no boundaries" touching by our media, but then again on the other hand, you can hardly touch someone as a professional Massage Therapists, for fear it may be interpreted as wrong & inappropriate touch.  There is growing scientific evidence that skin-to skin contact is very beneficial to human health.  We Americans are among the most touch-deprived people in the world, as a result of our societal and personal disconnection since the increase in technology we are suffering from not bonding.  When we're deprived of touch, we are prone to mental illness, violence, compromised immune systems and poor self-regulation.

This is why I love what Massage Therapists do.  Massage Therapy is useful in reducing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, pain & stress in conjunction with various illnesses & treatments through touch. Human touch is an inherently innate behavior for giving and receiving love, which all mankind wants and needs.  I feel one of the real purposes of giving massage is to foster more depth of feeling for one another in order to bring out the love that often lies buried beneath the pain of everyday suffering.  Massage Therapy has touched my life personally and professionally. Being the President of The American Massage Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Chapter for the last two years, has touched my life beyond my wildest imagination.

As Flavia Weedn says so eloquently in Forever : "Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same." American Massage Therapy Association has left a huge footprint on my heart and I'm so grateful.

It is difficult to express my gratitude and love to all of you.  I can hardly find the words, so, I'll just say that you are one of the greatest blessings in my life.  When I see all of you gathered in the same place for a greater purpose, my soul sings. Together, we positively changed AMTA PA by fine tuning our foundation, streamlining processes, making our organization run a little more effective and efficiently, through our collective creativity and years of experience.  Thank you for working with me through all our challenging times.  Thank you for touching my life.  Thank you for your support and understanding.  You gave me the strength to continue fighting.  Without you I might have given up. Love and gratitude are the best emotions one can imagine.  Attaining our goals required a lot of skill and time, and you helped us achieve it. I deeply appreciate your ongoing support. You have touched me and we have bonded forever.  I am no longer "touch deprived." I'm so blessed I have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

In closing, I'd like to cite you a poem (not mine, by Richard McWilliam):

What is a dream?  What is a dream?

A dream is a goal,

An inspiration,

A dream is where Hope lives.

Gina Waslaski President AMTA-Pa





2011 Pennsylvania Massage Therapy Conference
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