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It Is All Coming Together The AMTA OK Chapter Board had the first ever (that we know of) Board Retreat at the Canebrake ( in Wagoner, Oklahoma. We stayed cool in the August heat and were able to focus on a Board Orientation, Strategic Planning and Budgeting. The presentations were incredible. Thank you so much Christopher! We also enjoyed a couple of Yoga classes that were great experiences for the Board to participate in together. During this short retreat we bonded and learned a lot about each other. We have a diverse group with a wide array of skills and are looking forward to some wonderful experiences with you….the members. We hope you enjoy this special edition and have your chapter pins by now. We look forward to seeing you soon at a meeting or event. ThanX! Chris, Scott, Xerlan, Nina & George

Casual Connections 7pm October 8th Tulsa Borders 2740 E. 21st Street October 15th OKC Borders 3209 NW Expressway St Drop on by and visit. All massage therapists are welcome so bring a friend even if they are not an AMTA member. We can all have a “Casual Conversation”.



Tulsa group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month. We have really enjoy the opportunity to meet, support each other and discuss some very interesting topics. OKC Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Calendar of Events Oct. 8 to 11, 2009 FSMTB Nashville, TN Oct. 17, 2009 Elevate Your Practice Salina, KS (see pg. 4) Oct. 25th to 31st, 2009 National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Nov. 8, 2009 2pm AMTA OK Board Meeting 4pm Massage Jam Oklahoma Health Academy, Moore, OK

Huge ThanX! To The AMTA Missouri Chapter for spearheading the effort, planning and organization of the first ever 4 State Reception at the AMTA National Convention. Maureen Hoock, Pres. MO led the way and set the bar with her wisdom and experience. The State Chapter Presidents; Maureen Hoock, Pres. MO, Marla Heiger, KS, Glenda Wylie, AR & Christopher Deery, OK were fantastic hosts. The other board members present assisted with set up, clean up and staffing the bar area during the event. It was very well attended and a great success. We are thankful for everyone pitching in and making a concerted effort and also for all the attendees that honored us with their presence. Inside this issue: NMTAW


AMTA OK Board Meetings


AMTA OK Board Contact Information


Massage Jam


Elevate Your Practice


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October 25th - 31st, 2009 Chair: Nina Madsen, 3rd VP 973-670-2713 National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW) October 25-31, 2009 In looking at what we have done for NMTAW in the past we decided to kick it up a notch this year. We are going to have a blast! We will have two events this year. One in Tulsa and one in OKC at the State Capitol. Scott Rayburn, 1st VP will be heading up the event at the State Capitol. At the time of this printing he is still getting confirmation of the date. It should be Wednesday, October 28th. If you are interested and willing to come do chair massage with the group please contact Scott as soon as possible; phone 405-528-4840 or by email Our event is Tulsa is very special. Operation Aware is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "equip youths, through prevention education, with the knowledge and skills to make positive life choices." They are having their 8th Annual Red Ribbon Run on the morning of Saturday, October 24th (8:30 am). They are so kind they are actually putting the NMTAW Logo on the Run T-Shirts. It also might be nice to demonstrate to parents at the race simple massage therapy techniques they can use on their child to help relieve stress. (This way we put ourselves in a position of educating them) in addition to offering chair massage. By offering table and chair massage I feel we can have greater participation. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested and willing to participate in this event. Nina Madsen LMT, CMA, BFA Licensed Massage Therapist Certified Movement Analyst

Upcoming AMTA OK Board Meeting November 8th, All Chapter members are welcome to attend Board Meetings. If you have questions, new business you want to discuss or bring something to the Board’s attention, you are welcome to do that during the new business segment of the meeting. All meetings will be held at 2pm at Oklahoma Health Academy 1939 N. Moore Avenue Moore, OK If you have any questions please call or email Christopher Deery or Scott Rayburn (listed below)

AMTA-OK Board of Directors President: Christopher Deery 918-859-7216 1st Vice President: Scott Rayburn 405-528-4840 2nd Vice President: Xerlan Geiser-Deery 918-859-7216 3rd Vice Pres: Nina Madsen 973-670-2713 Secretary: George Graham 580-704-2887 Treasurer: Vacant

November 8, 2009 Trades Begin at 4pm

Oklahoma Health Academy 1939 N. Moore Avenue in Moore, OK

Massage Jam How many massage therapists need a massage? How many would love to have the opportunity to trade out with someone new? How many students would love to just watch some real professionals at work? Have you ever dreamed of doing massage to live music? Welcome my friends to the first ever Massage Jam! November 8th at the Oklahoma Health Academy, 1939 N. Moore Avenue in Moore, Oklahoma. All Massage Therapists are welcome. Non-AMTA members must bring Proof of Liability Insurance with you in order to trade out. Billy Tilman and Jane Mayes of Hungry Music will be providing the background music and be your muse while you enjoy trading out with another therapist. Billy and Jane have had a lot of experience providing music for Yoga Jams and Classes throughout Oklahoma and at the Yoga Conference in Tulsa this summer. Trades will begin at 4pm. Feel free to begin set ups at 3:30. Bring your Table or Shiatsu Mat if you can. Bring a set a sheets. Bring a Massage Therapist Friend or two or three. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by email to or call Scott Rayburn 405-528-4840 by November 1st. Page 3

The October 17, 2009 Elevate Your Practice, Kineseo Tex Taping class will begin at 8:45 am. Registration will begin at 8:15 am. The class will last until 5 pm. Lunch will be provided. It will be held at Church of the Cross United Methodist Church. The address is 1600 Rush St, Salina KS 67401. Directions are from I - 70 to I- 135/ US 81 South. Exit on Crawford St (exit 92). Turn left on Crawford St. Turn right on South Broadway St. Turn left at West Cloud St. Turn left on Rush St. The church will be on the left. From I 135 North take exit 90 merge on to West Magnolia Rd. Turn left on South 9th St. Turn left on West Claflin Ave. The church will be on the right.

Elevate Your Practice Using Kinesio Tex Tape – BioFreeze – Prossage Heat 6 CE Hour Class Registration Form (Please print clearly) Name: ________________________________________ Street: _____________________________________________ City: _______________________ State: _______ Zip: _______ Phones: (W)______________________ (C)______________________ Email: _______________________________________ Advanced Registration Price $50

On-site Registration Price $55

Make Check payable to: AMTA KS Chapter and mail to: Marla Hieger, 16575 Cannonball Rd, Wamego, KS 66547

For more information, contact Marla Hieger, President AMTA KS Chapter S P E C I A L ED I TO N

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We are most effective as a team  when we compliment each other  without embarrassment and         disagree without fear.    ‐ Unknown Delegate Report by Xerlan Geiser-Deery AMTA House of Delegates approves two position statements The AMTA House of Delegates debated proposals for association position statements that express the sense of the membership on matters pertaining to massage therapy. This year, the delegates approved two position statements, which are now official positions of the association. Two proposed position statements were not approved, as delegates felt their language and/or the research support cited were not at the level the delegates would like to see for the association to take such positions. Details on the approved position statements will soon be available on the AMTA website and will become part of the association’s efforts to promote the value of massage therapy, supported by research. The approved statements are: - It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage can aid in pain relief. - It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can improve the quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care. One proposed recommendation was not approved, as delegates were so clear on the issue they only had the introduction and one debate against the measure before it was moved to a vote. One proposed recommendation was approved: The HOD operations committee recommend to the National Board of Directors to include in their 2010 budget a compensation to hire and train full-time field representatives to travel to and promote AMTA to schools and students for increased membership and lasting relationships, with territories left up to National to decide along with job descriptions to promote professional excellence. The HOD went incredibly smooth this year. We appreciate the leadership of Moderator Dan Barrow (NM) and HOD Chair Maureen Hoock (MO). There was vibrant debate, issues were discussed and presented in a thorough and clear manner with high decorum. The HOD was completed in record time this year. I thank everyone for an amazing experience the last two years representing Oklahoma in the House of Delegates at the National Convention. It has been an honor for me. Next year, your delegate is Christopher Deery. He is very thrilled to represent Oklahoma on the floor of the HOD. He is also willing to take it to the next level in Oklahoma to actually write and submit a recommendation or position statement. There is a March 15 deadline so the work will begin quite soon. If you are interested in participating in that process please contact Christopher by phone 918-859-7216 or email Page 5


National Convention Pics!

Xerlan Geiser-Deery, (2nd VP OK) with author and blogger Laura Allen (NC). Laura organized a Face to Facebook meeting at the National Convention. Xerlan just took advantage of the situation and is having Laura autograph books. There will be a drawing and one will be given away at the next Casual Connections meetings in OKC and Tulsa.

Four Presidents 4 States Marla Heiger, KS Glenda Wylie, AR Maureen Hoock, MO & Christopher Deery, OK were the hosts and greeters at the 4 State Reception. There is a new sense of community and cooperation between the 4 States. The future is very bright.

Seeing Double? Christopher Deery, (Pres. OK) with Erik Dalton, Ph.D.

Which Twin will be National President Next?

We are very proud of Erik Dalton. He is a member of the Oklahoma Chapter and was a presenter at the National Convention. Erik also gave the Keynote Speech at the last 4 State Conference in Tulsa. He was amazing and it was a memorable evening for all.

Kathleen Miller-Reed, President Elect (Dan Barrow Pres. NM) & Maureen Moon, Member at Large.


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Scott Rayburn (1st VP OK), Jeff Smoot, Member at Large (OK) & Xerlan Geiser-Deery (2nd VP OK) Leslie Kiernan, (1st VP MO) and George Graham, (Sec. at the 4 State Reception. OK) manage dehydration issues and know that thirst is a dangerous thing at the 4 State Reception.

Ruth Werner, (UT) author/educator and Scott Rayburn, (1st VP OK) discuss something gross at the Face to Facebook meeting.

Did we tell you the Trade Show was huge? Start planning now for 2010 in Minneappolis!

Dan Barrow, (Pres. NM/HOD Moderator), Virginia Anthony, (Delegate NM), Xerlan Geiser-Deery, (2nd VP OK) & Christopher Deery, (Pres. OK) at the 4 State Reception. Virginia was the recipient of the National Meritorious Award this year.

Volunteer Invitation We would love to have more of you involved in the AMTA OK chapter. We appreciate your feedback and participation at chapter meetings and events. Here are some opportunities you may want to consider. Internal Governance Committee; Short term committee work for creating Standing Rules or HOD position statements or recommendations. Please contact Christopher Deery 918-859-7216 Communications Committee; Short or long term, Website and Newsletter advertiser development. Please contact Xerlan Geiser-Deery 918-859-7216 Events and Education; Short or long term involvement to provide support, planning and implementation of chapter events and education. Please contact Xerlan Geiser-Deery 918-859-7216 Government Relations Committee; Long term to support and create Oklahoma Massage legislation. Please contact Scott Rayburn 405-528-4840 Nominations and Awards Committee; short term committee work for annual chapter meeting and elections. Nina Madsen 973-670-2713 Membership Committee; short term committee work recruiting, welcoming and acknowledging members. Please contact George Graham 580-704-2887

1935 S. Harvard Tulsa, OK 74112

Newsletter Publication Schedule February, June & October All ads, articles and submissions must be in no later than the 15th of the month prior to publication.

Thank you to all the members who get this newsletter by email or on the AMTA OK website. You help us keep costs down so we can spend it on better things for all members. You also help us have a greener more organic chapter. You can be very proud that the Oklahoma Chapter of the AMTA was one of the very first to go electronic with the newsletter. Many more are now following suit. All members that do not have email capability are always mailed hard copy versions of each newsletter. We may be one of the smallest chapters but, we are still one of the most progressive chapters. Thank you all for doing your part. Xerlan Geiser-Deery, LMT AMTA OK 2nd VP, Newsletter Editor

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All of us, at certain moments of our lives,   need to take advice   and to receive help   from other people.   

Alexis Carrel  

Welcome New Members! New Professional Members

New Student Members

Brandy Minor

Yvette Watson

Ryan Spradling

Jennilee M. Bender

Paula B. Bowen

Debra M. Hamilton

Susan Vance

Beth Hawkins

Honoring Our Members 5 Year Members Rocky Chen Bill Crowell George Graham 10 Year Members Sheryl Crumb Jenny Sinning 20 Year Member Paul Armstrong 25 Year Member D. M. Dutt

Teamwork doesn't tolerate the inconvenience of distance. Ken Blanchard Page 9


AMTA Newsletter October 2009-1  

Calendar of Events October 8th Tulsa Borders 2740 E. 21st Street October 15th OKC Borders 3209 NW Expressway St Drop on by and visit. All ma...

AMTA Newsletter October 2009-1  

Calendar of Events October 8th Tulsa Borders 2740 E. 21st Street October 15th OKC Borders 3209 NW Expressway St Drop on by and visit. All ma...