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Oklahoma Chapter Board Members Mary Elizabeth Le Blanc President Norman, OK (405) 924-2114 melebla@cox.net

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Massage CEU’s in Oklahoma? Why they are limited and what we can do.

Debbie Billington 1st Vice President / Membership Chair Tulsa, OK (918) 760-9406 debillcmt@gmail.com

Tonya Sharp 2nd Vice President / Gov’t Chair Moore, OK (405) 249-3844 tdsharp73@aol.com

India Rose Carson 3rd Vice President Norman, OK (405) 223-8416 indiarosecarson@gmail.com

Rocky Chen Treasurer Oklahoma City, OK (405) 702-8140 rocksbox@gmail.com

Tamara Dickeson Secretary Broken Arrow, OK (918) 720-3864 tamaradickeson@yahoo.com

Class Announcement: Saturday, September 7th 10am – 3pm Moore Public Library Massage Therapy and Pathology: Common and Contagious Skin Conditions Explore the most prevalent contagious and noncontagious skin conditions in a setting that invites discussion and exploration Free, open to the public, and critical for anyone who owns skin!

Kelli Lene Yearwood

This training provides 4 CE’s

Delegate Coweta, OK (918) 232-8519 Kellilene@aol.com

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SUMMER 2013

Letter from the President Mary Elizabeth Le Blanc, AMTA-OK President Dear Membership, I want to say thank you to everyone who supports the efforts of the AMTAOK Chapter Board to keep this chapter viable. Without the continued interest of the AMTA-OK Chapter membership as a Board we would have no purpose. Everything that we do is to better the membership and the profession of massage therapy. As a member I have always wanted to see more educational opportunities provided for the Chapter membership by the Board of Directors. Being on the Board, I have realized this is easier said than done; it’s not cost effective for many reasons. The biggest reason being the Oklahoma Board of Private and Vocational Schools (OBPVS) will not allow us to open up seminars to nonmembers. I will continue to work on solving this issue so that as a Chapter we can make the educational opportunities a way to increase our numbers, make it more cost effective and possibly as source of income for the Chapter. It would be a great thing for everyone to be able to earn CE’s locally, with the option of hands on training, and at an economical price. We are finishing up the final details for the Ruth Werner Seminar at the Moore Public Library on September 7th 2013. Ruth Werner is kind enough to provide small Chapters some of her Seminars free of a speaker fee. We do still need to cover her travel, room and meals. So we hope to get sponsors to help the Chapter with these costs. This seminar is open and free to the public so we would like to have a big showing of support for Ruth Werner and the Massage Therapy field. I would ask every member to think about what it is they value in the AMTA and consider being a volunteer within their own chapter to make a difference on how massage therapy is perceived and treated here in Oklahoma. Sincerely, Mary Elizabeth Le Blanc AMTA-OK Chapter President

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SUMMER 2013

The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association Proudly presents‌ Massage Therapist, Writer, Educator, Columnist for Massage and Bodywork Magazine, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation, Committee Member of the Utah Department of Public Licensing, AMTA, NCBTMB, and FSMTB. The AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year, 2005 Ruth Werner Topic - Massage Therapy and Pathology: Common and Contagious Skin Conditions Explore the most prevalent contagious and non-contagious skin conditions in a setting that invites discussion and exploration. When - Saturday September 7, 2013 from 10:00am to 3:00pm with a meet and greet starting at 9:30am Where - Moore Public Library 225 S. Howard Ave Moore, OK 73160 Room B This training provides 4 CE’s Lunch break and meal provided All are welcome for free educational seminar For more information, please call India Rose Carson at 405-223-8416

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SUMMER 2013

Teaching Your Vocation Tony Sharp, LMT Have you ever thought that you enjoyed your career as a massage therapist so much that you wanted to share your knowledge with others? Perhaps as you grew more experienced and confident in your abilities, you were hearing stories from clients stating that they had been hurt by an inexperienced or unknowledgeable massage therapist and wanted to make a difference. Many of the same reasons as to why you became a massage therapist in the first place are the same reasons many people want to teach it as well. No matter what the reason is as to why you chose to attempt to teach, one thing is certain you have to be willing to put your ego away and realize that everyone, even the teacher, can learn new things. Instructors come from all different walks of life and learnt their skills from just as many different types of schools. However, starting with the basics is always the best approach to build a great foundation for a new learning therapist. Basics not only consist of massage strokes and the physiological effects on the body but also the anatomy and physiology of the body. If a student does not have a good grasp on the physical aspects of the body, the way it functions, diseases that can affect it, and what affect massage can have on the body, the best the student could ever hope for is mediocre. It takes a lot of time and energy to create classes that engage all students who may have different learning styles. Teachers of massage therapy must be willing to spend time creating lesson plans and be creative in ways that enable students to retain the information presented. Teachers also must continue to learn not only new techniques, but also ways to reach out and interact with students and procedures for classroom management. Teachers must also be open-minded and prepared to be corrected by more tenured and experienced teachers. Teachers who wish to stay in the field and have the chance to change lives for the better by offering knowledge into a field that has been around for over 5000 years and helping people heal for just as long need to let go of their egos, base their information on science, and above all don’t be afraid to ask advice from a more experienced teacher. Teaching your vocation can be very rewarding and fulfilling. Take every opportunity to learn, grow, and share your knowledge.

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What is Raindrop Technique? India Rose Carson Raindrop Technique is a sequence of anointing with essential oils and laying of hands that is designed to bring structural and electrical alignment to the body. D. Gary Young, founder and CEO of Young Living Essential Oils, created the Raindrop Technique in 1991. He chose seven high quality, therapeutic grade oils: oregano, thyme, basil, wintergreen, marjoram, cypress and peppermint, and also incorporated two Young Living proprietary blends: Valor (spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense in an almond oil base) and Aromaseiz (basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint, and cypress). It is his belief that the oils synergistically combine to kill viral and bacterial pathogens, reduce inflammation, support the immune system, ease respiratory discomfort, relax stressed muscles, and relieve bone and joint discomfort. In Raindrop Technique, the oils are first applied to the feet along the instep, correlating to the spine as found in a Chinese reflexology chart. The oils are applied using a technique called “vita-flex” (vitality through the reflexes) using a repetitive motion of rolling the fingers and releasing onto the fingernails. Each oil is applied to each foot three times. The oils are then applied to the spine by dropping them six inches above the skin (raindrops). The oils are then spread along the continuum of the spine, from the sacrum to the atlas, via a very light effleurage of “feathered” finger stroking. A small amount of massage technique is incorporated between the sequence of oils. A warm compress is then placed on the spine for approximately five minutes to assist with absorption. This technique is very subtle, and takes about one hour and fifteen minutes to complete. More information can be found at: YoungLiving.com

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Thank You! Thank you all for taking the time to read this newsletter. We hope you feel welcome to share your thoughts with us and help us to create a better chapter.

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