Different Strokes the Maine Chapter Newsletter


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Highlights from our next newsletter

Winter 2019       Different Strokes                    

         American Massage Therapy Association, Maine Chapter Newsletter

 1. Welcome!

Welcome members to our new year! We hope it will be a great one! This year is the 76th anniversary of the AMTA. We are very happy to be participating in this organization which has done so much for our profession.

2. Government Relations Committee

We are involved with a new massage bill LD 33. Follow it and help it become law.

Public hearing Feb 14 at 1 pm Augusta.

3. Upcoming Annual Meeting and Training

April 7 Dale is bringing a very exciting program with Jason Erickson teaching Dermoneuromodulation and Sara Peirce teaching Mindfulness with Massage.  Join up!

4. Elections

We will be electing 1 board member (Louisa’s term is up), the financial administrator, and a delegate. Karen also wishes to resign her position in April, so we will be also electing a secretary. And we will elect a delegate.

Our board has 5 members. President. 2 board members. the FA. the secretary.

We will elect. An FA for Jeannie’s former position. A secretary for Karen’s position. And a board member – because Louisa’s board member position term is up..

Hedy is a board member. She and Anita (president) have one year remaining as they were elected last year.

As Karen is leaving in the middle of the term the new secretary will be elected for just one year – the time remaining in the secretary’s two year term.

The other two (FA and board member) positions will be elected for two year terms

We also will elect one delegate.  The delegate is not a board position

We will be sending out position descriptions for the positions in Febuary.

5. FAQ

Members have been asking about CBD oil.  We will answer some questions with an article.

6. Soap Notes by Alex Rheault

7. Massage as Art

Beautiful photos

Committee reports

17. Health Watch

Adult Female Deer Tick

Adult Female

Adult Female Engorged Deer Tick

Adult Female Engorged

Deer Tick - Adult Female and Nymph


Photos by Griffin Dill   from the UMaine extension Service

Ticks! Ticks! and More Ticks!
Be alert to ticks, and do your research before yanking one out of a client. Read this interesting article from Massage Magazine on finding a tick on a client during a massage session.  Take care of you. Take care of your clients.

More information on ticks can be found online at the University of Maine Extension Service.  They have tick identification information, photos, and tick removal techniques.  Tick removal spoons and other devices can be found on Amazon.

18. Self-Care

Each newsletter we will strive to have a particular focus on self-care. Send in your ideas to share with our members.


In the summer 2018 issue we focused on the prevention of Lyme disease. From an NPR Health e-mail newsletter, “What can you to do lower the odds that you’ll be infected with the tick-borne disease? Don’t count on bug repellant to protect you, though it may help.

* Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot tiny tick nymphs that spread most of the illness. Long sleeves and long pants are also good ideas.
* The most effective strategy is a thorough tick check of your body after you’ve been in tick-infested areas.
* Start low and work your way up. “The ticks do tend to climb upward — like they climb up your legs,” entomologist Barbara Thorne tells NPR’s Allison Aubrey.”

NPR Health <>

19. Volunteer Opportunities

We each have a variety of skills, and we have untapped skills that we have yet to learn. If you would like to share your skills please contact any member of the board or communications team. Below are listed some opportunities.

If you already know how or would like to learn to work with websites, our Communications Committee would like you to join them. We need someone with a few minutes to spare to update our website once a week. Please contact Kara or Anita.

Hedy will soon be needing assistants as our Sports Team begins to participate in events all around the state.


20. Writers Wanted!

We have many areas of communications that we are pursuing and that require your assistance. Write about yourself, brag about a service project, your community, our therapists, pose a question, or write an answer. If it interests you, it will likely interest others. Regular column needs include: our 75th Anniversary and our Community Service column (yours or an amta-MT friend’s service project), Questions and Answers, Ask a Therapist, Members Maine, Massage Therapy and Client Health Concerns, Photos and Artwork of the Month, and Surprise! (anything to amaze, delight, peak curiosity and learning column!

21. Members Main

Looking for an AMTA member from northern Maine to kick off this column. Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western, Maine are so different. Members, please tell us about YOUR Maine, the history, special events, quirky little things that make your town unique. Photos encouraged!

22. Curiosity SURPRISE! 

Members, please submit your ideas for a “Surprise!” section in each newsletter—It may be curious facts about: body’s systems, the brain, the heart, muscles, interesting visceral facts, massage therapy, nature, the stars, relationships, current favorite music link, or anything you think may interest or fascinate us.


Member Quiz: What is the tiniest muscle?     Submit your answers to Kara for inclusion in the next newsletter.

**Trees elec impulse measured at same rate as “stripping” a muscle –1 inch per 3 seconds. More on this interesting tidbit next newsletter.

23. Members Photos, Art & Writing

We would like to feature photographs and/or artwork in each newsletter. We are open to member submissions of photographs, poetry, prose, and artwork. We cannot promise that we can share all photos or writing submitted, yet we will do our best to honor your artwork, while at the same time seeking to improve our content. Be sure to credit the artist or writer. Thank you!

24. Newsletter Deadlines, Disclaimer, Contact Information

Deadline for submissions to the next newsletter is January 31, 2010

Pictures and articles are encouraged and welcomed from members but we reserve the right to edit and/or refuse any submitted article, graphic, or advertisement and assume no responsibility for errors, omissions, or corrections. In addition neither the AMTA Maine Chapter, Different Strokes, or this Editor warrants, guarantees or endorses any opinion, product, service, or referral advertised herein, nor do we express any opinion in regard to the legality of the use of any product in connection with the practice of massage therapy. Please submit all contributions to the editor by the due date. Graphics should be in computer-friendly format preferably JPEG. Please include a SASE if you would like anything returned. Other AMTA chapter newsletters may use materials from ours with credit cited for the source. Contact for this newsletter is:

Kara Masters Seikman,