Colorado Chapter

About the Colorado Chapter of AMTA

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) company representing more than 58,000 Massage Therapists nationwide. Our Colorado Chapter proudly supports over 1,900 members practicing in the State of Colorado. Our Chapter provides:

  • Exceptional continuing education opportunities three (3) times each year
  • Encourages networking and social opportunities
  • Fosters an awareness of legislative changes and requirements within our profession
  • Strives to educate our communities about the benefits of receiving skilled massage

Please feel free to contact any of our Chapter Board members – we’d love to meet you!

 

Member of the Month

March, 2017

George Glass, LMT
Durango, CO

We are proud to honor and recognize George Glass of Durango as our March, 2017 Member of the Month.  Per our usual MOTM process, we’ve asked George a series of questions that will allow all of us to get to know him a bit better.  Read on to learn more about George.

Q:  Tell us about your professional experience (i.e. Where did you study? How long have you been practicing and how long have you been an AMTA member?).

A:  Initially at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.  I have a never-ending thirst for new techniques, theories, and knowledge.  I’ve been a practicing member of AMTA for 25 years. 

Q:  Describe your workplace (Sole Proprietor, Chiropractor or Doctor’s Office, Spa, etc.):

A:  Glass & Glass Bodywork is a private practice collaborating with other professional healthcare practitioners collectively called Mountain View TLC.  We have a Family Doctor, Psychologist, Nutritionist, and Exercise Physiologist, including a full dynamic fitness facility.

Q:  What drew you to Massage Therapy?

A:  Interestingly, a Massage Therapist I was seeing for bodywork in my twenties had said to me that I would make a great Massage Therapist.  A few years later, I was running a business near the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and my then wife, Susan Kramer, suggested that I take some classes and see if it was something that interested me.  Well, I guess it did, as I still enjoy being in the massage room and working athletic events 25 years later.

Q:  What is your favorite AMTA Membership benefit?

A:  My favorite AMTA benefit would absolutely be the connection with other Massage Therapists around the U.S. and beyond.  I have enjoyed the creation of some wonderful, long-term friendships through my volunteer activity in the AMTA.  Like the VISA commercial says, “priceless”.  Recently, I have been focusing my service efforts locally, but look forward to returning and once again supporting the growth of our profession.

Q:  What actor would you choose to portray you in a movie about your life?

A:  Well, my practice partner and wife was looking over my shoulder while I was answering this question, and she said I looked like Patrick Dempsey.  Ooh, do I ever love her. 

Q:  What advice would you give someone interested in joining our profession?

A:

 

In other words, what I have experienced over the many years I have worked in the profession of Massage Therapy is a loss of appetite.  The appetite to elevate oneself.  To yearn for more than the status quo.  The appetite to “do whatever it takes.”  Because you believe so deeply.  The appetite to make oneself successful.  Rising above circumstances.  Okay, I think you get the idea.

Q:   What is your favorite Book, Song, Movie/Film?

A:    At the moment, my favorite book is “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg.  My favorite song is “One Love” by Bob Marley, and my favorite movie currently is “The Shift”, with Wayne Dyer.

Q:  If you could have a small dinner party with any five (5) people (living or dead), who would you invite?

A:      i.  Pelé (Brilliant soccer player turned brilliant political leader)

 ii.  Mahatma Gandhi (Civil Rights Leader)

iii.  Joseph Campbell (Mythologist, Writer, Lecturer)

iv.  Jesus (Jewish Preacher and Religious Leader)

v.  Mother Teresa (A pure saint)

If one of those people were unable to attend, I would love to sit with Mother Earth…

Member of the Month

December, 2016

Barbara Crawford, LMT Colorado Springs, CO
Barbara Crawford, LMT
Colorado Springs, CO

We are proud to honor and recognize Barbara Crawford as our December, 2016 Member of the Month.  Per our usual MOTM process, we’ve asked Barbara a series of questions that will allow all of us to get to know her a bit better.  Read on to learn more about Barbara.

Q:  Tell us about your professional experience (i.e. Where did you study? How long have you been practicing and how long have you been an AMTA member?).

A:  I studied Massage Therapy at Everest College.  I have been practicing for four (4) years and I’ve been an AMTA member the entire time.

Q:  Describe your workplace (Sole Proprietor, Chiropractor or Doctor’s Office, Spa, etc.):

A:  I am a Sole Proprietor, offering massages in a cozy little shop in central Colorado Springs.

Q:  What drew you to Massage Therapy?

A:  I worked as an Interior Designer and Project Manager for several years.  I got burnt out with what was an incredibly demanding and fast-paced environment.  I started receiving massages myself and laying on the table I realized that I would be so great at making people feel better.

Q:  What is your favorite AMTA Membership benefit?

A:  My favorite AMTA Membership benefit is all of the awesome Continuing Education courses we get to take advantage of – and at a discounted rate.

Q:  What actress would you choose to portray you in a movie about your life?

A:  Lake Bell

Q:  What advice would you give someone interested in joining our profession?

A:  Make sure you’re ready to give yourself to people…that’s what they need.  Be a light.

Q:  If you could have a small dinner party with any five (5) people (living or dead), who would you invite?

A:      i.  My son

 ii.  My father

iii.  My grandmother

iv.  Tesla (because I’d want to know what he really wanted to do)

v.  Da Vinci


Member of the Month

July, 2016

Maureen Moon, LMT Boulder, CO
Maureen Moon, LMT
Boulder, CO

For July, 2016, we are proud to honor and recognize Maureen Moon as our Member of the Month.  Per our usual MOTM process, we’ve asked Maureen a series of questions that will allow all of us to get to know her a bit better.  Read on to learn more about Maureen.

Q:  Tell us about your professional experience (i.e. Where did you study? How long have you been practicing and how long have you been an AMTA member?).

A:

  • I studied my MT training in Milwaukee, WI, and graduated from a 1,300 program from  theYMCA of Milwaukee, WI, Inc. which was recognized by the AMTA and is no longer there.  It became Blue Sky after that.
  • I joined AMTA in 1982, took a break for one year in 1985 and rejoined in 1986.  At the time I joined AMTA it was the only Association that represented massage therapists and I joined for liability insurance and Chapter experience.  I still belong for it is the only Association that is non-profit and offers the best through the chapters and all of the benefits that AMTA offers. To volunteer was a huge part of this and the most rewarding.
  • Positions held on Chapter BOD:  Education Director, 1987-1990
    * AMTA National BOD Member 1990-2001 having held all positions including WDR which is now called MAL, for 5 years, VP, PE, President-Elect, President, and Chair of the National MERT Team.
    * During this time on National I served as a Board of Trustees for The AMTA Foundation Board of Directors for 11 years (they changed their name to MTF during that course of time and removed AMTA for the title to obtain more donors such as ABMP.) I also served on the Foundation Committee that reviewed Community service grants for about 15 years and as Co-chair of the Foundation $-per Member campaign.
    * I came back to the Chapter and was 2nd VP/ Membership Chair and then served as the Event Team Sports Massage Director for 3 years.  I served on the team since mid-1980’s before AMTA made it an official team. I quit the team this year.  I took the courses for the Chapter MERT team and worked 3 events.  I quit that team this year.
    * I went back to the National Board for 3 year as MAL for 3 years as a replacement for a Board member that had to step down for 1 year and then was re-elected for another 2- year term.
    * So I have served National for about 16 years and the chapter for about 8 years total.

Q:  Describe your workplace (Sole Proprietor, Chiropractor or Doctor’s Office, Spa, etc.):

A:

  • I work out of my home office and worked at an Athletic Club for 21.5 years and at people’s homes from 1984 – 2011, plus onsite chair massagess occasionally.

Q:  What drew you to Massage Therapy?

A:  I was attracted to massage when I was majoring in music and received a massage.  My sister and I decided to take a break from music school and study massage not recognizing that it would be our future careers.  I still play music but have been practicing massage therapy since 1981.

Q:  If you could have a small dinner party with any five (5) people (living or dead), who would you invite?

A:      i.  My husband, Bob

 ii.  My twin, Kathleen

iii.  Sally McJoynt Pillsbury

iv.  Gay Koopman

v.  George Glass


Member of the Month

May, 2016

Valerie Webb, LMT Broomfield, CO
Valerie Webb, LMT
Broomfield, CO

This month, we are proud to honor and recognize Valerie Webb as our Member of the Month, for May, 2016.  As we will be doing each month in our Member of the Month profile, we’ve asked Val a series of questions that will allow all of us to get to know her a bit better.  Read on to learn more about Val.

Q:  Tell us about your professional experience (i.e. Where did you study? How long have you been practicing and how long have you been an AMTA member?).

A:  I graduated with honors from the 1,000-hour certification program at Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) in June 2006. I started in July 2004 and it took me two years, 4-5 nights per week to finish the evening program, all the while working full-time as a single mom. I have also completed over 150 hours of Advanced Bodyworker Studies (ABS) in the Sports/Orthopedic/Rehab modules (did everything except present the results of my case study!) and have completed 64 hours of Whitney Lowe’s orthopedic massage modules. During school, I logged over 120 hours of internship, 77 hours of community/volunteer service and 40 hours of student clinic time. I’ve been practicing since July 2006 and will have been an AMTA member for 10 years as of May 2016. Yes, our fabulous BCMT Dean, the brilliant and dearly departed Elaine Calenda, encouraged all of her grads to join AMTA one month before graduation.

Q:  Describe your workplace (Sole Proprietor, Chiropractor or Doctor’s Office, Spa, etc.):

A:  I had a private practice in Broomfield and worked for their recreation center for over 9 years until Nov. 2015. In December, 2015, I moved to the western slope and started working for Body Therapeutics Medical Massage (bodytmm.com). We were voted the number one spa in Grand Junction for 2014 and 2015 and are ranked as a top provider on Travel Advisor’s Web site. While there, we tripled our revenue in the three months, so our spa co-owners just hired two more MT’s. It was a small but mighty group! In March, 2016, I was recruited by UCH to launch, run, and eventually manage their Medical Massage Therapy Program.  That adventure began on April 11!

Q:  What drew you to Massage Therapy?

A:  How much time do you have—because it’s a long story? (Ha, ha.) In my former career I was a manager of corporate communications, so writing lengthy articles is my second favorite thing to do – next to massage. OK – here is the Reader’s digest condensed version. Picture this – Sept. 2003. I just found out that my corporate company was being put on the chopping block for sale. I had worked there 13 years and thought I would retire there. I threw my heart and soul into that company, and in the end I was on call just about 24/7. My boss told only our staff in confidence because we had to manage the breaking news in both our internal and external communication arenas. Two months later in Dec – two days before Xmas my divorce became final. Two months later, on Val Day, my father had a heart attack and passed instantly. So, in five months, I had experienced three of life’s major five stressors. Talk about launching yourself into panic mode—or what I now know as survival/mid-life crisis mode. I had never experienced massage until a friend bought me a gift certificate for a massage while I was in the midst of my life-changing events. All it took was the first five minutes – they had me at “hello hands and lotion.” After about my fifth session, I remember thinking, what a great profession and wouldn’t that be rewarding? And then my mind propelled into action and said, “You could do this and it’s a great way to give back all the blessings you received from supporters and friends.” After that, the rest, as they say, is history. I walked into BCMT’s halls, and it was one of those “Come to Jesus” moments where I almost fell on my knees and kissed the tile. I knew I was home and had found my calling. And I thank the good Lord every day for my good fortune and how massage has forever changed my life and journey.

Q:  What is your favorite AMTA Membership benefit?

A:  Let’s face it – we are a solitary profession because we change the world one body at a time. So, the most important benefit for me is the opportunity to network with my “tribe.” No one understands “what we do” like our peers, right? And I love when we all come together for educational events and learn, share and experience from the instructors and each other. And the great difference I’ve noticed between our industry and the corporate world is that we all truly give “hands up” to each other. In the corporate world, I found the complete opposite – people trying to tear you down, take credit for others’ work and compete on uneven playing fields. Is it any wonder that our corporate America is dying a slow and painful death? It seems they should look to our industry to see how nicely we play together in our sandbox.

Q:  If you could have a small dinner party with any five (5) people (living or dead), who would you invite?

A:  

  1. Some of my departed clan – aka my grandma and grandpa’s Band of Brothers. These five men were fearless. Every one of them served our country and         fought for our freedoms – some lost their lives doing so. I think they inspired my strength, faith and courage to pursue my passions. Also, my mom’s               family were Midwestern pioneers. My great grandmother lived to be 101. She traveled across the plains in a covered wagon and her family was part of the     Cherokee Land Run. My roots are deep in Mother Earth!
  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson – I love his definition of “success.” Google it!
  3. Brené Brown – an inspirational speaker/educator. Google her Ted Talk on shame and vulnerability and her book, “Daring greatly” a term based on Teddy     Roosevelt’s speech on “The Man in the Arena.” It will change your life.
  4. Tecumseh (the great Shawnee warrior); look up his famous speech which was also read at the end of the movie, “An Act of VALor.” I want his speech to be      read at my eulogy. It begins, “Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart…Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your      life. Seek to make your life long and in the service of your people…” And it ends, “Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” WOW!
  5. Auguste Renoir! I have his knock-off paintings all over my new house. Someday, maybe I’ll buy an original. Or at least have my picture taken next to one.

Member of the Month

February, 2016

Dawn Boatwright, LMT Colorado Springs, CO
Dawn Boatwright, LMT
Colorado Springs, CO

We are proud to honor and recognize our Chapter’s first-ever Member of the Month, Dawn Boatwright.  Dawn has been a member of AMTA for an astonishing 37 years!  Just imagine the changes that she has personally witnessed in our profession, and all of the positive influence she and her work have had on members of her community in all that time.

As we will be doing each month in our Member of the Month profile, we’ve asked Dawn a series of questions that will allow all of us to get to know her a bit better.  Read on to learn more about Dawn.

Q:  Tell us about your professional experience (i.e. Where did you study? How long have you been practicing and how long have you been an AMTA member?).

A:   * Boulder School of Massage 1978, Phenomenal Touch Institute Instructor Certification 2010, Watsu Practitioner 2015

* Started practicing and joined AMTA in 1978

* Co-Founder / Instructor of Collinson School of Massage 1981- 1984

* President, Colorado Springs Massage Therapists’ Group 1985-1987

* Examiner for Massage City Licensing Board for nine years, 1986-1994

* Olympic Training Center / Cycling Team 1983

* USAA Cycling 2011

Q:  Describe your workplace (Sole Proprietor, Chiropractor or Doctor’s Office, Spa, etc.):

A:   * 1978-1980 Athletic Club

* 1980-1983 Chiropractic Office

* 1983-1987 Full Service Salon

* 1987-2000 Chiropractic Offices

* 2000-Present Private Studio

Q:  What drew you to Massage Therapy?

A:  Fate.  I was living in the mountains; chopping wood, hauling water, looking for direction in my life when I saw an ad in the East/West Journal for the Boulder School (I had never had a professional massage in my life).  I applied and was accepted.  The rest is history!!

Q:  What is your favorite AMTA Membership benefit?

A:  I was first enticed by the insurance.  I love the Journal, the friends I’ve made, and the educational opportunities.

Q:  If you weren’t a Professional Massage Therapist, what vocation would you see yourself in?

A:  My silly side wants to say cashier at Taco Bell or be independently wealthy, hehe.  I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Q:  What are your favorite Book, Song, and Movie/Film?

A:  Book:  Encyclopedia; Song:  Let There Be Peace on Earth; Movie:  “I Am” and for fun, “The Jerk”

Q:  If you could have a small dinner party with any five (5) people (living or dead), who would you invite?

A:      i.  My father, Richard

 ii.  My mother, Leocadia

iii.  My son, Kip

iv.  My granddaughter, Emma

v.  My big brother, Tom