(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association will host a two-day intensive workshop April 18 and 19. This event, available to massage therapy professionals and students, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on 9785 North by Northeast Blvd in Fishers.

Nationally renowned professionals Irene Diamond, Madeline Dusky and Janet Rapala will lead the seminars, which qualify for the state certification contact hours. Participants may choose one of the two primary topics.  In “Active Myofascial Therapy – The Diamond Method” (10 Contract Hours) participants will learn how to quickly asses client’s restrictions, formulate a therapy plan to reduce myofascial restrictions and techniques to increase cervical range of motion, flexibility and stability. In “Prenatal Massage” (16 Contract Hours) participants will learn full body massage skills which help pregnant women eliminate stressful hormones which affect both the mother and her unborn child.

In addition to the primary programs, all participants are invited to attend a one-hour program on “SOAP Note Charting.” Therapists applying to be a Certified Massage Therapist in Indiana are required to keep SOAP notes. This program is also open to any AMTA member at no charge, even if they are not attending the full two day program.

“We are extremely fortunate to have these nationally recognized professions here in Indy this month,” said Michael Reynolds, President of the Indiana Chapter of AMTA “Whether you are hoping to obtain your certification, or simply learn new skills to expand your practice.  This program will be extremely valuable.”

Classes can be used for contact hours, varying by course. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information please visit the registration page or contact dean.berry@atmaindiana.org. The Participants must bring their own oils, sheets, table, and notepad.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn for participants wishing to stay overnight. Use discount code: AMTA when you call 877-465-4329 or make reservations online at www.holiday-inn.com/ind-northeast

About ATMA:
AMTA INDIANA CHAPTER is a supportive organization that provides members with opportunities and resources for professional growth. Professionalism is advanced through the promotion of professional standards, legislative advocacy, and public awareness.

We’re the association of massage therapists for massage therapists.  AMTA is the only national non-profit massage therapy association, dedicated to serving members while advancing the massage therapy profession. We have a history of commitment to service through standards that advance the profession, and engaging members in leadership roles to ensure value and relevance to members. 

AMTA is lead by a Board of Directors elected by the members. We have chapters in all 50 states and Washington, DC – providing volunteer opportunities, leadership development and continuing education locally.

We have open communications with members and we want to learn your opinions and what is important to you.  We use those ideas and views when we make decisions.  AMTA’s strength comes from listening to members like you and incorporating your perspectives into what we do.

Irene Diamond, R.T. is one of the massage industries most popular presenters. She developed Active Myofascial Therapy – The Diamond Method™ after a spinal cord injury that left her completely paralyzed. She teaches AMT, www.thediamondmethod.com, across the country to massage therapists, physical therapists as well as other therapists. The Diamond Method™technique was featured in Physical Therapy Magazine. Diamond is also the founder and director of Diamond Massage & Wellness Center in San Francisco and creator of a resource web site for massage therapists, www.SuccessfulMassageTherapist.org, developed so therapists can be more successful.

Madeline Dusky, BS, CLMT, PN is a 2002 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a self designed BS in Alternative Health with a focus on maternal/fetal health. A 1988 Graduate of Ohio College School of Massotherapy, and as a certified massage therapist she has a private practice. Madeline is also a graduate practical nurse, Central School of Practical Nursing. She has studied with traditional /spiritual healers in Belize, Central America, Mexico and Hawaii. Her developed courses include Hawaiian Massage, Fibromyalgia and Prenatal Massage. She has presented prenatal seminars at hospitals and massage schools around the country. She currently serves as a mind/body coach for the Integrative Medicine Department Cancer Department cancer Study and Healing Hearts Program, Cleveland Clinic.

Janet Rapala, RN, MSN, CHT, MT, graduate from IUPUI Massage Therapy Certification Program (500hrs) 1995; Reflexology Certification, Indiana Academy of Reflexology & Health Therapy, 2002; continuing education at Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Myofascial Therapy, 1996; Thai Massage Certification 2007; prior Indiana Chapter AMTA Secretary. Rapala graduated from IU School of Nursing with a Bachelors and Masters Degree. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Leidecker Institute, 2004. Janet has also been a certified CPR and first aid instructor for many years.