February 2019 AMTA IOWA newsletter



BOB McAtee


Join: Bob McAtee, author of Facilitated Stretching (4th edition) for this unique learning experience.


REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2520618

Facilitated Stretching provides a useful overview of PNF stretching—a safe and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, then stretching it again to a new range of motion. These steps apply whether you are isolating one muscle at a time or using the spiral-diagonal patterns of PNF to stretch groups of muscles simultaneously. For accomplished athletes or those just beginning a fitness program, the regular use of facilitated stretching can help improve flexibility and coordination and boost performance and enjoyment of sports. Massage therapists will acquire valuable information and hands-on techniques for optimizing flexibility, coordination, and performance. Facilitated Stretching provides access to the latest PNF stretching techniques to help assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, address overuse injuries, and enhance performance.

PRESENTER: Bob McAtee, LMT, BCTMB, CSCS has maintained a full-time massage therapy practice for over 38 years, specializing in sports massage and soft tissue therapy, with significant clinical experience treating people with injuries and chronic pain. Since 1988, Bob has owned Pro-Active Massage Therapy, an active, international private practice in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition to his private practice, Bob is an NCBTMB Approved Provider and a sought-after presenter throughout the U.S. and internationally on the topics of facilitated stretching, sports massage, and soft-tissue injury care. Bob is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has been an active member of the AMTA since 1988. He is the co-author of the best-selling Human Kinetics book, Facilitated Stretching 4th edition, used by health and fitness professionals worldwide as the go-to resource for PNF stretching and strengthening techniques. His latest book, Sports Massage for Injury Care, will be released in 2019. Bob invented the patented Hand-L Massage Tool, used by manual therapists worldwide to save their thumbs. For more information, please visit his website: www.stretchman.com



Legislation chair:
Rachel Brown
(641) 691-4010

Hello Members!  I just wanted to write a quick update for you.  The 2019 legislation session began on 1/14/19. Our hired lobbyists are working very hard for us at the capitol.  As our 2019 Legislation Agenda stated, we are in great hopes that we can make two main changes in legislation this session.  We are in hopes that our Iowa code can state that it is a criminal misdemeanor to practice massage therapy without a license.  

We are also in hopes that our Iowa code can state that city ordinances may not be more restrictive than state law. As our Action Alert stated, we encourage each of you to reach out and build a relationship with your local legislators and voice your concerns to them.  

We will be holding our AMTA-IA Lobby Day at the capitol on 2/19/19 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Please email me if you would like to attend and I will get you the details. I hope this update finds you all healthy and well. We will talk again soon!

Warmly, Rachel L. Brown, LMT, BCTMB Legislation Chair AMTA-Iowa



Jeanna Tellin

Iowa Chapter AMTA                    

            Chapter Board Meeting

                                                Isle of Capri Casino, Waterloo, Iowa

                                                               January 25, 2019




  • Call to order:


Board member, Holly Rasmusson thanked everyone for being there. She called the meeting to order at 10:35am. Due to the weather we had some board members late so we began the meeting. Holly asked that we go on with the agenda as written and we would carry it forward. Those board members at the present time approved and we proceeded with the meeting.


  1.        Present:

President-Robert Campbell, Board member/Convention Coordinator Chair- Holly Rasmusson, Board member/Education Chair- Karen Sindelar, Secretary- Jeanna Tellin, Financial Administrator – Pam Burnikel, President advisory/Orientation Chair- Ken Swenson, Law & Legislation Chair-Rachel Brown, Membership Chair- Soraya Wagner, Awards Chair- Cindy Haack, Convention Events Chair/ Delegate – Robin Markus, Digital Media Chair- Alex Collins.


  1. Approval of Minutes:

Secretary, Jeanna Tellin, submitted the minutes from the September 7, 2018 Chapter board Meeting for approval. Board member Holly Rasmusson asked the Chapter board if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes. Karen Sindelar MADE –A-MOTION to approve the minutes. Pam Burnikel SECONDED-MOTION -CARRIED. With no additions or corrections the minutes were approved as written.


  1. Reports of Officers:

    4A. Board member 2 – Karen Sindelar:

Karen stated this last fall, many opportunities had opened up to represent AMTA Iowa in terms of trauma informed care. For example, in September she represented AMTA Iowa at the Iowa Play Therapy Association convention in Cedar Rapids. There were two days of interaction with play therapists about the benefits of therapeutic massage for themselves and their clients. She also represented AMTA Iowa at Dukies One Eye Open Golf Tournament chair massage event with proceeds going to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Karen helped AMTA member, Kathy Lutz, write a Thrivent Action Team Grant for this event. And, also assisted another AMTA member write a grant for her wellness open house. September 21, she hosted the 5th Annual Resilience Summit sponsored by the National Resilience Institute via live-streaming at Roots Wellness in Marion. The founder of the National Resilience Institute then invited Karen to join the Linn County Resilience Project Task Force. A day long Resilience First Aid training in Cedar Rapids is available to all AMTA members who are interested on February 12. Linn County residents may attend free.


    4E. Financial Administrator-Pam Burnikel:

Pam went over the Balance with the board. As of December 31, 2018 we have a balance     of $ 95, 862, 01.


   4F. President –Robert Campbell:

Robert shared Nationals would like to know if the Iowa Chapter would like to sponsor members to go to National Convention by offering a $100 for the 1st 100 who sign up or $200 for the first 200 who sign up to go to Nationals, instead of possibly having our fall convention.  This would have to be put forward to the members due to our By-Laws stating that Iowa would have 2 conventions per year, not just the one. 

Robert then wanted to personally thank everyone on the board for the outstanding job they all have done.


  1. Report of Committee Chairs:

     5A.President advisory/orientation chair – Ken Swenson:

Ken is reviewing and updating the position descriptions for the five elected positions     (officers) and all committee chairpersons in our chapter. He plans to have them ready for review at our next board meeting.


    5B. Convention Coordinator Chair –Holly Rasmusson:

Holly went over registration is up and running for spring convention. Pre- convention class Friday night is $30. 6-8:00pm with Amanda Lundstedt. How to Thrive and Not Just Survive in a Private Practice. This class is not included with the weekend class cost.

Holly announced the schedule this year conventions:

March 16-17, 2019 – Prairie meadow, Presenter- Altoona Bob McAtee. Facilitated     Stretching in the massage setting.


September 14-15 2019 – Marriott, Coralville. Presenter TBA.


    5C. Law & Legislation Chair – Rachel Brown:

Rachel met with our lobbyists. They wrote our 2019 legislation agenda. They wrote an action alert for our members. They wrote a pre-session letter for the legislators. They got our lobby day at the capitol set.

5 more cities passed an ordinance. 2 more cities are in the works of trying to pass an ordinance.  There are currently 14 cities with ordinances.

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy held their quarterly meeting on Tue, Dec 4th.  Rachel was unable to attend due to illness.  The next meeting will be on Tue, Mar 5th.  Rachel plans to attend.

Rachel received the LLEAD Grant application from AMTA National.  She will fill it out and file it by the May 1st deadline.

Rachel has emailed our members a few times with updates.  She has received good feedback and communication and plans to continue to send out email updates this quarter.

Our lobby day at the capitol is set for Tue, Feb 19th from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  Rachel encourages all board members to attend.  Members are also welcome to attend. Rachel requested that members email her if they are interested.

Our lobbyists are working very hard for us at the capitol.  They have been highly involved in the many conversations happening with legislators, other lobbyists, police chiefs, and the league of cities.  We are in great hopes of a legislation change this year.


    5D. Education Chair –Karen Sindelar:

Elections will be held at the March Convention this year. Details will be in the newsletter.


    6B. Membership Chair – Soraya Wagner:

Soraya shared she has been working on updating to run more efficient for all of us. She then stated as of January 2019 there are;

           79 students

753 active professionals

9 inactive professionals

3 retired

84 graduates

928 total

Soraya asked everyone to be on the lookout for anyone interested or knows someone who would be a good recipient for the Judy Robuck Scholarship, to be awarded at our annual spring convention. More details are in our Newsletter. It was listed on facebook also.


    6C. Awards Chair- Cindy Haack:

Cindy has been working on awards for Spring Convention. She then talked about Dukie’s One Eye Open was held Sept.28, 2018 in Waverly at   Prairie Links Golf Course. Taking in $281.00 from chair massages which we donated to Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Dukie’s goal was $150,000.00. Dukie ended up raising $152,000.00. They had 6 massage therapist represent this event: Sandra Black, Robin Marcus, Bill McArtor, Karen Sindelar, Kathy Lutz and Jodi Risse-Reitmajer. Thank you for your volunteerism.

Veteran’s Day Appreciation was held November 11, 2018 at “The Centre” in Waverly.    We had 8 massage therapists: Sandra Black, Cindy Haack, Bill McArtor, Pam Burnikel,      Jeanna Tellin, Soraya Wagner, Kathy Lutz and Sandra Burroughs. We gave approximately 100 massages with over 200 veterans and family members showing up for the event.

Next Veteran’s Appreciation Day will be held November 11, 2019.

It will be held from 9am to 1pm.


    6D. Convention Events Chair – Robin Markus:

Robin is working with and looking for vendors for future conventions.   


    6E. Digital Media chair- Alex Collins:
          WEBSITE ADDRESS IS    http://ia.wp.amtamassage.org

The current numbers for;

Facebook- 700 like/following us

Twitter – 52 following us

Instagram – 135 following us

           e-mail questions to : Digitalmediachiar.amtaiowa@gmail.com


  1.         Discussion Items:

   7A. 2019 – 2020 Budget – Pam Burnikel:

          Pam and the board discussed the budget for each board position and misc. income.

Holly Rasmusson MADE –A-MOTION to approve the budget as presented. Jeanna  Tellin SECONDED- MOTION-CARRIED.


   7B. National -Robert Campbell:

Robert and the board discussed options about Nationals asking about $100 for 100 members going to national convention this year. We all agreed and voted we would like to stay budget cautious right now. Robin Markus MADE- A – MOTION to keep or money in house. Pam Burnikel SECONDED – MOTION-CARRIED.  


  7C. Legislative issues – Rachel Brown:

Rachel and the board discussed and agreed upon filing the LLEAD Grant this year to retain our lobbyists for next year. This has been a good benefit for our Chapter.

Lobby Day- Rachel has requested the banner for the event.  Cindy has the banner. She and I will arrange to meet to swap the banner.

  7D.   Website & Social Media –Alex Collins:

Alex talked more on the subject of having someone that has a social media skillset as a   chairperson to help benefit our chapter further.



  • Announcement:


Robert reminded us we are still looking for a volunteer to fill the Chair position for (CSMT) community service massage team.


  1.     Adjournment:

Pam Burnikel –MADE-A-MOTION to adjourn the meeting. Holly Rasmusson                             SECONDED-MOTION-CARRIED.   

The meeting was adjourned at 3:36 P.M.


           Respectfully Submitted,

        Jeanna R. Tellin

          Jeanna R. Tellin Secretary AMTA IOWA



Financial Administrator:
Pam Burnikel
(563) 547-3793


AS OF November 2018, OUR CHAPTER HAS A BALANCE OF: $95,843.88



I have been the financial administrator for the AMTA IOWA CHAPTER for the past 3 years. I will be up for election In March of 2019. I would appreciate you support.

Thank you, warmly Pam Burnikel 



Awards Chair:
Cindy Haack
(319) 231-1293

Happy winter everyone! Only 6 weeks until spring convention and hopefully warmer weather. I would like to thank you all for contributing to the awards box at our fall convention. It was very helpful. 

We held our 7th annual Veterans Day Appreciation, on November 11, 2018 at The Centre in Waverly.  We had 8 massage therapists volunteering their time giving chair massages to approximately 100 veterans and their family. Over 200 people were in attendance for the event. I would like to give a “HUGE” Thank You to: Sandra Black, Pam Burnikel, Sandra Burroughs, Kathy Lutz, Bill McArtor; Jeanna Tellin; and Soraya Wagner for volunteering your time in giving back to our veterans. A great time was had by all!

I would like to challenge our AMTA Iowa Chapter members in coming up with a way that you can educate others about the benefits of massage therapy and a way that you can give back to your community. I look forward to hearing about your experiences at our spring convention in March. Until then, bundle up and keep warm! 

 Respectfully, Cindy Haack



Robert (Bob) Campbell

President’s Newsletter

Hello fellow AMTA-IOWA members.  Welcome to 2019, and what a way to start out this new year.  This year one of the main focuses will be once again to keep an eye on what is going on around the state with ordinances and what is happening at the state level with the legislative sessions.

Rachel has done an amazing job at trying to keep everyone up to speed on our state legislation and cities adopting ordinances around the state but if there is a city around the state that might be considering adopting an ordinance, please reach out to the AMTA so we can stay in front of this as much as possible.

The current standard that we are trying to get a city to adopt would be the Des Moines ordinance. Advocacy Strategies our lobbyist at the state has done an exceptional job at keeping us informed as to what is going on.

Alex has done a great job in getting our new website up and running and getting the new registration forms ready to go for our conventions.  He is currently trying to find help with the social media chair side of the things, so if any current AMTA IOWA members would be willing to help,

please let Alex @ digitalmediachair.amtaiowa@gmail.com or the AMTA Iowa board member know and we can get things rolling. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in the past and will in the future.  2019 is looking to be an exciting year both at the National level and the State.  Thank you for your continued membership and I look forward to seeing everyone this spring at convention in Altoona, March 16th & 17th 2019.


Robert “Bob” Campbell LMT AMTA-IA President



Board member & Convention Coordinator chair:
Holly Rasmusson

Everything is ready for the March convention at Prairie Meadows Dr in Altoona IA on the 16-17th 2019.  

We are super excited to have Bob McAtee for our presenter and also we have Amanda Lundstedt for the free class on Friday for all registered attendees.

Pricing changes after march 1st.

Our Fall 2019 convention will be in Coralville, Iowa at the Marriott on Sept 14-15th 2019.  Speaker to be announced. Have a great winter!!!  Holly Rasmusson






Board member & Education chair:
Karen Sindelar


By Karen Sindelar, MA, LMT AMTA Iowa Board Member and Education Chair

What is trauma informed care? According to the Crisis Prevention Institute, TRAUMA is an event or series of events, an experience or prolonged experiences, and/or a threat or perceived threats to a person’s well-being. The individual’s daily coping mechanisms can be negatively impacted by trauma. Subsequent behavioral responses to daily life may be filtered through this perspective. TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE is a framework of thinking and interventions that are directed by a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on an individual—recognizing that person’s constant interdependent needs for safety, connections, and ways to manage emotions/impulses.

TRIGGERS are signals that act as signs of possible danger, based on historical traumatic experiences and which lead to a set of emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses that arise in the service of survival and safety (e.g., sights, sounds, smells, touch). Triggers are all about one’s perceptions experienced as reality. The mind/body connection sets in motion a fight, flight, or freeze response. A triggered individual experiences fear, panic, upset, and agitation.

As massage therapists, we may encounter people who are dealing with trauma, past or present: such as a person who has an emotional release on our table while remembering abuse, has just been through a major life changing event like fire or flood, or is deep in compassion fatigue. Massage therapists need strong boundaries when this happens and and list of resources to help our clients. As massage therapists, we need to have a community referral list of who to transfer care of our clients when their needs reach out of our scope of practice. We also can be of great service to a community in times of crisis.

I have been active in trauma informed services for many years. It has been an honor to continue the work in the realm of massage therapy. This fall, many opportunities have opened up to represent AMTA Iowa in terms of trauma informed care. For example, in September I represented AMTA Iowa at the American Play Therapy Association convention in Cedar Rapids. There were two days of interaction with play therapists about the benefits of therapeutic massage for themselves and their clients. I also represented AMTA Iowa at Dukies One Eye Open Golf Tournament chair massage event with proceeds going to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. I helped AMTA member, Kathy Lutz, write a Thrivent Action Team Grant for this event. September 21, I hosted the 5th Annual Resilience Summit sponsored by the National Resilience Institute via live-streaming at Roots Wellness in Marion. The founder of the National Resilience Institute then invited me to join the Linn County Resilience Project Task Force. There is such a need for our work as massage therapists to care for the care providers and help the helpers in our communities. How can YOU be a trauma informed massage therapist?

warmly ~ Karen Sindelar



Board member & Education chair:
Karen Sindelar

Education Chair report:

AMTA Iowa Board Election at the Spring Convention

Each year at the Spring Convention, we elect members to the AMTA Iowa Chapter Board. The positions we will vote on in March are

1)Financial Administrator,

2)Board Member,


If you are interested on a board position please email Karen Sindelar no later than 14 days prior to convention. That is a cut off date of (2/28/2019). Please submit the following application form and resume along with a headshot photo to Karen Sindelar: boardmember2.amtaiowa@gmail.com


AMTA Iowa Board of Directors APPLICATION FORM

Position you are seeking


Your Name




Phone ________________________________

Email _________________________________

Name and Location of Massage Training (school & city)


Date of Graduation


Additional Education (degree & school)



Officer Experience (position & dates)



Other Professional / Leadership Experience (position & dates)



Reason for seeking this office




If you are interested on a board position please email Karen Sindelar no later than 14 days prior to convention. That is a cut off date of (2/28/2019). Please submit the following application form and resume along with a headshot photo to Karen Sindelar: boardmember2.amtaiowa@gmail.com



Keith Kowal




Part 2

In my last report I promised to speak on how the meaningfulness of our individual votes in the AOD have changed, and this will be my attempt to do that. I think it’s important for all AMTA members to understand what happens in the various meetings we are part of as your representatives at National Convention. I will, again, endeavor to present you with facts here, and keep my personal thoughts to myself. If any of you have questions, please, feel free to contact me at your leisure via phone or text (515-991-6239), email (keith.amtaiowa@gmail.com) or Facebook Messenger.

When I attended the National Convention in Pasadena in 2017, we were still operating as the House of Delegates (HOD), and it was then, at the end of that meeting, where we transitioned into becoming the Assembly of Delegates. A name change is not all that news worthy, but that transition also came with significant changes in how we would conduct ourselves in those meetings as your delegates. I will distinguish differences in conduct in the next part of my report by indicating how the House of Delegates (HOD) conducted itself compared to the Assembly of Delegates (AOD) now.

In the HOD we would have a brief tutorial on the electronic equipment used to tally our votes, which were anonymous. We would then take a roll call in order to account for the number of delegates eligible to vote. This number was then used to determine the 2/3 total necessary to approve a vote as ‘yea’ or ‘nay’. Without delving into detailed explanations in this part of my report  – we would then establish a quorum (a minimum number of members of an assembly that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid) and voting points. We would then vote to adopt the agenda as presented and approve the rules of procedure. In short – we cast our votes for nearly everything involved in the meeting and each individual vote counted.

That year we had a position statement that read as such: Massage Therapy Can Provide Significant Benefit as a Component of Integrative Health Care. The number of delegates in favor of approving this position statement was 119 and the number against approval was 18. And so, the position statement was approved.

In the AOD last year we used no voting equipment, which meant votes were indicated by voice and thus, not anonymous. If the moderator was unable to clearly determine the outcome of a voice vote, a vote count was called for, which could either be done by paper ballot or standing for a head count. So, the position statement proposal Massage for Osteoarthritis of the Knee was read onto the floor, a small group discussion followed, then a floor discussion, which ended in a vote.

You may have noticed the difference between the HOD use of position statement and the AOD use of position statement PROPOSAL. This is very important and will be the topic of my next report. Until next time…

In Your Service, Keith Kowal, LMT, CMMT AMTA-IOWA Delegate



Digital Media chair:
Alexander L Collins

I’m looking for an individual who would be interested in volunteering for a chair  level position, to run the social media aspect of our chapter Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter pages.  If you have questions about this social media position, please email me at digitalmediachair.amtaiowa@gmail.com 

or  socialmediachair.amtaiowa@gmail.com 

If you are interested in writing an article for the newsletter, it must be massage related, and educate or inform the 900+ members in Iowa.

If you are teaching CEU classes in Iowa you can post a free ad in the newsletter, as an AMTA member (Advertisements must be one page PDF format, no zip or jpg)



Upcoming newsletter and or advertisement deadlines are:

  • March 24, 2019
  • June 29, 2019
  • September 22, 2019
  • February 8, 2020
  • March 2020 TBA

please email your submissions to digitalmediachair.amtaiowa@gmail.com 

Thank you & Know Peace ~Alex

 Website is : http://ia.wp.amtamassage.org


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