Community Service Massage Team
The mission of the Community Service Massage Team (CSMT) was to respond to the needs of the communities within Missouri with the power of compassionate, healing touch, in order to promote the health and welfare of humanity. The MO CSMT, with Emergency and Community Outreach Divisions, was formed in May, 2011, in response to the devastating tornado that hit the community of Joplin on May 22, 2011. Within hours of the events of May 22, members of the Missouri chapter board of directors were on the phone, discussing ways for an organized response from massage therapists to occur. With help from the CT Chapter and two OK AMTA members, a MO CSMT manual was developed from a CT document that already existed, and the first MO CSMT training was held on Friday, May 27, 2011. On Thursday, June 2, 2011, our first CSMT response happened in Joplin, with 5 therapists doing chair massage on the lawn in front of the Joplin Police and Fire Department. We had teams in Joplin the entire summer, until early August, when the response had slowed to the point that we were no longer needed. In October, the Charity Division of CSMT made its debut, also in Joplin. Extreme Makeover Home Edition built seven houses in seven days in Joplin, and members of the CSMT did over 700 massage in those 7 days. MO CSMT was a member of MO Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (MO VOAD) and was connected with FEMA and SEMA (Federal and State Emergency Management Agency).
However, our team is currently inactive. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our AMTA-MO President Janene Sun at email@example.com.