Friday, August 27

View continuing education options for the day at the AMTA 2021 National Convention.

Full Day Education: 10am-5:30pm | 6 Credit Hours

Approaching the Lower Body From All Angles (Hands-on with table)

Come learn a better way to approach your massage sessions and enhance your lower body skills. In this course, you will work all the major muscle groups of the legs and hips from new angles with new massage techniques. Expand your skillset with methods that focus on the medial and lateral structures of the lower body.

David Lobenstine has been a massage therapist, teacher, and writer for over a decade. He has worked in a variety of settings—from spas to the U.S. Open to hospice and private practice. David has taught continuing education around the country, both in person and online.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided.

Preventing Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacements (Hands-on with table)

In this session, find out how hip, knee and shoulder dysfunction and degeneration are related anatomically. Participants will develop an understanding of how each joint moves and the ways viscero-somatic reflexes often affect their capacity and function. Gain massage strategies for preventing hip, knee and shoulder replacements in your clients.

Dale G. Alexander, PhD MA BSEd LMT has had a clinical massage therapy private practice for 40 years. He has helped thousands of clients with joint degenerations of all kinds based on evidence-based protocols.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided.

Fundamentals of Fascial Therapy (Hands-on with table)

Come learn the fundamentals of fascial therapy with an inside look at the practical applications of this massage practice. Explore various styles, techniques and philosophies of fascial therapy and the physiological responses of both fascia and the rest of the body.

This workshop builds on the online courses in an AMTA CE program outlining fundamental fascial therapy information and techniques. Details at amtamassage.org/fascialtherapy.

Lynn Teachworth is certified in over 20 massage and complementary medicine techniques and has been in the profession since 1993. Lynn has also worked with many professional athletes to address injuries and physical/mental performance.

Ann Teachworth has been working in integrative health, human performance, and movement for 15 years. She is an educator for massage therapists and yoga instructors, and focuses on functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mind-body training.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided.

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Morning Education, 10am—Noon | 2 Credit Hours

Teachers Day: Educators Knowledge Forum

Join fellow instructors for education, networking and strategies for your classroom. Discuss key challenges and opportunities in education and identify practical action items.

Winona Bontrager, LPN, LMT founded the Lancaster School of Massage in Pennsylvania in 1991. She is a Past President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), serving on the board for over 15 years.

Cynthia Ribeiro, LMT is the advanced program developer and an instructor at the National Holistic Institute (NHI). She founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and was an honorary professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. Cynthia is an AMTA Past President.

Safeguard Your Hands and Your Massage Career (Hands-on)

As a massage therapist, are you feeling the wear and tear in your hands and wrists? In this course, explore sustainable massage techniques that can save your body while increasing productivity and career longevity. Learn healthy body mechanics that can be used for both light and deep tissue massage therapy in a variety of positions.

Buddy Hammonds has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011. He currently sits on the Program Advisory Committee and teaches continuing education at The Swedish Institute. Buddy is also a yoga teacher and movement coach.

Materials Required: This class does not require a table.

Massage and Stress (Hands-on)

Today's stressful lifestyles create so many health challenges. Understanding stress will help you address your client's specific needs. Discover how the body responds to stress and how you can make a positive difference with your clients using meditation massage techniques. Adding mindfulness to a massage session can amplify the restorative nature of the massage techniques being used.

Jennifer Houle is the owner and director of education at Cohutta Healing Arts Institute. She is dedicated to sharing her 20 years of massage therapy experiences with others in an effort to elevate the profession.

Materials Required: This class does not require a table.

Navigating Change: Skills for Massage Therapists

The past year has brought great change, and many massage therapists may be evaluating their personal or professional lives. Discover tools, insights and strategies to help move through change with more ease, grace, confidence and clarity. Identify the three main mistakes that can make change feel scary, overwhelming and hard. Explore ways to avoid these mistakes and shift your perspective. Be empowered and enlightened in this uplifting presentation with valuable take-aways to serve you now and for years to come.

Linda Mitchell, an LMT & Board Certified Transformational Life and Success Coach, is the founder of Massage & Whole Body Health and Living Inspired Coaching. She has been practicing in the coaching and healing arts for over 17 years.

Client Assessment and Documentation: Intake, Consent and Treatment Planning

Massage therapists manipulate soft tissue to facilitate relaxation and reduce pain, stress, anxiety and depression for clients. Service providers in all practice settings are required to assess, document client data, the treatment plan, client progress and referrals. This course focuses on best practices for factual reporting, evidence-informed decision-making and documentation.

Susan Salvo is an LMT with over 30 years of experience. She is a co-director of the LA Institute of Massage Therapy, and is a nationally known author and speaker who has written several massage textbooks and online courses.

Beyond Business Plans and Vision Boards

Creating and maintaining a thriving massage therapy business is a labor of love but it also has its challenges.  A clear mindset and concrete tools can make the process easier. In this experiential class, discover how to design a vision for your business while exploring the limiting beliefs that may be holding you back. Through journaling, small group exercises, and new ways of thinking, develop the framework for a 12-month plan to bring your vision to life.

Demara Stamler is a Mindset and Vision Coach, Consultant and Teacher with over 30 years of experience in the fields of massage therapy, accreditation, and non-profits. Through her work as an educator, administrator, and business owner, she has developed concrete pathways for creating change, growth and success in life and business.

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Afternoon Education, 1:30-5:30pm | 4 CE Credits

The Massage Therapy Foundation Research Agenda

This session will focus on the 2020 Massage Therapy Research Agenda, which was recently developed and released by the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Research Committee. Anne Blair Kennedy DrPh, LMT and Niki Munk PhD, LMT, members of the MTF Research Committee, will lead an engaging discussion on the research-related landscape, the current research needs, and how this information pertains to massage clinicians, clients, and the massage therapy profession in general.

Robin Anderson is a board certified and licensed massage therapist, and the director of the massage therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland. Robin is the current President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and serves on the Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators (AFMTE) and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).

Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, has been a massage therapist since 1999, and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. She is also the Director of the UofSC Patient Engagement Studio and the Executive/Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Niki Munk, PhD runs an active massage focused research lab within the Health Sciences Department at the Indiana University Schools of Health & Human Sciences in Indianapolis.

Balance and Postural Stability Training for Massage Therapists (Hands-on)

Discover how postural stability training can enhance your massage therapy practice. In this course, learn the physiology of balance and how to positively influence it using massage and sensory motor training. Explore hand-on massage techniques that focus on improving balance and preventing falls for yourself and your clients.

Jeffrey Forman, PhD BCTMB, CMT taught massage therapy for many years. Currently retired, he now serves as chair of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and chair of the CAMTC’s schools advisory committee, in addition to maintaining an active schedule as a speaker, author, consultant and researcher.

Materials Required: This class does not require a table.

Lymphatic Drainage for Headaches (Hands-on)

Headaches affect millions of people a year. Lymphatic drainage is a technique that can be applied to help alleviate headaches. In this session, explore the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and techniques that focus on relieving headaches.

Rob Kelly is a licensed and board-certified massage therapist who has been practicing and teaching for over 24 years. Currently, he teaches anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as many orthopedic classes at Irene’s Myomassology Institute.

Materials Required: This class does not require a table.

Ethics: Practicing Boundaries in Your Massage Practice

Get an important refresher on the importance of boundaries in your massage practice. In this course, review strategies that massage therapists can use to take control of the room and redirect awkward situations or scenarios back to a professional and therapeutic session.

This course counts towards NCBTMB’s Ethics credit requirement.

Michael Cruz Kim has been a massage therapist since 2004. He is a seasoned speaker and company educator for a day spa that employs over 800 massage therapists. Michael leads trainings for massage therapists on body mechanics, effective self-care, navigating boundaries and more.

Understanding Pain In the Body

The more massage therapists know about the anatomy of pain, the more power they have to help alleviate it. In this course, explore how pain is perceived, transmitted, and changed by multiple influences in the body. Leave with new skills to more effectively help clients manage pain.

Douglas Nelson has been practicing massage since 1977 and opened his clinic in Champaign, IL in 1982. His teaching institute (NMT MidWest) gives over 80 seminars in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy annually. Doug is the author of two books and past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation.

Teachers Day: Beyond Business Plans and Vision Boards

Creating and maintaining a thriving massage therapy business is a labor of love but it also has its challenges.  A clear mindset and concrete tools can make the process easier. In this experiential class, discover how to design a vision for your business while exploring the limiting beliefs that may be holding you back. Through journaling, small group exercises, and new ways of thinking, develop the framework for a 12-month plan to bring your vision to life.

Demara Stamler is a Mindset and Vision Coach, Consultant and Teacher with over 30 years of experience in the fields of massage therapy, accreditation, and non-profits. Through her work as an educator, administrator, and business owner, she has developed concrete pathways for creating change, growth and success in life and business.

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