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Saturday Education

Saturday Morning: 8 a.m. – noon4 CE Hours


Developing Critical Thinkers Through Exams [teachers track]

Instructor: Sandra K. Anderson

Sandra K. Anderson, B.A., is certified in massage therapy, shiatsu and Thai massage. She taught at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona for over a decade. She served as chair of the NCBTMB Examination Committee. She is the author of five textbooks.

Examinations are an important way to test your students’ critical thinking skills. With the help of an expert testing manager, learn how to create reliable and relevant examinations. Leave with a stronger understanding of the construction of an examination, critical thinking questions and question styling.

Materials Required: Multiple choice questions from past exams.

Thai Massage for the Table (Hands-on)
Session currently full. See class changes kiosk on-site for potential availability.

Instructor: Jill Burynski
Jill Burynski began her career in bodywork in 1996 and has completed extensive Thai massage training and an NCBTMB-approved teacher training program. Jill is approved  as a continuing education providor by the Florida Board of Masasge Therapy, NCBTMB and the North Carolina Board of Massage Therapy.

Thai massage reduces chronic pain and increases range of motion. Participants will learn how the principles of Thai massage benefit the client, as well as the massage therapist.

Materials Required: Massage table and comfortable attire.

Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine Headaches (Hands-on)


Instructor: Kelly Lott
Kelly Lott graduated from the Chicago School of Massage in 1991. She has 22 years of experience in massage, including 15 years as a full time NCBTMB-approved instructor. Kelly specializes is instructing cold stone therapy and spa treatments.

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic headaches. In this workshop designed specifically for massage therapists, learn how you can offer clients an alternative and dramatic relief treatment for a variety headaches through cold stone therapy. 

Materials Required: Massage table, blanket, sheets, two bath towels, one hand towel and two dark wash cloths.

Reducing Injury and Increasing Output With Proper Body Mechanics (Hands-on)

Instructor: Edward G. Mohr
Edward Mohr developed and managed the ergonomics program at General Motors, dealing with the elimination of work related stressors. Upon retirement, he became a massage therapist and utilized his prior knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the body to analyze the work related stressors of massage therapists.

Learn how to use your body more effectively when giving massage to lessen the risk of injury and increase productivity. Measurable research results will be discussed, and this hands-on session will present techniques to strengthen you and your practice. 

Materials Required: Massage table and lotion. Sports shorts and sports bras for women, sports shorts for men, rubber-soled sports shoes.  We will be addressing all parts of the body so please plan your clothing appropriately

Understanding Massage Therapy Research: Anxiety and Depression as Illustrative Outcomes [research track]


Instructor: Christopher A. Moyer
Christopher A. Moyer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin-Stout, co-editor of Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice and conducts scientific research on the mechanisms and effects of massage therapy and meditation.

Anxiety and depressive disorders are common conditions that profoundly affect health and well-being. In this session attendees will learn about these conditions and be presented with the latest research evidence supporting massage therapy as an effective treatment. Guidelines for working with anxious or depressed clients or patients will be reviewed, and directions for future research will be examined.

Therapeutic Relationships and Ethics


Instructor: Susan G. Salvo

This session is repeated.

Materials Required: Laptop (optional)

Incorporating Movement Into Massage (Hands-on)

This is a continuation of Friday afternoon’s session. Attendees must attend both days to receive CE credit.

Instructor: Lee Stang

Saturday Afternoon, 2-4:30 p.m.—2.5 CE Hours

Closing Keynote: The Affordable Care Act and the Massage Profession

Wrap up your convention experience with this dynamic panel discussion on the background of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on massage therapy and other integrative therapies. Learn how the implementation of ACA will impact massage therapists across the country.

Thought leaders who are experts in healthcare, insurance and public policy will close convention by sharing strategies for the profession and its impact on your practice.


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