Friday, October 28 Education

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Full Day Education, 8am—5pm | 8.5 Credit Hours

Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

Allison Griffith has a B.S. in exercise science from the College of Charleston and is a licensed massage therapist. She was a resident massage therapist with the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and has also worked with the American Volleyball Professionals, Women’s Tennis Association and other various teams and university athletic departments.

Learn techniques, contraindications and other valuable information to take your sports massage career to the next level. Receive hands-on instruction—including a case study approach to help a shoulder injury—and tips to help you succeed in this specialty. 

Can be taken on its own or as part of the AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Program.

Materials Required: Massage table


Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

Steve Jurch has worked clinical or sports massage environment for 20 years and has taught massage therapy for 17 years. He has a master’s in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.

Learn techniques, contraindications and other valuable information to take your sports massage career to the next level. Receive hands-on instruction—including a case study approach to help a shoulder injury—and tips to help you succeed in this specialty. 

Can be taken on its own or as part of the AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Program.

Materials Required: Massage table


Sciatic Pain: Advanced Myofascial Techniques (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

Til Luchau is the author of Advanced Myofascial Techniques, Vol 1. A Certified Advanced Rolfer, he was on the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration faculty for more than 20 years. He teaches internationally and is the director of Advanced-Trainings.com.

Learn advanced myofascial techniques to improve your ability to work with sciatic-related pain. Gain fresh approaches to inspire creativity and expand your technique repertoire.

Materials Required: Massage table and linens


Morning Education, 8amNoon | 4 Credit Hours

Pharmacology for Treatment Planning

Julie Goodwin, BA, LMT, has been a massage therapist for 30 years and an instructor for 20 years. She is author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and creator of TxPlanner: Mobile Pathology for Massage Therapists. Julie is a BCTMB-Approved Provider and has presented at previous AMTA events.

Half of Americans take more than one prescribed medication every day, and many combine these with over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements. Learn how to guide the intake interview for complete, accurate drug information, and how to research medications and side effects to plan and provide safe, comfortable therapeutic massage for clients with complex health conditions and multiple medications.

Materials: Smartphone, tablet or laptop suggested


Ethics for Massage Therapists: How We View + Choose Our Actions

Greg Hurd has been a massage therapist for 31 years and is the director of career development for the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. Greg has been published in Massage Magazine and presented at the AMTA New England Regional Conference.

Massage therapists face ethical and professional issues with every massage session, including marketing, record keeping and more. Examine common ethical concerns and then explore why and how we react. This session fulfills NCBTMB's 3 credit course requirement for ethics to renew board certification.


Massage Techniques in Hospice + Palliative Care

CLASS IS FULL

Mary Cheers has been a massage therapist since 1988 and an instructor for SHI Integrative Medical Massage School since 1992. She owns The Cheerful Touch LLC, specializing in pain management, and a Hospice of the Miami Valley massage therapy provider.

Explore the special needs of the dying, ill and elderly, and how massage can enhance their quality of life. Learn to become more comfortable at the bedside, considerations for working in health care, professional expectations and safety precautions.

Materials required: Towels and creams


Research Panel: Massage in Military & Hospital Settings (Research Track)

Rachel Benbow, LMT, BA, MLIS, Research in the Profession: Student Case Report Winner, is a national award-winning massage therapist with a decade of experience in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Rachel owns The Roots of Health, a center for CranioSacral Therapy and therapeutic massage. With training in both the U.S. and Europe, Rachel’s philosophy is to therapeutically approach each client as a unique whole. 

Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) is the program director and principal investigator for the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) under the department of Military Emergency Medicine.  

Carol Fletcher, Ph.D., is a nurse researcher at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She spent many years in hospital nursing in both staff and administrative positions. After earning her Ph.D. she took a research position with the VA.

Cathy Meryanos, Research in the Profession: Practitioner Case Report Winner, has been a licensed massage therapist for 16 years in South Carolina. She is the recipient of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s 2015 Practitioner Case Report Gold Award for the case report: Utilizing Chair Massage to Address One Woman’s Health in Rural Ghana West Africa.

JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC,  is director of the Auburn University Warrior Research Center, assisting the U.S. Armed Forces in improving the physical and technical skills, equipment, health and performance of military, families and veterans. She is also the director of the Warrior Athletic Training Program at Fort Benning and an associate professor at Auburn University.

Hear about the latest in massage therapy research from high caliber researchers working in the field. Learn about the impact of massage on veterans to improve quality of life and manage pain. Also hear from the Massage Therapy Foundation practitioner and student case report winners.


Corrective Bodywork: Lower Body

CLASS IS FULL

Bruce Costello has been a massage therapist since 1979. He teaches at a massage school and offers continuing education for massage therapists. Bruce is also a formally trained educator, Doctor of Chiropractic, certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.

Lower back, pelvic and hip pain are common client complaints. Learn to assess and support massage sessions for clients with these conditions. Improve client outcomes and enhance your practice with these additional tools.

Materials Required: Mat or blanket


Postural Stability Training for Massage Therapists (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

Jeffrey Forman, Ph.D., is professor emeritus after 36 years of teaching. He was the massage therapy program coordinator at De Anza College for 23 years, and he is a speaker, author, consultant and researcher. He is on the California Massage Therapy Council and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Performance Health, Inc. 

Reduced balance is an unfortunate part of aging that can result in fractures or head injuries. Learn the physiology of balance, how massage can help and techniques that can positively influence balance.

Materials Required: Massage table


Teachers Day

Educators Knowledge Forum, 8-9:30am | 1.5 Credit Hours

Winona Bontrager founded the Lancaster School of Massage in Pennsylvania in 1991, where she teaches massage therapy.  She also maintains a private massage therapy practice in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  She is a past president of AMTA, has served on the AMTA Board of Directors since 2009 and was an AMTA Council of Schools president. She graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 1986.

Cynthia Ribeiro has a degree in physical education, studied surgical nursing and graduated from two massage school programs. She founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and was appointed honorary clinical professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. Currently, she is advanced program developer and instructor at the National Holistic Institute. She is a past president of AMTA. 

Join fellow educators for education, networking and strategies for your classroom. Discuss key challenges and opportunities in education and identify practical takeaways.


Teachers Day: Instructional Design, 9:30am-Noon | 2.5 Credit Hours

Jim O'Hara developed a private massage practice, taught massage and designed massage education program curriculums for the past 25 years. He structures learning activities to instill important knowledge and skills as curriculum coordinator for the National Holistic Institute.

Cynthia Ribeiro has a degree in physical education, studied surgical nursing and graduated from two massage school programs. She founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and was appointed honorary clinical professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. Currently, she is advanced program developer and instructor at the National Holistic Institute. She is a past president of AMTA. 

Great instructional design can elevate your students learning to new heights. Learn principles of design, explore what’s new and collaborate on a design that you can apply in your classroom right away.

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Afternoon Education, 1:30-5:30pm | 4 Credit Hours

Developing Sustainable Therapeutic Relationships with Clients (Hands-on)

Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT, has 20 years of experience in education, including as clinical faculty in a hospital based integrative medicine education program. Her teaching topics include oncology, neurological challenges, end of life care and hospital based massage therapy. Carolyn works at Laguna Honda Hospital’s pain clinic and has an integrative bodywork private practice.

When clients have major life stresses, emotional fatigue, or loss, it isn’t always clear how to proceed. Learn assessment tools to appropriately work with complex emotional challenges, and better understand the spectrum of coping strategies.

Materials Required: Massage table


Marketing Massage: Gain the Edge

Susan Salvo is a board certified massage therapist with more than 30 years of experience. She is the principal instructor at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy, has written several massage textbooks and is pursuing a doctorate in Education. Susan speaks at events across the country and is passionate about massage therapy and massage education.

To stay competitive, massage therapists should understand cutting-edge technologies while retaining compassion and ethics often lost in the digital age. Learn tried-and-true basics of personal service with innovative digital technologies to spread your message through websites, blogs, social media and more. 


Pharmacology for Treatment Planning (Repeat)

Julie Goodwin, BA, LMT, has been a massage therapist for 30 years and an instructor for 20 years. She is author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and creator of TxPlanner: Mobile Pathology for Massage Therapists. Julie is a BCTMB-Approved Provider and has presented at previous AMTA events.

Half of Americans take more than one prescribed medication every day, and many combine these with over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements. Learn how to guide the intake interview for complete, accurate drug information, and how to research medications and side effects to plan and provide safe, comfortable therapeutic massage for clients with complex health conditions and multiple medications.

Materials: Smartphone, tablet or laptop suggested


Teachers Day

Palpation—Distinguishing Tissue Textures (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

Robert Kelly has taught massage therapy for 18 years. He teaches palpation skills at Irene's Myomassalogy Institute, Oakland Community College and the Beaumont Hospital Oncology Program.

Distinguishing the various tissue layers is an essential skill for any therapist. Improve your ability to teach students to palpate superficial fascia, deep fascia and muscle layers to accurately address dysfunctions like trigger points and adhesions.

Materials Required: Massage table

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The Mystery of Pain

CLASS IS FULL

Douglas Nelson has been a massage therapist since 1977 and is the author of The Mystery of Pain. He has presented to massage therapists, medical students, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.

Explore how pain is perceived, transmitted, and changed by multiple influences. The more you understand the anatomy of pain, the more power you have to influence it and increase your effectiveness with clients in pain.


Shiatsu for Migraines (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

Leisa Bellmore is a shiatsu therapist, speaker and researcher at an integrative clinic at Toronto Western Hospital. Leisa is a past president of Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and is pursuing an MSc in Complementary Medicine Research.

The World Health Organization considers migraines a top disabling chronic condition. Shiatsu can be integrated with other approaches to help migraines. Learn the pathology of migraines, causes, self-care techniques and research.

Materials Required: Massage table or mat


The Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Mechanics (Hands-on)

CLASS IS FULL

George Russell is a bodyworker, chiropractor, dancer, teacher and movement specialist. He teaches alignment, improvisational dance, and movement for actors, as well anatomy, technique and theory courses.

By looking at rotator cuff action as a whole, it becomes easier to analyze this complex structure. Explore all areas of the rotator cuff, including the underappreciated and remote subscapularis.

Materials Required: Linens

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