Saturday, October 29 Education

Jump ahead: Morning Sessions | Closing Session

Morning Education, 8am-Noon | 4 Credit Hours

The Mystery of Pain (Repeat)

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.

Massage & Pathology: Top 10 Diseases


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.

Chronic diseases affect many clients. Examine the top ten pathologies—including diabetes and cancer—their complications, and treatments such as medication use. Learn how to customize massage plans to individual clients, explore challenges your clients with these conditions face and find out how to bridge the research-to-practice gap.

Massage Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders


Tami Goldstein is a licensed massage therapist and Upledger certified CranioSacral therapist, specializing in bodywork for individuals with autism. She is a continuing education provider, author and advocate for autism.

Individuals on the autism spectrum can benefit greatly from massage therapy. Learn how massage therapists can successfully work with the autism population with a solid understanding of autism and some modifications to massage therapy application.

Financial Tips for Massage Business Pros

Joe Martin is a results-oriented investment and retirement sales professional. He is the retirement Business Development Officer for PNC Institutional Asset Management Group where he manages sales for Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and other opportunities.

Get business planning guidance for all stages of a massage therapist’s career. Gain insight into starting your own business, becoming an independent contractor, financial planning, cyber security, mobile payments, and investments. Personal financial health will be covered for your professional and personal goals.

Ethics for Massage Therapists: How We View & Choose Our Actions (Repeat)

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.

The Ribcage & Diaphragm (Hands-on)


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.

The ribcage is a major weight segment of the body, important both for protection and movement. Review anatomy of the thorax and its muscular and fascial connections, discuss common thoracic restrictions and learn techniques to open the thorax.

Materials Required: Linens

Dimensional Massage Therapy for the Leg, Ankle and Foot (Hands-on)


Nancy W. Dail, BA, LMT, NCTMB, has been a massage therapist and AMTA member since 1974. She is the founder of the Downeast School of Massage. Nancy presents workshops, is certified in orthopedic and sports massage and has developed the working philosophy of dimensional massage therapy, featured in Kinesiology for Manual Therapies.

How do structural gait issues relate to knee, hip and back pain? Explore a variety of common leg, ankle, and foot conditions. Learn evaluation techniques designed to assess postural considerations, as well as Dimensional Massage Therapy techniques.

Materials Required: Massage table

Forearm Massage: Save Your Hands & Your Career (Hands-on)


Shari Auth is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist certified in the Rolf Method of structural integration and Chinese herbology. She is the author of Auth Method: A Guide To Using The Forearms,  produced instructional DVDs on forearm massage and teaches online and in-person.

Sustainable massage techniques can increase productivity and career longevity. Forearm massage reduces wear and tear on the more fragile joints of the hands and wrists. Learn light or deep tissue forearm massage techniques for the back, with accompanying body mechanics.

Materials Required: Massage table

Closing Session, 2-4pm | 2 Credit Hours

Bringing Home the Gold: Olympians + Massage Therapy

Dr. Brent Bauer, Bonnie Blair, Alicia Dana, Kerri Strug, Abby Wambach

Research shows massage therapy can benefit athletes of all fitness levels, and Olympic athletes are no exception. A panel of elite athletes will share how massage therapy helped them reach their Olympic dreams. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Brent Bauer will moderate the discussion and explain the science of massage for athletes. Learn more about our Olympians »

"The support I’ve received at the various levels of my career has been key
in helping me get to the place I am today."

Lee S., AMTA member since 1995