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Continuing Education - Friday, September 15

Jump ahead: Full Day Education | Morning Education | Afternoon Education

Reserve Your Spot at the Largest Event in the Massage Profession

Earn 18+ massage therapy CE credits September 14-16 in Pasadena, California.

Register now for the AMTA 2017 National Convention »

Full Day Education: 8am-5:30pm  | 8.5 Credit Hours

Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists (Hands-on)

Steve Jurch has worked in the clinical or sports environment for 20 years. He has 17 years of teaching experience, including directing a massage therapy program and teaching continuing education both nationally and internationally. He has a master's degree in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.

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

Note: This course is part of the AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate program. Learn more about the online CE courses and exam »

Materials Required: Massage table


Full Day Education: 8am-5pm | 8 Credit Hours

Rotational Forces: Their Impact & Massage Therapy (Hands-on)

Lee Stang has been a massage therapy educator since 1996. She has extensive experience teaching anatomy/physiology, clinical massage techniques and sports massage at the CT Center for Massage Therapy and Bridges To Health Seminars. Lee travel internationally as a massage therapist with the Women's Tennis Association. 

Limitations in rotation can create compensatory motions that can lead to pain, dysfunctional technique and injury. Learn about the anatomy of rotation from the pelvis through the thoracic spine, issues that might inhibit rotation and techniques to help unlock this pivotal area.

Materials Required: Massage table, lotion, linens


Morning Education, 8amNoon | 4 Credit Hours

Traditional Thai Massage (Hands-on)

Jill Burynski is a nationally recognized  Thai massage teacher. Since 2008, she has certified massage therapists nationwide and in Thailand. She is a graduate of the Old Medicine Hospital and ITM in Chiang Mai and she owns and operates Town Mountain Massage Therapy in Asheville, North Carolina.

Curious about Thai massage? This introduction will review the theory and history of Thai massage, as well as the benefits for both the client and practitioner. Learn signature Thai moves that you can easily add to your table massage.

Materials Required: Massage table, loose fitting clothing


Pediatric Massage Therapy: An Innovative Approach for Children's Health Care

Tina Allen, founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation, is an educator and author in infant and pediatric massage therapy. She is the author of the bestselling A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children. Tina has trained health care staff and created pediatric massage programs in 100+ medical institutions around the world.

Explore the many benefits of pediatric massage, and how it is being used in health care settings around the globe. Learn evidence-based, developmentally appropriate and safe approaches to provide the best care to pediatric clients.

Materials Required: Mat or blanket


Pour, Don't Push: How to Massage With Greater Depth & Ease (Hands-on)

David M. Lobenstine, LMT, is a massage therapist, writer, teacher and editor. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Swedish Institute. Combining deep tissue and myofascial work with an attention to the breath, he helps both clients and fellow massage therapists inhabit their bodies with greater ease and effectiveness.

Instead of pushing massage clients into feeling better, learn how to pour into the client. Rediscover massage therapists’ most powerful therapeutic tools – breath and your body weight – and how to work deep with less strain.

Materials Required: Massage table, comfortable clothing, two sheets, a face cradle cover and lotion


How Does Communication Support Ethical Client-Centered Care?

Pam Fitch is an educator, writer and long-time practitioner who consults and  advocates for the massage therapy profession on an international level. Her work explores professional and ethical challenges,  communication and the therapeutic relationship.

Communication skills lie at the heart of massage therapy, and they have the capacity to support or undermine client experiences. Learn basic interviewing and advanced communication techniques to enhance massage therapists’ professionalism and promote client-centered care.


Expert Panel: Applying Sports Massage Research (Research Track)

Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and has been an LMT and AMTA member since 1999. She pursued a doctoral degree in public health to contribute to the growing field of research that may help integrate massage therapy in health behavior interventions.

Albert Moraska is a research section editor for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and author of over 25 peer-reviewed research manuscripts. He has a wealth of experience reviewing, critiquing and writing for the scientific literature.

A panel of experts will discuss sports massage research and give insights on applying it to your massage therapy practice, whether you're working with elite athletes or weekend warriors. Hear from the Massage Therapy Foundation practitioner case report winner

This session counts toward the research requirements for Board Certification renewal.


Teachers Day

Teachers Day: Educators Knowledge Forum - 8-10am

Winona Bontrager founded the Lancaster School of Massage in Pennsylvania in 1991. She teaches massage therapy and maintains a private practice. Winona is an AMTA past resident and an AMTA Council of Schools past president. She graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 1986.

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

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

Student Clinic - Making the Most of It - 10am-Noon

Julie Goodwin is a longtime educator and an NCBTMB approved provider. She is the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and creator of TxPlanner.org. She was named the 2016 AFMTE Educator of the Year.

Learn how to maximize every massage student’s clinical experience. Get an overview of best practices in clinical supervision and leave with tangible ideas to immediately put into action.

Learn more about Teachers Day at the AMTA 2017 National Convention!


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

The Integrated Body (Hands-on)

Timothy Agnew completed the Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) at Barry University and the University of South Florida. He is the co-author of Kinesiology for Manual Therapies. Tim is an active member of the Fascia Research Society and researches fascia. He has a private practice in Sarasota, Florida.

Fascia, or connective tissue, plays a large role in health and wellbeing. Learn the science of connective tissue based on recent studies in fascia dissection and science congresses. Perform exercises focused on connecting the body.

Materials Required: Massage table


Clinical Applications of Current Pain Science (Hands-on)

Whitney Lowe directs the Academy of Clinical Massage, offering certification and advanced training to therapists worldwide. His career spans two decades and includes extensive clinical work, research, publication and teaching in advanced and orthopedic massage. He is the author of Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy.

Advances in pain science research have prompted a shift in how massage therapists address pain conditions. Learn how to apply current pain science principles to dramatically change your work and make it easier on you.

This session counts toward the research requirements for Board Certification renewal.

Materials Required: Massage table


Business Head, Healing Heart

Kelly Bowers has taught basic business skills to massage therapists since 2003. She writes a blog on the business of massage, wrote a business column for AMTA-DC for eight years and she has presented nationally and regionally. Her book on the business of massage will be published in 2018.

When the values governing the massage and business side of our work aren't aligned, we limit our ability to thrive. Identify and reconcile discrepancies between your business head and your healing heart. Develop an ethic of business grounded in the highest values.


Introduction to Headache Relief Techniques (Hands-on)

Susan Juczak has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 30 years and an educator for more than 17 years. She is a graduate of The Swedish Institute and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. She is an NCBTMB approved Continuing Education Provider and teaches workshops nationwide.

Learn techniques to help clients with muscular tension-type headaches. Review common factors in headaches, anatomy, trigger point techniques, muscular imbalances and relaxation approaches, and create a headache questionnaire.

Materials Required: Massage table


How Does Communication Support Ethical Client-Centered Care? (Repeat)

Pam Fitch is an educator, writer and long-time practitioner who consults and  advocates for the massage therapy profession on an international level. Her work explores professional and ethical challenges,  communication and the therapeutic relationship.

Communication skills lie at the heart of massage therapy, and they have the capacity to support or undermine client experiences. Learn basic interviewing and advanced communication techniques to enhance massage therapists’ professionalism and promote client-centered care.


Teachers Day

The Three Pillars of Education: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

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.

Examine best massage therapy teaching strategies to help students learn the curriculum and optimal methods to evaluate education outcomes. Share your experiences and discuss the boundaries between students and instructors.

Learn more about Teachers Day at the AMTA 2017 National Convention!

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