Continuing Education - Saturday, September 16

Jump ahead: Morning Sessions | Closing Session

8am-Noon | 4 Credit Hours

Save Your Hands: Injury Prevention, Ergonomics & Self Care (Hands-on)

Joanne Kolodziej has been a licensed massage therapist for 19 years and a certified injury prevention instructor for more than six years. Joanne taught at a massage school for six years, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Massage therapy is physically demanding. Learn proven methods to help avoid work-related injuries, including injury prevention and ergonomic techniques.

Materials Required: Massage table, linens, lotion

Moving Your Client Beyond Low Back Pain After Abdominal Surgery (Hands-on)

Jenice Mattek specializes in working with clients six weeks to 60 years post-surgery. She co-authored What Lies Beneath: The Under-realized Effects of Breast, Abdominal and Pelvic Surgeries, How It Affects You and What You Can Do About It. Jenice is a member of AMTA and the Fascial Research Society. She is co-founder of the Institute for Integrative Health and Fitness Education.

There are millions of abdominal surgeries each year. Discover common and not-so-common causes for low back pain post-abdominal surgery, and how to help clients move beyond the pain utilizing an easy-to-follow system.

Materials Required: Massage table

Building Your Successful Sports Massage Practice

Bob McAtee, LMT, BCTMB, has been a massage therapist since 1981 and an AMTA member since 1988. As an NCBTMB Approved Provider, he regularly presents workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally on facilitated stretching, sports massage and soft-tissue injury care. He is the author of Facilitated Stretching.

Many massage therapists want to create a successful sports massage practice, but struggle in this market. Learn how to define and develop your unique message to market your business and attract and retain athletes and active clients.

Listening to Your Clients’ Bodies

Carole Osborne is a practitioner, course developer/instructor and mentor in the somatic arts and sciences. Since 1974, she has been in private practice and in affiliation with osteopathic, psychological and women’s medical settings. She is the author of Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy. She is AMTA's 2008 Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year.

Create a more collaborative, individualized, multidimensional and effective massage therapy experience. Discover a body dialogue technique to facilitate stress, pain reduction and emotional integration to help you work with a wide variety of clients.

Therapeutic Strategies for Surgeries, Scars & Burns (Hands-on)


Pete Whitridge has been a licensed massage therapist since 1988. He teaches the workshop Myofascial Components of Pain, as well as ethics and business classes. Pete is a massage school faculty member, has been involved with the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and founded the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. He received FSMTA's Charles Canfield Award and was a 2016 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame inductee.

Learn how massage therapy can affect scars and burns. Explore the physical and emotional aspects that scars can have on clients, how massage impacts scars and the stages of tissue repair. Practice light touch skills that can have profound effect on the connective tissues.

Materials Required: Massage table, linens, bolsters, blankets

Stretching the Fascial Lines (Hands-on)


Joshua Morton graduated from the Seattle Massage School in 1994. He has more than 2,400 hours of intensive training in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). He has been a massage educator for more than 10 years and authored two books on stretching.

Learn a dynamic myofascial technique for stretching the upper body quadrant.  The repeated, active muscle contractions and stretching improve range of motion,  return restorative blood and lymphatic flow and free adhered tissues.

Materials Required: Massage table

Demystifying Complex Neck Conditions (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.

Neck pain is complicated due to the biomechanical complexity of the neck and its kinetic chain. Explore the interface between biomechanics and physiology, and learn essential assessment and protocols that drive the advanced cervical approaches.

Materials Required: Massage table 

Closing Session | 2pm, 2 Credit Hours

The Happiness Advantage: Inspiring Positive Change with Shawn Achor

Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your massage clients. Shawn Achor—a leading expert on the connection between happiness and success—will share the science of how happiness inspires us to be more productive.

As one of the top TED speakers of all time and a former Harvard professor, he studies scientific breakthroughs in happiness and how to become a lightning rod for change. Shawn has partnered with Oprah Winfrey Network on “21 Days To Inspire Positive Change” and is a New York Times bestselling author. Wrap up your convention experience with a more clinical look at the importance of self-care.

Learn more about Shawn Achor & Closing Session »

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