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Continuing Education - Friday, August 10 | AMTA 2018 National Convention

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

Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists (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.

With a focus on utilizing critical thinking in client assessment, this workshop will help you 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: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided. 

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

Foundations in Oncology Massage (Hands-on)


Felicia Newsome is a licensed massage therapist specializing in oncology massage since 2005, when she began oncology massage training at Memorial Sloane-Kettering’s Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center. Later, she joined the integrative health team at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center, and in 2014 co-founded the CATA Oncology Massage Training Program to educate massage therapists about the latest concepts in cancer care.

Daniel Verina, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, is a registered nurse in oncology and practices at Mount Sinai Medical Center in the Multiple Myeloma Service. Since 2012, Daniel has been an adjunct professor at William Paterson University, teaching Advanced Pathophysiology and Health Assessment. He also is a member of International Multiple Myeloma Foundation Nursing Leadership Board.

Get an introduction to safe oncology massage practices. Review oncology massage basics, including how cancer is defined , cancer risk factors, side effects and palliative care and hands-on techniques to apply in your massage practice.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided. 

Morning Education, 8amNoon | 4 Credit Hours

Balance and Postural Stability Training for Massage Therapists (Hands-on)

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. Jeffrey is a speaker, author, consultant and researcher. He is a board member of the California Massage Therapy Council and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Performance Health Inc. 

Postural stability training is an important area for future growth for massage therapists. Learn the physiology of balance and how massage and sensory motor training can positively influence balance and prevent falls. Hands-on practice of massage techniques that focus on improving balance can help both massage therapists and their clients.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided. 

Fundamentals of Thai Table Massage (Hands-on)


Eric Spivack, BCTMB, EAMP, RTT is a Registered Thai Yoga Massage instructor who has studied with master teachers in Thailand since 1998. He is a nationally board certified massage therapist, an East Asian Medicine Practitioner and a certified viniyoga instructor and author.

Thai yoga massage is an interactive form of massage therapy that combines assisted yoga stretching, acupressure points and more. Learn techniques to stretch yourself and your clients using a massage table.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided.

Total Body Renewal (Hands-on)

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.

Examine the neurological foundations that define the Corrective Bodywork paradigm and mindsets for clinical success. Learn self-care strategies, including assessment skills and hands-on protocols for the lower body.

Materials Required: Course demonstrations will be hands-on. Please bring a mat/blanket if you select this class.

Note: Counts toward the self-care requirements for Board Certification.

Presence: Bringing Mindfulness to Massage (Hands-on)

Sara Pierce teaches strategies for self-discovery and relief from emotional, physical and mental pain, using touch, movement and conversation. She founded and teaches Presence in Healing and is trained in physical and massage therapy, integrated health and healing, and studies in consciousness, life-coaching, meditation/mindfulness and holistic stress management.

Develop therapeutic skills to remain in present time awareness with our clients and ourselves. This approach is especially useful for clients who experience chronic illness or pain, PTSD, stress or anxiety, and addiction recovery.

Materials Required: Course demonstrations will be hands-on. Please bring a mat/blanket if you select this class.

New Massage Research: Staying Current so You can Better Help Your Clients 

Anneke Bender, PT, MSCS, RYT200 is a physical therapist in the Eula C. & Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, which provides comprehensive MS treatment across the continuum of care. Also a certified yoga teacher, she has helped to develop a community-based program providing instruction in yoga for those living with neurological disabilities, and is a committed advocate for wellness opportunities for this population beyond the traditional scope of treatment.

Erika Larson is the lead massage therapist in a collaborative research  partnership between Emory University and the Atlanta School of Massage. She has a special interest in better understanding what factors contribute to massage therapists successfully engaging in formal research. 

Michelle Lipnicki has a diploma in massage therapy from MacEwan University in Edmonton, where she currently practices as a registered massage therapist. She also holds a degree in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and has spent time teaching yoga in Asia, Europe and Australia. 

Jeanne Massingill is trained in a variety of massage techniques, with a focus on developing techniques to help women who have undergone breast surgery. She has participated in a research study sanctioned by the National Institute of Health, Metro Hospital and Case Western Reserve that demonstrated massage techniques she developed can yield positive results in women who have had mastectomies, as well as other breast treatments. Jeanne Massingill is the owner of The Oaks Massotherapy & Botanical Spa, a personal care center committed to the health and well-being of its clients. 

Staying up to date on the latest massage therapy research is essential to providing your clients with the best care possible, especially for those who are dealing with specific health conditions, like dystonia, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Learn more about the latest research on these conditions from this panel of experts, and hear from the Massage Therapy Foundation Practitioner Case Report winner.

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.

Teachers Day: Improve Lessons with Case Studies - 10am-Noon

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 earned her doctorate in Education. Susan speaks at events across the country and is passionate about massage therapy and massage education.

With case-based learning, students can refine their critical thinking skills and reflective judgments as they discuss real-life scenarios. Learn how to used case studies and role-model guided discussions to better help your students learn how to predict myriad problems they might face in practice, as well as how to help them become more professionally proactive.

Learn more about Teachers Day at the AMTA 2018 National Convention!

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

Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Shoulder Conditions (Hands-on)


James Waslaski is an author who developed eight orthopedic massage and sports injury DVDs and manuals on advanced orthopedic massage and client self-care. He is a certified personal trainer with NASM.

Learn new approaches to myofascial and trigger point techniques. These innovative, structurally-oriented routines offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving results for rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis and more.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided.

A Dimensional Approach to Massage Therapy for Tension Headaches (Hands-on)


Nancy W. Dail, BA, LMT, BCTMB, has been a professional massage therapist and member of AMTA since 1974. She is the founder and director at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine. She has served on the AMTA national board, numerous committees and as a past chapter president. Nancy has taught and presents workshops internationally and is certified in orthopedic and sports massage.

Explore a dimensional approach to evaluating and treating tension headaches, as well as a variety of other common soft-tissue head, neck and shoulder conditions. Review anatomy and take part in hands-on instruction to help your clients better manage headache pain.

Materials Required: Please plan to bring or share a massage table if you select this class. Storage will be provided.

Vital Signs of Well-Being

Dina Markind is a personal coach who focuses on burnout prevention and recovery, with a special focus on helping professionals rediscover both their personal and professional passions.

In medicine, vital signs provide a quick assessment of physical health. Get a snapshot of your well-being so you can better evaluate your own self-care and understand the steps you need to improve your health and well-being.

Note: Counts toward the self-care requirements for Board Certification.

Evaluating the Breast Cancer Survivor

Douglas Levine is the author of the best-selling book “Answer to Cancer: A Guide to Living Cancer-free" and is the executive director of Life After Cancer Network, a nonprofit organization supporting the needs of cancer survivors.

The initial intake and evaluation is a crucial first step when working with massage therapy clients who have had breast cancer, and can help improve outcomes and enhance the client’s experience with massage therapy. Learn about breast cancer and how you can deliver value-based care to clients who are breast cancer survivors.

Military Veterans and Massage Therapy 

Rebekah Blowers, MSHS, NCBTMB, LMT, is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute and an NCBTMB-approved provider. She had eight years of honorable service with the U.S. Navy and currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Her goal in studying health administration is to bring reform and complementary integrative health—specifically massage therapy—to other veterans.

Learn how to advance the use of massage therapy for military veterans especially those receiving services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Examine the structure of the VA and how complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches, including massage therapy, are gaining ground in practice and research. Learn about the organization and approach to integrating new services at the VA, as well as providing tips on how to familiarize massage therapists with their local VA care centers.

Teachers Day

Self-Care Skills 

Robin Anderson is a board certified and licensed massage therapist and the director of the massage therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Robin has taught for seven years with experience in both proprietary schools and community colleges. Robin is a Massage Therapy Foundation board member and an active AMTA member. She has worked with the Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators (AFMTE) and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).

Correcting body mechanics and preaching self-care to students are things we do regularly as massage instructors. How can we equip them with the proper tools and awareness so that they can have long and sustainable careers as massage therapists? Explore how the scientific concepts of physics and ergonomics play an important role in body mechanics from the kinesthetic sense, but also the establishment of healthy habits and solid boundaries. Review in-class exercises to help students develop both inner and outer body awareness to help them start their careers off on the right foot.

Online registration is closed. Register on-site at the convention starting August 8.

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