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Continuing Education - Saturday, August 11 | AMTA 2018 National Convention

Jump ahead: Morning Sessions | Closing Session

8am-Noon | 4 Credit Hours

Balance and Postural Stability Training for Massage Therapists (Repeat, 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.

Integrated Massage for Lower Extremity 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 for ascending syndromes. Get hands-on instruction in functional assessment, posturology, neuromuscular therapy and other approaches to best help your clients dealing with lower extremity conditions.

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

Ethics for Massage Therapists: Boundaries & Dilemmas

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.

Boundaries give massage therapists the freedom to work in a clear atmosphere of scope of practice, utilizing our code of ethics, education and good sense. Ethics evolve and therefore need to be continually explored, discussed and defined. Learn the philosophy and science of ethics, as well as its relationship to massage therapy, clients and other health professionals.

Note: Counts toward state license renewal (where applicable) and Board Certification Ethics requirements.

Effective Soft-Tissue Strategies for Plantar Fasciitis and Plantar Fasciosis  (Hands-on)


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.

Did you know heel pain affects up to 10 percent of the population? Many long term cases of plantar fasciitis are actually plantar fasciosis, which requires a totally different massage therapy approach. Explore the difference between these two conditions and learn effective massage strategies for both.

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

Scalp and Face Protocol (Hands-on)

Julie Goodwin is a longtime massage therapy 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.

Delve deeply into the anatomy and physiology of the skull and face, and then practice specific techniques for isolating and treating the sutures of the skull and the muscles of facial expression, mastication and those anchoring the ears. Hands-on scalp and face massage protocols focused on helping clients with chronic headaches, TMJ and computer eye strain will also be covered.

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

Lymphatic Drainage: The Ocean Within (Hands-on)


Judy Stahl has been a massage therapist for more than 30 years and a hands-on health care professional since 1978. A breast cancer survivor, Judy has personal experience with restricted lymphatic flow. She enjoys teaching lymphatic drainage techniques and helping therapists to understand the lymphatic system and the benefits of manual applications.

The lymphatic system is delicate, complex, and intimately involved in healthy immune system function. This approach can help clients dealing with a variety of health issues, and it is gentle on massage therapists’ bodies. Learn lymphatic drainage theory, research and hands-on applications to help you meet the growing demand.

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

Working with Knee and Hip Replacements

Michelle Thomas has been practicing integrative medicine for more than 15 years and is a licensed massage therapist, acupuncturist and physician assistant. Today, she works at a busy orthopedic surgery practice specializing in knee and hip arthroplasty in Tucson, Arizona. In 2017, Thomas joined the Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona.

Clients who have had knee and/or hip replacement are becoming more common. Review knee and hip anatomy, knee and hip replacement procedures, precautions and contraindications, as well as common considerations you need to keep in mind when working with these clients.

Pathology and Massage: Common Diseases and Massage Considerations

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.

Infectious, degenerative and autoimmune diseases are prevalent among our clients. Learn common pathologies such as HIV/AIDS, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, scleroderma and lupus and discuss current infection control measures published by the CDC so you can better understand and work with clients with these pathologies. 

Closing Session | 2pm, 2 Credit Hours

Closing Session Panel—Military Veterans and Massage Therapy

Dr. Niki Munk is a massage therapist and assistant professor of Health Sciences at Indiana University. She is one of 13 international Fellows in ARCCIM’s International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program and a co-investigator on the VA TOMCATT study. Prior to academia, Dr. Munk was Program Director and a lead instructor for the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Today, she uses research to help bridge the accessibility gap by building a stronger evidence for the field in hopes it will lead to increased routine 3rd party coverage for massage therapy. 

Nicole Miller is a professional educator, community educator and massage therapist. As an Integrative Medicine Coordinator at Crouse Health, she facilitates patient education programs, including the Perinatal Anxiety & Depression program. Supported by experiences in higher education administration and instruction, she created the Caring Hands & Hearts Massage for Veterans program.

Dr. 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.

Military veterans can face health concerns upon returning from service, from chronic pain related to physical injuries to emotional and psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research indicates massage therapy can benefit military veterans and the unique challenges they might face.

A panel of experts - Dr. Niki Munk, Nicole Miller and Dr. Chester 'Trip' Buckenmaier - will discuss the science and benefits of massage therapy for military veterans and how to work with military veterans in your massage practice.

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

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