Continuing Education - Saturday, October 26 | AMTA 2019 National Convention

AMTA 2019 National Convention

AMTA 2019 National Convention

October 24-26 | Indianapolis, IN

Jump ahead: Morning Sessions 

8am-Noon | 4 Credit Hours

Business Ethics for Massage Therapists 

Kelly Bowers, LMT has been teaching business practices to massage therapists since 2003. In 2019, she published The Accidental Business Owner: A Friendly Guide to Success for Health & Wellness Practitioners. 

Massage therapists are well-versed in ethics for the therapeutic relationship; however, they may not be as informed about business ethics. If business ethics are not aligned with therapeutic ethics, therapists risk creating a "split personality” in their practice. This session will focus on the foundation of business ethics and decision-making strategies for massage therapists.

Introduction to Massage with Veterans

Nicole Miller, MS, LMT is an instructor at Crouse Health’s Community Engagement program and a licensed massage therapist in New York. She has taught massage education programs at Clear Path for Veterans, Upstate Medical University, and Crouse Hospital.

Using the Biopsychosocial Model of Care, identify principles, philosophies and methods for integrating massage into veteran patient’s care. Explore the type of training and education needed to provide massage therapy to this population. Learn how massage can support veteran-specific health care.

From Burned Out to Shining Bright (Hands-on)

Felicia Brown is the owner of Spalutions and provides business and marketing advice to massage, spa and wellness professionals. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 1994 and owns A to Zen Massage, a  wellness spa in Greensboro, NC. 

Are you exhausted and tired of spinning your wheels to keep up with your massage business and life? Explore self-care tips and strategies to re-energize your body, mind and practice. Gain increased clarity and renewed excitement for your massage therapy career. 

Materials Required: This class does not require a table.

Massage and the Ribcage (Hands-on)

George Russell is a bodyworker, movement analyst and chiropractor in New York City. He teaches technique, philosophy and kinesiology to massage therapists. 

The ribcage is a major weight segment of the body, important for protection, mobility, support and movement. We will review basic anatomy of the thorax and its major musculoskeletal structures. Close observation and analysis of the ribcage in breathing and other motion, will lead directly into the application of massage techniques. 

Materials Required: This class does not require a table.

Massage Therapy in Collaborative & Integrative Care

Leisa Bellmore is a shiatsu massage therapist, speaker and researcher at the Artists’ Health Centre, an integrative clinic at Toronto Western Hospital. She has presented and published nationally and internationally, and is pursuing an MSc in Complementary Medicine Research.

As integrative medicine emerges as a new standard of care, it presents both challenges and opportunities. Learn strategies to help massage therapists enhance collaboration with other healthcare practitioners, and engage patients as active partners in their care plans.

Essentials of Orthopedic Assessment  (Hands-on with table)


Whitney Lowe, BA, LMT directs the Academy of Clinical Massage. His philosophy of education encourages both innovation and outcome-based therapeutic solutions. 

Massage therapists are called on with increasing frequency to address pain and injury problems, and they may only have basic level skills for evaluation, application and interpretation of results. This session provides essential strategies and methods for employing orthopedic assessment that can be used right away to best help your clients.

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

Lymphatic Massage Techniques for the Face, Head and Neck (Hands-on with table)

Nicola McGill, LLSA, LMT, NCTMB, CLT, has over 15 years of experience in the field of massage and bodywork. She teaches the Vodder Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage thoughout the U.S. Nicola has done extensive work with oncology massage including breast cancer rehabilitation, and head and neck lymphedema management. 

Learn lymphatic massage techniques gentle enough for clients to tolerate on the face, head and neck, yet powerful enough to relieve uncomfortable edemas, lymphedema or bruising from surgery or trauma. This accessible massage modality is a helpful addition to any therapist’s toolbox. 

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

Low Back Pain: Providing Relief after Abdominal Surgery (Hands-on with table)

Jenice Mattek specializes in educating and treating women 6 weeks to 60 years post-surgery. Jenice is a licensed clinical massage therapist and the Director of the Institute for Integrative Health & 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 discomfort utilizing an easy-to-follow system.

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

Integrated Neuromuscular Therapy  (Hands-on with table)


Dr. Theresa Schmidt has been an orthopedic certified specialist PT and massage therapist for over 30 years. She combines massage therapy and other approaches with current evidence to achieve lasting results. 

Massage therapists typically use deep compression to relieve trigger points (TPs), often resulting in their own hand strain and/or pain. Learn techniques that release painful TPs with gentle movement. Healthy hands can extend your career. 

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

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Becky P., AMTA member since 2005