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In observation of the Thanksgiving holiday, AMTA National Office will be closed Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM CST
through Friday, November 24, 2017. 
You can reach us during our normal business hours starting Monday, November 27, 2017.

Education Sessions

The AMTA 2018 School Summit, February 15-16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, features high quality educational programming designed to strengthen your massage therapy school, your career and your students.

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Thanks to our speakers for bringing high quality content and discussion to the AMTA 2018 Schools Summit! Explore education sessions & programming »


AMTA’s 2018 Massage Profession Research Report

Winona Bontrager and Cynthia Ribeiro | Friday, February 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

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 president 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.

Start the day off with an overview of this outstanding resource designed to give you the information you need to improve your school, address the needs of your students and respond to changes within the profession. You’ll engage in discussions with fellow attendees about how to use this report as soon as you return home! All summit attendees receive a complimentary copy of the resource.


Teaching in the Fourth Wave: the Value of Learning from Failures

Karen Guerin |  Friday, February, 16, 9:45-11:45 a.m.

Karen Guerin, LMT, RPP, RPE, BCPP, MLA, has been a bodywork and massage therapy practitioner since the late 1980s. She is an associate professor with 10 years of experience at the community college level. As a Registered and Board Certified Polarity Practitioner, she is also a Polarity educator through the American Polarity Therapy Association. It is her desire to share her knowledge, training, and experience wit massage educators during the challenges of a rapidly changing culture.

The fourth technological wave is upon us! How do we teach learners in the age of robotics? Brain science shows that learning can be compared to a computer model (RAM and ROM) and we can optimize the potential for retention by using our most human and misunderstood trait: failure. How we manage and deliver content can create success out of failure.


The Inner and Outer Body Experience: Teaching Self-Care Skills

Robin Anderson | Friday, February 16, 1-3 p.m.

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. 

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