Post-Convention

AMTA 2010 National Convention Post-Convention Opportunities

Minneapolis Immersion Event: A Model for Integrated Health Care - SOLD OUT

Co-sponsored by Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) and Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing (PGIHH)

Sunday, September 26, 8:00am-noon, meet outside the Hilton Hotel (convention host hotel)

Experience Minneapolis’ leading integrated health care facilities in this breakfast, tour of Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) and Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing (PGIHH), and conversation with faculty. AMTA invites you to join others interested in exploring massage therapy’s role in integrative health and wellness on Sunday morning for breakfast and a tour of two groundbreaking programs.

For those extending their time in Minneapolis, be sure to register for this stimulating post convention tour.

Heath care is trending toward a focus on prevention, wellness and treatment of the whole person. Integrative health in the acute care setting focuses on optimizing the body’s natural healing capacity, empowering patients as partners in their own care, and providing patient education for the development of self-care skills. Integrative health practitioners cross-trained in multiple mind-body modalities, including massage therapy, will be in high demand by acute care hospitals and clinics across the nation.

NWHSU and PGIHH have partnered to create a unique externship opportunity for massage therapy students to become familiar with the holistic approach and variety of modalities used at the hospital bedside in the acute care setting.

Tour participants will begin their morning by boarding a bus to Northwestern Health Sciences University where a breakfast reception will be held. During breakfast, Lori Knutson will discuss the role of integrative health as it relates to the transformation of health care. Dr. Healey will discuss the importance of partnerships for preparing massage therapists for the field of integrative health in the acute care setting.

At NWHSU, attendees will be taken on a tour of the newly renovated 300,000 square foot facility, including the Wolf Harris Center for Clinical Studies; a leader in manual therapy research. Tour participants will get a firsthand look at the state of the art research facility and see how Northwestern’s faculty researchers are contributing to the body of knowledge related to CAM and integrative health care. Also included on the tour will be the university’s classrooms and clinical spaces incorporating the latest instructional technology.

At PGIHH, part of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, attendees will receive a program tour of the nation’s largest integrated health program for hospitalized patients. In it’s first five years, 22 integrative health practitioners provided over 60,000 consults at patient besides. The tour will also include PGIHH’s Outpatient Clinic and the LiveWell Fitness Center, and a program tour of the Integrative Health Research Center and professional educational programs.


Massage Therapy Foundation Post Convention Workshop- Cancer and Massage: Safe Practice Steps for Massage Therapists and Massage Elements for Medically Complex Clients (12 CE hours)

Sunday, September 26, 12:30pm-5:30pm and Monday, September 27, 8:30am-4:30pm/ 12 CE Hours

Instructor: Tracy Walton

Tracy Walton, LMT, MS, is a massage therapist, researcher and educator in massage and cancer care, with 20 years in practice. She has worked on NIH-sponsored research on people with cancer and their caregivers.


Massage therapy is a growing part of cancer care. People seek massage therapy in conjunction with treatment, end of life care, throughout diagnosis, and in survivorship. In this lively, interactive course, we outline the steps for working safely and skillfully with people with cancer and cancer histories.

To do this, we dispel the myths surrounding massage and cancer, and discuss concrete massage adjustments for a broad range of client presentations, including bone and vital organ involvement, lymphedema, thrombosis, and side effects of common cancer treatments. We assemble questions into a brief client interview and learn how to use the client’s answers directly in the massage plan. We work with case studies in class and discuss when and how to include the client’s physician in massage planning.

We introduce simple tools to smooth the way for safe, effective massage. We use a quick “decision tree” format to identify massage contraindications and map out our adjustments in pressure, joint movement, client position and other factors. With an easy-to-use pressure scale, we describe the massage pressures used for different states of health, from robust to medically frail. The tools can be used for other medical conditions commonly encountered in massage settings such as: spas, hospitals, and private practice.

Materials Required: There is brief hands-on instruction in this workshop; massage tables are not required. Please wear sleeves that are easily rolled up for work on the arms. Hand towels and lotion will be provided.

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