Education Sessions - Friday

Friday AM  8 a.m.–noon/ 1:30–5:30p.m.  4 CE Hours

Body Reading and Assessment (Hands On)
- 8 CE Hours -
All Day Session: 8 a.m. - noon, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Kevin Lucas
Kevin Lucas graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy and he went on to teach at the facility from 2001 to 2003, while he continued in private practice.  He became a faculty member of the Northwest Noetic School of Massage in 2004 and is a member of the Education Council for the International Association of Structural Integrators.  He is the Founder and Director of Structural Innovations, where he teaches therapists the professional discipline of Structural Integration.

This course will introduce the practitioner to the idea of visually reading a body to determine where imbalances and restrictions may be or are coming from.  By learning how to read and see structural imbalances, deviations, and dysfunctions in the static and moving body, a therapist can more accurately treat their client and also create awareness within their clients that will allow them to more effectively participate in their healing process.

Materials Required: Wear comfortable clothing.


Integrated Lymphatic Drainage and Myofascial Treatment: Modern Approaches (Hands On) - 8 CE Hours - SOLD OUT
All Day Session: 8 a.m. - noon, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Diana Kincaid
Diana Kincaid is a licensed massage therapist and educator and specializes in injury and medical conditions, including cancer and lymphedema. She is certified in manual lymph drainage and complex decongestive physiotherapy (lymphedema) by the Földi College in Germany.  She served as national chair of the Ethics and Standards committee for AMTA, 1999-2003. Diana also served as a Trustee of the Massage Therapy Foundation, 2004-2006.

This class is an introduction to cutting edge information derived from clinical experience and new research. It integrates two important techniques appropriate for use in medical or spa settings. Integrating lymphatic and gentle myofascial techniques improves outcomes for many conditions seen in a massage practice, including injury rehab, chronic pain conditions, relaxing facial treatment and post surgical work. The inter-relationship between these two systems will be studied, in addition to indications, contraindications, anatomy, physiology and technique.

Materials Required: Massage table, bolster, blanket or shawl for comfort. Wear open neck shirt or tank top for easy access to the neck.

Active Isolated Stretching of the Neck and Shoulder (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Ben Benjamin
Ben Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine and Education. He has been authorized by Aaron Mattes to conduct independent AIS trainings.  Dr. Benjamin is the author of many articles on working with pain and injury as well as the widely used books in the field Listen to Your Pain, Are You Tense? and Exercise Without Injury. He has been in private practice for over 40 years and teaches around the world through webinars as well as in person.

This workshop will give you a solid foundation in Aaron Mattes’ active isolated stretching and the skills to apply its techniques to the neck and shoulder. You’ll leave the course fully prepared to use these techniques with your own clients. In this session you can expect to learn:
• Assess the optimal range of motion 
• Maximize flexibility 
• Stretch with precision the proximal and distal aspects
• Take joints to their healthy maximum range of motion
• Use these techniques to speed recovery from injury.

Orthopedic Massage for Pelvic Stabilization (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: James Waslaski
James Waslaski is an author and international lecturer on chronic pain and sports injuries, teaching approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe.  He’s developed seven orthopedic massage and sports injury DVDs and authored manuals on advanced orthopedic massage, clinical sports massage, and client self care.  James is currently publishing a book called, Clinical Massage Therapy, A Structured Approach in Pain Management. James received the FSMTA International Achievement Award and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2008.

This presentation will address the clinical approach to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of the lumbar spine and pelvis. Specific conditions that will be addressed are: low back pain, SI joint dysfunction, lumbar compression and bulging disc pain. In addition, hip pain, hip capsule problems, sciatica and compensatory knee pain will be discussed. Primary modalities utilized will be functional assessment, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, posturology, multidirectional frictioning, eccentric scar tissue alignment, P.N.F. stretching and patient home care protocols.  James will incorporate 3-D functional anatomy and human dissection models to support his multi-disciplinary approach.

Materials Required: Massage table, sheets and a towel.


The Five Fast Tracks to Filling Your Practice - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Eric Stephenson
Eric Stephenson is the Director of Massage Education for imassage, INC in Lexington, KY. He is a licensed massage therapist and has been an educator for over twelve years. He is an NCBTMB approved provider. Eric is an advocate for the importance of self care and optimal body mechanics for massage and bodywork professionals.

Focus your creative energy on five proven tactics for attracting and keeping clients! This visual, interactive presentation shows how to turn clients into enthusiastic fans using a client survey, feedback, consumer research, communication skills and treatment planning. Leave with a template for multi-session treatment plans and learn simple ways to fill your practice- all without spending any money on advertising!

Teaching Students with Disabilities [teachers track] - 4 CE Hours

Instructor: Al Souma
Al Souma is a rehabilitation counselor with twenty years experience at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington. He consults with instructors to find the most effective ways to meet the needs of students with various disabilities in the classroom. Al has been a national speaker for 15 years at professional conferences. He is the author of several publications and has received recognition at the state and national level for his work.

This session will focus on a Universal Design to Learning (UDL) approach to teaching students that you work with who may have a disability. Using a UDL approach will assist instructors in reaching students who may learn differently. These students could include those with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, head injuries, or mental health issues. UDL will benefit all students in the classroom regardless of ability status.

Massage Efficacy – Mayo Clinic Research and Results [Research Track] - 3 CE Hours
8-11 a.m.

Instructor: Dr. Brent Bauer
Dr. Bauer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a professor of medicine and has been on staff at Mayo Clinic for 19 years.  His research interest is the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). He has authored numerous book chapters and papers and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.  His work is at the forefront of integrative medicine – combining the best of conventional medicine with the best of evid?ence-based complementary therapies.

Dr. Bauer will review the massage research that has been conducted at Mayo Clinic to help participants achieve the following objectives:
• Develop a basic understanding of the challenges with conducting massage therapy research
• Understand the role of research in advancing the field of massage therapy
• Develop familiarity with current research documenting the efficacy of massage therapy
• Be able to communicate the evidence behind massage to health care leaders in your community.

Friday PM 1:30-5:30 p.m. / 4 CE Hours


Active Isolated Stretching of the Neck and Shoulder (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Ben Benjamin

This session is repeated. Please see description above.

Orthopedic Massage for Pelvic Stabilization (Hands On ) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT
Instructor: James Waslaski

This session is repeated. Please see description above.

Teaching Using Social Media in the Classroom [Teachers Track] - 4 CE Hours

Instructor: Felicia Brown
Felicia Brown, is the owner of Spalutions! a firm that provides training, continuing education, business consulting and marketing solutions for massage and spa professionals. She is a sought-after public speaker with appearances at many state, national and international conferences in the massage and spa industries. Felicia is also a licensed massage therapist, Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach and NCBTMB Approved Provider.

Social Media is the trend right now and it is increasingly becoming a part of the classroom. It provides a way to connect people with common interests or connections as well as to enhance the overall learning environment. This class will teach you how to use various social media applications such as Twitter and Facebook to ethically involve, enthuse and engage your students in ways you never imagined.

Setting and Managing Roles and Boundaries - 4 CE Hours

Instructor: Kirk Nelson

Kirk Nelson has been a full-time massage therapist since 1998, and founded the Heartland Institute of Touch Therapies in 2005 to promote and present quality education for the massage profession.  Kirk has taught at national conventions and various state conferences within the massage industry, has been featured in national trade publications, and has presented seminars for numerous corporations and civic groups.  He maintains a private practice, Touchwork of Weston Massage Therapy in Missouri.

Boundaries define who we are and healthy boundaries are essential to maintaining a balanced life and successful practice.  Some boundaries are unmovable foundation stones of our core being, yet others need to grow and change as we do.  Learn skills such as how to set/reset and evaluate your boundaries, and how to manage situations when your boundaries are crossed.

Research Posters: How to Make Them, Read Them, and Use Them [Research Track] - 4 CE Hours 

Instructor: Kim Goral-Stevenson
Kim Goral-Stevenson, MS, LMT, NCTMB, is a massage therapist and researcher.  Kim has worked on a number of research projects and is interested in the effect of massage therapy on psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. 

In this engaging and interactive class, attendees will learn about research posters including how and why to make them.  The first part of the class will be centered on an overview of research and research posters.  In the second half, attendees will create their own research posters using a case report of their choice.  No previous research experience is necessary to enjoy this class.

Materials Required: Optional: A case report of interest that will be turned into a poster during the class.  All other poster materials and additional case report abstracts will be provided by the instructor.

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