Education Sessions - Saturday

Saturday AM  8 a.m. – noon / 4 CE Hours     


Ramp Up Results With Active Techniques (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Whitney Lowe
Whitney Lowe is the author of the books, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy, and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique. Currently he is the director of OMERI, Orthopedic Massage Education and Research Institute in Sisters, Oregon.

In this dynamic course, explore results-producing active engagement techniques. These workhorse treatments are not just another technique – they are an engaged approach that will ramp up your treatment success for common to challenging conditions. Learn what complaints benefit most from AE, how to apply them, and the crucial clinical decisions needed for treating pain and injury complaints. AE allows you to use less effort while gaining more results – thus adding to your career longevity.

Materials Required: Massage table, lotion, sheets.

This session is repeated.


Massage in Hospice Care: What’s Our Role? [Health Care Track] - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Ann Catlin
Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT is an expert and leader in the field of massage therapy in eldercare and hospice. In an effort to make a positive contribution to care settings, she founded the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC an organization that offers Compassionate Touch® training internationally.

The essence of hospice care is to help the dying person live well and to support quality of life. More than ever before hospice organizations offer massage therapy services for their patients. In this session you will explore a frame of reference for massage in end-of-life care; the five dimensions of pain; how research supports the role of massage; focused touch and sensitive massage techniques; current trends in hospice care and practice building guidelines.

Materials Required: Standard pillow and lotion.


Corrective Bodywork: the Lower Body (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Bruce Costello
Dr. Bruce Costello is a massage therapist, chiropractor and corrective exercise specialist.  He founded Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health in Atlanta, GA.  He maintains a private practice in corrective bodywork and teaches throughout the southeast.  He has extensive knowledge of neuromuscular therapy, muscle energy techniques, assessment, rehabilitation and corrective exercise.  His teaching style is very interactive with lots of hands-on practice.  He is a passionate educator with over 25 years of experience. 

The human movement system relies on the integrated function of the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.  Any imbalance in one or more of these systems will lead to somatic dysfunction.  In this hands-on course participants will learn soft-tissue assessment skills for the low back.  Once the neuro-musculo-skeletal imbalances are identified, then treatment protocols will be taught to stimulate underactive tissues and release overactive tissues.  To remain symptom-free self-care activities will be taught. 

Materials Required: Massage table, lotion, comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Carpal Tunnel and Tennis Elbow (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Gene Hummel
Dr. Gene Hummel, ND has 26 years experience, and is a Naturopathic Doctor and National Instructor of Bowen Therapy.  He has a Doctorate in Homeopathy, Natural Medicine, and a Master of Science in Natural Health, Nutrition, and Homeopathic Therapeutics.  He obtained licenses and certifications from American Naturopath Medical Association, Bowen Therapy International, and Biomedicine.

Bowen is a holistic and gentle tool used to facilitate healing of the whole body. The moves bring about results by penetrating to a deep cellular level, incorporating the body’s unique ability to restore balance through the autonomic nervous system and allowing the body to engage in its own healing in optimal fashion.  Tennis Elbow / Carpal Tunnel Bowen Technique is a technique that can produce healing and release of pain at the wrist, elbow, and arm.  The release can be so effective that the symptoms of tennis elbow or carpal tunnel are reduced considerably if not altogether. A demonstration of the technique will be shown to the group with volunteer from participants.  A test of strength will be determined, application of the technique, evaluation of results and group participation can be expected.


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.  Through role-playing and discussion, we will also explore some of the "grey areas" of ethical behavior.


Information Literacy [Teachers Track] - 4 CE Hours

Instructor: Janet Tapper
Janet Tapper MLS, University Librarian, administrates the W.A. Budden Library at the University of Western States (formerly known as Western States Chiropractic College) in Portland, Oregon. Janet regularly presents information literacy topics at library and healthcare conferences and has received commendation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation committee for co-authorship of Information Literacy Competencies for the Evidence-Based Healthcare Practitioner.

Develop information literacy skills related to evidence-informed massage practice that can be easily integrated into massage curriculums. This course will provide teachers with an outline of the basic skills necessary to efficiently use open access search tools and data bases to retrieve pertinent health care / massage information. Attendees will learn to create searchable clinical questions, basic evaluation of evidence and use of web 2.0 tools for knowledge management. Curriculum suggestions and motivating students will be explored during this hands-on interactive workshop.


Massage Therapy Research in Hospital Settings; with Massage Therapy Foundation Case Report Contest Winners  [Research Track] - 4 CE Hours

Instructors: Dr. Brent Bauer, Rosemary Chunco, Dale Healey, Allison Mitchinson
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 evidence-based complementary therapies.

Rosemary Chunco is a licensed massage therapist in private practice in Plano, Texas and the 2010 Practitioner Case Report Contest Gold Winner for “The Effects of Massage on Pain, Stiffness, and Fatigue Levels Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Case Study”. She has been a massage therapist since 2003. She has Masters in Computer Science and enjoys the satisfaction of working with people and running her own practice.

Dale Healey has been in massage therapy education for 12 years and is the Dean of the School of Massage Therapy at NWHSU. His curriculum development projects are most relevant to the development of the HBMT and Cancer and Massage Therapy courses.  He co-authored the paper “Steps toward Massage Therapy Guidelines:  A First Report to the Profession”. Dale is currently working toward his Ph.D, in Higher Education.

Allison Mitchinson, MPH is a massage therapist and researcher.  She is a program specialist at the VA Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Ms. Mitchinson has twenty years experience doing health research.  She was a co-investigator on a randomized controlled trial looking at the effect of massage on postoperative pain.  Recently, she developed a massage program at the Ann Arbor VA hospital and is doing research on the effect of massage on palliative care patients.

An ever-increasing number of hospitals now offer massage therapy, for reasons ranging from pain control to anxiety reduction to scar tissue management. As evidence about the efficacy of massage in this context grows, more job possibilities will be created. The theme for this year’s panel is Massage in Hospital Settings. Three researchers with expertise in this area will present their findings.

 In addition, this year's student Case Report Contest winner, Rhonda-Marie Avery, will present her award-winning case report entitled “Massage Therapy for Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: Alleviating a Pain in the Neck?” These contests are open to everyone, so next year it could be you!


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


Ramp Up Results With Active Techniques (Hands On) - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Whitney Lowe 

This session is repeated. Please see course description above. 

Massage and Alzheimer’s Disease - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructor: Ann Catlin
Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT is an expert and leader in the field of massage therapy in eldercare and hospice. In an effort to make a positive contribution to care settings, she founded the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC an organization that offers Compassionate Touch® training internationally.

We all know someone whose life has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Sensitive massage and focused touch are effective tools in the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease. A growing body of research suggests that massage addresses psychosocial and sensory needs and helps manage challenging behavior. In this session you will gain an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and how your touch has the power to improve quality of life for people living with this disease.

Navigating the Complex World of Health Care Integration [Health Care Track] - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructors: Rosen, Fearon, Milliman and Huff
Susan Rosen has been a massage therapist for 32 years and instructor in professional massage training programs and advanced courses at colleges & private massage schools since 1980. She is currently the owner of a group practice in a multidisciplinary health care clinic, specializing in restorative massage treatment. She is a leader in the integration of clinical and medical massage into mainstream healthcare. Susan is AMTA’s representative on the AMA CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC).

Helene Fearon, PT is a graduate of Marquette University’s Physical Therapy program, an owner of Fearon Physical Therapy, and partner in Fearon & Levine Consulting. She was appointed and is currently APTA’s representative to the American Medical Association’s CPT HealthCare Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC) and completed 8 years of service on the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel.

W. Bruce Milliman, ND is a graduate of Bastyr University and the University of Washington. He is past president of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP), past Clinical Director of the Bastyr University Clinic, past ‘Physician of the Year’, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and now serves as a member of the WANP Insurance Committee and the AANP Taskforce on Insurance and Reimbursement.  He has been active in gaining access to third party reimbursement for patients, both locally and nationally, as well as reimbursement equity for naturopathic physicians.  

Dr. William Huff graduated from UCSF School of Medicine in 1986 and Family Practice Residency at Group Health in 1993. He is board certified in family practice and has worked as a physician in large HMO (Group Health) for 20 years, as well as private practice. He is trained with certification in medical acupuncture and has additional training and experience in craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and Jin Shin Do. He currently practices at Group Health in the sports medicine clinic and is medical director for alternative services there.

Join this dynamic panel made up of professionals from traditional medicine and CAM as they discuss the realities of working within the health care system.  Discussions will include the history and current landscape of the reimbursement process including perspectives from other health care profession leaders and pioneers.  The panel will also explore the future of health care integration and the opportunities for massage therapy.

A World of Possibilities: Using Spa Employment to Springboard Your Career Success [Spa Track] - 4 CE Hours

Instructors: Mary Beth Braun, Jaime Huffman, Debra Koerner and Eric Stephenson
Mary Beth Braun is an experienced massage therapist and is passionate about advocating for career longevity for massage therapists.  She has spent several years working on behalf of the AMTA to foster greater understanding of the massage profession in the SPA industry. Mary Beth is an AMTA member and former National President.  She is the coauthor of An Introduction to Massage Therapy and has taught massage to students in a variety of settings including the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Jaime Huffman earned a master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. degree in Psychology/Health Behavior from Appalachian State University. She is licensed in therapeutic massage and bodywork and is certified in spa supervision, systematic stress management training, deep tissue, prenatal/perinatal massage, reflexology, and as a Reiki master/teacher. Jaime serves on the Executive Committee of the International Spa Association (ISPA) Board of Directors and is on the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork. She is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) & the International Resort Managers Association (IRMA).

Debra Koerner is Senior Consultant of Client Experience at imassage and brings her knowledge of consumer behavior to all integral parts of the company. She is a member of the International Spa Association's marketing committee and a regular presenter for national conferences. A seasoned workshop leader, she has a wide array of business knowledge, including expertise in strategy development, customer satisfaction

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 a NCBTMB approved provider. Eric is an advocate for the importance of self care and optimal body mechanics for massage and bodywork professionals.

In this interactive panel discussion, co-hosted by ISPA, you will have the opportunity to:

• Learn a unique perspective on how to springboard your career through spa employment
• Learn the 15 insider benefits of spa employment
• Gain personal insight from and ask questions to industry experts
• Develop a new understanding for harnessing personal and professional development


Teachers and Right Use of Power in the Classroom [Teachers Track] - 4 CE Hours

Instructor: Kathy Ginn
Kathy Ginn has been active in the field of massage therapy and bodywork since 1991.  She has been teaching ethics since 1999 and is an NCBTMB approved provider. Kathy is a respected teacher who is on faculty with two massage therapy schools in Madison, WI.  She is a member of the Right Use of Power teacher’s guild, a group of passionate educators committed to the often fragile and dynamic area of ethics education. 

Class begins by exploring the multiple dynamics of the power differential while weaving in the study of boundaries. Each participant will increase skills in establishing and maintaining clear boundaries in the classroom by exploring accountability agreements, dual role relationships and the art of being prepared. Discussion will take place around some of the most common boundary challenges in the classroom. Ginn will guide each participant into a place of inward reflection examining one’s beliefs.


Fascia – What Do We Know and What Do We Notice [Research Track] - 4 CE Hours - SOLD OUT

Instructors: Dr. Thomas Findley
Dr. Thomas Findley M.D., Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the International Fascia Research Congress.  His residency and PhD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where at the University of Minnesota.  He is an active clinician (Certified Advanced Rolfer™) as well researcher at the VA Medical Center East Orange NJ and received the American Osteopathic Association 2009 Northup Award for his paper, “Three-Dimensional Mathematical Model for Deformation of Human Fasciae in Manual Therapy”.

Dr. Findley will present clinical implications of fascia, which forms a whole-body continuous three-dimensional matrix of structural support. Research findings show effects of repetitive strain, acupuncture, stretching and manual therapy on fascial cellular structure.  They also cover fascial anatomy and biomechanics and transmission of mechanical forces through the fascial network in lieu of conduction down the more traditional muscular pathways, as well as direct mechanical coupling of the muscle and local blood vessels through the extracellular matrix. 

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