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Saturday, April 23 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

CSMT (Community Service Massage Team, Outreach Division)
Linda Bucher  - 4 CE Hours

 

Come learn more about the Community service Massage team which consist of two divisions: the emergency Response team and the Community outreach team.

 

This training will focus on the Community outreach team. If you find you are interested in giving back to your community then you will like this training.

 

Save Your Hands
Tim Morford - 4 CE Hours

 

Save Your Hands, provides you practical techniques and tips to reduce fatigue and help with extending your career. Attendees will learn to reduce the physical demands on their own bodies while still providing thorough hands-on treatment to their clients. 

 

This innovative and fun class is taught in an informal style that encourages active participation. Attendees come away from the workshop with an excellent overview of ergonomics and injury prevention principles and a self-care action plan.

 

The Ethics of Client Communication: Talking to Clients About Their Health
Ruth Werner - 4 CE Hours

 

How many times have you worked with a client and noticed something that made you wonder about his or her health? How many times have you felt uncomfortable discussing it?
this class addresses the delicate art of communicating professionally and with open hearts when we have concerns about our clients’ well being.

 

Key topics include:

  • Medications that may influence bodywork choices;
  • Visual or palpatory signs that are red flags;
  • Maintaining boundaries for client safety (how to say “no” when your client says “yes”)

Basic principles of active listening will be reviewed and employed as students break into small groups to role-play a variety of difficult client-therapist conversations, all based on real-life situations provided by past participants. students will develop the skills to make responsible, professional, clientcentered choices with their work—even when those clients may have diseases or conditions that make many types of massage impractical.

 

Saturday, April 23 - 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

 

 

Building Community Through Volunteerism
Allison Hanelt - 4 CE Hours

 

Are you passionate about massage and craving ways to get more involved with your chosen career? Volunteering is an inspiring way to make friends, gain experience and support the massage profession on top of being chock-full of professional growth opportunities. It’s also a lot of fun to hang out with other LMPs! Come hear the stories of a panel of accomplished volunteers and discover how you can support the massage community in Washington state.

 

Sports Calibration
Scott Lesieur - 4 CE Hours 

 

If you are looking to join the Washington sports Massage team or just enhance your sports massage skills, our WSMt skills Calibration is right for you. over the course of three hours we will cover the basics of sports massage from: pre-event massage, post -event massage, inter/intra -event massage, thermal dysfunction, cramp management, and the psychology of the athlete.

 

You will also have the opportunity to practice hands-on techniques in an approachable atmosphere and will receive our skills Calibration Manual to take with you.

 

Massage Therapy and Pathology Herpes and Hep and Flu—Oh My!
Ruth Werner - 4 CE Hours

 

Massage therapists work more closely with their clients than any other health care professional. Come learn about the latest research and guidelines for bodywork in the context of clients who may have contagious conditions. Updates on HIV/AIDs, hepatitis A, B, and C, tuberculosis, flu, MRsA infections and other conditions will be explored in the context of how bodywork can influence these processes.  Arm yourself with the best protection: information!

 

 

 Saturday, April 23 - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm 

 

 

Understanding the Somatic Nervous System and Proprioception
Brian Utting  - 8 CE Hours

 

When we are at our best in a massage, we are skillfully engaged in a conversation with our client’s nervous system, including the autonomic and somatic components. In this class we will focus on the somatic (musculoskeletal) nervous system, including proprioception, cortical limbic (ie, conscious, unconscious, and emotional) influences, reflexes, guarding responses, coordination, and the gamma efferent system. this will be more than just a physiology lecture, it is a course designed specifically for massage therapists. the focus will be on implications for bodywork, and how to skillfully and effectively apply this knowledge in your bodywork practice. You will gain a deeper understanding of the somatic nervous system, and how it applies to massage and to life. the course will go beyond what is typically taught in massage schools or in anatomy and physiology courses.

 

Here’s what a former student said about this course after completion:

 

“The information was presented clearly and logically, and is all useful for me in my practice. I already notice more awareness in my work. It has increased my understanding of why I do what I do when I’m working.” Jennifer Gagnon

Deep Tissue

Gary Schweitzer - 8 CE Hours

 

In this one-day introductory workshop participants will gain a deep understanding of the root causes of occupational strain and injury based on the science of cumulative load and shear.

 

Participants will be introduced to a strong bio-mechanical focus and will experience how effective posture can eliminate occupational strain issues while practicing the basic massage techniques such as effleurage. With the introduction of these new postures the participants will also be introduced to two of the six foundational techniques in this system; the fist and hand and the elbow and hand technique on the back.

 

Attendees will learn how to set up the postures and combine the techniques so that they can work at a deep level with the least amount of effort. they will be taught how to minimize the discomfort for the client with the introduction of the “gate theory”.

 

Sunday, April 24 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

The Heart is King Certified Training in CPR & First-Aid with an East-Asian Perspective

Rebekah Demeril - 4 CE Hours

 

Much more than a CPR course! the Heart is King is a one-ofa-kind workshop to not only certify in the very practical, life saving skills of CPR and first aid, but to also learn about the heart, from the heart. this technique will be engaging the body, mind and spirit with a blend of modern medicine from the west, ancient medicine from the east, and the wisdom of Zen and taoist traditions.

 

Traditional Chinese medicine considers the heart to be the king of all the internal organs and rightfully so, considering that without the heart, our bodies could not survive. now in these changing and dynamic times many people are awakening to the importance of living with heart in a much broader sense, to find meaning in what we do and to make a difference. World events continue to unfold as we all search for fulfillment in our relationships and activities, ever striving to connect with something to show us the way. Fortunately, the answers are woven into the fabric of history in our own hearts, needing only some guidance and encouragement to be nurtured and shared with the rest of humanity.

For more information visit: http://www.traumaprograms.com/

 

Touching the Mind: Mental and Mood Disorders for Massage Therapists

Ruth Werner - 4 CE Hours

 

This class addresses some of the most common mental health and mood disorders seen in our culture today. In addition to reviewing some of the pathophysiology and contributing factors to mental health and mood-related conditions, we will discuss common conventional treatment options, and what we know about how massage therapy can have the most positive impact for clients who live with these challenges.

In alignment with the newest edition of Diagnostic and statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DsM-V), this class will examine various types of depression, bipolar disease, anxiety disorders, PtsD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, and others as time allows. the research about the positive effects of massage for mood disorders is strong and consistent, and it is our responsibility to deliver the safest, and most compassionate, and most effective massage therapy our clients can ask for. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the conditions that affect your clients’ lives: you’ll be a better therapist for it!

Save Your Hands
Tim Morford - 4 CE Hours

 

Save Your Hands, provides you practical techniques and tips to reduce fatigue and help with extending your career. Attendees will learn to reduce the physical demands on their own bodies while still providing thorough hands-on treatment to their clients. 

 

This innovative and fun class is taught in an informal style that encourages active participation. Attendees come away from the workshop with an excellent overview of ergonomics and injury prevention principles and a self-care action plan.

 

Sunday, April 24 - 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

 

The Heart is King Certified Training in CPR & First-Aid with an East-Asian Perspective

Rebekah Demeril - 4 CE Hours

 

Much more than a CPR course! the Heart is King is a one-ofa-kind workshop to not only certify in the very practical, life saving skills of CPR and first aid, but to also learn about the heart, from the heart. this technique will be engaging the body, mind and spirit with a blend of modern medicine from the west, ancient medicine from the east, and the wisdom of Zen and taoist traditions.

 

Traditional Chinese medicine considers the heart to be the king of all the internal organs and rightfully so, considering that without the heart, our bodies could not survive. now in these changing and dynamic times many people are awakening to the importance of living with heart in a much broader sense, to find meaning in what we do and to make a difference. World events continue to unfold as we all search for fulfillment in our relationships and activities, ever striving to connect with something to show us the way. Fortunately, the answers are woven into the fabric of history in our own hearts, needing only some guidance and encouragement to be nurtured and shared with the rest of humanity.

For more information visit: http://www.traumaprograms.com/


Massage Therapy and Pathology: Fibromyalgia and the “Invisible” Diseases

Ruth Werner - 4 CE Hours

 

Fibromyalgia syndrome is the second-most commonly diagnosed musculoskeletal disorder in the United states— only osteoarthritis is diagnosed more often. Yet, little is well understood about this common condition—including that it turns out not to be a musculoskeletal disorder! this class will examine current thinking about the etiology of fibromyalgia, along with its most common comorbidities: conditions that have a huge overlap with FMs, or that may contribute to a misdiagnosis. these include myofascial pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and others.

 

Participants will emerge with a new understanding about how these conditions fit together, and what the research says about how massage therapy can be used in these situations for the best possible benefit. Come prepared to learn and to share your experiences with other therapists.

Introduction to Ashiatsu

Mariah Neeson - 4 CE Hours

 

Leave an actual imprint on your clients with Mariah and Jeni at the Introduction to Ashiatsu class. this is a special mashup class that will teach you some very simple principals and benefits of Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar therapy, with some easy to apply techniques using your feet to do the deep massage work. this class doesn’t certify you to provide Ashiatsu, but it is a step in the right direction to saving your hands, lengthening your career, with a deeper understanding of a unique service that will help you literally and figuratively step up and stand out from your local competition. Bring: your soft, clean pedicured feet, hand sanitizer or sanitizing spray, a hand towel, a pair of clean slippers or flip flops, a massage table, a set of sheets, and your favorite creme/lotion or oil.

 

Sunday, April 24 - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

 

Incorporating the 5 Elements Theory & The Meridian System

Tianne Curtiss - 8 CE Hours

 

Discover the principles behind the theory of 5 elements, and the Meridian system, and how this can be incorporated into your life and practice. A basic overview of traditional Chinese Medicine (tCM) will lead us to discussing each element and the meridians associated. You will leave with a better understanding of tCM and how congested energy in our body can cause health problems. As well as discussing the elements and meridians we will practice a few simple routines to stimulate them. We will trace the meridians on ourselves and each other, as well as coloring them on paper and your own meridian doll.

 

Discover how foods, colors, season’s and scents can help our health, well-being and ways to promote balance.

 

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso (Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, QL and Paraspinals)

Brian Utting - 8 CE Hours

 

These muscular structures support the core—they are integral to maintaining balance, structural alignment, ease of breathing, mobility, and the ability to function without lower back pain. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep tissue techniques to release the iliopsoas, diaphragm, QL, lower multifidus, and the lumbodorsal fascia. these are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. there will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures with an eye toward fascial continuities and the functional relationships between them. We will also focus on correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results.

 

In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle specific Deep tissue techniques for the Paraspinals (erector spinae and transversospinalis) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. the emphasis will be on releasing and unbinding the erector spinae group, the transversospinalis group, the lumbodorsal fascia, and the quadratus lumborum. these muscle-specific techniques will improve the precision and effectiveness of your back massage, and can be easily integrated to your style of bodywork. Body mechanics will continue to be a focus of the class, as well as proper use of elbows, fingers and knuckles to save wear and tear on joints. students who have taken this class have reported that they were able to apply the techniques in their practices right away and that their clients loved the results, feeling a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their backs.

 

 

Two Day Session

Saturday April 23 & Sunday April 24 - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

 

Lymphofascial Scar Release

Lisa Santoro - 16 CE Hours

 

A two day course focusing on how to address deep tissue and surface scarring for clients. Learn the difference between immature and mature scarring as well as proper handling of locations to encourage healing and repair.

 

Learn how to treat surgical scars, radiation scarring, as well as how to differentiate between scar types and the long-term affects of scarring.

 

 

 

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9/14/2017 » 9/16/2017
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Annie LaCroixAnnie is President of the AMTA Washington Chapter
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