Annual Connecticut Conference

Please join us at our Connecticut Conference!
Up to 22 CEs in one weekend
April 20-April 23, 2017
at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, CT

Register online starting 11/6/16 at
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CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS 1), Claudia Silva
part of The Upledger Institute certification program
Thursday through Sunday, 7 parts, all required

Attendees should bring: massage table & linens

Few systems have as much impact on the human body as the craniosacral system. It protects and nourishes the brain and spinal cord - and affects nearly every aspect of central nervous system performance.

That's why CST is so critical to your healthcare practice. Developed after years of university research and testing, it allows you to release fascial restrictions anywhere on the body that may be impinging the craniosacral system and every other system it interacts with.

In this workshop you'll learn gentle techniques to normalize the craniosacral system and allow the body to self-correct. By unraveling pain and dysfunction at the source, you'll naturally help eliminate stress, strengthen resistance to disease, and enhance health in every dimension.

Course Highlights: By the end of this 4-day workshop you should be able to:
  • Describe the scientific foundation and principles of CranioSacral Therapy - and why it's the key to relieving pain and dysfunction at their source
  • Demonstrate finely tuned palpation skills you can rely on as highly sensitive and intuitive healthcare tools
  • Identify the subtle craniosacral rhythm and interpret its patterns to accurately evaluate dysfunction and improvements
  • Locate the source of physical problems by traveling through the fascial system, that complex web of tissue that impacts all body structures and systems
  • Release dural tube restrictions to enhance interactions between the central nervous system and the rest of the body
  • Use techniques that produce dramatic health and relaxation effects, including Direction of Energy and Still-Point Induction
  • Work with approaches to a number of common ailments such as TMJ dysfunction, head and neck pain, central nervous system disorders and many more
  • Put a simple, effective 10-Step Protocol into practice right away

Structural Relief Therapy (SRT) for the Low Back and Pelvis, Taya Countryman
Friday through Sunday, 5 sessions, all required

Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, SRT Manual if previous attendee, wear comfortable, stretchy clothing like yoga pants, NO JEANS, NO Belts, NO Zippered Pants.
No lotions or oils needed.

Low back pain is this country’s most common and complex client symptom. Deep tissue and trigger point therapy can be effective, but when tissue tightness and symptoms return, it is time to find a different tool. SRT is a gentle, effective approach based on proven osteopathic techniques to decrease muscle contraction and symptoms, and increase ROM quickly. In this hands-on class, you will learn to assess, measure, and treat the pelvis. Taya explains how the pelvis really functions and how to gently change the culprit muscles that influence the symptoms of the low back. Using SRT, you will learn to understand scoliosis, and treat sciatica and low back pain. Since many massage therapists have these symptoms, this is a great class to experience the symptom relief yourself from in-class treatment. SRT is a tool every therapist needs.

Skin Deep: Research in the massage therapists’ role in skin health, Scott Raymond
Thursday evening
Facilitated by Scott Raymond, this class will review and discuss research findings regarding the role massage therapy takes in your clients’ skin health. Research in both Eastern and Western styles of bodywork will be covered. Participants will become more proficient in learning how to identify and describe the physical, physiological, and potentially emotional effects of various pathologies and skin conditions including scar tissue, dermatitis, eczema, and skin cancer while staying in your scope of practice.

This class qualifies as a research class for the NBCTMB renewals.
No Tables or Lotions Needed

Thai Perspectives for the Table: Lower Body, Rick Haesche
Friday morning
This class will introduce unique approaches for low back, legs, and feet using perspectives and techniques based in the massage traditions of Thailand. Performed either fully clothed or unclothed and draped on the table, we will demonstrate and practice Thai Massage techniques that will inform your practice and enhance your clients experience. Contraindications and concerns, Sen, body awareness, We’ll also explore Thailands rich medicinal history and discuss its unique approaches to bodywork and healing.

Thai Perspectives for the Table: Upper Body, Rick Haesche
Friday afternoon
In the afternoon we’ll present and practice Thai Massage approaches for the arms, shoulders, and neck. Working slow, using rhythmic compression and stretching with the breath, you’ll learn great techniques to address chronic tension and pain in the upper body.

Kinesiology Taping Redefined, Dr. Joe Lavacca
Saturday morning
All supplies needed for the course are provided. Participants should present themselves with comfortable clothing to allow for full range of motion and application of tape.

This course introduces the concept of movement therapy and enhancement via functional taping methods. It includes a review of the current literature supporting the theory of kinesiology taping for the purposes of pain mitigation, rehabilitation, edema/swelling and neurosensory input. The course is intended for healthcare providers with all levels of experience with taping. All supplies needed for the course are provided. Participants should present themselves with comfortable clothing to allow for full range of motion and application of tape.

Talking and Presenting about Massage and Written Marketing/Communication, Greg Hurd
Saturday afternoon
No Tables or Lotions Needed
In this ambitious class, we will explore:
  • Goals
  • Talking about massage, marketing and communicating through the written format.

In the first hour: We discuss the importance of stating goals in a clear manner that will actually help them become reality. In the second hour: How to talk about massage with confidence and how to cite references to show evidence of what you say. In the third hour: The many forms of written communication and marketing that range from resumes and medical histories to texting, emails, websites, and other ways to reach clients and potential clients.

Ethics and Professionalism for the Massage Therapist, Greg Hurd
Sunday morning
No Tables or Lotions Needed
As massage therapists, we face ethical and professional issues and concerns with every massage we do; with our marketing; with our record keeping; and much more. In this class, we will choose specific, common concerns, clarify our concerns are about these issues, and then explore why and how we react. Do we understand how our choices affect others? Are we clear on our intent when making decisions? Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the ethical decision-making process and confidence in the practical application of ethics in everyday business interaction.


Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm, 4 credits
S1: CST1 Part 1

Thursday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 3 credits each
S2: CST1 Part 2
S3: Massage Therapists' Role in Skin Health

Friday 9:00am - 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S4: CST1 Part 3
S5: SRT Part 1
S6: Thai Perspectives for the Table: Lower Body

Friday 2:00pm - 5:00pm, 3 credits each
S7: CST1 Part 4
S8: SRT Part 2
S9: Thai Perspectives for the Table: Upper Body

Saturday 9:00am - 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S10: CST1 Part 5
S11: SRT Part 3
S12: Kinesiology Taping Redefined

Saturday 2:00pm - 5:00pm, 3 credits each
S13: CST1 Part 6
S14: SRT Part 4
S15: Talking and Presenting about Massage and Written Marketing/Communication

Sunday 8:30am - 11:30am, 3 credits each
S16: CST1 Part 7
S17: SRT Part 5
S18: Ethics and Professionalism for the Massage Therapist

Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Annual Meeting


Claudia Silva
Claudia earned her degree in Physical Therapy in 1986 from the Federal University of Minas Gerais State, in Brazil.

She specializes in Pediatrics, is trained in Myofascial Release, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Early Intervention, infant massage, massage for special needs population, adaptive equipment assessment and fabrication and is also a Clinical Instructor.

In 1996 she added CranioSacral Therapy as a treatment modality and continues to use it in her practice. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy on Techniques and Diplomate levels and is also a certified presenter for the Upledger Institute for the ShareCare, Overview of CranioSacral Therapy and Introduction of CranioSacral Therapy workshops. She is a Certified Instructor for CranioSacral Therapy 1 and CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics 1 workshops and currently teaches within the USA, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Brazil and does various speaking engagements for the Upledger Institute.

Claudia is a CIMBE (Certified Infant Massage and Bonding Educator) and a Certified BART (Bonding and Relaxation Techniques) instructor. She teaches Infant Massage workshops for parents and caregivers of typical babies, as well as BART workshops for the special needs population caregivers.

Her Private Practice is in Orlando, FL, where she sees children, adolescents and adults and offers services in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For more information, please log on to:

Taya Countryman
Taya Countryman, LMP has been practicing massage since 1977, bringing a vast depth of practical work and teaching experience. She was one of the first LMTs to have a contract with a hospital and worked 7 years on a multidisciplinary healthcare team at the Everett Providence Hospital Pain Control Center. She was a co-author and the lobbyist for the Washington State Massage Law Revision in 1987, making massage part of the healthcare field in Washington State. As a past Washington State Massage Board Member, she helped write the WAC for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to include massage for injured workers. She received the prestigious awards from AMTA-WA for Outstanding Service to the Massage Profession in 2003, Service to the Chapter in 2006, and Chapter Meritorious in 2010. Taya was a 2013 inductee to the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. She became an advanced instructor in 1985, and is currently teaching continuing education classes across the USA on Structural Relief Therapy (SRT). Taya’s active massage practice specializes in clients experiencing complex and chronic medical conditions. She listens to the body and thinks ‘outside-the- box’ for solutions to client symptoms. Taya makes SRT classes practical and fun and willingly shares everything she knows from her 38 years of experience.

Scott Raymond
Scott Raymond is a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, and has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years. He integrates eastern and western styles of massage and bodywork to obtain optimum performance for his clients.

He was a kinesiology instructor at CCMT for 12 years and a continuing education provider for over 10 years. Scott is an active volunteer for the AMTA CT Chapter, and is currently volunteering for the AMTA on the National level. He is the co-founder of The World Skin Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to reduce the occurrence of skin cancer through the promotion of early detection, prevention and awareness. He is also an advocate for eliminating human trafficking within the massage profession.

Rick Haesche
Rick Haesche is a massage therapist, thai massage practitioner, student, teacher, and owner/director of the bodymind center for thai massage in Newington CT. He began his studies in 1994, which have led him all over the world studying and experiencing many different styles and approaches to this work. His classes are informative, hands-on intensive, and a lot of fun.

Dr. Joe Lavacca
Joe is an experienced outpatient orthopedic clinician who graduated from Sacred Heart University with his Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree in 2008, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. Joe began his career with Sports PT of NY where he was facility manager of their Midtown location for several years. Since that time Joe has obtained certifications in movement screens for both the FMS and SFMA, Functional Strength Coaching, as well as Fascial Movement Taping and Performance Movement Techniques through RockTape. Furthermore, he has successfully completed his Board Exam to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Joe is interested in education and injury prevention with a strong passion for teaching and has served as a mentor for many student physical therapists from prestigious academic institutions. Through prior teaching experiences with nationally recognized CEU providers he has frequently traveled throughout the country to teach healthcare practitioners about Kinesiology Taping and Movement Assessment Principles. Like his counterparts, Joe prides himself in staying current in the most up-to-date evidence-based research, and has experience in Maitland-Based Manual Treatments, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Kinesiology Taping and movement assessment/performance screening which allows him to give individualized care to each of his patients.

Greg Hurd
Education: Greg holds a Masters Degree in Expressive Therapy from Lesley College and a diploma from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy.

Employment: 20+ years at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy as the Director of Career Development and Outreach and as an instructor. Licensed Massage Therapist since 1984.

Experience with AMTA: Greg has been an AMTA member since 1985. He has served on several committees and has been the 2nd and 3rd VP. He has earned the following AMTA awards: State Meritorious Award, Outstanding Volunteer (for his work as co-chair for the 2012 NERC), and Humanitarian Award. He has taught at NERC, AMTA-MA education events, and will be teaching at the AMTA National Convention in 2016.