This page contains everything you need to know before registering for the conference. You can receive up to 18 CEUs in one weekend.
* Exception: Total Body Balancing 1 is 25 CEUs and has its own price point
April 26-April 29, 2018
at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, CT
Call the DoubleTree to book your hotel room separately at 860-598-7766. Use code AMT. Must book rooms prior to March 25, 2018.
Dianne Polseno Scholarship  (Please download file to fill out the form)
Email Mindy at ConferenceAMTACT@gmail.com.
Registration does not include hotel and meals unless stated below.
Total Body Balancing 1
AMTA Member – 25 hours* $350.00
Non-member – 25 hours* $500.00
AMTA Member – 18 hours** $275.00
Non-member – 18 hours** $425.00
Two Day (any 4 sessions-must comply with multiple session requirements)
AMTA Member – 12 hours $200.00
Non-member – 12 hours $310.00
One Day (any 2 sessions – must comply with multiple session requirements)
AMTA Member – 6 hours $120.00
Non-member – 6 hours $185.00
AMTA Member – 3 hours $ 60.00
Non-member – 3 hours $ 90.00
* Total Body Balancing registration includes box dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
**Full Registration includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
**NOTE: You may encounter difficulties with registration online if using a mobile device. Use a computer when registering for classes.
To register over the phone or by mail, contact Mindy at ConferenceAMTACT@gmail.com.
Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, wear comfortable clothing
Prerequisite -Watch the following video – http://iahemedia.vzaar.me/7314168
Total Body Balancing 1: The TBB1 fundamentals class teaches you a full body evaluation focusing on ARS of the ARTS evaluation and a 5 phase rhythmic mobilization treatment template in the supine, prone, side lying, and sitting position. TBB uses long levers (arms, legs, head/neck or torso) and rhythmic mobilization to release tension in the fascia around muscles, diaphragms, bones, joint capsules and ligaments, foreign objects, organs, vital structures (nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics) brain and spinal cord. TBB will also improve the flow of nerves, arteries, veins, lymphatics and energy flow to, within, and from every organ and body part in the body. This leads to homeostasis and improved health.
Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, oil/lotion
This comprehensive training combines the best of both worlds – rejuvenating facial massage plus therapeutic massage of the neck and face. Gentle yet precise strokes using stones, both warm and cold, will relax muscles, tone and tighten the face, and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Relieving tension in the face, jaw and neck will visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Our technique combines acupressure to stimulate the nerves in the face with a series of vertical and horizontal moves to relax facial muscles and connective tissue, increase blood flow and stimulate lymph drainage.
Students will learn how to heat or cool stones to the proper temperature to achieve our desired therapeutic outcome: deep muscle relief without causing tissue trauma. And they will learn how to clean their stones for client safety.
The contraindications of hot stone massage will be reviewed and we will discuss ways to alter sessions to accommodate certain conditions.
Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, oil/lotion
CoreStone Massage Therapy® blends the ancient art of stone massage with a uniquely designed stone tool that facilitates deep muscle release without causing trauma to muscle tissue and minimizes the effort you must exert to achieve a therapeutic result.
You will learn to use the stones as an extension of your hands.
As with any tool, how you hold it makes a difference so this workshop will focus on self-care and proper body mechanics. You will learn how to use stones without compromising your wrists and hands.
In this workshop we will explore the muscles of the back, neck, legs, and feet.
We will cover treatments for back pain, shoulder pain, and plantar fasciitis. We will demonstrate how to use the stones broadly for myofascial release and specifically for trigger point release or muscle stripping.
The contraindications/considerations of hot stone massage will be reviewed and we will discuss ways to alter sessions to accommodate certain conditions. You will learn how to heat or cool stones to the proper temperature to achieve our desired therapeutic outcome: deep muscle relief without causing tissue trauma and learn how to sanitize your stones for client safety.
Stone massage can save your hands and extend your career – you will be working with more ease and less strain.
As massage therapists, our bodies are the primary tools of our profession. It is vital we take care of ourselves in order to perform quality massage therapy sessions throughout the day, day after day, year after year, for the span of our careers. Let Susan Salvo be your professional coach as she shares secrets of her long and successful massage career. This class includes the most current recommendations for physical activity, proper nutrition, restful sleep, and stress management techniques. Also included are updated body mechanics principles and how to prevent or manage professional burnout. You will leave with a personalized self-care plan that takes into account your needs and aspirations. Come get re-energized!
Attendees should wear comfortable clothing
Body mobilization techniques (BMT) consists of passive body movements designed to reduce pain, decrease stress, and improve range-of-motion. BMT is gentle, non-invasive, and appropriate for most populations including children, the elderly, clients in rehabilitation, and those dealing with psychosocial issues such as anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. BMT can be used exclusively in a session or combined with other techniques and clients remain clothed. Based on principles of neuroscience and neuropsychology, Susan will show you how to revolutionize your treatment protocols and improve your therapeutic outcomes.
Many, if not most, of your clients take medications regularly. Reasons why they take medications include pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Some of these medications impact the massage session. This course gives you important guidelines on how to minimize the risk of massage techniques aggravating medication side effects. Included is information on medications that require special attention and which drug side effects require referral. Pharmacology and Massage will give you the information you need to make safe practice decisions.
Massage therapists seek to improve the health and well-being of their clients through massage therapy. Regardless of your work setting or methods you use, you will encounter clients who have diseases or medical conditions and who are under medical supervision. This course reexamines the “chain of infection” and looks closely at ways to reduce the risks of transmission. As a bonus, Susan will share with you the current guidelines regarding when to massage clients after surgery, injury, illness, cautionary sites, and as well as common infectious diseases.
Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. People living with cancer can benefit greatly from receiving massage. Physical and psychological effects experienced by people diagnosed with cancer may be reasons to begin, continue, or increase the frequency of massage sessions. Because the stress involved in dealing with a life-threatening disease can be enormous, massage can play a vital role in stress management. This is true for persons living with cancer and for their caregivers. Come learn how to create client-centered/condition-appropriate treatment plans when working with clients diagnosed with cancer who have undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy. Also learn a massage routine for clients who are medically fragile and in hospice care.
Attendees should bring: massage table, linens & towels, oil/lotion. A clear glass or silicone cup is required (Do not bring glass fire cups) – for $10.00 this can be purchased from the instructor at the beginning of the class.
Cupping therapy, commonly referred to as “cupping”, has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. The roots of cupping can be traced back to early Egypt, Greece, and throughout European and Asian civilization. Cupping has shown to increase ROM and local circulation, decrease pain, and create ease in the body. During this 6 hour course, attendees will learn:
We will examine and show applications of various styles of cups including glass, acrylic, and silicone cups. Attendees will be able to observe various applications of cupping as well as practice with partners to learn the differences between lighter and deeper cupping applications. Fire cupping will be discussed, but not performed during this class.
Attendees should bring: massage table, linens & towels, oil/lotion.
For many massage therapists, addressing issues arising from the anterior neck can be intimidating. Disfunction with the anterior neck musculature can result in headaches, limited range of motion, upper extremity neuropathy, and swallowing issues. The musculature can refer pain to the head, face, throat, jaw, chest, upper back, shoulders and upper extremities.
During the first portion of this 3-hour course we will discuss the anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathologies of the cervical spine. During the second portion, attendees will partner up to palpate and develop hands on skills to address the musculature and other structures of the anterior neck.
After the completion of the course, attendees will understand how to safely work with the anterior neck and cervical spine to assist in:
Jack Ryan LMT is the Therapist and Director of the Soar Point Massage Clinic in Sarasota, Florida. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Richmond, in Virginia.
Jack is certified in the St. John method of Neuromuscular Therapy, and has studied a variety of rehabilitative soft tissue techniques, which includes Myofascial Release, Positional Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Lymphatic Drainage Technique, Active Isolated Stretching, and Total Body Balancing. Jack’s unique and extensive study of the role of soft tissue dysfunction gives him a holistic approach to treating and helping back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches and injuries. Jack is on staff with the D’Ambrogio Institute as a therapist and Instructor for the Manual Therapy courses that are offered through the Institute and the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators. Jack also has developed and teaches seminars on Pain Free Foam Roll Techniques. These techniques are a Pain Free way to use a Foam Roller for self massage and home care.
Professional Associations / Memberships
International Association of Healthcare Professionals
Susan Salvo is a Board Certified massage therapist with over 35 years of experience. She has a doctorate in education and is the principal instructor at the LA Institute of Massage Therapy. Susan’s mission is to advance the massage therapy profession through education and research. She accomplishes this by writing and presenting quality information in seminars, in scholarly journals, and in massage textbooks. Susan evaluates case reports for the Massage Therapy Foundation and is the 2014 AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
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.
Dale Montelione Grust is a NY Licensed Massage Therapist with more than 30 years’ experience in the healing arts. She is the founder and director of the Center for Therapeutic Massage in New Paltz, NY and founder of CoreStones, LLC – developers of a uniquely designed soapstone tool that effectively facilitates deep muscle release.
Over the years her pursuit of education has led to diversified expertise in many modalities. She has taken the knowledge she has gained through her years of study and used that to create a modality using stones – hot or cold – to achieve therapeutic results.
Dale teaches stone massage with an emphasis on the therapeutic value of using the stones as a tool for myofascial and trigger point release without compromising your wrists and hand. The focus of her work is to help therapists deliver deep relief for their clients while minimizing the effort exerted to achieve this therapeutic result.
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday: 11:00- 2:30 & 4:30-8:00
Saturday: 11:00-2:30 & 4:30- 8:00
Doterra Oils Centering Our Lives Through Touch
D’Ambrogio Institute/Upledger/IAHE (International Alliance of Healthcare Educators)
All the Little Details – Paintings by Arianna Massimilla
Krystal Blue International
Custom Massage Covers
Life in Colors
Friday 5:30-7:30 – Trivia
Saturday 5:30-7:30 – Cocktail reception including hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar
A refund of 80% of registration fees is given if we receive an emailed (ConferenceAMTACT@gmail.com) or written request (Mindy Michaud, 6244 Albert Lane, North Branch, MN 55056) by February 28, 2018. A 50% refund of registration fees is given if we receive the request by March 17, 2018. All other requests will be reviewed by the CT Board at the next CT Board meeting.