My First 6 months as Nevada Chapter President

by Mavies Gascon, President, AMTA-NV Chapter

Mavies Gascon, LMTAs a member of the AMTA-Nevada Chapter, I decided to stay in for the meeting before the continuing education that I had originally signed up for at the 2015 Annual Nevada Chapter Convention. And during that meeting, David Otto, who was my Professional Development instructor at the Nevada School of Massage Therapy (NSMT), and then, being President of the chapter, nominated me to be a part of the organization.

I donated a lot of volunteering time while I attended NSMT, so I figured I was spending time to help the community, not knowing what I had just agreed upon. And then reality hit, as I placed my right hand over my chest (yes, I was swearing into my position as 2nd Vice-President, 1 year term) – PANIC ATTACK! What have I just gotten
myself into?

I haven’t been Vice-President of an organization since my high school years as a Member of the Student Body Council for various clubs. But as I was sitting in at the Board Meetings held in Kathleen’s beautiful home, conversations became more detailed, business oriented, and sometimes confidential. The majority of the whole year, I listened, observed how business was conducted, and sat retaining information, like a sponge on a wet spill. And last year, I designed the pins that we wore and shared amongst our colleagues at the 2016 AMTA National Convention in Milwaukee.

Going back to June 5, 2016: I thought I was over with the whole volunteering my time to talking with students at NSMT, for the value of having “Visions” and the importance of having liability insurance, with no one else but AMTA. And I thought I was totally done with adding more stress on top of my full time job and not so happening
independent business. David ended his term as President of the chapter. I was next in line and no one else seemed like they wanted to take the responsibility. What do I do?

Do I just neglect the organization that I have spent so much of my valuable time on and compensate my relationships (partner, family, friends, private clients)? Or do I dig a bigger hole and grab the bull by its horns and see how far it’ll abuse me?

I was 36 years old, with only a little over 3 years in being a Licensed Massage Therapist and already a NV Chapter Vice President, for one of the biggest non profit organizations in America. So I stepped up. What’s there to lose? I’m backed up by so many colleagues, not only in Nevada, but Nationally. The support system with the organization is amazing. All anyone has to do is reach out!cat-paw-lick-yarn

It’s now been six months since I’ve pledged into the President position. At first, I was a bit nervous, but with the right guidance, I know the next two years will be memorable. We have already made strides to communicate better with the Northern Nevada members by honoring them with a mini convention (meet & greet with a CE class). And as the holidays pass, more meetings throughout the state are being planned and so are mixers with local retail establishments, member volunteer events, and of course, opportunities for continuing education classes to name a few.

So going back to the thought of the “hole,” I’m diggin’ it! And I’ll continue to dig larger, deeper holes, to fill them with knowledge and memories. And when the day comes, the road will have been patched with success to empower future massage therapists. It doesn’t matter how nervous or uncertain you are, creating change can overcome those fears!

2011 amta nevada chapter State Convention

Learn, earn – meet, eat & greet! It’s all in Las Vegas, July 24th, 25th & 26th, 2011

  • Earn up to 17 CEHs over 3 days
  • Attend the Nevada Chapter’s Annual Meeting
  • Dine & Dish over some good food and good company
  • Network, create Community, find a lunch buddy or massage business owner or practitioner in your neighborhood
  • Empower your Practice with the tools you want and that better assist your clients!


Featuring:

Karina Braun, BAAS LMT

Boris Prilutsky, MA LMT CMT

Guest Instructors:



Bonus: July 24th: Boris Prilutsky presents… “Abdominal/Visceral Massage” (2 free CEHs!) Tickets and Registration for this awesome augmentation to come!

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Here’s how it looks, calendar-style:

Sunday July 24

Monday July 25

Tuesday July 26

8:00a – 9:00a (Gold Coast Conv Center)

8:00a – 9:00a (Gold Coast Conv Center)

Registration

Registration

9:00a – 12:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Center)

9:00a – 12:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Center)

Class 2Boris PrilutskyHow to
Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-Based Massage Techniques”

(3 of 6 CEHs)

Class 3Boris Prilutsky Tension
Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol”

(3 of 6 CEHs)

Class 5Kris KelleyCreating Client Relationships in a Digital World

(3 CEHs)

Class 4 Karina BraunCreating
Peace with Your Hands- The Wholistic Course for Self Care and Injury
Prevention

(6 of 6 CEHs)

12:00p – 1:00p
LUNCH

12:00p – 1:00p LUNCH

1:00p – 2:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Ctr)

Chapter Annual Meeting

2:00p – 5:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Ctr)

1:00p – 4:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Ctr)

Class
2
Boris PrilutskyHow to
Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-Based Massage Techniques

(6 of 6 CEHs)

Class
3
Boris PrilutskyTension
Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol

(6 of 6 CEHs)

Class 4 – Karina Braun “Creating Peace with Your Hands- The Wholistic Course
for Self Care and Injury Prevention

(6 of 6 CEHs)

6:00p – 8:00p (NwHC campus)

6:00p – 9:00p
(Luxor Hotel)

6:00p – 9:00p
(Luxor Hotel)

Class 1Boris PrilutskyAbdominal/Visceral Massage

(2 CEHs)

Class 5Nathan NordstromBodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour

(3 CEHs)

Class 5Nathan NordstromBodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour

(3 CEHs)

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Class Descriptions



Abdominal/Visceral Massage” (Prilutsky) 2 CEHs

  • Many studies evidence that 5 to 10 minutes of abdominal massage significantly reduces blood pressure, anxiety, and headaches, and can be beneficial in cases of infertility, constipation, and other disorders of the digestive system. Stress and/or organ dysfunctions cause much venous blood accumulation. This phenomenon of venous stasis initiates many internal organs diseases, significantly worsening existing disorders. Abdominal/Visceral massage practically eliminates venous stasis as well as interstitial edemas, secondarily improving organ function and reduces pain and discomfort. Abdominal massage directly stimulates most internal organs located in abdominal cavities and pelvic floor.
  • You will learn, through medical & anatomical review and practical demonstration, abdominal/ visceral massage techniques to eliminate venous blood stasis, enabling redistribution of arterial blood supply through managing edemas within abdominal cavity and normalization of venous blood drainage from abdominal/visceral regions as well tear down adhesions .
  • You will be able to incorporate a protocol into your massage techniques to aid the elimination of venous stasis, interstitial edemas, as well as break down adhesions techniques, in the abdominal/visceral regions, which is necessary conditions for normal function of internal organs.
  • This class will be held OFF-SITE from the host hotel & convention center. Please email hidden; JavaScript is required if you anticipate needing transportation to the location of this class.

How to Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-Based Massage Techniques” (Prilutsky)

  • Long life in massage therapy careers occurs naturally – how a therapist takes care of him- or herself and, just as importantly, how their clients take care of themselves is critical to help the length of a massage therapist or bodyworker’s career. So many conditions related to stress (mental & physical) affect all bodies. Boris, with scientifically-based evidence, has developed habits, techniques, and best practices to lengthen your massage career and deliver better care to your client.
  • Boris will teach you how to harness your own energy and deliver it to your client efficiently AND effectively while simultaneouslymaintaining your physical stamina. Boris has devised a method of integrating energy work into any modality of massage therapy. As a practitioner, you will learn: theories on how energy work is integrated naturally into a massage session, like the principles of Chinese Theory, Inhibitory Regime, Piezoelectricity, and Sense of Touch; techniques you can take to your massage practice that will help you last longer; and, how and what to add to your menu of services when you learn how to add energy work as part of your regular massage work. Practicum will be focused on the lower body/leg musculature.
  • Your massage clients will receive more purely-delivered massages and a ‘cleaner’ massage will help improve your ability to protect yourself from negative energies and remove stress more quickly, on your own.
  • Supplies: Wear loose clothing, bring table, sheets, towels, oils and creams

Tension Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol” (Prilutsky)

  • Tension headaches are a social medical problem. About 140 million Americans periodically suffer from tension headaches. Many people attempt to manage tension headaches with large doses of painkillers. Sometimes this does more harm than good. Conventional western medicine recognizes three major causes for tension headaches: Greater Occipital Nerve Neuralgia, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, and Vertebral Artery Syndrome. Through research, Western medicine scientists have developed many protocols of medical massage to treat the above mentioned disorders.
  • At this workshop, Boris will present methods of Manchurian acupressure for relief of tension headaches. Through its use during the last 3500 years, this method has proven to be safe, virtually side-effect-free, and in most cases, extremely effective, leading to rapid reduction of the intensity of headaches.
  • You will learn a set of acupressure points, addressing all the possible cases for headaches caused by the mentioned above disorders. In addition to acupressure protocol, Boris will propose Western medical massage techniques for cervical spine disorders as well TMJ dysfunctions that you will be able to incorporate in some cases of neck pain.
  • Supplies: Wear loose clothing, bring table, sheets, towels, oils and creams

Creating Peace with Your Hands- The Wholistic Course for Self Care and Injury Prevention” (Braun)

  • Creating Peace with Your Hands Self-Care class assists you in increasing awareness of your body and correcting your alignment. This course helps you to re-learn the habits of healthy posture through the reversal of poor habits and stabilization of the correct areas of the body. Ideas are given for self-care before, during, and after the performance of massage. Exercises are introduced on how to use the body safely and efficiently to prevent injury.
  • You will: Understand how to maintain body awareness for healthy posture; Understand open vs. closed posture; Gain body awareness, core stabilization, open fascial pathways for a healthy body, especially with the arms and hands; Perform kinesthetic awareness exercises to create health and avoid injury.
  • Supplies: Wear loose clothing, 2 sheets, oil, table, and towel or yoga mat

Bodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour” (Nordstrom)

  • Bodies.. the Exhibition’s current home is the Luxor Hotel Convention Center giving an anatomical view of the body. As massage therapists, we have a background that allows us the ability to look through our hands at the muscles of the body. This class give us a view of the body that you can only get through a cadaver class…or Bodies…the Exhibition (where we do not have the odor). We review anatomical structures and components and talk about massage techniques with the best visual aids ever.
  • This class will be held OFF-SITE from the host hotel & convention center.
  • Admission to the exhibit is INCLUDED

Creating Client Relationships in a Digital World” (Kelley)

  • This class facilitated through the amta nevada chapter as an NCBTMB-approved class worth 3 CEHs – the certificate for this class will be issued through the amta nevada chapter and the Chapter will hold all contact information and authorization to issue credit to attendees.
  • More information and an official name, description and Instructor biography are coming!

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Instructor Biographies

Boris Prilutsky, MA LMT CMT Author is a world-traveled, -educated, and –renowned Educator. He has been in the massage therapy industry for 38 years, graduating with a physical education degree from the Pedagogic Institute of Higher Education in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, and receiving a degree in chiropractic medicine from the Medical College in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Soviet Sports Medicine and massage therapy for Olympians, professional sports organizations and athletes, and world dignitaries is where Boris spent his first 20 years.
After arriving in the U.S. and establishing a school and a medical massage practice and group ties to the medical industry in Southern California, he is settled with his private practice in a Los Angeles suburb, treating clients with neural, muscular, and skeletal disorders. Boris’ most comprehensive authoring is “A Simple Approach to Massage Therapy” and he produces his own instructional DVDs and videos published on YouTube. Boris is also approved as a Provider by the NCBTMB #451346-10

Karina Braun, BAAS LMT Author is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist, registered yoga instructor, and Reiki master. She had her own practice and co-owned a hair salon and spa in Texas for five years. Yogamotion training in 2001 helped both herself and her clients assume self-care. In 2002, Karina moved to Las Vegas, taught at a massage school, and worked at a well-known spa on the Las Vegas Strip.
She is now the owner of Get In Touch, a continuing education company that teaches Personal Body Maintenance for many professions. The author of Creating Peace with Your Hands and many NCBTMB-approved courses (Provider #450940-09), Karina resides in Las Vegas, where she does massage part-time, writes educational material, teaches personal yoga sessions, hikes, boats, and spends time with her family.

Nathan Nordstrom, LMT LMP NCTMB is a graduate of East West College. He is a nationally certified continuing education provider for Educated Touch (Provider #450634-08). Mr. Nordstrom currently teaches at the University of Western States massage therapy program. He has taught and mentored massage therapists from all over the country. He has been published on everythingmassage.com, and quoted in such publications as “Massage Therapy Journal” and “Massage” magazine.
Mr. Nordstrom has worked in the field of massage for over eight years, earning experience working in a retreat spa, and medical offices, owned a day spa, served as President of the Oregon Chapter of the AMTA, serving as an examiner for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy, and served on national board of the AMTA. He has assisted on committees for both AMTA and NCBTMB.

Kris Kelley, LMT Author

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