2017 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Member Meeting

Join us for Networking, Learning, and Education!

You’re Invited!

It’s that time of year again – CONVENTION SEASON!  AMTA-NV Chapter Convention Season, that is…

We always look forward to meeting up with colleagues, hearing about what’s going on in Nevada and what new programs and benefits AMTA is offering, and getting in some quality, NCBTMB-/NSBMT-approved Continuing Education to bolster our practices.

Join us for the 2017 AMTA-Nevada Annual Convention & Member Meeting! You’re in for two days of fun, food & education in a comprehensive presentation of massage therapy information for Nevada massage therapists and networking opportunities!

  • meet and elect your new Board members;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 28-hours-worth of live, NCBTMB-approved courses for Continuing Education credit;
  • express your opinions and willingness to help empower Nevada massage therapists by being part of the chapter over the next year;
  • have some breakfast & meet a new or old colleague;
  • and more!

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

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All Massage Therapists are welcome to attend!

AMTA Members benefit – 20% OFF your Registration Fees: check your member emails for Your Discount Code!

 

Sleeping Rooms: Call Room Reservations at 1-877-887-2261 and ask for group code 12K8QH or AMTA-Nevada for special room rates.

 

Nevada Members will receive a Proposed 2018/2019 Chapter Budget for review, to be voted on during the Annual Meeting.  

Members are encouraged to apply for all volunteer positions through the website – and if you have questions or want to find out more, email hidden; JavaScript is requiredthe chapter Board of Directors.

Call for Volunteers:

Board Members: Board Member, Financial Administrator – see all Position Descriptions and Apply

Go To A Class!Committees:  Member, Communications (Newsletter Editor, Webmaster), Standing Rules, Education (help plan next year’s state Convention!) – see with whom you’ll be working

2-Day Schedule:

June 4th

7:00am-8:00am chapter set-up

8:00am-9:00am attendee arrival, Breakfast (Registration)

9:00am-12:00pm Annual Meeting (Agenda & proposed 2018/2019 Budget distributed prior)

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm-5:00pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (Lomeli & Wright) OR Hospital-Based Core Skills for Providing Massage to Inpatients (Hendrickson)

 Tuscany-Promo-01aJune 5th

7:00am-7:30am chapter set-up

7:30am-8:30am attendee arrival, Breakfast (Registration)

8:00am-12:00pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (cont.) (Wright) OR American Soft Tissue Corrective Therapy: Level II – Lower Extremities (Lomeli) OR 

8:30am-12:30pm Body Dynamics in 3D: An Interactive Hands-On Trade for Assessing Body Mechanics While Performing Massage (Hendrickson)

12:00p-1:00pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm-5:00pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (cont.) (Lomeli)

Please: Register Now – don’t miss this opportunity for education and being a part of your profession in Nevada!

Bring a Friend!

Classes:

Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (Lomeli & Wright)

 

Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics provides advanced training in soft tissue corrective therapy.  Students will learn functional baselines of each covered area of the body: Pelvis, Cervical, Rotator and Hip.  Students will also learn an advanced neuromuscular approach to soft tissue conditions that cause pain and performance-inhibiting dysfunctional movements.

Students will learn which therapeutic tools are being used in the highest-level, professional sport training rooms today and how to apply them – Fascia Cupping, Scraping, and Pressure Bars assist in increasing functional movement and performance and in accelerating recovery from injury.  Curriculum includes an in-depth look into anatomy, kinesiology and pathologies. Professional athletes that have received this advanced therapeutic approach range from the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, MotoGP, World Superbike, Professional Triathlon, MLS and Premier League.

Dates/Times: Sunday, June 4th, 2017 | 1:00p – 5:00p

Monday, June 5th, 2017 | 8:00a – 12:00p, 1:00p – 5:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 12

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Students will need a table (linens not required).  The receiver is clothed – Dress for ease of movement. Pen/Pencil & Notepad are optional.

 

American Soft Tissue Corrective Therapy: Level II – Lower Extremities (Lomeli)

 

Will expand from Functional Baselines to a direct focus of myofascial pain and dysfunctional movement of the lower extremities. We will discuss faulty motor patterns that inhibit functional performance, and go through an active and passive multiplane movement assessment. You will learn to develop and implement an effective corrective therapeutic treatment utilizing advanced soft tissue manual therapy techniques. Treatment will also include the use of fascial scraping and cupping toincrease joint mobility and accelerate recovery. Common soft tissue pathologies and injuries will be discussed.

 

 

Dates/Times: Monday, June 5th, 2017 | 8:00a – 12:00p, 1:00p – 5:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 8

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Students will need a table (linens not required).  The receiver is clothed – Dress for ease of movement. Pen/Pencil & Notepad are optional.

 

Richard Lomeli LMTRichard Lomeli, CMT graduated from massage therapy school in Los Angeles, CA, in 2010, and is CAMTC-Certified. He promptly built upon his training in advanced soft tissue corrective modalities with an emphasis in Neuromuscular Therapy.  He created his private practice, Hyperformance, in 2011, working with elite athletes, ranging from CIF State Football Champions to Super Bowl Champions. This lead to his work with professional tri-athletes, hailing from the United States, Quebec, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2013, Richard became the first American to collaborate with then join the Italy-based medical staff responsible for the pilots and support crew of the MotoGP and World Superbike Championships. In the summer of 2014, Richard accepted the position of Soft Tissue Therapist for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club for the 2014/15 season.

  

Justin WrightJustin Wright CMT CMTgraduated from massage therapy school in 2014 began his private practice focusing on the active community. That same year, Justin attended a class presented by Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics, lectured by Richard Lomeli, co-designer of the curriculum. Justin’s practice transformed immediately and secured a contract with a training facility, while also providing his services as a massage therapy consultant.

 

Justin has since worked hard to advance the industry in sharing the benefits of American Soft Tissue Corrective Therapy, developed by Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics, as one of the first instructors approved to teach the ASTCT Level 1: Functional Baselines curriculum.


 

Hospital-Based Core Skills for Providing Massage to Inpatients (Hendrickson)

Hospital-Based Basics involves hands-on practice giving patients neck, shoulder and back massages in a hospital setting applied to all hospital departments and diagnoses with the simulated supervision and permission of nursing staff.

 

Date/Time: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 1:00p – 5:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 4

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: wear loose, comfortable clothing

Body Dynamics in 3D: An Interactive Hands-On Trade for Assessing Body Mechanics While Performing Massage (Hendrickson)

Assessing Body Mechanics: getting and giving feedback on our bodies as we work using “three-dimensional rotations” in the roles of client, therapist and observer. Introduction includes practice in “best practices” of Tai Chi-based movement with take-home checklists used for individual feedback.

 

Date/Time: Monday, June 5th, 2016 | 8:30a – 12:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 4

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: bring massage table, linens, pillow, and wear loose, comfortable clothing

Mary Ellen Hendrickson, CMT LMTMary Ellen Hendrickson, CMT LMT graduated from Big Sky Somatic Institute, Helena, Montana, in 1997, at which time she had begun to integrate her massage therapy practice into her special education classroom. She was a Resource Teacher in the public school system for 20 years.

Around that time, a client invited her to his hospital room, igniting the spark that spurred her to implement the in-hospital patient massage program over the past decade. Mary Ellen’s private practice includes home health visits, and her office techniques include Ashiatsu and Thai.

Mary Ellen currently works in Great Falls, Montana, based in Benefis Med Spa, working as the hospital-wide massage therapist for Benefis Health System.


Registration for classes no later than 3 days prior is required for:

  • admittance and participation
  • receiving a completed Certificate of Completion on-site

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The amta nevada chapter will provide breakfast and refreshments throughout the days.

Other things you can do at this event:

  • Network over breakfast on both days
  • Invite a friend to introduce them to the amta nevada chapter: the Board & its Members
This is an Event that all amta nevada chapter members will receive a personalized invitation to attend.  If you receive an invitation via email and want to bring a colleague (amta member or future-amta member) or you haven’t received your member invitation yet, email hidden; JavaScript is required and we’ll get you & them an invitation via email!

We look forward to your making the most of your membership with the amta nevada chapter!

If you are a Graduate or Professional Member In Good Standing and would like to serve your fellow members and the massage therapy profession through chapter activities/offices, please visit this page: the offices of Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary are open for you to do your Stuff.  There are also many on-going Committee positions available and one-time/short-term volunteer opportunities: please see also this page to express your interest!


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2016 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Member Meeting

You’re Invited!

2016 AMTA-NV Chapter Annual Convention bannerIt’s that time of year again – CONVENTION SEASON!  AMTA-NV Chapter Convention Season, that is…

We always look forward to meeting up with colleagues, hearing about what’s going on in Nevada and what new programs and benefits AMTA is offering, and getting in some quality, NCBTMB-/NSBMT-approved Continuing Education to bolster our practices.

Join us for the 2016 AMTA-Nevada Annual Convention & Member Meeting! You’re in for two days of fun, food & education in a comprehensive presentation of massage therapy information for Nevada massage therapists and networking opportunities!

  • Hear from our AMTA National President Nathan Nordstrom
  • Meet the new Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists’ Executive Director Sandy Anderson
  • meet and elect your new Board members;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 15-hours-worth of live, NCBTMB-approved courses for Continuing Education credit;
  • express your opinions and willingness to help empower Nevada massage therapists by being part of the chapter over the next year;
  • have some breakfast & meet a new or old colleague;
  • win great prizes from our Sponsors;
  • visit with this year’s Vendors – on-site
  • and more!

All Massage Therapists are welcome to attend! REGISTER NOW

AMTA Members benefit – 20% OFF your Registration Fees: check your member emails for Your Discount Code!

Sleeping Rooms: Call Room Reservations at 1-877-887-2261 and ask for group code 1476NN or group AMTA-Nevada for special room rates.

Nevada Members will receive a Proposed 2017/2018 Chapter Budget for review, to be voted on during the Annual Meeting.

Members are encouraged to apply for all volunteer positions through the website – and if you have questions or want to find out more, email hidden; JavaScript is requiredthe chapter Board of Directors.

REGISTER NOW

Call for Volunteers:

Board Members: President, Secretary, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, 3rd Vice-President – see all Position Descriptions and Apply

Committees:  Member, Communications (Newsletter Editor, Webmaster), Standing Rules, Education (help plan next year’s state Convention!) – see with whom you’ll be working

2-Day Schedule:

June 5th

Tuscany Suites & Casino Convention Center7:00am-8:00am chapter set-up

8:00am-9:00am attendee arrival, Breakfast (Registration)

9:00am-12:00pm Annual Meeting (Agenda & proposed 2017/2018 Budget distributed prior)

1:00pm-5:00pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (Lomeli) OR Secrets of Chair Massage for Events (Lofgreen)

6:30pm-9:30pm Body Exhibition & Massage Therapy (Otto)

 

June 6th

student in classroom7:30am-8:00am chapter set-up

8:00am-8:30am attendee arrival, Breakfast (Registration)

8:30am-12:30pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (cont.) (Lomeli) OR Basic Life Support (AHA certification) (Lofgreen)

1:30pm-5:30pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (cont.) (Lomeli)

Please: Register Now – don’t miss this opportunity for education and being a part of your profession in Nevada!

Bring a Friend!

REGISTER NOW

Classes:

Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (Lomeli)

Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics provides advanced training in soft tissue corrective therapy.  Students will learn functional baselines of each covered area of the body: Pelvis, Cervical, Rotator and Hip.  Students will also learn an advanced neuromuscular approach to soft tissue conditions that cause pain and performance-inhibiting dysfunctional movements.

Students will learn which therapeutic tools are being used in the highest-level, professional sport training rooms today and how to apply them – Fascia Cupping, Scraping, and Pressure Bars assist in increasing functional movement and performance and in accelerating recovery from injury.  Curriculum includes an in-depth look into anatomy, kinesiology and pathologies. Professional athletes that have received this advanced therapeutic approach range from the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, MotoGP, World Superbike, Professional Triathlon, MLS and Premier League.

Dates/Times: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 1:00p – 5:00p

Monday, June 6th, 2016 | 8:30a – 12:30p, 1:30p – 5:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 12

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Students will need a table (linens not required).  The receiver is clothed – Dress for ease of movement. Pen/Pencil & Notepad are optional.

Richard Lomeli LMTRichard Lomeli, CMT LMT graduated from massage therapy school in Los Angeles, CA, in 2010, and is CAMTC-Certified. He promptly built upon his training in advanced soft tissue corrective modalities with an emphasis in Neuromuscular Therapy.  He created his private practice, Hyperformance, in 2011, working with elite athletes, ranging from CIF State Football Champions to Super Bowl Champions. This lead to his work with professional tri-athletes, hailing from the United States, Quebec, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2013, Richard became the first American to collaborate with then join the Italy-based medical staff responsible for the pilots and support crew of the MotoGP and World Superbike Championships. In the summer of 2014, Richard accepted the position of Soft Tissue Therapist for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club for the 2014/15 season.

REGISTER NOW

Secrets of Chair Massage for Events (Lofgreen)

This course is designed for those who have a need to improve their skills in providing effective Chair Massage. It covers advanced techniques which will allow the participant to gain the requisite knowledge to be successful in Marketing, Providing or Participating in Events benefiting from having Massage Therapists on-site to improve their results in providing this benefit.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 1:00p – 5:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 4

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Massage Chair, face rest covers, supplies for cleaning: paper towels, disinfectant. The receiver is clothed.

Basic Life Support (BLS) (Lofgreen)

With the knowledge and skills you learn in this American Heart Association (AHA) course, you can save a life. You will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages and will practice CPR in a team setting, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). The skills you learn in this course will enable you to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and know how to respond to them. Students also complete a written exam.

  • Updated science and education from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
  • Qualifies as the “CPR Certification” requirement for NCBTMB’s Board Certificationcredential
  • BLS Provider Card supplied on-site

Date/Time: Monday, June 6th, 2016 | 8:30a – 12:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 0

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Optional handbook will be available (for a price), download version available here

Paul Lofgreen LMTPaul Lofgreen, LMT graduated from the Nevada School of Massage Therapy and soon thereafter founded the Mountain Top Wholeness Center, LLC in Henderson, NV. He is an NCBTMB-approved Provider of Continuing Education Hours, and licensed to practice massage therapy  in Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas & Henderson.

Paul has owned three tech companies in the Washington, DC, area and served in companies where he was responsible for international Marketing, Sales, and Human Resources. He is also an accomplished Aromatherapist and skilled in the latest techniques and is a Licensed Minister available for Weddings, Baptisms, etc.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and currently volunteers for the American Massage Therapy Association, Nevada Chapter. Paul is married to Debbie Lofgreen and has three daughters: Angelina, Julie, and Nena.

 

Body Exhibition & Massage Therapy – Self-guided (Otto)

This advanced myology class uses some of the most exciting classrooms for Massage Therapists – traveling anatomical displays like Bodies…the Exhibition in the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are engaging and allow for a much more intensive look at the human body, its muscular structure and function. The student will become reacquainted with the form, function, and features of the musculature, skeleton, organ, and circulatory systems (to name a few) of the male, female, and from zygote-to-adult human body. This is not your massage school textbook.

An exam based on the exhibition will be given within the 3-hour time period, within the last 1/2-hour of the class.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 6:30p – 9:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 3

Location: Luxor Hotel & Casino, Bodies…the Exhibition

Materials: Notebook & Pencil (optional) – test-taking materials will be provided

David J Otto, LMTDavid J Otto, LMT BCTMB is a 2001 graduate of the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, with whom he has taught their ACCET-accredited Professional Development curriculum for 6 years. For 15 years, David operates his sole proprietorship massage therapy practice, Hands In Motion, in Las Vegas, NV. He has also volunteered for the NCBTMB as a Subject Matter Expert, volunteers with the Massage Therapy Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association and its Nevada Chapter.

 


Registration for classes no later than 3 days prior is required for:

  • admittance and participation
  • receiving a completed Certificate of Completion on-site

The amta nevada chapter will provide breakfast and refreshments throughout the days.

Other things you can do at this event:

  • Network over breakfast on both days
  • Invite a friend to introduce them to theamta nevada chapter: the Board & its Members

REGISTER NOW

amta heart in handsThis is an Event that all amta nevada chapter members will receive a personalized Eventbrite invitation to attend.  If you receive an invitation via email and want to bring a colleague (amtamember or future-amta member) or you haven’t received your member invitation yet, email hidden; JavaScript is required and we’ll get you & them an invitation via email!

We look forward to your making the most of your membership with the amta nevada chapter!

If you are a Graduate or Professional Member In Good Standing and would like to serve your fellow members and the massage therapy profession through chapter activities/offices, please visit this page: the offices of Vice-President and Secretary are open for you to do your Stuff. There are also many on-going Committee positions available and one-time/short-term volunteer opportunities: please see also this page to express your interest!

If you have any questions prior to registration, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required prior to May 30th.

If you need to cancel your ticket/RSVP, please return to the EventBrite system to do so.  Thank you!

2015 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Member Meeting

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You’re Invited!

It’s that time of year again – CONVENTION SEASON!  AMTA-NV Chapter Convention Season, that is…

We always look forward to meeting up with colleagues, hearing about what’s going on in Nevada and what new programs and benefits AMTA is offering, and getting in some quality, NCBTMB-/NSBMT-approved Continuing Education to bolster our practices.

Join us for the 2015 AMTA-Nevada Annual Convention & Member Meeting! You’re in for two days of fun, food & education in a comprehensive presentation of massage therapy information for Nevada massage therapists and networking opportunities!

  • main_lecture_room_sideHear from Mandalay Bay’s own Spa Director, Jane Cox, in “Change – How We Accomplish Movement”;
  • meet and elect your new Board members;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 12-hours-worth of NCBTMB-approved courses for Continuing Education credit;
  • express your opinions and willingness to help empower Nevada massage therapists by being part of the chapter over the next year;
  • have some lunch & meet a new or old colleague;
  • win great prizes from our Sponsors;
  • get a photo taken on our Red Carpet;
  • and more!

REGISTER NOW!

Members will receive a Proposed 2016/2017 Chapter Budget for review, to be voted on during the Annual Meeting.  

Members are encouraged to apply for all volunteer positions through the website – and if you have questions or want to find out more, email hidden; JavaScript is required, Chair – Commission on Candidacy.

Call for Volunteers:

Board Members: Treasurer, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, 3rd Vice-President, Secretary – see all Position Descriptions and Apply

get your ‘selfie’ on the red carpet with the chapter’s Ambassador: Maximus!

Committees:  Member, Communications (Newsletter Editor, Webmaster), Standing Rules, Education (help plan next year’s state Convention!) – see with whom you’ll be working

2-Day Schedule:

May 26th

9:00am-11:00am chapter set-up

11:00am-11:30am attendee arrival

11:30am-12:30pm luncheon

12:30pm-3:30pm Annual Meeting

3:30pm-4:30pm BREAK

4:30pm-8:30pm Manual Ligament Therapy (Morton) OR Chinese-Thai Massage (Cain)

 

 Mandalay-Bay-Exterior-with-Delano-Night-large-file-sizeMay 27th

8:00am-8:30am chapter set-up

8:30am-9:00am attendee arrival

9:00am-1:00pm Active Isolated Stretching, part 1 of 2 (Morton)

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm-6:00pm Active Isolated Stretching, part 2 of 2 (Morton)

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Please: Register Now – don’t miss this opportunity for education and being a part of your profession in Nevada!  Bring a Friend!

Play at the Bay!!

Shanghai Lilly, main lecture room (front)

Shanghai Lilly, main lecture room

Decreasing Edema with Active Isolated Stretching

by Joshua Morton, LMP, MAISS, MMLT and Susan Guttzeit, LMP, MAISS

One main key to understanding how to reduce edema lies in stimulating the lymphatic and venous systems. Circulation needs to be restored to deeper tissues, adhesions released, and scarring reduced and realigned. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by utilizing muscle contractions and stretching to create a pushing and pulling force within the vessels. The repeated muscle contractions and stretching that occur using the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method create exactly that – a gentle pumping action that promotes lymphatic and venous circulation. This action in turn reduces inflammation and edema. A healthy lymphatic system is an essential component in restoring balance in the body so that it can heal.

AIS-Morton01The lymphatic system is comprised of vessels, nodes and organs. It plays an important role in maintaining stasis in the circulatory system, supplying white blood cells to fight infection and disease and removing metabolic waste products. At the cellular level in the interstitial space between arteriole and venous ends, tiny lymphatic capillaries collect, filter and absorb the remains of plasma and by-products of cellular activity and store them as lymph fluid. Most of the interstitial fluid is reabsorbed into the venous blood stream; the remainder is taken up by lymph. When there is a lymphatic blockage or dysfunction, excess fluid cannot drain effectively. The result is edema or swelling due to fluid retention or build-up. Localized swelling is common with soft tissue injuries.

The lymphatic system begins with tiny capillaries that increase in size to deeper vessels or collectors (nodes). The largest lymph vessels are called ducts and they drain into the venous system by means of the subclavian veins at the base of the neck. Lymph nodes distributed along lymphatic vessels filter lymphatic fluid and contain lymphocytes, which are an important component of the body’s immune system. This drainage system follows a specific pattern of superficial areas near the skin before entering deeper ducts such as the thoracic, cisterna chyli and iliac nodes. The lymphatic drainage territories are separated by overlapping regions called watersheds. The right arm, right shoulder and right neck drain into the right lymphatic duct. The rest of the body drains into the thoracic duct. Lymphatic flow is unidirectional and is mostly passive requiring active muscle contraction of skeletal muscles as well as the act of diaphragmatic breathing and peristalsis (Rattray/Ludwig, p. 218). Nonetheless, the lymphatic vessels themselves have been found to have a minor contractile ability. “This minor contraction is stimulated by stretching the vessels either internally, by the vessels filling, or externally by light massage” (Rattray/Ludwig, p. 217).

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic flexibility system developed by Aaron Mattes. It is grounded in physiological laws and clinical observations. Utilizing the physiological mechanism of reciprocal inhibition and a 2-second contraction of the synergistic muscles creates a brief window that allows the antagonist muscles to be stretched gently without traumatizing tissue. To illustrate one example of how this works, when you extend your knee using your quadriceps, neurological signals are sent to your hamstrings to relax in order for your knee to straighten. Physiologically, the contraction of agonistic and synergistic myofascial structures allows antagonistic muscles and fascia to relax and lengthen naturally. This creates an optimal environment to safely open up tissues. The act of contracting and stretching is repeated many times to create a pumping action that stimulates lymphatic and venous flow. This flushes the tissues with restorative blood and nutrients and returns blood and lymph to organs for processing and elimination. As the process continues, scar tissue softens and realigns while myofascial adhesions restricting circulation are loosened.

When edema is caused by acute trauma, such as a rolled ankle or twisted knee, the resulting swelling is part of the injury healing process. Tissues become inflamed immediately due to tissue damage and the burden placed on the lymphatic and venous systems. Usually our body is able to cope with most of these disruptions well enough without intervention; however, sometimes the injury is much more than our body can handle on its own and it requires outside help before healing can occur.

Scar tissue in the form of extra fibrin is laid down to knit together torn tissue. The scarring that takes place does so indiscriminately, attaching to anything close at hand to lend to stability. This process can include other tissues, even bone. Scarring must be addressed to fully restore circulation to the affected joint and surrounding tissues. The repeated muscle contractions associated with AIS realign scar tissue in the direction of movement initially and have the potential to permanently remodel the tissues by aiding and stimulating the body’s natural ability to reabsorb the collagen that has been laid down. Homeostasis is restored to the body allowing the body to heal.

There are three main principles behind how AIS works and why it is effective. The first is Sherrington’s Law of Reciprocal Inhibition, which illustrates why active muscle contractions are an important component to any stretch. What occurs physiologically is the initiation of a neurological signal that innervates one muscle to contract and inhibits the opposite one to relax. This is what allows movement to occur. Without this mechanism, you could not bend or straighten your elbow smoothly, throw or catch a ball with force, or push off from one leg to the other gracefully when walking. Adhering to active versus passive movement enables the body to take advantage of this law.

The second principle follows Wolff’s Law. Dr. Wolff observed that the body adapts to the stresses placed upon it. If the stress is abnormal, the result will be an abnormal adaptation. By taking into consideration every possible joint angle and the fundamentals of joint movement, the AIS system ensures that stretches are done with the joint in proper alignment to avoid compensations and to stay within the joint’s own ability to move. These specific movements, repeated numerous times, create the optimal cellular environment to allow for tissue remodeling that can go as deep as the bone. For example, when you are running and consistently pounding the pavement, your bones become denser in most cases. This is the same principle we are dealing with when we perform stretches repeatedly.

The cornerstone of the AIS technique, the third principle, lies in the mechanism behind the stretch reflex. Spindle cells located in muscle bellies (and more recently discovered in fascia) (Hammer, 2014) act as monitors for every stretch. When the spindles are stimulated by a stretch that could injure muscle and fascial tissue, they act to protect the endangered soft tissue by sending a signal to it to contract. The purpose of the contraction is to protect the muscles from being torn by being over-stretched. The stretch reflex is triggered by three different stimuli. The first is when you try to stretch a muscle beyond its tensile ability. The second is when a muscle is stretched too quickly and the body cannot keep up with the speed at which the muscle lengthens. The third trigger is holding a stretch too long. The approximate time it takes for the spindle cells to trigger a protective muscle contraction is 2 seconds. The AIS system avoids this contraction by holding a stretch for no more than 2 seconds. Each stretch is done gently to avoid triggering the myotatic reflex and to sedate the nervous system with its rhythmic movement and deep breathing. The stretches are then repeated numerous times for greater effectiveness.

decreasing edema w AIS - sample protocolAIS utilizes the same concepts taught in manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) by starting proximally and working distally from there. First we start by freeing-up the subclavian terminus and opening up the thoracic duct in order to drain the lymphatics. A typical approach begins by releasing myofascial restrictions in the cervical and pectoral area moving from proximal to distal. Opening up the lymphatic ducts on the side of the neck between the trapezius and SCM (sternocleidomastoid) and the subclavian ducts located medially inferior to the clavicle should be the first step. “While there are no nerves shown to become entrapped from a tight pectoralis major, lymph vessels from the breast pass in front of and around the muscle.” (Morton, 2009, Shoulder chapter, p. 15). From there move on to free the axillary ducts by stretching the shoulder girdle down to the hands if you are working with upper extremity swelling. If the swelling you are addressing is in the lower extremity or extremities, continue on from the chest into the lumbar, pelvic, inguinal and lower leg lymphatic ducts in the popliteal space and then finish by draining the foot. Specific attention should be focused on the cisterna chyli, the inguinal and popliteal lymph nodes. Adding manual resistance to all of these stretches produces a more powerful pumping action to stimulate lymphatic and venous flow. Once these areas have been worked in this order, continue to follow MLD protocol and direct your work back up towards the thoracic duct, doing the stretches and resistance work in the opposite order. This stimulates lymphatic circulation back towards the primary ducts for filtration.

There are generally no contraindications to doing this type of work, but there are always precautions that are relevant for any manual therapy modality. A sudden increase in swelling, pain that doesn’t go away, nausea, dizziness are just a few symptoms that might warrant immediate medical attention or referral to the patient’s physician. Since active muscle contractions affect the lymphatic and venous systems indirectly (there is no direct manual pressure placed on the tissue), the usual contraindications for MLD are not applicable for AIS with the exception of increasing circulation when it is undesirable, such as in cases of acute infections, especially systemic infections and thrombosis. Restoring a healthier environment for the body to heal presents the best possibility for a positive outcome. The advantages of the AIS approach go beyond simply reducing edema via increased circulation. Improved mobility, greater uptake of oxygen and nutrients into the tissue, soothing the nervous system with breathing and gentle movements, and establishing a baseline of strength are some additional benefits of this work.

References:

Clinical Massage Therapy: Understanding, Assessing and Treating over 70 Conditions by Fiona Rattray and Linda Ludwig, Talus Inc., Toronto, Canada, March 2000.

Balance is Possible F.R.O.M. Head to Toe by Joshua Morton, 2009 (Unpublished)

The Fascial System is a Sensory Organ, by Warren I. Hammer, D.C., April 2014: http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=5438


Thai Yoga Massage, Beyond the Rub

I discovered the amazing modality of Thai Yoga massage here in our great city of Las Vegas.  I have been practicing as a massage therapist since 2001.  Before I began to practice Thai Yoga massage, I was primarily doing deep tissue bodywork, and because of the effort and energy I was exerting, I began to feel repetitive strain in my hands and body.

This was one reason I began to practice yoga on a regular basis.  The breath, movement and energy I received from the yoga really helped my stamina and strength so I could continue doing the massage I love.  In addition to the physical aspects, I also found peace and balance in my life and with myself; I wanted to share this gift with others and guide them to their place of inner peace through my massage.

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That is when Thai Yoga massage found me.
Thai Yoga massage is performed on a floor mat, while the receiver is fully clothed, and the massage usually will last one or more hours.  I work with the receiver through different positions: seated, face-up, face-down, and side-lying. Each change flows into the next:

  • Combining movement – compression massage moves blood through the body- and my body is always moving along with the receivers’ for a sense of safety, oneness and stabilization,
  • Stretching – passive, relaxing stretches that get deep into the limbs, hips, spine, organs, and the whole body and,
  • Breath – as the massage and stretches combined together can be very deep and intense (in a good way!)  BREATH is the pathway to the release of tension and emotions.

This combination of movement, stretching and breath is what makes Thai Yoga Massage so unique and powerful!

Most consider that Thai Yoga massage came from an area in what is now known as India about 2,500 years ago. It is considered to have originated from the Hindu culture. Thai Yoga massage has its basis in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is translated as the study of how to make your life long and happy and in balance with itself and nature.

Thai Yoga massage then traveled to Thailand with the movement of Buddhism to Aytthaya, the old capitol of Thailand, where it was traditionally practiced by Buddhist monks in their Wats, or temples, and the emphasis of this healing modality incorporated METTA, the act of loving-kindness.

 

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The foundation of Thai Yoga massage relies on the energy pathways of the body called Sip Sen, or Sen Lines. These are the lines I focus on while giving a massage. I release any blockages that I may feel along these lines through holding the pressure,  by rocking the body or limb, and by guiding the receiver’s breath. This can create a wonderful release of physical pain, emotional stress, and negative postural patterns for the receiver.

Emotional changes, physical changes, or both can happen during a Thai massage session. This sacred space of oneness and safety is where one can truly let go of any blocks.

Thai Massage is just as enjoyable to give as it is to receive. I love seeing the transformation in people after just one session! The biggest thing I learned from Thai Yoga massage is that I didn’t have to travel outside of myself or to another country to heal others with my hands. The sacred temple is inside me wherever I go.

 

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Jamie Schab, LMT is the owner of LV Healer Massage Therapy. She has training in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, and is a graduate from The Nevada School of Massage Therapy. For more information visit www.lvhealer.com

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Report: 2012 AMTA-NV Chapter State Convention: Traditionally Yours!

The Nevada chapter’s 2012 educational event and Annual General Meeting was held with its trademarked member meeting and continuing education opportunity again this year, but at a new venue for the Convention.

The Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas turned out to be a very good choice, according to some polled members, when it came to the site, room style, eats, and general feel for the purpose of a meeting and class.  The chapter was very happy to secure the venue in April and have Tuscany host the finer aspects of sleeping, eating (in the several restaurants), and attending in the conference area.

The day’s events started with a welcoming registration process (real easy!) including a Neighborhood seating style, some breakfast goodies and beverages, and some networking or just “howdayado”s around 8:30am, and a little after 9:00am the meeting started.

David Otto began the Annual General Meeting with some announcements and a brief introduction of the chapter President who took to the meeting agenda.  After introducing the game Let’s Play Monopoly! that members had played by email in the weeks approaching the Convention, Billie got into elections for Board of Director offices right away.  There was one Nomination for Chapter President – 1st Vice-President David Otto proceeded to be elected by the present membership to become the new President.  There were no other nominations for the remaining, available Nevada chapter Board positions.

The membership heard the 2013-2014 Chapter Budget presented by Treasurer Brad Enerson, who called for a vote to approve the proposed Budget.  It was approved.

Sally Hacking, the chapter’s Government Relations Consultant, made a live appearance by way of Skype and briefed the membership on the [recent and future] history of the amta nevada chapter’s activities and their renewed commitment to member information and professional support of massage therapy in Nevada.

During the meeting, Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists, also spoke to the attendees about the happenings that the NSBMT is involved with and their goals for our profession in Nevada.

In between all these informational goings-on, we all played Let’s Play Monopoly! and gave away some great, sponsored prizes – check the minutes for the names of the members who won the other massage-related products or services from our 2012 Sponsors.  Yu Feng Chen won the Grand Prize provided by Massage Warehouse: a set of office equipment, including: massage table with bag, massage chair with bag, stool, and bolster!

Included in the meeting was the highly-anticipated National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork presentation about the upcoming (January 1, 2013) changes in their certification program – understanding the process of the new Board Certification was the target of the presentation…and how it differs from National Certification.  Philosophies, services, and paperwork were discussed surrounding the new certification process.  Please see the handouts for more information.

Furthermore, Billie Shea and Michelle Viesselman briefly re-introduced the Volunteer Cooperative program that is developing into a member benefit that places specialty-trained massage therapist members in clinical environments which can lead to employment and/or contract work.  Our members, in the future, may have the opportunity to learn medical/clinical modalities that can further their professional goals and help the community of massage clients for which the program is designed.

Recognition is a big part of why we have such a strong Board of Directors – these volunteers are members of the chapter that are dedicated to facilitating the informative and action-oriented goals and achievements in the past year, since the chapter’s last state convention.  Billie Shea was honored by her Board with a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedicated service, not just for the term she was completing, but for all the services, time, and expertise she has provided the chapter over the years in various, effective positions.  The rest of the Board was recognized for their outstanding service.  Kris Kelley was recognized for his volunteer work with beginning, developing, and maintaining the chapter’s Facebook group.

The attendees broke for lunch, and after an intense, packed Annual General Meeting, the break was welcomed!

Soon after lunch in Marilyn’s Café downstairs, the afternoon class attendees came back and more joined to hear the chapters’ own educators Billie Shea, Michelle Viesselman, and Brad Enerson give “Tips & Techniques from the Pros”.  Eight students spent a pleasant afternoon earning 4 CEHs from some experienced & talented instructors…and gave a few tips of their own!  The class was well-grounded in anatomical reference and the tools purveyed were techniques and approaches that can be used by the massage therapists in their practices.  Handout materials were distributed and at the end of the day, there were a lot of smiles.

The General Annual Meeting attendees were polled and agreed: Monday, June 3, 2013, has been heavily suggested as next year’s Convention date…and the venue?  We’re working on the Tuscany Suites & Casino Convention Center again!

We are looking for members who can and would like to spend some time either before the Convention to help plan & organize OR during the Convention to make things go smoothly for everyone.  Please email hidden; JavaScript is required – help us get started now!

Stay tuned for more announcements of sponsors, activities, and education opportunities – we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

For complete details of the Annual General Meeting, please review the June 4, 2012, Annual General Meeting Minutes.

Report by NV member David Otto
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Southern Nevada Health District proposes new, additional regulation for Massage Therapy

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) notified the public of their intent to ratify regulation of Massage Establishments, Reflexology Establishments, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, and Colon Hydrotherapists on January 10, 2012, in Southern Nevada, comprised of the county of Clark.

The AMTA Nevada Chapter has reviewed the proposed legislation and can summarize the effects of the proposed regulation on its professional members [within the jurisdiction of SNHD] – following are some main points of the regulation:

  • Affects Reflexologists, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, Colon Hydrotherapists, and Massage Establishments.
  • In addition to all Massage Establishments, requires outcall “licensed massage therapists” and “licensed reflexologists” to hold a “massage establishment Health Permit”
  • Attempts to regulate Massage Therapists [and Massage Establishments] in the same manner as is currently legislated through NRS.640c and NSBMT NACs (staff on-site & equipment/safety/cleanliness requirements, fees & fines, and some professional standards)
  • States that each day after the first 90 that the regulations are in effect and an outcall massage therapist or massage establishment is not SNHD-permitted is a separate violation.
  • Cites “fees” for initial assessment, renewal (every XX year), and fines associated with violations and that non-compliance will predicate a cease-and-desist and/or revocation/re-application for massage/reflexology establishment health permit.
  • Requires “20 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room, 300% more light than in the NSBMT NACs of “5 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room.
  • Section 8.1.2 makes the “Responsible Person in charge” of a Massage or Reflexology Establishment responsible for undefined “other requirements” in addition to other regulatory body’s requirements for professional and legal practice of massage & reflexology.  Unresolved violations of keeping all permits, licenses, or credentials for everyone at the Establishment gives the SNHD the authority to shut down the Establishment until violations are resolved with each/every “affected agency of jurisdiction”.
  • New Build-outs/Construction of Establishments will have another jurisdiction (the SNHD) to apply through, propagating more [undetermined] fees and additional time frames in which initial assessments and inspections are subject to.
  • Does not outline a Schedule of Fees and does describe innumerable instances/conditions in which fees will be applied.

The AMTA-NV Chapter supports the current state licensure regulation of massage therapists in Nevada through the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists authorized and empowered by our State Legislature and Governor-appointed state massage board members affecting professionals throughout the state of Nevada AND local business license departments that regulate the taxation and safe practice of massage therapy through its application processes.  It is understood that the nature of the proposed regulation by the additional entity of the SNHD is redundant, provincial, and a duplicate credential that will be required for massage professionals to practice. 

Additionally, any verbiage in the proposed SNHD regulation regarding “Massage Therapy” may be removed to regulate Reflexology and Colon Hydrotherapy, so only one regulatory agency will have the authority to manage a profession/business category regarding massage therapy and the promotion of public health and safety.

For Concerned Individuals:

The AMTA Nevada Chapter strongly encourages its members, massage professionals, and the general public to evaluate the proposed impact of the additional regulation on the profession, practice, or patronage of massage therapy and RESPOND in an appropriate manner and timely fashion to the SNHD.

Responding to this proposed regulation is TIME-SENSITIVE – the last day that written opinions will be accepted for the record is February 2nd, 2012.

Contact information and a sample opinion letter are below.

The Workshops, at which public opinion will be HEARD, are in Las Vegas (Jan 30 & 31), Laughlin (Feb 1), and Mesquite (Feb 2):  Appear and be ready to speak your opinion according to the Workshop Agenda (below).

Resources for proposed SNHD regulation:

  1. PDF – public workshop announcement: http://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/AGENDA-Massage-Therapy-Workshops-01-30-2012.pdf
  2. PDF – public notice of proposed regulation:  http://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public-Notice-Workshop-Massage-Regs-BOH-meeting-02-23-2012.pdf
  3. Link to online version of proposed regulatory rules:  http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/download/eh/Massage-draft-regs-1-13-12.pdf
  4. Sample Letter of Opposition: (download)
  5. Opinion Letter of the AMTA/Nevada Chapter (download)

Southern Nevada Health District contact:

Glenn D Savage, REHS, Environmental Health Director, PO Box 3902, Las Vegas NV 89127

 

If you have questions regarding this post, the proposed SNHD regulation, or the AMTA Nevada chapter, please contact Government Relations: David Otto at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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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!

Register Today: the above pricing is for EARLY REGISTRATION – tell a friend by Liking the Event or Sharing/Tweeting/Emailing with a Friend!


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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