AMTA’s Mentoring Program – Connect With Your Colleagues

Whether you’ve been practicing for 10+ years or are just starting out in the field, the American Massage Therapy Association has a benefit for its members that is good for taking advantage of ANY time during your career: the Mentoring Program!

All of the program Details are in any of the below-links – research it, and see if it something you can benefit from: being a Mentee OR a Mentor!

If you have time to assist a colleague in developing a business plan for their practice, be a sympathetic or empathetic ear and a solid shoulder for an ethical issue, or just want to be creative in a team relationship – you should think about BEING a Mentor. Read more on the AMTA website on How and Why to do it!

3 Ways to Get the Most From the AMTA Mentoring Program
AMTA’s Mentoring Program is a great way for new massage therapists to learn about the profession or help individuals make a career change. Learn and build professional connections with these helpful tips:

1. Keep communications open.

  • Mentee: Be up front. Let your mentor know what your goals are and what you hope to take away from the program.
  • Mentor: Help your mentee set realistic expectations. Also, if you know you will be unavailable because of business or personal travel, let them know.

2. Offer support.

  • Mentee: Remember that your mentor is there for you, but is only a guide.
  • Mentor: Encourage communication and participation. Help create a solid plan of action.

3. Stay positive!

  • Mentee: Remember that your mentor is offering feedback and not criticizing.
  • Mentor: Recognize the work the mentee has done and the progress made.

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!

Massage Warehouse

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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, contact any one of the 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!


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, please email us 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!

If you have any questions prior to registration, please contact Mavies prior to May 30th.

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

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!