2018 AMTA Nevada Annual Convention

  AMTA-Nevada Chapter’s 2018 State Convention

The AMTA-NV Chapter’s annual Convention hosts its Annual Member Meeting with special guest speakers, massage therapy government relations updates, and giveaways. Take a Sunrise Yoga class and Earn Continuing Education credits by attending courses for improving your practice, including presenters James Waslaski (massage techniques) & Felicia Brown (business techniques). Keep Reading for how you can be a part of this unique event in Las Vegas, Nevada this Spring!

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Step 1: Book Your Room

Alexis Park Resort _ Vegas skyline

Start off by reserving your Suite at Alexis Park All-Suites Resort – you won’t want to miss a minute of the excellent presentations by the Nevada Chapter, its guest speakers from around the State(s), and the Continuing Education Providers ready to serve your professional needs. Book your rooms now with exceptional Rates starting as low as $42/night … even after the Convention, through the weekend! Two ways to guarantee your zen-space, between events:

  1. Click: reserve your room online <– this link will pre-fill the hotel (Alexis Park Resort) and our Group Code.
  2. Call: (800) 582-2228 or (702) 796-3322 and book your room, identifying your group affiliation with “American Massage Therapy Assn” to get the same, specially-arranged Suite Rates as the online method.

 

Step 2: Register for the Convention

Read the Convention Event Schedule (below) for details on each Event in this chart – a specific list of Events and locations where each is happening will be sent to you upon Registration and before Days 1 & 2 – all Events will happen in the Apollo Business Center of Alexis Park Resort.

You have several Options (#1 – #9) as to how to combine the Events over May 8th & 9th to your liking – Options are described below, so you can best choose your Single Registration Option on the Registration Form:

Registration Options for the 2018 AMTA-Nevada Chapter Annual Convention

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Step 3: Come to the Convention!

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 —  Convention Event Schedule  —

 

DAY 1 (Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

Chapter President_ Mavies Gascon 8a – 9a

Continental Breakfast – a welcoming sight to early-risers: a warm reception in the Apollo Conference Center: hot coffees & teas, juices, assorted pastries & fruit – all to fuel your morning!

9a – 12p

2016 AMTA-NV Convention swag bag Annual Meeting – meet us in Apollo 3 for the chapter’s annual report of activities, past and future, elections and volunteer opportunities – your Vote (as a Member in Good Standing) COUNTS – and guest speakers AMTA National President Joan Nichols & Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy’s Executive Director, Sandy Anderson: empower your practice with the information presented! Vendor & Sponsor participation include swag bags for each attendee.

12p – 1p

Networking Luncheon – join your fellow attendees in the Apollo Reception area – meet a ‘new’ colleague, share stories – and enjoy a buffet-style luncheon where lasting relationships are built and long-lost connections are re-established.

1p – 5p

James Waslaski

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Shoulder Conditions & Multiple Crush Phenomenon –  Waslaski (Class #1A: 4 CEHs) – Attendees will learn functional assessment and special tests, myofascial and neuromuscular techniques, myoskeletal alignment techniques, scar tissue mobilization protocols, and specific stretches and therapeutic exercises to eliminate both the underlying cause and clinical symptoms of cervical pain and associated upper-extremity numbness. Supplies: massage table, table linens & towels; wear loose & comfortable clothing

Felicia Brown

Free and Easy Ways to Promote Your Massage, Spa, and Wellness Business – Brown (Class #2A: 4 CEHs) – This course is jam-packed full of practical, profitable promotions, actual case studies and other creative ideas to fill your appointment book and bank account. Attendees will have the opportunity to create a simple marketing plan for their business or practice as well as outlines for one or more easy promotions to use after class. Supplies: pen, paper, your business cards, your business/practice goals

5p – bedtime

Playtime – relax in your Suite after a dinner from one of the surrounding restaurants, and/or go out to play, close by, on The Strip in Vegas Style – the Fremont Street Experience is something to see and a short Shared Ride or busline away. Return to the comfort of your room & get a good night’s sleep!

DAY 2  (Wednesday, May 9, 2018)

6a – 7a

Gayla Coughlin_ LMT Sunrise Yoga on the Terrace – Rise and Shine to this invigorating, 45-minute basic yoga class – sweat with your fellow attendees, enjoy the view of the Las Vegas Strip from the roof-top Terrace, and grab a protein drink, fruit, and/or water to go, so you can prepare for the day’s events. taught by Certified Yoga Teacher, Gayla Coughlin…who is also a licensed massage therapist.

7a – 8a

fresh breakfast buffet Breakfast Buffet – enjoy a leisurely Alexis Park Breakfast Buffet in the Apollo Reception area with your fellow professionals, full of all your favorite morning food choices: juices, fruits, pastries, eggs, french toast, pancakes, bacon & sausage… a mighty meal for the day’s bodywork activities.

8a – 12p

Felicia Brown

Déjà Vu Ethics Review and Dealing With Inappropriate Clients and Sexual Situations – Brown (Class #2B & #2C: 4 CEHs, total) – In these two ethics courses for massage therapists, Felicia suggests that even the most-seasoned massage professionals can benefit from a review of professional boundaries and guidelines for working with clients. The first class/review will provide an honest look at some of the challenges massage therapists face and provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss their own ethical challenges and dilemmas in a safe, supportive space. In dealing with inappropriate clients, Felicia will discuss with attendees the common red flags massage therapists see and ways to diffuse potentially inappropriate client situations. Supplies: pen, paper, your ethical challenges & concerns

Pelvic Stabilization “The Key to Structural Integration” – James Waslaski Waslaski (Class #1B: 4 CEHs) – James’ takes the clinical approach to assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation fo the lumbar spine, hip, and pelvis in this course. Specific conditions he’ll address include low back pain, SI joint dysfunction, sacral torsions, lumbar compression, spinal stenosis, bulging disc pain, and ruptured discs. In addition, hip pain, hip capsule problems, hip replacements, sciatica, and compensatory knee pain will be addressed. Supplies: massage table, table linens & towels; wear loose & comfortable clothing

12p – 1p

Lunch Box – in the Apollo Reception area, pick up your Lunch Box (chosen during Registration or this morning) and grab a seat with your class partner and others and re-fuel for the day.

1p – 5p

James Waslaski Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Lower Extremity Conditions – Waslaski (Class #1C: 4 CEHs) – Participants in this course will use modalities such as functional assessment, posturology, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue mobilization, myoskeletal alignment, and corrective stretching and strengthening protocols in a very precise order. James’ unique, multidisciplinary approach may eliminate even the most complicated pain conditions in the lower extremity immediately and permanently. Attendees will discover cutting edge approaches to immediate relief from muscle strains, sprains, and myofascial pain. Supplies: massage table, table linens & towels; wear loose & comfortable clothing

5p

Fond Farewell – we give a wave good-bye and send our heartfelt well-wishes to our Convention guests.

 

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2018 Sponsors & Vendors

Our Sponsors provide new professional products and information – and sometimes meals – during 2018’s State Convention. Please give them a shout out by clicking through to any of their websites for more information about their products & services.

China-Gel logo

CryoDerm logoNevada State Board of Massage Therapy sealristroller logoSombra logoSoothing Touch logo

 

 

 

2018 Continuing Education – Instructors & Courses

 

James Waslaski CPT

James Waslaski, CPTread more about James

Course Offerings at the 2018 AMTA Nevada Chapter State Convention:

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Shoulder Conditions & Multiple Crush Phenomenon –  (4 CEHs) – Attendees will learn functional assessment and special tests, myofascial and neuromuscular techniques, myoskeletal alignment techniques, scar tissue mobilization protocols, and specific stretches and therapeutic exercises to eliminate both the underlying cause and clinical symptoms of cervical pain and associated upper-extremity numbness.

Pelvic Stabilization “The Key to Structural Integration” – (4 CEHs) – James’ takes the clinical approach to assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation fo the lumbar spine, hip, and pelvis in this course. Specific conditions he’ll address include low back pain, SI joint dysfunction, sacral torsions, lumbar compression, spinal stenosis, bulging disc pain, and ruptured discs. In addition, hip pain, hip capsule problems, hip replacements, sciatica, and compensatory knee pain will be addressed.

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Lower Extremity Conditions – (4 CEHs) – Participants in this course will use modalities such as functional assessment, posturology, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue mobilization, myoskeletal alignment, and corrective stretching and strengthening protocols in a very precise order. James’ unique, multidisciplinary approach may eliminate even the most complicated pain conditions in the lower extremity immediately and permanently. Attendees will discover cutting edge approaches to immediate relief from muscle strains, sprains, and myofascial pain.

Supplies for each class: massage table, table linens & towels; wear loose & comfortable clothing

To take all 3 of James’ courses, be sure to choose OPTION 1 when you Register

Felicia Brown LBMT

Felicia Brown, LMBTread more about Felicia

Course Offerings at the 2018 AMTA Nevada Chapter State Convention:

Free and Easy Ways to Promote Your Massage, Spa, and Wellness Business – (4 CEHs) – This course is jam-packed full of practical, profitable promotions, actual case studies and other creative ideas to fill your appointment book and bank account. Attendees will have the opportunity to create a simple marketing plan for their business or practice as well as outlines for one or more easy promotions to use after class. Supplies: pen, paper, your business cards, your business/practice goals

Déjà Vu Ethics Review and Dealing With Inappropriate Clients and Sexual Situations – (two courses: 4 CEHs, total) – In these two ethics courses for massage therapists, Felicia suggests that even the most-seasoned massage professionals can benefit from a review of professional boundaries and guidelines for working with clients. The first 2-hour course/review will provide an honest look at some of the challenges massage therapists face and provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss their own ethical challenges and dilemmas in a safe, supportive space. During the second, two-hour course, Felicia will discuss with attendees the common red flags in dealing with inappropriate clients that massage therapists see and ways to diffuse potentially inappropriate client situations. Supplies: pen, paper, your ethical challenges & concerns

To take both of Felicia’s courses, be sure to choose OPTION 2 when you Register

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2017 Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law, et al NSBMT updates

time for changeThis article was originally published as “2017 Proposed Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law” on 2/20/2017; it has been updated as of 6/5/2017.

NRS 640.C governs the massage therapy profession and the professionals who are licensed by the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT). In late-2016, with their newest Executive Director, Sandy Anderson, the NSBMT asked Honorable Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton to sponsor a Bill that would primarily change the constituency of licensees holding professional licenses under the NSBMT. There are several additional points to the Bill, as it was written and Introduced by Assemblywoman Carlton, that, as massage therapists, affect us.

The Bill was first known as BDR 766 when introduced on December 10, 2016, and had been formally introduced to the Assembly as AB 179 on February 13, 2017, and is now resolved* to do several things:

  1. Change the name of the board: from the “Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists” to the “Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy
  2. Add two new license types to the currently-existing Licensed Massage Therapists, et al: Licensed Reflexologist, et al; and, Licensed Structural Integration Practitioner, et al. Reflexology is moved from under NRS 629 “Wellness Services” to NRS 640.C; Structural Integration Practitioner is a newly-created license under this Bill. Each new license has its own educational, legal, and Application requirements (TBD by NSBMT-mediated Workshop (dates TBD)).
  3. Change the composition of the NSBMT: from 7 Board Members to 9 Board Members:  the 2 additional Board members are – one each – from the newly-added fields to the NSBMT’s domain: a NSBMT-licensed Reflexologist and an NSBMT-licensed Structural Integration Practitioner.
  4. Add Establishments to its regulatory oversight: Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Structural Integration Establishments are – additionally, to local regulation (if any) – under the Board’s regulation. A [maximum] Inspection Fee of $50 is levied for each Board-initiated Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Structural Integration Establishment request for inspection.
  5. Change the license Renewal Period: from every One Year (annually) to every Two Years (biennially) – the Renewal Fee has doubled to $300 but is only required every two years.

The Nevada School of Massage Therapy hosted a live Q & A Session on February 27, 2017, where the AMTA-Nevada Chapter presented this information and opened up the floor for comments and questions. About 33 people were in attendance, the majority of which were matriculating students of NSMT’s program, including NSMT staff, AMTA members, and MT professionals. The session lasted about 45 minutes and was presented by Chapter President Mavies Gascon and Immediate Past President David Otto.

The Nevada Chapter members were email-noticed on 3/14 & 3/26/2017 to participate in a poll available during the period of 3/14-3/28/2017 as to their positions and opinions on AB 179.  Subsequent to the closing of the poll, Nevada Chapter President Mavies Gascon attended a May 5th public hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy regarding Amendment(s)-considered and reported the chapter members’ position of Support for AB 179. Here is the crux of what he reported:

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*The Act AB 179 was signed into law, recorded June 1, 2017, and goes into effect as of July 1, 2017. The NSBMT is anticipating that licenses for Reflexologists and Structural Integration Practitioners will be available for application and required for practice on Jan 1, 2018.

Other NSBMT Updates:

  • Completed inspections of Nevada Massage Therapy Establishments by the NSBMT have resulted in 18 closures during the January to May, 2017, time-frame.
  • The NSBMT is committed to a “less than 15-day turnaround” for actions on New and Renewing NSBMT License Applications.
  • The NSBMT is removing the ‘Pre-application’ process for license Applications.
  • The NSBMT anticipates a software update to the Licensee Account Area that will allow a user to upload/record CEHs being used for his/her next Renewal PRIOR to his/her Renewal Application process and 90-day window prior to expiration of his/her current license period.

 

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2015 Legislative Changes in Nevada for Massage Therapists

NevadaLegislatureBuildingThe Nevada Legislature usually meets every 2 years – 2015 marks the 78th Session of the Legislature to do the business of legislation: regulation of all the state functions and scopes in a Session that concludes around the end of May.

The AMTA-NV Chapter’s Mission is to serve any AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy – a part of that ‘practice’ Mission is to assure that, as an organization, our members are treated fairly and have an opinion, if not a say, about how we’re regulated.

The first step is knowledge – knowledge of the laws that affect us: that we know them is our bound, ethical duty.  That we follow the ones that are ‘in effect’ for each of us, professional- and business-related (separately), is our legal duty.  Duty of Diligence lays groundwork for having an opinion and effect on those laws that may change the way we practice.

The Chapter strives to be aware of and respond to or act upon legislation that is of Profession in nature – so, following: we’ve broken up the 3 Bills that we – through our Government Relations Consultant, National Government Relations Department, and local, chapter Government Relations Committee – have been tracking that may affect all Licensed Massage Therapists in the future into two, distinct categories: ones that affect professionals and ones that affect business owners.

 

Proposal That Affects Massage Therapy (professionals):

This year, 2015, there is one specifically-massage-therapy Bill – AB 126 – that will affect how the NSBMT regulates its Applicants.  Below is a summary of those proposed changes to NRS.640C:

AB 126http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/AB/AB126.pdf

Sponsor:  Assemblywoman Margaret Carlton

​Summary:  Proposed changes to NRS.640C:

 

  • adds exemption of nail techs from massage licensure;
  • strikes the language “by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, or its successor organization” which leaves the sentence stating “successfully pass a nationally recognized competency examination in massage that meets acceptable psychometric principles, is statistically validated through a job-task analysis under current standards for educational and professionally testing massage therapists and has been approved by the Board; or other examinations approved by the board;”
  • clarifies by changing the limit of time allowed to reinstate an inactive license to 2 years;
  • strikes the 10 year limitation on criminal background offenses;
  • eliminates ‘moral turpitude’ as being a reason to not give a license;
  • adds “has knowingly failed to report to the board that the holder of a license or other person has engaged in unethical or unprofessional conduct as it relates to the practice of massage therapy within 30 days after becoming aware of that conduct”

 

The path of this Bill started in the Nevada Assembly (AB = “Assembly Bill”) and will move on to the Senate, if passed by the Assembly.  The Senate will need to pass this Bill for it to get to the Governor’s desk, which is the last approval the Bill needs to become law.

The Chapter has drafted and remitted a letter of support to the Sponsor and the NSBMT for the above changes to NRS.640C. [view letter]

 

Other Proposals That Affect Massage Therapy (business owners):

AB 336http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/AB/AB336.pdf

Sponsor:  Assemblymen Benitez-Thompson and Hambrick

​Summary:  Proposed change to NRS.597:

* adds requirement, under threat of penalty ($500/day, after the first 24-hour Warning), [Section 1.1.d] “A massage parlor or public spa;” to post a state-produced sign regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline “in a conspicuous location near the public entrance of the business or establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar signs are customarily posted”

This is likely a trend around the country and does not affect NRS.640C – it does affect how the classified/defined businesses listed need to operate according to NRS.597…

Currently, the NSBMT is requesting “parlor” be changed to “establishment”, so this will affect all “massage establishments”

The Chapter has drafted and remitted to the Sponsor a letter of support with the NSBMT’s requested change of “parlor” to “establishment” [view letter]

 

SB 252http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/SB/SB252.pdf

Sponsor: Committee on Revenue and Economic Development (on behalf of the Department of Administration)

Summary: Proposed change to NRS.76:

Current law requires Independent Massage Therapists and Massage Establishments to maintain a State Business License annually, fee = $200 (unless Exempt).

Proposed law requires Independent Massage Therapists and Massage Establishments to maintain a State Business License quarterly, fee = minimum $100 (based on reported gross income for each quarter)(pg 15, table, at the link above)(unless Exempt)

Basically, it’s a fee structure change for all Nevada business licensees.  This will affect how IMTs and some Establishments will do business.

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Please leave your Comments below – stimulate a conversation/debate/opinion with your educated, well-thought-out questions or comments.  Everyone has an opinion about the profession they love…so let us hear yours!

If you have specific questions about how these changes might affect you, please contact the AMTA-NV Chapter Government Relations Committee or the Board of Directors – we would be happy to help you understand what these changes involve.

If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest changes, please come back to this page occasionally.

We are also looking for a Nevada chapter member to be active in the Government Relations Committee: attending NSBMT meetings, reporting to the AMTA-NV Chapter Board of Directors, and bringing legislative issues to the members’ attention (no matter the origin; within and regarding any Nevada [jurisdiction’s] statutes, codes, and/or regulations).  Join us in keeping AMTA-NV members IN THE KNOW and empowering our practices in massage therapy!

Report: August 17, 2012 chapter member meeting

attending the August 17 member meeting
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Our member meeting at Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday was a great time for all: many members got to meet colleagues (some of whom live “just around the corner”) and share some good food and information.

Sally Hacking joined the chapter, from Florida, as it’s Government Relations Consultant – she gave the attending members a brief overview of her role with the chapter and advice that she has given and may yet give the chapter regarding the promotion of the massage therapy profession in Nevada.

Michelle Viesselman & Brad Enerson, Nevada chapter Delegates going to the 2012 House of Delegates in Raleigh this October at the National AMTA Convention, presented 6 proposed Position Statements and 2 Recommendations to the members.  A brief outline of what a Delegate’s role in the chapter is and some specific conversation about the Position Statements and Recommendations made for a lively and interactive presentation.

Judi Calvert of Hands-On Trade Association, CAMTC, and the World of Massage Museum presented some information about the history of the AMTA in Nevada and the chapter – there were members here in Nevada before there was an organized chapter (more to come on our history!).

We’d like to thank our NV State Convention Sponsors for providing some great prizes for giveaway, including a Retail Starter Kit (a counter-top display, valued at $125) from Biofreeze that went to our lucky winner Judi!

Come out and find out…at our next chapter member meeting – email hidden; JavaScript is required if you have any ideas for Topics!

2011 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Education Event – report

WP_000085July 27, 2011 – The AMTA Nevada Chapter held its annual 2011 State Convention for its members and the profession at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, to promote professional Education & Community for the massage therapy industry.
Attending the 3-day Event were Nevada Chapter members, Massage Therapy Professionals, and Massage Therapy Students alike, taking advantage of the presentations and continuing education opportunities the Chapter facilitated with some networking events like lunch, networking, Student Day, and professional development in the area of Chapter member activities planned in the future through its Annual General Chapter Member Meeting.
WP_000075Classes offered include “Abdominal/Visceral Massage,” “How to Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-based Massage Techniques,” & “Tension Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol” by Boris Prilutsky; “Creating Peace With Your Hands – The Wholistic Course for Self Care and Injury Prevention” by Karina Braun of Get In Touch; and, “Bodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour” by Nathan Nordstrom of Educated Touch.
Student Day garnered the presentations of Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT), Sally Hacking, Government Relations Consultant to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), and Pete Blandford, Member Committee Chair and Student Outreach Coordinator for the Nevada Chapter. Essential information for how to be professionally regarded in the industry in Nevada was shared and news and information was shared with the students attending.
WP_000079The Nevada Chapter Annual General Meeting began with an administrative proposal – formation of a new Direction for Chapter operations where member activity is important: a Volunteer Co-operative initiative was introduced where members could participate in a free education with performance of practice-building and education-utilizing volunteer work in a clinical or medical environment. Development of this process was agreed upon and members were encouraged to participate in the further development of the idea in future planning/Chapter meetings. The 2012-2013 Budget was approved and officers were elected: Michelle Viesselman as 2nd Vice-President, & Brad Enerson was re-elected as Chapter Treasurer. Speakers Lisa Cooper (NSBMT) and Sally Hacking (FSMTB) also updated members on activities in each of their representative organizations.WP_000072
Raffles were won by some VERY fortunate Winners: amongst the prizes were a massage table/bolster/sheet set, stool, Biofreeze Retail Starter kits, t-shirts, a 2012 World Massage Festival full Registration, a $250 Lomi Lomi class gift certificate & online Ethics courses, registration for a CEH-earning Bodies…the Exhibition guided tour, books, DVDs, and more!
Sponsors donating time, product samples, and prizes for the raffle benefiting the member-supported activities of the Nevada Chapter include: Biofreeze/Performance Health, Bon Vital, Massage Warehouse, Gensco Laboratories, Boris Prilutsky, Educated Touch, Get In Touch, Massage Pro CE, and the World Massage Festival.WP_000053
The amta nevada chapter wishes to thank ALL the participants in this year’s State Convention: Attendees, Instructors, Presenters, Sponsors, Hosts, and the Volunteers of the amta nevada chapter!