Nevada Celebrates “Massage Therapy Awareness Week”

2018 Nevada Massage Therapy Awareness Week - gubernatorial proclamationFor its third year, the Chair of the American Massage Therapy Association, Nevada Chapter’s National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW®) Committee – Tom Dougherty – helps keep Nevada in the know about Massage Therapy and its positive impact on human health conditions.

On October 9th, 2018, in anticipation of the AMTA’s nationally-recognized and -promoted NMTAW®, Tom asked and Governor Brian Sandoval issued an Executive Proclamation recognizing the week of October 22 – 28, 2018, as Massage Therapy Awareness Week in Nevada.

Please join us in celebrating by submitting any activities you might be doing this week to promote Massage Therapy to the public: demonstration at a health fair, specially-made flyers you’re handing out to your clients and the public, a blog article you wrote to feature the benefits of massage therapy … or any other massage-promotional activities you’ve thought of!

The AMTA-NV Chapter would be happy to post your activity on our Facebook Page and/or website to show your dedication and passion for massage therapy.

You can read more about and submit your own stories about your 2018 NMTAW® activities at the Association’s website or contact the Nevada Chapter for more information or finding out how you can start your own, chapter-hosted promotional event for next year.

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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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-Elect Christopher Deery & Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy’s Southern Nevada Operations Manager, Maggie Adams: 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.

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CryoDerm logoMassage Warehouse logoNevada State Board of Massage Therapy sealristroller logoSacro Wedgy 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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2018 AMTA-NV Chapter Annual Business Meeting – Guest Speakers

 

Christopher Deery

Christopher Deery | President-Elect, American Massage Therapy Association

 

 

 

 

Maggie AdamsMaggie Adams | Southern Nevada Operations Manager, Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

has been a massage therapist since 1991 and has been the Treatment and Therapist Manager for Atrio Spa, Las Alcobas, Napa CA. Maggie has created signature services for 5-Star spas, day spas and companies including MOROCCANOIL and LALICIOUS. Her protocols are featured in over 250 spas worldwide. Maggie opened the Spa at Aria in the heart of City Center on the Las Vegas Strip where she designed all massage protocols and training procedures. She was an instructor for one of the premier massage schools in the country, the Director of Education for another, and an educational consultant for several others. As an author and presenter, Maggie has published articles and lectured on the subject of massage therapy for Massage Magazine, Santa Clara University, the National Arthritis Foundation, and the Chronic Fatigue Consultation Clinic.

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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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, 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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AMTA-NV March 2017 Reno Conference

Join us for Networking, Education, and Empowerment!

You’re Invited!

The Nevada Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association is proud to host a Member Meeting and Education Conference in Reno, Nevada, on March 21 – please join us for networking, chapter and Association updates and earning 4 Continuing Education Hours with Amy Lewis teaching “Intro to CranioSacral Therapy” for Massage Therapists and their clients!

  • Hear from and meet our volunteer Chapter Meeting Coordinator, Paul Lofgreen;
  • Meet the new Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists’ Executive Director Sandy Anderson;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 4 hours 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 coffee & lunch, meet a new or old colleague;
  • and more!

All Massage Therapists are welcome to attend!

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


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March 21st, 2017

9:00am-9:30am chapter set-up

9:30am-10:00am attendee arrival/check-in & on-site Registration – COFFEE TIME! This is a free event

10:00am-11:30am Member Meeting

11:30am-12:30pm hosted Lunch – Qdoba-inspired free, with meeting Registration

12:30pm-4:30pm Intro to CranioSacral Therapy (Lewis, 4 CEHs) This is a for-cost event

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

Bring a Friend!

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Intro to CranioSacral Therapy (Lewis)

Participants will learn the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy, CST. The focus will be on learning basic CST anatomy, concepts and techniques to include how to palpate CranioSacral Rhythm, Stillpoint, that can be used to relieve headaches, reduce stress, manage pain and promote relaxation.

Materials: notpad & pen, massage table

Date/Times: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | 12:00p – 4:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 4

Location: Awake n network – Reno

Amy Lewis LMT, CSTT, BCTMB, BS

Amy Lewis, LMT, CST-­T, BCTMB, BS

has taken several CST classes through the Upledger institute. She is a CST­-T and is working on CST-­D. Amy also has a BS in Biology. She has been an AMTA Professional member since 1992. Amy has also been a NCBTMB certified Therapist since 1994 and a NCBTMB provider (#913) since 2015. [learn more about Amy]

 


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Registration for classes no later than 3 days prior is required for receiving a completed Certificate of Completion on-site and a seat for lunch.

On-site Registration is available through your device.

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The amta nevada chapter will provide coffee before and lunch during the day.

Other things you can do at this event:

  • Network over Registration and Lunch time
  • Invite a friend to introduce them to the amta nevada chapter: the Board & its Members
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We look forward to your making the most of your membership with the amta nevada chapter!


 

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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!

AMTA-NV Chapter – 2016 Reno Conference

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.

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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

Thai Massage: An Ancient Form of Healing

by Winnie Cain, LMT

Is Thai Massage an ancient form of healing, as claimed by those using this modality over the past 2,500+ years?  I believe it is.  When you understand Thai Massage, you will see why it is called an ancient form of healing.

Thai Massage is based on two theories:

  1. The Four Elements of Life theory: It is the main principle in Thai traditional medicine of which Thai massage is a branch. The body is composed of four elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.
  2. Sen Sib (energy line) Theory:  It is the core of Thai massage. Acupressure is applied to the Sen Sib.

Four Elements of Life avatarsThe Four Elements of Life

  • Thai massage affects the Earth element at the muscle, bone and ligaments.
  • Thai massage stimulates the Water element flow through the body. It helps to maintain healthy function of the organs.
  • Thai massage helps direct the Air element to flow in the right direction for the body. The Air element provides all the energy for all activities and functions.
  • Thai massage improves circulation and helps maintain the right temperature for the body. The Fire element consists of the heat and energy of life.

Sen Sib

Thai massage helps to remove blockages that may prevent energy flow in the Sen Sib and bring balance to body, mind and spirit.

In Thai massage, the therapist works from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head, ending at the feet.  The therapist releases the fascia by doing acupressure and stretching.

 

Demo of a Thai Massage sessionThe theory of Thai massage is that a person’s health and well-being relies on the balance of the Four Elements and the life energy channels (Sen Sib).  It is believed that the Sen Sib need regular maintenance to avoid blockages or stagnation.

In Thai massage, the therapist must be comfortable and confident stretching the client. The therapist accomplishes this by using proper body mechanics. It should appear to the client that it is effortless while the therapist is lifting and stretching them. It will also feel like a meditation to both the therapist and client, from beginning to end while using the same rhythm throughout the massage, transitioning from one move to the next, like a dance.

It is an easy modality to do anywhere because the client is fully clothed, which gives on-site massage a new meaning. Thai massage can be performed on a mat or a massage table; it is a great way for the client to become energized while at the same time relaxed.