Connecticut Conference and Annual Chapter Meeting

This page contains everything you need to know before registering for the conference and the chapter meeting. You can receive up to 18 CEs in one weekend (19 CEs if taking Cupping Certification Class in full registration).

Connecticut Conference – April 2-April 5, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, CT
Call the DoubleTree to book your hotel room separately at 860-589-7766. Use code AMT.  Room must be booked prior to March 7, 2020 to get discounted rate.

Chapter Meeting – April 4, 2020 12:30 – 1:30pm Registration is required for the meeting.  You can also register for a meal.   Space is limited so register early.

Registration & Fees

Registration does not include hotel and meals.

Fees:
Full Registration – Cupping Certification 16-19 hours
AMTA Member $300.00
Non-member       $450.00

Full Registration 15-18 hours
AMTA Member   $265.00
Non-member        $395.00

Two Day (any 3-4 sessions-must comply with multiple session requirements) 9-12 hours
AMTA Member    $200.00
Non-member        $310.00

One Day (any 2 sessions – must comply with multiple session requirements) 6 hours
AMTA Member    $120.00
Non-member         $185.00

One Session 3 hours
AMTA Member   $ 60.00
Non-member        $75.00

Lunch buffet Friday noon                $10.00
Lunch buffet Saturday noon           $10.00
Pizza Party Friday 6:00pm             $10.00

Lunch buffets include choice of salads, meats, cheeses, breads, condiments, deserts and coffee & tea.  All toppings add-in and dressings are on the side, so meals are more allergen friendly.

Pizza party buffet includes choice of salads, assorted artisan pizzas, desert and coffee & tea.

All lunches must be purchased.  The hotel can accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions.  Detailed menu is on registration where allergies can be noted.

Refund Policy:   Refund Policy:   A refund of 80% of registration fees is given if we receive an emailed (ConferenceAMTACT@gmail.com or RegistrarAMTACT@gmail.com) or written request (Mindy Michaud, 17 Mallard Cove, East Hampton, CT 06424) by January 31, 2020.  A 50% refund of registration fees is given if we receive the request by March 6, 2020.  All other requests will be reviewed by the CT Board at the next CT Board meeting.  Meal purchases are non-refundable.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

For questions regarding registration please contact Natalie Dark at  RegistrarAMTACT@gmail.com.

Instructions
If you only want to register for the annual meeting, you can! There is an option just for that. You can also register for just the conference.
Or you can register for both!

To register for the conference (and meeting):

  1. Click this link https://cvent.me/Rq5VR0?rt=cPq3csRPZEqvNl_eFW6DRg, which will bring you to an agenda page so that you can take a look at the courses offered and their time slots.
  2. When you’re ready, click the Register Now button in the top, right corner.
  3. Complete the Personal Information page, and click Next at the bottom of the page. You will need your membership number.
  4. On the Registration Items page, you choose what kind of registration you want:
    Annual Chapter Meeting Only (Free) — Choose this to register for only the meeting.
    Full Registration Cupping ($300) — Select this option to take the 5-part certificate class in cupping, with the option of an additional class Sunday morning. 19 CEs plus a set of 4 silicone cups.
    Full Registration Lymphatic Balancing ($265) — Select this option to take the 4-part lymphatic balancing class with the option of an additional class Saturday afternoon and one Sunday morning.
    Full Registration ($265)– Select this option to take 6 sessions. These sessions will not include the cupping classes or the lymphatic balancing classes.
    Two-Day ($200) — Select this option to take 4 sessions. These sessions will not include the lymphatic balancing classes.
    Lymphatic Balancing Only ($200) — Select this option to take only the 4 lymphatic balancing classes.
    One-Day ($120) — Select this option to take any two sessions, or one day, of classes, such as the PNMT and the Golf Swing, The Unstuffy World of the Sinuses, or the …… classes.
    One Session ($60) — Select this option to take any single session. Single sessions are offered Thursday night and Sunday morning.
  5. Click Next at the bottom of the page.
  6. Select the sessions you want to take. If you chose a cupping or lymphatic balancing registration, those classes are automatically selected for you. If you are taking a two-part class, make sure you select BOTH PARTS, which are indicated by a P1, P2, etc. in the class name.
  7. Select any optional meals you would like to purchase ($10 each), and click Next at the bottom of the page.
    – Friday buffet lunch
    – Friday pizza buffet
    – Saturday buffet lunch
  8. On the Registration Summary page, review your class and meal selections. At the bottom of the page, review the Terms and Conditions and click the check box to agree to the term and conditions. Click Next.
  9. On the Order Summary page, submit your payment information and click Submit. NOTE: We are only accepting credit card transactions at this time. If you paid by check in the past, we recommend purchasing a credit card gift card and using that.
  10. After your payment is processed, you should see a page with your confirmation number on it and your registration summary.

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SCHEDULE

Thursday 4/2/2019
5:00pm – 9:00pm, 4 credits
S1:P1  Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping Certification with Paul Kohlmeier

6:00pm – 9:00pm, 3 credits each
S2       The Mystery of Pain with Douglas Nelson
S3:P1 Introduction to Lymphatic Balancing with Jack Ryan

Friday 4/3/2019
9:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S4:P2    Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping Certification with Paul Kohlmeier
S5:P1    Effective Soft-Tissue Strategies for Plantar Fascitis and Plantar Fasciosis with Douglas Nelson
S6:P2   Introduction to Lymphatic Balancing with Jack Ryan

2:30pm – 5:30pm, 3 credits each
S7:P3   Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping Certification with Paul Kohlmeier
S8:P2   Effective Soft-Tissue Strategies for Plantar Fascitis and Plantar Fasciosis with Douglas Nelson
S9:P3   Introduction to Lymphatic Balancing with Jack Ryan

Saturday 4/4/2019
9:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S10:P4   Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping Certification with Paul Kohlmeier
S11:P1   Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and the Golf Swing with Douglas Nelson
S12:P4   Introduction to Lymphatic Balancing with Jack Ryan

2:30pm – 5:30pm, 3 credits each
S13:P5   Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping Certification with Paul Kohlmeier
S14:P2   Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and the Golf Swing with Douglas Nelson
S15:P1
   The Unstuffy World of Treating the Sinuses with Kate Peck

Sunday 4/5/2019
9:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S16        Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping: Advanced with Paul Kohlmeier
S17        Mastering the Essential Skills of Massage Therapy with Douglas Nelson
S18:P2  The Unstuffy World of Treating the Sinuses with Kate Peck

CLASSES

Evidence Informed Cupping Certification, Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.
NCBTMB# 1767
Thursday Evening (start time 5:00pm), Friday and Saturday Morning and Afternoon – 16 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, sheets, 2 towels, and a bolster or pillow.  Wear comfortable clothing that allows for bodywork.

As part of this class you will be provided with a set of 4 cups to use during the course.

In this sixteen (16) hour, hands-on training, learn how to provide quick and effective pain management for the enhanced mobility of your clients with Cupping Therapy. Learn how to educate your clients on the ways in which a program of Cupping Therapy fits perfectly into their wellness activities. This course will delve into the history, theory, research and ethics in Cupping Therapy in order that you have a volume of knowledge not only about how best to provide this treatment, but also how to explain it, how to recognize contraindications, and how to enhance overall client retention.

This Cupping course is unique in that it does not focus on any type of Cupping Therapy, but rather focuses on the research available and the types of treatments that can be provided using the various products in the marketplace. This approach provides you with the knowledge and skill on how to use a number of different types of cups to achieve the overall therapeutic outcome your clients are looking for.

We provide you with information on how to treat common client complaints by using Cupping Therapy for the overall outcome of your client’s treatment plan. We will review the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system of the body and how to enhance circulation using Cupping Therapy and provide the techniques that are specific for the treatment of injuries and enhancing mobility. There is evidence that Cupping Therapy can influence the nervous system and has been shown to influence research subject’s perception of pain.

Save your body and your hands and most importantly, discover how the versatility of Cupping Therapy can transform your practice into life changing bodywork.

 

The Mystery of Pain, Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB
President, Massage Therapy Foundation
NCBTMB #286519-00
Thursday evening 3 hours

Emerging advances in the science of pain are not only fascinating, they open doors to possible avenues of treatment.  The Mystery of Pain will explore how pain is perceived, transmitted, and changed by multiple influences. The more deeply you understand the anatomy of pain, the more power you have to influence it and increase your effectiveness with clients who hurt. Pain science is a fascinating area of study, but author Douglas Nelson will help you understand current scientific insights in a way that you can apply to the massage table and to informing your clients about why they hurt.

 

Introduction to Lymphatic Balancing, Jack Ryan, LMT, CNMT
D’Ambrogio Institute
NCBTMB# 025785-00
Thursday Evening, Friday all day and Saturday morning – 12 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, sheets, blanket, 2 towels and pillows.  Wear layered athletic clothing.

Lymphatic Balancing (LB) techniques are imperative for all orthopedic clients, and should be incorporated into every evaluation and treatment program. With most orthopedic issues we find excess fluid, swelling, fluid stagnation, or lymphedema. These can cause or add to the pain that a client is experiencing, as well as hinder the healing process. LB subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation throughout the body, and also promote the proper functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. LB uses specially adapted lymphatic pumping and fluid mobilization techniques to target orthopedic problems in the cranium, spine, rib cage, visceral system, and upper and lower extremities.

 

Effective Soft-Tissue Strategies for Plantar Fascitis and Plantar Fasciosis, Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB
President, Massage Therapy Foundation
NCBTMB #286519-00
Friday Morning and Afternoon – 6 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, sheets, towel, pillow or bolster and lotion.  Wear comfortable clothing.

Heel pain affects up to 10% of the population; it would only make sense that since the source of pain is soft tissue in nature, the treatment should be soft tissue focused as well. Many long-term cases of plantar fasciitis are actually plantar fasciosis, which requires a totally different approach. In this hands-on training, you will understand the difference between these two conditions and learn effective strategies for both.

 

Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and the Golf Swing, Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB
President, Massage Therapy Foundation
NCBTMB #286519-00
Saturday Morning and Afternoon – 6 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, sheets, towel, pillow or bolster and lotion.  Wear comfortable clothing.

Golf is a popular sport that is played by nearly 29 million people in the USA alone.  The physical demands of golf are often overlooked, which can lead to pain and discomfort in both recreational and serious golfers. Precise soft tissue strategies that are specifically targeted to the biomechanics of the golf swing can help golfers play more effectively and also prevent possible injuries. This also becomes a wonderful sub-specialty for massage therapists, offering golfers very specific treatment protocols tied to the demands of the golf swing. The main purpose of this workshop is to provide a solid review of the fundamental musculoskeletal (neuro-myo-fascio-skeletal) anatomy and physiology/kinesiology of the body and apply it to the field of massage therapy.  We will use critical thinking skills to empower us to be able to creatively apply our hands-on treatment techniques.

Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) is the creation of Douglas Nelson

Three broad principles apply to PNMT:

PNMT is deductive. For every symptom a client may present, there are multiple possible causes. How can you get to the most likely source as efficiently as possible? That is what we concentrate on.
* PNMT is science based, not philosophically based. We have conducted many clinical research studies relevant to the work and are always combing the literature to find more.
PNMT is client based. Since the causes for every symptom can be different, each client should get a session created exactly for them, rather than a routine or recipe.

 

Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping:  Advanced, Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.
NCBTMB# 1767
Sunday Morning – 3 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, sheets, 2 towels, and a bolster or pillow.  Silicone cups are required.  Wear comfortable clothing that allows for bodywork.

Pre-requisite:   Must have completed a hands-on cupping therapy course.

Learn to provide quick and effective pain management resulting in enhanced mobility of your clients in this Advanced Course.  Cupping therapy fits perfectly into wellness activities and this course will provide you with practical ways in which your clients can retain benefits.

Our Advanced course explores trigger point work, myofascial release, functional mobility, range of motion and tissue stretching.

  • Trigger point work, used before cupping, can allow you to release muscular tissue and thereby enhance the performance of stationary or dynamic cups.
  • Myofascial release works slow and steady, applying vacuum force on the tissue that is steady and reliable. It’s effects on the tissue and neurological system will be explored.
  • Functional movement of the body may be indicated in your cupping session, and we will demonstrate ways of increasing range of motion in your clients by testing for range of movement both before and after cupping is utilized.

 

Mastering the Essential Skills of Massage Therapy, Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB
President, Massage Therapy Foundation
NCBTMB #286519-00
Sunday Morning – 3 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, sheets, towel, pillow or bolster and lotion.  Wear comfortable clothing.

If you wish to play soccer, your coach will run you through numerous drills to hone your skills at the many aspects of the game. Golfers spend time on the driving range working on putting, chipping, short irons, long irons, sand traps, etc. Pianists spend hours playing etudes, pieces designed to develop specific skills in the art of the piano.

In this workshop, the participants will identify, fine-tune, develop, and explore the specific skills needed to master the science and the art of massage therapy. From palpation games to listening and observation exercises, therapists will explore and deepen their understanding of the skills it takes to pursue excellence in this field (and have a lot of fun at the same time!) Let the palpation games begin!

 

The Unstuffy World of Treating the Sinuses, Kate Peck, LMT
NCBTMB #451044-09
Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, both sessions required – 6 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table and linens (bolster and blanket optional).  Tank tops (no sports bras) or shirts with access to the neck.

Allergies can aggravate the sinuses causing nasal congestion or a runny nose. For some clients it is a mild inconvenience.  For others, it can be painful and impact their lives for months or years, not clearing up on its own.  You will learn lymphatic drainage and craniosacral techniques to integrate into your massage, or to use as a complete protocol for working with your clients who have serious sinus issues.

PRESENTERS

Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB
President, Massage Therapy Foundation
Douglas Nelson is Board Certified in Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Bodywork, beginning his career in massage therapy in 1977.  Seeing over 1,000 client visits annually, he is also the President of BodyWork Associates, a massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL. Established in 1982, the clinic has three locations and a staff of twenty therapists.

He is the founder of NMT MidWest, Inc., providing more than eighty workshops annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy™ across the USA. He has personally taught more than 12,000 hours of continuing education, while also being a neuromuscular consultant to professional and collegiate sports teams, dance companies, and a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois Medical School. Doug is also the president of the Massage Therapy Foundation.

Having published many articles in numerous journals and magazines, he is also the author of two books- Table Lessons: Insights in the practice of Massage Therapy and The Mystery of Pain. Doug is the recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year and 2015 Pioneer Award by the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2018.

Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.
Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Acupuncturist, Paul Kohlmeier is an experienced and skilled therapist who is also trained as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist. Graduating with a Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba, Paul went on to obtain his Diploma in Massage Therapy from Wellington College and Diplomas in both Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Hua Xia Acupuncture and Herb College of Canada. Paul has a wealth of information looking for ways to get out of his head…which has led him to teaching and lecturing over the last 15 years.

Paul runs a community acupuncture practice, in addition to his Massage Therapy practice from his clinic based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to his keen interest in Massage Therapy and Chinese Medicine, Paul is a self-proclaimed research geek having participated in the World Fascia Congress, IN-CAM and the Massage Therapy Foundation Research Conference and loves bringing everything he learns into the treatment room as well as the classroom.

Being certified in both Massage Therapy and Chinese Medicine, Paul has a unique ability to speak to the two different bodies of knowledge. He takes a decidedly different approach, working towards an explanatory narrative that represents current thinking and science, as well as adding a feedback-based model of explanation that includes a patient-directed approach.

Jack Ryan LMT, CNMT
Jack Ryan LMT, CNMT is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Florida. He is certified in the St. John method of   Neuromuscular Therapy. He is the Owner of the Soar Point Massage Clinic at 7311 Merchant Court, Sarasota, FL.  www.SoarPointMassage.com

Jack graduated from The University of Richmond with a BA in Sociology. He did his massage training at the Sarasota School of Natural Healing Arts in 1993. Jack has focused his massage practice on soft tissue pain relief and rehabilitation.  His manual therapy training includes Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Orthopedic Lymph Drainage, Positional Release, Muscle Energy, Craniosacral Therapy, Total Body Balancing, and Visceral Manipulation.  Jack uses a whole body evaluation and treatment philosophy to determine the root cause of a persons’ dysfunction.   Jack has done a majority of his manual therapy training with Dr. Kerry D’Ambrogio and the D’Ambrogio Institute.

Jack has received several awards from the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, including the Sarasota Chapter LMT of the Year and the award for Dedication, Commitment and Contribution to the Florida Massage Profession.

Jack is on staff with the D’Ambrogio Institute and Therapeutic Systems Inc. in Sarasota, FL as a Therapist, Instructor and Teaching Assistant.  He is also an Instructor for the International Alliance for Healthcare Educators (IAHE). Jack lectures and teaches both nationally and internationally. He has several articles published in Massage Therapy trade journals.

Kate Peck, LMT
A graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute, Kate has been in private practice for 20 years. She specializes in craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, burn scar therapy, and therapeutic massage. In addition to seeing clients in the office, Kate does home visits for the elderly and disabled. She has provided massage and burn scar therapy for burn patients as well as craniosacral therapy for brain-injured patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

In 2016, Kate founded the Massage and Burn Scar Therapy Foundation in order to make massage and burn scar therapy available to all burn survivors regardless of their ability to pay. MABSTF is also dedicated to teaching massage therapists and other medical professionals about the benefits of manual therapy on the quality of life of burn survivors.

EXHIBIT HALL

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday 11:00am -2:30pm & 4:30pm-8:00pm

Saturday 11:00am -2:30pm & 4:30pm-8:00pm
Sun 8:30-10:30am

There is no fee to view the exhibit hall.

Exhibitors:

SOCIAL EVENTS

Friday 5:30-7:30 – Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Reception – including pizza  and a cash bar.  Tickets can be purchased with registration.  Team awards will be presented, activities TBD

Saturday 5:30-7:30 – Cocktail reception including hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

REFUND POLICY

A refund of 80% of registration fees is given if we receive an emailed (ConferenceAMTACT@gmail.com or RegistrarAMTACT@gmail.com) or written request (Mindy Michaud, 17 Mallard Cove, East Hampton, CT 06424) by January 31, 2020.  A 50% refund of registration fees is given if we receive the request by March 6, 2020.  All other requests will be reviewed by the CT Board at the next CT Board meeting.