Connecticut Conference

This page contains everything you need to know before registering for the conference. You can receive up to 18 CEUs in one weekend.
* Exception: Total Body Balancing 1 is 25 CEUs and has its own price point

April 26-April 29, 2018
at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, CT

Call the DoubleTree to book your hotel room separately at 860-598-7766. Use code AMT. Must book rooms prior to March 25, 2018.

Dianne Polseno Scholarship [2018] (Please download file to fill out the form)



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Registration & Fees

Registration does not include hotel and meals unless stated below.

Total Body Balancing 1
AMTA Member – 25 hours* $350.00
Non-member – 25 hours* $500.00

Full Registration
AMTA Member – 18 hours** $275.00
Non-member – 18 hours** $425.00

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

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

One Session
AMTA Member – 3 hours $ 60.00
Non-member – 3 hours $ 90.00

* Total Body Balancing registration includes box dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
**Full Registration includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Register online starting 10/22/17 at

**NOTE: You may encounter difficulties with registration online if using a mobile device. Use a computer when registering for classes.
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Thursday 4/26/18

12:00pm – 4:00pm, 4 credits
S1: TBB1 Part 1
5:00pm – 9:00pm, 4 credits
S2: TBB1 Part 2
6:00pm – 9:00pm, 3 credits each
S3: CoreStones® Rejuvenating Facial Massage
S4: Self-Care For Masssage Therapists

Friday 4/27/18

8:00am – 12:00 Noon, 4 credits
S5: TBB1 Part 3
9:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S6: CoreStones®Back, Neck and Legs Part 1
S7: Body Mobilization Techniques Part 1
2:00pm – 5:00pm, 3 credits each
S8: TBB1 Part 4
S9: CoreStones®Back, Neck and Legs Part 2
S10: Body Mobilization Techniques Part 2


Saturday 4/28/18

8:00am – 12:00 Noon, 4 credits
S11: TBB1 Part 5
9:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S12: Introduction to Cupping Part 1
S13: Pharmacology & Massage
2:00pm – 5:00pm, 3 credits each
S14: TBB1 Part 6
S15: Introduction to Cupping Part 2
S16: Massage, Infectious Disease, and Infection Control


Sunday 4/29/18

8:30am – 11:30am, 3 credits each
S17: TBB1 Part 7
S18: Getting Comfortable Working With the Anterior Neck
S19: Oncology Massage
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Annual Chapter Meeting. All members welcome! We will have a guest speaker and hand out awards. Separate registration required. Registration begins in March for this meeting.


Total Body Balancing 1 (TBB 1), Jack Ryan
part of IAHE and D’Ambrosio Institute certification program
Thursday through Sunday, 7 parts, all required

Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, wear comfortable clothing
Prerequisite -Watch the following video –

Total Body Balancing 1: The TBB1 fundamentals class teaches you a full body evaluation focusing on ARS of the ARTS evaluation and a 5 phase rhythmic mobilization treatment template in the supine, prone, side lying, and sitting position. TBB uses long levers (arms, legs, head/neck or torso) and rhythmic mobilization to release tension in the fascia around muscles, diaphragms, bones, joint capsules and ligaments, foreign objects, organs, vital structures (nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics) brain and spinal cord. TBB will also improve the flow of nerves, arteries, veins, lymphatics and energy flow to, within, and from every organ and body part in the body. This leads to homeostasis and improved health.

  • TBB, like all other manual techniques, begins with evaluation. You will learn to utilize the principles of ARTSto evaluate for The Total Body Lesion.
  • The Astands for Asymmetry: The practitioner evaluates the patient for Postural Asymmetry in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes in both standing and sitting. Which body part displays the greatest asymmetry?
  • The Rstands for Range of Motion: The practitioner evaluates the range of motion (ROM) of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, the rib cage, upper and lower extremities. You will learn to assess any restrictions to normal ROM during both active and passive movements.
  • The Tstands for Tension Tests: The practitioner will perform tension tests for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, the rib cage, upper and lower extremities. Normally, when performing tension tests, the palpation should find a soft, supple and springy end feel. If the sensation is hard and restrictive, dysfunction is present.
  • The Sstands for Special Tests: The practitioner will perform specific orthopedic tests to confirm your findings.
  • Once you have evaluated your patient (ARTS), you can perform a Total Body Balancing. Following treatment, a re-evaluation is performed to mark change. This will help to validate your work to your patient as well as indicate the need for further treatment.

CoreStones® Rejuvenating Facial Massage, Dale Grust
Thursday Evening 3 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, oil/lotion

This comprehensive training combines the best of both worlds – rejuvenating facial massage plus therapeutic massage of the neck and face. Gentle yet precise strokes using stones, both warm and cold, will relax muscles, tone and tighten the face, and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Relieving tension in the face, jaw and neck will visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Our technique combines acupressure to stimulate the nerves in the face with a series of vertical and horizontal moves to relax facial muscles and connective tissue, increase blood flow and stimulate lymph drainage.

Students will learn how to heat or cool stones to the proper temperature to achieve our desired therapeutic outcome: deep muscle relief without causing tissue trauma. And they will learn how to clean their stones for client safety.

The contraindications of hot stone massage will be reviewed and we will discuss ways to alter sessions to accommodate certain conditions.

CoreStones® Back, Neck, Back of the Legs, and Feet, Dale Grust
Friday morning and afternoon, both sessions required – 6 hours

Attendees should bring: massage table & linens, oil/lotion

CoreStone Massage Therapy® blends the ancient art of stone massage with a uniquely designed stone tool that facilitates deep muscle release without causing trauma to muscle tissue and minimizes the effort you must exert to achieve a therapeutic result.

You will learn to use the stones as an extension of your hands.

As with any tool, how you hold it makes a difference so this workshop will focus on self-care and proper body mechanics. You will learn how to use stones without compromising your wrists and hands.

In this workshop we will explore the muscles of the back, neck, legs, and feet.

We will cover treatments for back pain, shoulder pain, and plantar fasciitis. We will demonstrate how to use the stones broadly for myofascial release and specifically for trigger point release or muscle stripping.

The contraindications/considerations of hot stone massage will be reviewed and we will discuss ways to alter sessions to accommodate certain conditions. You will learn how to heat or cool stones to the proper temperature to achieve our desired therapeutic outcome: deep muscle relief without causing tissue trauma and learn how to sanitize your stones for client safety.

Stone massage can save your hands and extend your career – you will be working with more ease and less strain.

Self-Care For Masssage Therapists, Susan Salvo
Thursday 3 hours

As massage therapists, our bodies are the primary tools of our profession. It is vital we take care of ourselves in order to perform quality massage therapy sessions throughout the day, day after day, year after year, for the span of our careers. Let Susan Salvo be your professional coach as she shares secrets of her long and successful massage career. This class includes the most current recommendations for physical activity, proper nutrition, restful sleep, and stress management techniques. Also included are updated body mechanics principles and how to prevent or manage professional burnout. You will leave with a personalized self-care plan that takes into account your needs and aspirations. Come get re-energized!

Body Mobilization Techniques, Susan Salvo
Friday morning and afternoon, both sessions required – 6 hours

Attendees should wear comfortable clothing

Body mobilization techniques (BMT) consists of passive body movements designed to reduce pain, decrease stress, and improve range-of-motion. BMT is gentle, non-invasive, and appropriate for most populations including children, the elderly, clients in rehabilitation, and those dealing with psychosocial issues such as anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. BMT can be used exclusively in a session or combined with other techniques and clients remain clothed. Based on principles of neuroscience and neuropsychology, Susan will show you how to revolutionize your treatment protocols and improve your therapeutic outcomes.

Pharmacology & Massage, Susan Salvo
Saturday morning – 3 hours

Many, if not most, of your clients take medications regularly. Reasons why they take medications include pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Some of these medications impact the massage session. This course gives you important guidelines on how to minimize the risk of massage techniques aggravating medication side effects. Included is information on medications that require special attention and which drug side effects require referral. Pharmacology and Massage will give you the information you need to make safe practice decisions.

Massage, Infectious Disease, and Infection Control, Susan Salvo
Saturday afternoon – 3 hours

Massage therapists seek to improve the health and well-being of their clients through massage therapy. Regardless of your work setting or methods you use, you will encounter clients who have diseases or medical conditions and who are under medical supervision. This course reexamines the “chain of infection” and looks closely at ways to reduce the risks of transmission. As a bonus, Susan will share with you the current guidelines regarding when to massage clients after surgery, injury, illness, cautionary sites, and as well as common infectious diseases.

Oncology Massage, Susan Salvo
Sunday morning – 3 hours

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. People living with cancer can benefit greatly from receiving massage. Physical and psychological effects experienced by people diagnosed with cancer may be reasons to begin, continue, or increase the frequency of massage sessions. Because the stress involved in dealing with a life-threatening disease can be enormous, massage can play a vital role in stress management. This is true for persons living with cancer and for their caregivers. Come learn how to create client-centered/condition-appropriate treatment plans when working with clients diagnosed with cancer who have undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy. Also learn a massage routine for clients who are medically fragile and in hospice care.

Introduction to Cupping, Scott Raymond
Saturday morning and afternoon, both sessions required – 6 hours

Attendees should bring: massage table, linens & towels, oil/lotion. A clear glass or silicone cup is required (Do not bring glass fire cups) – for $10.00 this can be purchased from the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Cupping therapy, commonly referred to as “cupping”, has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. The roots of cupping can be traced back to early Egypt, Greece, and throughout European and Asian civilization. Cupping has shown to increase ROM and local circulation, decrease pain, and create ease in the body. During this 6 hour course, attendees will learn:

  • The history of cupping
  • How to approach a client about receiving cupping
  • Cupping aftercare for the client
  • The indications and contraindications of cupping
  • How to care for your cups
  • The difference between using the cups as a stationary tool, and sliding the cups to work the fascia and soft tissues of the body
  • How to integrate this bodywork modality into a massage session, while staying within our scope of practice.

We will examine and show applications of various styles of cups including glass, acrylic, and silicone cups. Attendees will be able to observe various applications of cupping as well as practice with partners to learn the differences between lighter and deeper cupping applications. Fire cupping will be discussed, but not performed during this class.

Getting Comfortable Working With the Anterior Neck, Scott Raymond
Sunday morning – 3 hours

Attendees should bring: massage table, linens & towels, oil/lotion.

For many massage therapists, addressing issues arising from the anterior neck can be intimidating. Disfunction with the anterior neck musculature can result in headaches, limited range of motion, upper extremity neuropathy, and swallowing issues. The musculature can refer pain to the head, face, throat, jaw, chest, upper back, shoulders and upper extremities.

During the first portion of this 3-hour course we will discuss the anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathologies of the cervical spine. During the second portion, attendees will partner up to palpate and develop hands on skills to address the musculature and other structures of the anterior neck.
After the completion of the course, attendees will understand how to safely work with the anterior neck and cervical spine to assist in:

  • Increasing cervical spine ROM and function
  • Relieving pain in the neck, throat, and upper extremities
  • Decreasing cervical muscle spasm and tension
  • Easing headaches and upper extremity neuropathy
  • Reducing whiplash discomfort


Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan LMT is the Therapist and Director of the Soar Point Massage Clinic in Sarasota, Florida. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Richmond, in Virginia.
Jack is certified in the St. John method of Neuromuscular Therapy, and has studied a variety of rehabilitative soft tissue techniques, which includes Myofascial Release, Positional Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Lymphatic Drainage Technique, Active Isolated Stretching, and Total Body Balancing. Jack’s unique and extensive study of the role of soft tissue dysfunction gives him a holistic approach to treating and helping back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches and injuries. Jack is on staff with the D’Ambrogio Institute as a therapist and Instructor for the Manual Therapy courses that are offered through the Institute and the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators. Jack also has developed and teaches seminars on Pain Free Foam Roll Techniques. These techniques are a Pain Free way to use a Foam Roller for self massage and home care.

Professional Associations / Memberships
International Association of Healthcare Professionals

Susan Salvo

Susan Salvo is a Board Certified massage therapist with over 35 years of experience. She has a doctorate in education and is the principal instructor at the LA Institute of Massage Therapy. Susan’s mission is to advance the massage therapy profession through education and research. She accomplishes this by writing and presenting quality information in seminars, in scholarly journals, and in massage textbooks. Susan evaluates case reports for the Massage Therapy Foundation and is the 2014 AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

Scott Raymond

Scott Raymond is a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, and has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years. He integrates eastern and western styles of massage and bodywork to obtain optimum performance for his clients.

He was a kinesiology instructor at CCMT for 12 years and a continuing education provider for over 10 years. Scott is an active volunteer for the AMTA CT Chapter, and is currently volunteering for the AMTA on the National level. He is the co-founder of The World Skin Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to reduce the occurrence of skin cancer through the promotion of early detection, prevention and awareness. He is also an advocate for eliminating human trafficking within the massage profession.

Dale Grust

Dale Montelione Grust is a NY Licensed Massage Therapist with more than 30 years’ experience in the healing arts. She is the founder and director of the Center for Therapeutic Massage in New Paltz, NY and founder of CoreStones, LLC – developers of a uniquely designed soapstone tool that effectively facilitates deep muscle release.

Over the years her pursuit of education has led to diversified expertise in many modalities. She has taken the knowledge she has gained through her years of study and used that to create a modality using stones – hot or cold – to achieve therapeutic results.

Dale teaches stone massage with an emphasis on the therapeutic value of using the stones as a tool for myofascial and trigger point release without compromising your wrists and hand. The focus of her work is to help therapists deliver deep relief for their clients while minimizing the effort exerted to achieve this therapeutic result.


Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday: 11:00- 2:30 & 4:30-8:00
Saturday: 11:00-2:30 & 4:30- 8:00
Sunday: 9:00-12:00

Krystal Blue International
Sleep Number
Inner Peace -The sheet people
All the Little Details
Doterra – COLTT, LLC
Upledger Institute International
Custom Covers
Million Dollar Foot Massage
Massage Envy
Himalayan Salt Company
CST Alliance
Life in Colors
Comfort Craft


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


A refund of 80% of registration fees is given if we receive an emailed ( or written request (Mindy Michaud, 6244 Albert Lane, North Branch, MN 55056) by February 28, 2018.  A 50% refund of registration fees is given if we receive the request by March 17, 2018.  All other requests will be reviewed by the CT Board at the next CT Board meeting.