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.

April 25-April 28, 2019
at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, CT

Call the DoubleTree to book your hotel room separately at 860-598-7766. Use code AMT.  Room must be booked prior to March 24, 2019 to get discounted rate.

Registration & Fees

Registration does not include hotel and meals.

Fees:
Full Registration
AMTA Member – 18 hours                     $265.00
Non-member – 18 hours                          $540.00

Two Day (any 3-4 sessions-must comply with multiple session requirements)
AMTA Member – 9-12 hours                    $220.00
Non-member – 9-12 hours                         $360.00

One Day (any 2 sessions – must comply with multiple session requirements)
AMTA Member – 6 hours                    $120.00
Non-member – 6 hours                         $180.00

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

Lunch buffet Friday noon                   $5.00
Lunch buffet Saturday noon                    $5.00

All lunches must be purchased.  The hotel can accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions.  Detailed menu is on registration where allergies can be noted. Meal available only for AMTA members and non-members registered for classes

REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Register online starting 10/21/18
“**NOTE: You may encounter difficulties with registration online if using a mobile device. Use a computer when registering for classes.

To register over the phone or by mail, contact Natalie at RegistrarAMTACT@gmail.com.

NOW Accepting Applications for the Dianne Polseno Memorial Scholarship

Questions

Email Natalie at RegistrarAMTACT@gmail.com

Quick Links:
Schedule
Classes
Presenters
Exhibit Hall
Social Events
Refund Policy
Sponsors

 

SPONSORS

 

SCHEDULE

Thursday 4/25/19

6:00pm – 9:00pm, 3 credits each
S1: Orthopedic Assessment of Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) with Joe Muscolino
S2: Massage Therapy Research Overview for Pain Management (meets the NCBTMB requirement for research) with AMTA President Christopher Deery
S3: Grief: Coping With the Death of A Client (meets the NCBTMB requirement for ethics) with Scott Raymond

Friday 4/26/19

9:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S4:P1   Anatomy and Physiology and How It Effects Assessment and Treatment, Part 1 with Joe Muscolino
S5:P1   Trigger Point Refinement – NMT, Part 1 with AMTA President Christopher Deery
S6:P1   Business Mastery-or How To Grow Your Massage Practice With Repeat Business And Referrals, Part 1 with Nick Repoli

2:00pm – 5:00pm, 3 credits each
S4:P2   Anatomy and Physiology and How It Effects Assessment and Treatment, Part 2 with. Joe Muscolino
S5:P2   Trigger Point Refinement – NMT, Part 2 with AMTA President Christopher Deery
S6:P2   Business Mastery-or How To Grow Your Massage Practice With Repeat Business And Referrals, Part 2 with Nick Repoli

Saturday 4/27/19

8:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S7:P1   Body Mechanics for Deep Pressure Massage Into The Neck, Part 1 with Joe Muscolino
S8:P1   Intro to Foot Reflexology, Part 1 with Lisa Stein (Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Instructor)
S9:P1   Building Your Seated Chair Massage Business, Part 1 with Nick Repoli

2:00pm – 5:00pm, 3 credits each
S7:P2   Body Mechanics for Deep Pressure Massage Into The Neck, Part 2 with  Joe Muscolino
S8:P2   Intro to Foot Reflexology, Part 2 with Lisa Stein (Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Instructor)
S9:P2   Building Your Seated Chair Massage Business, Part 2 with Nick Repoli

Sunday 4/28/19

8:00am – 12:00 Noon, 3 credits each
S10:      Psoas Major Assessment and Treatment with  Joe Muscolino
S8:P3   Intro to Foot Reflexology, Part 3 with Lisa Stein (Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Instructor)
S11:     Ethics in the Sandbox:  Learning to Play Well With Others (meets the NCBTMB requirement for ethics) with AMTA President Christopher Deery


Classes

Orthopedic Assessment of Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ), Joe Muscolino, DC
NCBTMB #451314-10
Thursday evening 3 hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, linens, stool, bolster and pillow, bath towel.  Wear comfortable clothing and loose fitting gym shorts (not spandex).

Orthopedic Assessment for the Sacroiliac Joint covers the major clinical orthopedic assessment techniques for the sacroiliac joint and lumbosacral region.  In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate and workshop the major orthopedic assessment tests for the sacroiliac joint (and lumbar spine), including Nachlas test, Yeoman’s test, Sacroiliac Joint Medley of Tests, Straight Leg Raise, and Motion Palpation (Joint Play) Assessment.  Throughout this hands-on workshop, Dr. Joe Muscolino reinforces the underlying mechanisms for each of the assessment Tests, encouraging critical reasoning skills, which will then empower you to be able to creatively apply your manual therapy treatment skills. Clinical treatment strategy as well as precautions and contraindications are also addressed.

Grief: Coping With the Death of a Client, Scott Raymond
NCBTMB# 1387 – Meets the ethics requirement
Thursday Evening 3 Hours

As massage therapists, we understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship when working with our clients. As we work with clients and their families on a regular basis, this relationship becomes deeper and more meaningful. When a client dies, either expectedly or unexpectedly, it can have a lasting effect on the therapist, and their practice. Coping with the death of a client can bring up emotions that you may not be ready for, and they can be completely unexpected.

During this 3 hour ethics course, attendees will learn

  • How grief can manifest itself into physical, emotional, social, and behavioral dimensions
  • How to process grief within themselves in a safe and productive manner
  • How to be present for your clients that are friends or family of the deceased, and stay within your scope of practice
  • How to comfortably refer clients that need support that falls outside of the massage therapy scope during a period of grieving

Massage Therapy Research Overview for Pain Management, Christopher Deery
NCBTMB# 676 – Meets the research requirement
Thursday Evening 3 Hours

One of the major ways a profession grows and evolves is through evidence informed education based in research.  This course presents the most recent peer reviewed research, as well as examinations of the models of pain and the pain experience that some research is being based upon. Discussion on parts of a research paper, how to become research articulate, not just research literate, and suggestions on how to make the most of your new-found passion for research are also covered.  Lecture, Socratic discussion and humor are used in this intellectual exploration.

Christopher Deery will be AMTA National President at the time of our 2019 Connecticut Conference, and as such is donating his time to our chapter.

Anatomy and Physiology and How It Effects Assessment and Treatment, Joe Muscolino, DC
NCBTMB #451314-10
Friday morning and afternoon, both sessions required   6 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle (with cover), stool, bolster and pillow, and lotion.  Wear comfortable clothing and loose fitting gym shorts (not spandex), that allow access to movement and palpation.

This one day class will provide a detailed review of the anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of the bones and muscles of the body.  Planes and axis, as well as movement terms and body parts will be discussed.  The skeletal system, bony landmarks, joint actions, types of joints and other skeletal tissues will be covered in detail.  Myofascia, muscle groups and the different types of muscle contraction (concentric, eccentric and isometic), will be discussed, as well as neural control.   How the structures of the body effect our treatment and assessment will be covered.

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.

Trigger Point Refinement – NMT, Christopher Deery
NCBTMB# 676
Friday morning and afternoon, both sessions required   6 Hours

Attendees should bring:  massage table, linens, bolsters (blankets and/or pillow) and lubricant (oil is accepted, but somewhat discouraged – this work uses little to no product, and we will be doing some massage, it is difficult to determine the appropriate amount of oil to use).   Wear comfortable clothing

Trigger point modalities have become almost commonplace in massage therapy, yet the similarities among the methodologies can be confusing and can lead to misunderstanding within the profession and with the public.  This course will help the participant not only to come to an understanding with the necessary nomenclature surrounding the many forms of Trigger Point work, but will also refine their understanding of what Trigger Point work is, and how it is presented to potential and existing clients.  Emphasis is placed upon recognizing and refining the techniques that the attendee already has and encouraging them to further their education in Trigger Point techniques.  Lecture, discussion and hands on participation.

Christopher Deery will be AMTA National President at the time of our 2019 Connecticut Conference, and as such is donating his time to our chapter.

Business Mastery – or – How to Grow Your Massage Practice With Repeat Business and Referrals, Nick Repoli
NCBTMB # 636
Friday morning and afternoon, both sessions required    6 Hours

Students will learn easy, effective, and inexpensive techniques to grow their massage practice. These techniques are relevant to both new and experienced massage professionals.

Outcome:  Students will leave excited about the many marketing ideas they now have to grow their massage practice.

Objectives:
Students will learn how to get started (if they are new) or how to re-start (if they are experienced).
Students will learn about branding, finding their style, how to find their Target Market, and ‘The Eight Reasons People Do Business With You’.
Students will learn the pro’s and con’s of being an employee vs. sub-contractor vs. self-employed.
Students will learn the difference between marketing themselves as a solo practitioner or as an employee in a multi-therapist practice.
Students will learn the ‘Art Of Handing Out Your Business Card’ and create their own Elevator Spiel.
Students will learn the benefits of (and difference between) Promotions/Deals/Incentives.
Students will learn the Fine Art Of The Soft Sell™ and much, much, more…

Body Mechanics for Deep Pressure Massage Into the Neck, Joe Muscolino, DC
NCBTMB #451314-10
Saturday morning and afternoon, both sessions required   6 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, face cradle cover, stool, bolster and pillow, bath towels, and lotion.  Wear comfortable clothing, button down shirt that can be worn backwards for access to the neck

Body Mechanics for Deep Pressure Techniques and Stretching for the Neck covers two of the major clinical orthopedic treatment techniques for the neck:  massage and stretching. This course is a 6 – hour hands-on workshop.  We begin with body mechanics for deep pressure for working the neck in supine, prone, side-lying, ¾ side-lying, and seated positions. With proper body mechanics, you will learn how the neck can be worked deeply with little effort.

In part two of this workshop, we covers stretching.   We begin with basic stretching for the functional muscle groups of the neck and then learn how to target each specific neck muscle with multiplane stretching. We then cover advanced neural inhibition stretching techniques, including Contract Relax (CR/PNF/PIR), Agonist Contract (AC, the basis for AIS), and Contract Relax Agonist Contract (CRAC) stretching techniques.

Throughout this hands-on workshop, Dr. Joe Muscolino reinforces the underlying mechanisms for each of the treatment techniques, encouraging critical reasoning skills, which will then empower you to be able to creatively apply your manual therapy treatment skills. Clinical treatment strategy as well as precautions and contraindications are also addressed.

Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology – Intro to Foot Reflexology,   Lisa Stein, Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Instructor
NCBTMB#  450807-08
Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning, all 3 sessions required   9 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table, sheets & towels, handi-wipes and hand sanitizer. Wear comfortable clothing.

Two-day hands-on stimulating introduction to the science and art of reflexology, and to Laura’s unique, inspiring holistic approach, Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology. Your experienced instructor will explain the theory, principles, benefits and history of how reflexology works through demonstration and hands-on experience.

You will study the 10 energy zones (5 on each foot) and how reflex areas on the feet correlate with the various areas/organs of the body. As you learn and practice a complete Laura Norman Foot Reflexology protocol, you will learn many relaxation techniques, most unique to the Laura Norman Method, plus key reflexology techniques including thumb walking, finger walking, hook and back up, and rotation on a point and more.

Building Your Seated Chair Massage Business, Nick Repoli
NCBTMB # 636
Saturday morning and afternoon, both sessions required    6 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage chair and face cradle covers

Students will learn the skills needed to conduct successful seated chair massage treatments. Students will also learn how to use chair massage as a way to build their existing massage practice or how to use chair massage as a free-standing business model.

Outcome:   Students will demonstrate proficiency in seated chair massage treatments and also be able to use seated chair massage as a tool to help grow their massage practice.

Students will learn:

  • Proper positioning of their client on the massage chair.
  • Good body mechanics to promote a long and healthy career.
  • The differences between chair massage and table massage. What is easier on the chair, what is more challenging?
  • To overcome challenges of clients with limitations (elderly, pregnant, disables, etc.).
  • The pro’s and con’s of using tools (i.e. stones, etc.) during chair massage reatments.
  • How to use chair massage as a marketing tool to get people from the chair to the table.
  • How to market and grow their chair massage business as a business model.
  • To create their own travel path (treatment) based on the needs of the client and learn the importance of flow, getting from part to part with ease.

Ethics In the Sandbox, Learning to Play Well With Others, Christopher Deery
NCBTMB# 676 – Meets the ethics requirement
Sunday morning   3 Hours

Getting along with other therapists can be crucial to your well-being, volunteer experiences and your practice.  Participants will learn about conflict management, effective communication methods and creating understanding even if you do not agree with your colleagues decisions and practices.  Taking the time to learn to co-pete instead of competing, and how to create a referral network among therapists in your community.  Lecture and discussion based.

Christopher Deery will be AMTA National President at the time of our 2019 Connecticut Conference, and as such is donating his time to our chapter.

Psoas Major Assessment and Treatment, Joe Muscolino, DC
NCBTMB #451314-10
Sunday morning   3 Hours

Attendees should bring: massage table with face cradle, linens, stool, bolster and pillow, lotion and a bath towel.   Wear a loose fitting top and short pants (no spandex).

This is a hands-on workshop that explores palpation assessment and massage and stretching treatment techniques for the psoas major. The psoas major is a critically important muscle for both the lumbar spine and the hip joint, and being able to effectively assess and treat this muscle is essential for successful clinical orthopedic manual therapy.

The workshop begins with palpation assessment of the abdominal and femoral bellies of the psoas major with the client supine. We then workshop manual therapy massage treatment with the client in supine, side-lying, ¾ side-lying, prone, and seated positions. Stretching the psoas major is next. We begin with simple mechanical stretching, transitioning to pin and stretch technique. We then explore neural inhibition proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching techniques, including contract relax (CR) and agonist contract (AC) stretching techniques. Our focus throughout this workshop is to critically think so that we can creatively apply our manual therapy hands-on techniques.

Participants will be able to demonstrate and explain how to:

  • Palpate and massage the abdominal belly and the femoral belly of the psoas major with the client supine.
  • Palpate and massage the abdominal belly of the psoas major with the client side-lying and ¾ side lying.
  • Palpate and massage the abdominal belly of the psoas major with the client prone.
  • Palpate and massage the abdominal belly of the psoas major with the client seated.
  • Stretch the psoas major with the client supine and prone.

 

PRESENTERS

JOE MUSCOLINO, DC

Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 30 years. He is the author of eight major publications with Elsevier, including The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual, with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns, and Stretching, 2nd ed.; Kinesiology: The Skeletal System and Muscle Function, 3rd ed.; and The Muscular System Manual: The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, 4th ed. He is also the author of Manual Therapy for the Low Back and Pelvis: A Clinical Orthopedic Approach and Advanced Treatment Techniques for the Manual Therapist: Neck. His books have been translated into nine foreign languages. He has also authored more than 70 articles, written for manual and movement therapists. He runs numerous continuing education hands-on workshops, including the Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification, around the US and internationally for manual and movement therapists and instructors. And he has a digital video streaming subscription service called Digital COMT for manual and movement therapists. He has a private chiropractic practice in Stamford, CT. For more information, visit his website at www.learnmuscles.com or fan his facebook page /learnmuscles.

 

Christopher Deery, LMT, BCTMB

Originally from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Christopher trained at Massage Therapy Institute of Oklahoma (MTIO), and graduated in 1996.  He worked in several different practice settings, such as salon/spa, a physical therapy clinic and a private massage office before returning to MTIO and undergoing further education, completing his Instructor Training in late 1997.

In his process of becoming such a successful therapist, he has encountered a variety of issues regarding professional practices, full vs. part-time practice and gender issues of being a male therapist.  Christopher instructed classes at Massage Therapy Institute of Oklahoma and was the coordinator of the “Hired Hands” Sports Massage Team.  As coordinator of the Sports Massage Team he maintained and increased the ongoing contract with Oklahoma State University, facilitated the program’s growth to include:  University of Tulsa, Union High School, and other sports programs throughout the region.  He was a member of the Sports Medicine Committee for Tulsa Technology Center and contracted with Cancer Treatment Centers of America with the Oncology Rehabilitation Department.  Christopher now maintains a private practice in Phoenixville, PA, “Phoenixville Massage and Bodywork” with his wife.

Christopher is a passionate and focused individual when it comes to education in Massage Therapy.  He has been active and involved in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 2003, serving in many volunteer and elected roles.  At the time he will be teaching he will be President of the AMTA.  He is also passionate about research literacy and advancement of Massage Therapy in health care.   He volunteers with the Massage Therapy Foundation as a subject matter expert, drawing on his experience on the topic of Massage as Pain Management.  Christopher is also the former Director of Sciences and instructor at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc. in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and offer continuing education through his and his wife’s company Anatriptic Alchemy.

He resides in Phoenixville, PA with his wife Xerlan.  He has three sons, two (step-bonus) daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson, and a wonderful rescue dog.  He enjoys writing, gardening, the culinary arts, football and robust debate.

Christopher Deery will be AMTA National President at the time of our 2019 Connecticut Conference, and as such is donating his time to our chapter.

Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Instructor: Lisa Stein, LMT, CR

Lisa Stein, a senior instructor for Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology, is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Reflexologist, specializing in Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology, Swedish, deep tissue and medical massage.

Lisa utilizes Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology to enhance her clients’ overall health and well-being. She is also committed to educating others so they can support their clients to experience balanced, healthy lives.

Lisa is beloved by her students for her knowledge and experience, her clarity, her dedication to their success, and for her joy for life. Lisa practiced in Saratoga Springs, NY for many years and has recently relocated to New York City.

 

Nick Repoli, LMT

After a long career training athletes and dancers, Nick became a massage therapist, graduating from Palmer Institute of Massage And Bodywork in 1999.  His clientele is largely centered in pain relief, including pre/postnatal massage, post-surgical patients, as well as injured dancers and athletes.

For many years he taught massage at Boston University.  Then in 2014 he started coaching independent massage therapists and soon after, started facilitating workshops for continuing education credits.  In 2015, he published the book, ‘How To Grow Your Massage Practice With Repeat Business And Referrals’.  Nick currently teaches massage at Spirit Wellness Institute in Salem, MA.

 

Scott Raymond, LMT, BCTMB

Scott has been a licensed massage therapist and active volunteer for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 1998.  His massage practice is an eclectic blend of eastern, western, and orthopedic methods of bodywork. Scott’s teaching style is dynamic. He brings attendees a sample of over 20 years of massage therapy experiences and influences, from entry level to current day.

In 2008, he cofounded and taught for The World Skin Project with Annie Powell.  As a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the mission of The World Skin Project is to reduce the occurrence of skin cancer through the promotion of early detection, prevention and awareness.  He has also taught at all 3 Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy campuses, the American Institute, and for various New England AMTA Chapters.

To deepen his practice, he became board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2018, and became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2017 with a focus on corrective exercise.

Shortly after Scott founded StrongHouse Continuing Education in 2017, he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, and his focus shifted from a full time massage practice to continuing education.   StrongHouse Continuing Education is founded on the belief that a strong educational foundation develops a deep and vibrant massage practice.

 

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:
Doterra Oils Centering Our Lives Through Touch
Krystal Blue International

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

Friday 5:30-7:30 – Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Reception – including hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Team awards will be presented, activities TBD

Saturday 5:30-8:00 – Cocktail reception including hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Friday and Saturday – Silent Auction during Exhibit Hall hours.   All winning bids are made payable to the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Bidding will end at 7:30 on Saturday.  All winners must pick up their items by noon on Sunday.  If anyone would like to make donations, please contact ConferenceAMTACT@gmail.com

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 February 28, 2019.  A 50% refund of registration fees is given if we receive the request by March 17, 2019.  All other requests will be reviewed by the CT Board at the next CT Board meeting.