Date(s) - 10/02/2021
8:00 am - 2:30 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton - 42 Century Drive, Bristol, CT 06010

Two hands-on courses will be offered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, CT. All registrations will require a $20 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration is required online prior to the event.  You can select from one of these two classes:

  • Kinesiology taping (with instructors from Massachusetts) will be offered from 8am-12pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm (8 CEs)
  • Thai for the Table (with Rick Haesche from CT) will be offered from 8am-12pm and 12:30-2:30pm (6 CEs)


Check-in will open at 7:15am in the hotel in the hall in front of the Oaks Ballrooms. Courses will promptly start at 8:00am. You must be present for the entire class time to receive CE hours.  The instructors will be providing your certificates and will provide details on how you will receive them.


To minimize contacts, partners will work with each other for the full course.

For the Thai for the Table class, bring:

  • Massage table
  • Bottom (fitted) sheet
  • Hand towel
  • Water bottle
  • Please wear loose, comfortable, and layered clothing

For the kinesiology taping class, bring:

  • Massage table
  • Water bottle
  • Please wear layered clothing, like shorts and a sports bra with layers over
  • Scissors (limited supply by instructor)
  • Instructor will supply – tape, scissors and cleaning solution


K-Cuts Taping System Workshop – 8 CE

Presented by:  Drew Freedman

This introductory course will integrate popular clinical massage techniques as well as utilize Learn2Tape’s exclusive K-Cuts Taping System™ to explain how therapists can effectively massage their active client population with the additional principles and applications of kinesiology taping. This systematic approach provides you with all the skills you will need to effectively enhance the clinical outcomes of clients suffering from pain, joint instability, swelling and increased/decreased muscle tone due to injuries; acute & chronic. Our vision here at Learn2Tape® is to help you easily understand the appropriate way to effectively incorporate kinesiology taping into your practice, regardless of the brand of tape you choose or style of massage you perform.

LEARNING OUTCOMES After hearing a lecture on the K-Cuts Taping System™, observing an instructors demonstration and practicing technique, students will be able to perform the following tasks with a minimum of 70% accuracy.

  • Describe the objective for each of the following kinesiology tape applications
    o Swelling application
    o Pain application
    o Joint application
    o Muscle application
  • Explain the functionality of each taping application
  • Describe in one’s own words how kinesiology tape enhances and supports the systems of the body and compliments their massage work
  • Explain the effect varying tape tensions have on lift and recoil
  • Demonstrate the correct method for cleaning the skin prior to applying kinesiology tape
  • Demonstrate the correct method for measuring tape length
  • Correctly apply tape anchors with 0% tension
  • Correctly apply varying levels of tape tension in the therapeutic zone based on type of application
  • Correctly apply tape ends with 0% tension
  • Integrate multiple taping applications for treatment of instructor selected pathologies

At the conclusion of this workshop, students will be provided the opportunity to gain exclusive access to our K-Cuts Taping System eCourse. This workshop complies with the K-Cuts Taping System Certification program standards.



Drew Freedman 

Drew Freedman is the owner and founder of Learn 2 Tape™ and The Boston Bodyworker™. He is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, a Certified Kinesiology Taping Master Instructor (CKTMI™), and an approved provider with the National Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. He has served as an Athletic Trainer and massage therapists for several college and professional teams and has over 22 years of clinical and business experience. Drew’s wealth of knowledge in both the applications of kinesiology tape as well as the integration of kinesiology taping into a manual therapy practice make him one of the most highly sought educators in our industry.



Rick Garbowski  

Rick Garbowski, the co-owner/director of Georgia Massage School, has held the positions of Lead Instructor, Director of Education, Division Director, and School Owner during his 26-year career as a full-time massage therapy educator. Rick is an innovative curriculum architect who has experience in all levels of massage curriculum development. He has a gift for massage education and a unique ability to tailor his presentation style to meet the specific needs of his students. Rick was one of four curriculum design experts chosen to work on the Entry Level Analysis Project (ELAP), the largest massage education project undertaken in the profession, and has been honored with two prestigious awards: the 2013 Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) President’s award for industry service, and the 2013 American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Jerome Perlinski National Teacher of the Year award.



An Exploration of Thai Massage for the Table – 6 CE

Presented by: Rick Haesche   NCBTMB Provider 450484-07

Thai Massage is traditionally performed with the receiver fully clothed on a cotton mat on the floor.  Using hands, thumbs, feet, knees, gravity, and body mechanics to administer compression, acupressure, tapotement, passive stretching, and passive range of motion, the focus of Thai Bodywork is always on the “Sen” or physical pathways of movement in the body.

The intent of a Thai bodywork session is to release deeply held tension and holding, to open the Sen for a free and unimpeded flow of LIFE throughout the body. Thai Massage is grace, softness, and at the same time depth; it guides the body into postures, stretches, and deep releases slowly and intentionally, with ever-present mindfulness of the receiver’s experience.

Join us as we explore just how effective and versatile Thai Massage techniques and perspectives can be on the massage table.  We’ll discuss the philosophy, the indications/contraindications, body mechanics, techniques, and then we’ll learn options in supine, prone and sidelying.  You will walk away revitalized, with lots of new applications that you’ll be able to use immediately with your next client. You may even fall in love with Thai Massage!


Rick Haesche is a licensed Massage Therapist/Thai Massage Practitioner. He graduated from The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 1994 and started practicing Thai Massage. He traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1997 to immerse himself in the culture and the art of Thai Massage. When he returned, Rick began his professional practice, and started teaching a few years later. In 2008 he opened the Bodymind Center for Thai Massage where he teaches and hosts beginner to advanced classes. Rick lives in the woods of rural Connecticut with his wife Tina (also an LMT) their two daughters and a plethora of pets, plants, and poultry.




COVID Protocols

The chapter will be following current DPH recommendations, including:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, all attendees and instructors must wear CDC-approved face masks while on site at the DoubleTree, including in classrooms and while on massage tables. There will be no exceptions. This means gators, bandanas, and mesh masks are not acceptable.
  • If you experience ANY Covid symptoms the morning of the class, do not come to the hotel. If you develop ANY Covid symptoms at any time during class, please notify your CE monitor and leave the hotel immediately.
  • Massage tables will be spaced 6 feet apart and classes will run at reduced capacity. The classroom upstairs has doors that open to the outdoor patio. Weather and noise permitting, those doors can be opened for increased air flow.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in the rooms
  • Lysol wipes will be provided in the rooms in order to disinfect tables between partner switching

Lunch Break:   There will only be a 30 minute lunch break.  Registered class participants will be sent updated information on the ability to buy a pre-ordered boxed lunch from the hotel on site.  If you prefer to bring your own food, it cannot be consumed inside the hotel due to state regulations.  We are not offering a specific seating area for eating meals for safety reasons.  There is easy access to cars and outside spaces from the Oaks Ballrooms.