2018 Colorado AMTA State Massage Therapy Convention

Denver, Colorado
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Massage Marketing, What kind of Marketer are you.~ Speaker: Suzanne Eccher (This is part of full registration or 1 or 2 day registration.)

Supplies needed: notebook and pen.

Course description: In this course you will learn how you can develop your practice further by building a solid plan of action based on what kind of marketing fits YOU. We will cover aspects of a practice that are most important to maintain and express what kind of business and client you are looking for. We will build marketing strategies around it using the power of partnerships with other professionals and what media types best suit you and your practice.

You will walk away with information to start your plan and what and how you can restart your practice or develop any plans for the future as your success unfolds. This will be a business yet hands on interactive class so don't miss it!

HawkGrips Level I: IASTM Fundamentals Speakers: Trista Barish and Andrea N. Lasner(This is part of full registration or 1 or 2 day registration.) 

Supplies needed: table, sheets and blanket. *(Please dress to allow skin access to your entire upper and lower quarters to enhance the learning process.)

Course Description: Prior to the live course, attendees will participate in a 2-hour online course covering the research and fundamentals of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) technique through narrated videos. The course includes watching 2 videos and taking a short quiz. Attendees must obtain a 75% or higher score on the quiz in order to pass the online portion of the course. The live 8-hour intermediate level course covers the basic skills necessary and to safely begin IASTM techniques.

In this introductory skills acquisition course, participants will receive hands-on instruction (instructor-to-participant ratio of 1:20) in the proper use of IASTM through a lab-focused teaching format. The course will address proper instrument selection to address body contours and reach target tissues. 

At the end of the course, attendees will take a 1 hour exam for a certification in Level I: IASTM Fundamentals. 
*Please dress to allow skin access to your entire upper and lower quarters to enhance the learning process. At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to: 

• List the precautions and contraindications for IASTM. 
•Understand, identify, and apply the appropriate IASTM treatment edge based on the target tissue and desired treatments ect. 
• Choose appropriate basic treatment IASTM strokes based on the body region contours, nature of the soft tissue restriction, and desired treatment outcome. 
• Integrate IASTM intervention into the overall treatment program to produce carry-over of the treatment effect and enhance treatment outcomes. 

Anatomy in ClayPeripheral Nerve Entrapment Neuropathy~ (This is part of full registration or 1 or 2 day registration.) Speaker: Micheal Moore (not that one!)

Supplies needed: Notebook and pen 

Course description: Entrapment neuropathy is a group of disorders of the peripheral nerves that are characterized by pain and/or loss of function (motor and/or sensory) of the nerves as a result of chronic compression.  We will learn about each condition, build which muscles are compressing, and which peripheral nerve(s) of the upper and lower extremities are entrapped, building them as well.

We will be using the Anatomy in Clay ® Learning System which has long been considered the traditional “gold standard” of kinesthetic anatomy study. Over the past 25 years this system has been adopted for use in over 12,000 classrooms and studios.  It has been validated through over 17 published university and medical school studies.  In the Anatomy in Clay ® approach, students learn hands-on construction of anatomical forms.  The end result is a three dimensional model of muscles in clay. Research has proven that this approach in anatomy education results in improved long-term retention of your musculoskeletal knowledge and career performance.  

The Science of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Massage Therapy: Pathophysiology, Application and Policy (This is part of full registration or 1/2 day registration.) Speaker: Jackie Harding Ph.D

NOTE: Currently this class is NOT NCBTMB approved. 

Supplies needed: notebook and pen

Course Description: The growing acceptance of Cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management has resulted in the increased use of CBD in therapeutic massage, raising questions regarding best practices and the legality of use. This workshop will be targeted to therapeutic massage providers interested in applying CBD products for pain relief during treatment. Discussion topics will include the basic science of cannabinoids, the efficacy of CBD in treating neuropathic pain, best practices for CBD product application, and an overview of current federal and state policies governing CBD use. Emphasis will be on the management of pain in patients with Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). 

For the practitioner, we will survey currently available products, identify modes of application, and discuss potential risk associated with repeat exposure. Since cannabinoids are not recognized to have any therapeutic value on the federal level, the legality of CBD use and application is currently based on individual state laws. We will discuss the most up-to-date regulations and existing policies for use, including required permissions and treatment of minors. 


Contact Information

  • For Registration questions
    please contact:
    Shelly Cox 719-575-9820
    Tami Schumacher 303-981-4150

Payment Instructions

    • Payment options include:
    • Check

    • Checks can be mailed to:
    • Colorado AMTA
    • 2929 N Prospect St #104
    • Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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