2015 Healing Connections - AMTA Virginia Chapter Annual Meeting 


Sunday May 3, 2015 from 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM EDT
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Preconference Workshop

Saturday May 2, 2015 

 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT


Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Univ Area
1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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Judy Harris
AMTA - VA Chapter



The morning opens with our Annual Chapter Meeting. All who attend will receive one CE.  AMTA members and nonmembers are welcome to attend!

We'll catch up on Chapter business, introduce our new volunteers, and connect with networking. Then enjoy an inspirational Keynote by Martha Menard, who will help connect the dots between what we do and why research enhances our table experience. 

At lunchtime, enjoy a complimentary buffet luncheon while making new connections with your colleagues. And don't forget big, BIG door prizes with lots of winners!

Expand your knowledge in the afternoon with one of our four exciting seminars provided by nationally recognized educators and, back by popular demand, a pre-conference workshop on Saturday!

Arriving on Saturday? Join us in the hotel cocktail lounge for a social hour from 5:30-7:00. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and meet with other attendees.

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Conference Agenda
   Sunday, May 3th
  8:15am   Registration opens
 9:00am   Keynote Speaker
10:15am  Chapter Meeting & Activities
11:30a Complimentary Lunch 
1:30pm -5:30pm Seminars
     Pre-Conference Workshop
           Saturday, May 2nd
8:30am  Registration Opens
9:00am  PNMT Workshop
12:00pm  Lunch on your own
2:00pm - 5:00pm PNMT Workshop
       Social, Saturday May 2nd
 5:30pm -7:00pm Meet and Greet


                                                    KEYNOTE SPEAKER

                       Martha Menard

                      Who We Are: Engagement in Massage Therapy

What does it mean for massage therapy, as a profession, to be engaged locally, nationally, or internationally? As massage becomes more integrated into health care systems, it is important for therapists to bring all of our abilities to our work. Dr. Menard will examine the role research can play in massage therapy.


Oncology Massage Essentials  4 CEs

with Lauren Cates

This overview of the essential considerations of working with clients in cancer treatment, or a history of treatment, will explain why “just working lightly” is not enough.  Learn how to ask the right questions to make smart referrals and how to take the next step to work with this unique population.

Lauren teaches and speaks around the world about oncology massage.  She has a private practice and provides massage at four hospitals in Washington, DC.  She has participated in oncology massage research and co-teaches a 9-day in-hospital training course for massage therapists. www.lighthold.org

Introduction to Lymphatic Drainage for the Sinuses  4 CEs

with Lili Gill

Do you have clients who get congested lying prone or deal with painful sinus pressure and headaches?  Manual Lymphatic Drainage reduces lymphatic congestion and stagnation that occur with illnesses. Learn a basic series of techniques to drain the face, head, and neck in order to reduce that sinus pressure and pain. Please bring a massage table, pillow, sheets and oil or lotion.

Lili Gill, CMT, MM learned Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder method) at the Cumberland Institute for Wellness Education.  She has been a massage therapist since 2000 and has taught for 7 years.     www.liligill.massagetherapy.com


The Mystery of Pain 4CEs

with Doug Nelson

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.

Douglas Nelson has been a massage therapist since 1977 and is the founder of Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. His teaching institute conducts about 100 seminars annually. His massage clinic, BodyWork Associates, has been serving Champaign, IL since 1982 and has sixteen massage therapists. He is the author of two books, The Mystery of Pain and Table Lessons www.nmtmidwest.com


The Case for Case Reports: Planning and Conducting a Publishable Case Report 4 CEs

with Martha Menard

Participants will learn the basics of planning, conducting, and writing a case report for publication. Guidelines for deciding on a study design and measurement tools, and solutions for common problems in data collection will be discussed. Participants will leave with a detailed plan for developing their idea into a publishable case report. Please bring an idea for a case study and what you use to take notes. 

Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT, authored Making Sense of Research. The director of the Crocker Institute, a partner in creating CaseRe3, an open access repository of case reports in integrative health care, Dr. Menard also serves as research faculty in the School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, and is an editor for the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.



Precision NeuroMuscular Therapy for the Low Back 6 CEs

with Doug Nelson         Back by popular demand!

Learn how to efficiently evaluate and treat various types of low back pain and discomfort. You will learn to clearly identify the anatomical landmarks necessary for great palpation, identify and address the correct soft tissue structures that affect the pain pattern, and review how these soft tissue restrictions are tied to everyday complaints. Please bring massage table, sheets, oil or lotion.



The Holiday Inn has a special conference rate of $109 until April 2nd.

Call 800-242-5973 to reserve your room.

Attend and you may win one of many big, big prizes!!

Early Registration (by April 2)

AMTA Member  $65 ,NON-MEMBER $85.00

Regular Registration (April 3 - May 1)

                           AMTA Member $85.00, NON-MEMBER $105.00



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