Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00 AM EDT to 5:30PM EDT
Sunday May 6, 2018 8:00 AM EDT to 5:30 PM EDT

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Quest Conference Center

5405 Pulsar Place

Columbus, OH 43240

  * We have room blocks at 2 adjacent hotels, mention AMTA when booking for a discounted rate.

Fairfield Inn + Suites by Marriott

9000 Worthington Rd.

Columbus, OH 43082


-Rooms must be reserved by April 20, 2018

-Breakfast is included in the cost of your room


Four Points by Sheraton Columbus-Polaris

8505 Pulsar Place

Columbus, OH 43240


-Reservations need to be made before April 4, 2018

-Breakfast is included in the cost of your room



Cindy Lucius-Correia

AMTA Ohio Education Chair 





Spring is the perfect time to Refresh, Renew and Replenish yourself and your practice at the AMTA Ohio Annual Convention. Join us May 5 + 6, 2018 in Columbus as therapists from all across the state gather to learn,grow and recharge together.


Class Selections:

Nuturing the Mother Spa Pregnancy Massage - 2 Day Saturday + Sunday 16 hrs *Certification


This is Claire Marie Miller's Spa Certification course in pregnancy massage and postpartum massage. In this course, you will learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology for pregnancy and birth
  • Pregnancy massage demonstration and practice
  • Cautions and contraindications for pregnancy massage
  • Guidelines for pregnancy massage for each trimester
  • Massage cautions and variations for high risk pregnancies
  • Postpartum massage, with the principle of mother roasting, the application of heat along with specific bodywork techniques for the recovery, and realignment of the mother.

Presenter: Valarie Dunlevy 

Valarie Dunlevy started her massage education in the early 70's, raised her family, renewed her love for bodywork in 1993 and has been in full time practice ever since. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, is Nationally Certified with NCBTMB, a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and a continuing Education Provider through the NCBTMB. Along with a full time Massage Therapy practice, she teaches a wide variety of classes for continuing education at several locations.

Mu Xing Therapy Intensive Training - Saturday 8 hrs

Mu-Xing Therapy is a treatment using warm bamboo and rosewood tools to perform deep tissue massage techniques. Using different sized and shaped tools, the therapist applies a variety of massage strokes which address ischemic tissue and promote a deep sense of overall well being and relaxation. This one day intensive training class is designed to teach students a full body routine utilizing heated bamboo and rosewood instruments. 

Mu Xing Reflexology With Ease - Sunday 8 hrs

Do you shy away from Reflexology, afraid to hurt your thumbs? Try Reflexology with Ease and save your thumbs. This therapeutic compression massage is applied to the hands & feet through the application of direct pressure. Reflexology with Ease utilizes heated bamboo and rosewood instruments to deliver Reflexology techniques allowing the therapist to work deeper without working harder.

Presenter: Susan Hanna LMT, BCTMB

Susan E. Hanna, LMT, BCTMB brings 16 years of bodywork and 10 years of teaching experience to her workshops. Susan began her career as a graduate of Delaware Training Institute of  Massage Therapy and quickly found her home within the spa industry, eventually opening her own massage business. Her desire to share her experience and knowledge led her to expand her passion as an instructor at The National Massage Therapy Institute in Wilmington, DE. Former owner of A Magical Escape, Owner of CE Systems and co-creator of Mu-Xing Therapy, Susan is committed to ensuring that each student receives a high quality education experience.

Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) For The Hip - Saturday 8 hrs                *CLASS IS FULL

The vital role of the hip as a source of pain and its role in healthy movement is often overlooked. Issues of the hip may present local pain but can also greatly affect areas both above and below. For instance, restrictions in the hip demand that the low back compensate, leading to low back pain. Treatment of the low back (where the symptoms present) will be frustratingly unsuccessful. It is common to have hip pain where no visible pathology is discovered, precise soft tissue approaches can be amazingly effective. The focus of this seminar is on accurate assessment strategies and effective treatment techniques to help you treat the right structure for the right reason.

Presenter: Julie Nichols LMT

 A native of Cincinnati, Julie received a B.A. in Anthropology from U.C., where her senior research was a cross-cultural comparison of how women view and manage pain during pregnancy and childbirth. While attending U.C., Julie received massage therapy for injuries sustained in a car accident, and was amazed at the results. This experience led her to attend the Ohio College of Massotherapy, where she was first introduced to Douglas Nelson and PNMT seminars. Licensed by the State Medical Board since 2002, Julie enjoys private practice in Cincinnati, OH

Julie's areas of interest include lower extremity and pelvic dysfunction, and she is currently conducting research on the role of myofascial trigger points in pelvic pain. Her teaching style has been described as energetic and interactive. She finds PNMT both intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding, and enjoys sharing the experience with others.


Save Your Hands - Sunday 6 hrs

This injury prevention and ergonomics class is a must for all massage therapists and body workers. The physically demanding work you do as a massage therapist can lead to symptoms and injury.  But, injury is preventable! In this 6 CEU, NCBTMB-approved workshop, you'll learn effective, proven injury prevention methods to help you protect your career and keep doing the work you love.

Participants will learn how to:

Use a holistic approach to protect yourself from injury

Identify the physical demands of massage that can cause injury

Find alternative techniques to protect vulnerable parts of your body

Improve your body mechanics to reduce stress and increase your comfort

Stay in shape with exercise and stretches designed for massage therapists

Recognize early symptoms before they lead to injury

Presenter: Sandee Mentrup LMT, BCTMB

  • Regional School Partnership Director and Therapist Training
  • Active American Massage Therapy Association Mentor
  • Licensed Massage Therapist with 15 years experience
  • National CEU provider for Save Your Hands
  • Privately certified with numerous courses through NCBTMB
  • Former massage instructor
  • Certified instructor level, Nurturing The Mother massage
  • Previous critical transport paramedic and National Registry Instructor/Examiner
  • Previous trauma coordinator, emergency room