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Convention 2018 – April 20-21, 2018

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Convention 2018: Massage Elevated II

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8:00 am Registration and Badge Pickup

8:30 am -12:30 pm Educational Sessions

 Touch for Health II – Marge Bowen

 Regional Approach to the Neck- Joe Muscolino

Reiki I- Debbie White


2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Classes Resume

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Night Reception & Exhibits


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8:30 am -12:30 pm Educational Sessions

Touch for Health – Marge Bowen

Regional Approach to the Neck- Joe Muscolino

Effective Chair Massage Techniques- Brooke Edde

12:30pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Classes Resume


Goodie Swag Bag

 Joe Muscolino- Regional Approach to the Neck.       



Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) – Neck

Course Description & Objectives



Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) for the Neck covers the major clinical orthopedic assessment and treatment techniques for the neck. This course is a 2-day hands-on workshop.


Day one begins with orthopedic assessment for the common neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the neck. We then cover 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. We also learn how to palpate and safely and effectively work the scalenes and longus musculature of the anterior neck.


Day two covers stretching, including arthrofascial stretching (AFS) techniques. 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 (PNF/PIR), Agonist Contract (the basis for AIS), and Contract Relax Agonist Contract stretching techniques. Day two concludes with AFS (soft tissue Grade IV joint mobilization for manual therapists), including traction, for the cervical spine. AFS is the only effective means of stretching specific hypomobilities of the neck.


Clinical treatment strategy as well as precautions and contraindications are also covered. These manual therapy skills will empower you to do effective clinical orthopedic work. Throughout this hands-on workshop, Dr. Joe Muscolino reinforces the underlying mechanisms for each of the assessment and treatment techniques, encouraging critical reasoning skills.


Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Neck is part of larger Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification. The other hands-on workshops in this series cover the low back/pelvis, upper extremity, lower extremity, and AFS.



After attending this workshop, the participant will be able to:


  1. Explain and demonstrate the principles of using core body weight and larger muscle groups for efficient body mechanics.
  2. Perform orthopedic assessment tests for the neck to determine the ability to safely perform deep pressure massage, stretching, and joint mobilization.
  3. Describe and be able to work the entirely of the scalene group and also access and work the longus colli muscle.
  4. Explain the fundamental concepts of stretching and apply these concepts to the musculature of the neck.
  5. Demonstrate how to stretch each of the functional muscle groups of the neck.
  6. Explain and demonstrate how to stretch each of the muscles of the neck in all three cardinal planes.
  7. Explain the physiologic basis for and demonstrate how to perform contract relax (CR; also known as PIR/PNF) stretching, agonist contract (AC) stretching, and contract relax agonist contract (CRAC) stretching techniques.
  8. Explain the physiologic basis for and demonstrate how to perform AFS of the neck.


Supplies/Equipment Participants Must Bring:

  1. Massage table with face cradle
  2. Stool
  3. Bolster and pillow
  4. Sheets and face cradle cover
  5. King-sized pillow case, preferably flannel (or thin/threadbare bath-sized towel)
  6. Lotion/Balm
  7. Soft foam cushion (approx. 6×10 inches) or bath towel
  8. Participants should wear an open-neck shirt that allows access to the neck



Touch For Health II                                                                                                                image

Marge Bowen is a Neuro-Energy Kinesiologist, Certified Touch for Health Consultant and Instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist and Doterra Wellness Advocate.   She has practiced supporting people in healing mind, body and spirit for over 18 years. Marge specializes is working with survival responses in the brain, body, and energy fields so that relaxation, healing, clarity of mind as well as peace and happiness can exist. Marge served as President of the Energy Kinesiology Association as well as a board member for 6 years. She is a Certified Instructor for several different kinesiology classes, and offers phone and private sessions. Her current office is in Heber, Utah.

In Touch for Health II, students will learn 14 new muscle tests that will add to the 14 muscle tests learned in TFH I.  The TFH system works closely with the meridian system that energetically connects with organs and glands.  TFH II broadens students knowledge of the meridian system by addressing various ways to assess energy imbalance so that corrections can be applied to improve energy flow and function.   Here’s an example of key concepts students will learn:

The Law of 5 Elements

Yin/Yang Concepts

14 New Muscles

Circuit Locating – accessing an imbalance in the energy circuit

Spindle Cell and Golgi Tendon

Acupressure Holding Points

Cerebrospinal Technique

Meridian Wheel Balancing

5 Element Balance – One Point Correction

ESR (Emotional Stress Release – Future Performance)

Meridian Massage

Foot Testing

Pain Techniques including Meridian Walking for Pain

Cross/Crawl Integration

Supplies/Equipment Participants Must Bring:

Massage Table, Set of Linens & Comfortable Clothing that allows for movement.  Participants must bring their Books from Touch for Health I.


My name is Brooke Edde I was Born and raised in Utah. I am a Rolf practitioner; corporate massage therapist and Ki Hara trainer. All of my body work certifications are geared towards problem solving and outcome based treatments. I’ve combined these techniques to perfect my Chair Massage Curriculum.

I believe strongly in two philosophies that guide my work #1. Do for others who cannot do for themselves. #2. Keep it simple. Chair massage accomplishes both! My corporate massage cliental are those who work long hard hours to provide for their families and would otherwise not have free time to seek out massage therapy. Chair massage is such an important modality that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I believe chair massage is not just a way to advertise, I believe it stands on its own.

My Curriculum includes:

  • Meaningful creative techniques that have the potential to deliver fast and effective treatments for your clients,
  • Specific Chair massage body mechanics that will ensure you deliver the best techniques and save yourself from injury
  • Corporate massage ethic strategies because it is a much different world then a spa.
  • Pain Science concepts
  • Self-care strategies to keep you as the therapist free from stress and pain,

Chapter reserves the right to limit number of participants based on room/space available.


Supplies/Equipment Participants Must Bring:     

Seated Massage Chair, antibacterial wipes or spray and

paper towels . Face rest covers optional.

Comfortable clothing.


Reiki I                                                                                                                                   IMG_6658

Debbie White is a retired public educator of 30 years.  Since her retirement Debbie has been teaching adult continuing education in the University of Utah’s OSHER program.  As a Usui Reiki Master and a certified Crystal Healer, from the Living Light Institute, Debbie successfully combines these healing modalities.  She also enjoys sharing her knowledge of Reiki, crystals and the healing arts with others.

Course Description

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique or Universal Life Force. This one-day course will cover… The origin and history of Reiki, the nature of Reiki energy, the complete hand placement system the treatment of yourself and others, Gassho Meditation, Byosen Scanning, and Chakra Clearing. This course will provide the participants with their Usui Reiki Level One Certificate and a basic attunement.  And, later this year, AMTA will offer Usui Reiki Level Two. Those in attendance should bring comfortable clothing, along with their own massage table and blanket.

Chapter reserves the right to limit number of participants based on room/space available.

Supplies/Equipment Participants Must Bring:

Massage Table, Comfortable Cothing, & Blanket

Register HERE today!
The classes will fill up quickly! 

Regular Pricing is March 5, 2018 through April 10, 2018 when Late Pricing will begin. Registration ends  April 15, 2018

10-Step Protocol of Injury Therapy

Darlene Brown

Darlene L. Brown

Darlene L. Brown, MT, CMT, CST, LDT will present the 10-Step Protocol for Injury Therapy.

Continuing Education Credit:
12 Hours, NCBTMB-Approved

This course will introduce new and dynamic techniques that will simplify the complexity of releasing pain in a client treatment plan. Attendees will learn relationships of injuries, how they create pain and how the pain can be reversed through Circadian Rhythm as well as the use of other procedures to enable successful outcomes for the client. They will also review correct body mechanics for therapists and learn a 10 step protocol to deal with many injury issues to promote natural healing.

Friday & Saturday, August 4&5, 2017 CANCELLED

Online Registration:
<Click Here for Online Registration>


  • Registration 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM (Friday Only)
  • Class: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Lunch (on your own): 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Class 1:30 PM- 4: 30 PM


Myotherapy College of Utah
336 West Bugatti Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84115


  • Members (Professional & Students):
    • Early (to July 15th): $145.00
    • Regular (July 16th – July 24th): $180.00
    • Late (July 25th – July 31st): $200.00
    • Registration Deadline: July 31st
  • Non-AMTA Members
    • Early (to July 15th): $250.00
    • Regular (July 16th – July 24th): $300.00
    • Late (July 25th – July 31st): $320.00
    • Registration Deadline: July 31st

Online Registration:
<Click Here for Online Registration>

What to Bring:
Registrants should bring a Massage Table, Sheets, Lotion & Two Pillows

Lunch both days will be “on your own”. There will be 90 minutes for lunch and there are several places to eat nearby.

About Darlene:
Darlene is a graduate of Utah College of Massage Therapy with over 27 years’ experience as a Massage Therapist. She has extensive experience working as an educator, director of various massage programs and working with Physical Therapists, Chiropractic and Medical professionals. She is co-owner of LovesLife Management, LLC and is traveling the country sharing her knowledge with others. As an NCBTMB Approved Provider, she has developed the “10 Step protocol of Injury Therapy” that has shown to be very effective in reducing pain due to injury and trauma. The goal is to promote a more rapid and self-healing recovery with less pain associated with these conditions.

CE – Facilitative Stretching and Building Your Toolbox

Date: Saturday, September 17, 201

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (one hour lunch break)

Class Title: “Facilitative Stretching and Building your Toolbox”

Instructor: Jana Laird

Class length: 8 hours

Lunch will be served

Class Cost:
Members: $96.00
Non-members: $106.00
Students: $96.00

Registration Deadline: September 10, 2016

Price goes up $20 after the deadline

Prizes for pre-registered students

Class size limited to 16 students. Pre-register to reserve your spot in the class.

Click here for Online Registration

Location: Myotherapy College of Utah
Address: 336 S Bugatti Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 [map]

Class Description: Shoulder Range of Motion / Thoracic Pain, a Deep Tissue and Stretching Class

Contact Person:
– Jim Riley,
– Robyn Ryther,

About the Instructor, Jana Laird

Jana-webHaving worked in the medical field for a number of years, Jana quickly learned the benefits of therapeutic massage therapy early on. She took that passion into the classroom with student therapists and public seminars. Jana has been teaching since 2008. Recently she was encouraged to start a continuing education program that would help therapists learn how to troubleshoot the human body. Her love for rehabilitation and simply stress relief of clients has propelled her into writing manuals to share her experience. Jana has a strong commitment to her profession and serves on the Board as President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has also mentored several therapists in successful business practices and techniques.

The foundation of Jana’s training at Utah College of Massage Therapy was inspired by Ida Rolf Ph.D., the creator of Structural Integration also known as Rolfing. Dr. Rolf presented that the human body is a tensegrity structure that can adapt and distribute movement, trauma and shock throughout the entire system.

Tensegrity describes a structural relationship, the shape of which is maintained by a continuous tensional network providing the ability to yield increasingly without ultimately breaking. The understanding of the tensegrity model in relation to the human body completely changes the approach of a treatment plan for a massage client. This is a common thread taught throughout Jana’s courses that will educate others on how to elevate the massage profession.

In addition to teaching Jana owns DCI Therapy, Inc. in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she is currently seeing clients. If you would like more information on availability, please visit

Jana Roselynn Laird, CMT, MTI, BCTMB
President AMTA Virginia Chapter

DCI Therapy, Inc.
(757) 846-5707

Utah Convention 2016 Report

It was great to see new and a few familiar faces during the classes at the 2016 convention. We had several great instructors for our state convention. Crystal Sacco did a great job teaching the First aid/AED/CPR course. Everyone that participated was able to get certified.

Tami Davis needed to open the classroom doors during her Heart Centered Chakra Touch class. The participants had filled up the room with so much energy, it was the only way to help it release.

Winifred Cain led the Thai Foot Massage class from working with painful crystals in the feet to bringing balance back to the body and restoring energy flow.

Roger Olbrot is always an entertaining and educational instructor. He led the participants into a deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of fascia, along with an in-depth study of the inflammatory process and scar tissue. Also covered were new information being uncovered in the role of fascia techniques in combating cancer. Plus a reminder of fascia bodywork techniques and post surgical work.

The AMTA Utah Chapter Business meeting included the announcement of the new board members. We congratulate Jennifer Hanna President, Heber Blackner 2nd VP, and Kirk Jorgensen Secretary. Click Here to see the Current Board and Chapter Leadership Roster

We also approved the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Look forward to the upcoming classes and next year’s convention in April.

Convention 2016 – Utah Chapter – Salt Lake City

Building a Better AMTA Utah

Lynette Taylor
– Lynette Taylor, Convention ChairThis year’s convention is a little different than those of past years. Any and all who choose to accept our invitation to attend this year’s convention will be recruited to the position of Detective First Class and will be involved in helping us crack a case, as well as earning continuing education credits. Therefore, should you choose to accept this invitation, please Click here to register online.
Mission Possible: Building a Better AMTA Utah
Thursday, February 4 to Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hampton Inn: 307 North Admiral Byrd Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
near Salt Lake International Airport


$240 – 3 Days, Students, Professional Members
$400 – 3 Days, Non-Members

And. . .don’t forget to spread the word to other AMTA members and non-AMTA member friends because we need as many detectives on the case as possible!!!

Please note that ALL classes are NCBTMB certified except the First Aid/AED/CPR class.)
There will be vendors this year, and just for fun they have been asked to be involved in giving out clues. So make sure you take the time on Thursday and Friday to visit the vendor booths and maybe thank them for coming by purchasing any product you might use for your business or considering what they offer.
Registration and check in will be from 8:00 to 8:30 on Thursday, February 4, 2016. All classes will run from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. There will be an hour and a half break from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. each day. Classes will again resume at 2:00 p.m. and will run until 6:00 p.m. Vendors will be in attendance on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

So, now let’s introduce you to the exciting classes that you will get to choose from.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

  •  First Aid/AED/CPR
  • CTR (Connective Tissue Rehabilitation)

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

  • Chakra Touch: The Basics, Part 1
  • Thai Foot Massage, Part 1

Annual Meeting: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 (6:30 PM)

At the Annual Meeting members have an opportunity to discuss and vote upon the Chapter’s 2016-17 fiscal year budget, witness the installation of the elected officers, hear from the Chapter leadership about what is happening with the chapter. For example, what is planned and anticipated for the upcoming year and beyond. It is an opportunity for the Committee Chairs and Delegates to share what is going on in their committees and to listen to ideas from members for what they would like to see the Chapter do.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

  • Chakra Touch: The Basics, Part 2
  • Thai Foot Massage, Part 2
Registration is for 3 days, Choose one Thursday Class AND one Friday/Saturday Class. There is no 1 or 2-day option. Registration is for all three days.

Online Registration -> CLICK HERE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: January 25, 2016 (Additional Fees Apply after this date)

Now that you have an idea of what the classes are, let’s give you some information on the teachers as well as on each class and what to expect so that you can better choose your course of action.

First Aid/AED/CPR – an 8-hour certification course
     Thursday, Feb. 4 

This is a certification course for those who either need to get their First Aid/AED/CPR certifications or who need to recertify in these areas.

Crystal SaccoCrystal Sacco will be teaching this course. Crystal is the owner of Superior Adaptive Swim School. She has been teaching for 15 years and developed a program that has been successful for students of all ages. She uses her bodywork skills in the water with her clients, working with children who have Cerebral Palsy and people with many other neurological disorders. She has been able to help people walk again through the Watsu Massage she gives in the water, having studied under Harold Dull who founded Watsu. Crystal is currently the Clinic Director at Myotherapy. She loves to teach students how to become the best Massage Therapist that they can be when they graduate.We feel very fortunate to have Crystal joining our team of highly trained specialists on this critical assignment for our 2016 convention.


CTR (Connective Tissue Rehabilitation) – an 8-hour course (Good toward AMTA CE Requirements, Non-NCBTMB Approved)
     Thursday, Feb 4

When the topic of connective tissue comes to mind, what do you think of, loose areolar tissue, scars, fascia? In this 8-hour course, you will learn about some of the basic anatomy and physiology of connective tissue, some of the current theories of how fascia and connective stretches, how it grows and the relationship to scar tissue and cancer. You will learn methods to help facilitate rehabilitation of connective tissue and scars. When you leave you will have some tools necessary to begin working with connective tissue rehabilitation immediately and affect the health of your clients.

Participants will need to bring a table, top and bottom sheet, a hand towel, and some lotion that will afford a small amount of glide. (Oils do not work well with the technique.)   Come with an open mind and a willingness to put your thinking cap on.

Roger Olbrot
A native of the Chicago area, Roger began his studies at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. There he received bachelor degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in English and German. He went on to further graduate studies at Ball State University where his emphasis was Medical and Environmental Microbiology. He worked in the area of environmental remediation for 14 years. He attended Awakening Spirit Massage School in Salt Lake City in 1998. Since graduation, he has studied over 2000 hours in the area of sports massage and orthopedic massage and is the founder and President of R&R Bodyworks LLC. He served as the President of the Utah Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association from 2004 – 2008. Among his notable events, he directed the massage therapy for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002, co-directed the massage therapy for the International Gay Games in Sydney Australia 2002, and co-directed the massage therapy for the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. He is currently the Director of Education at Myotherapy College of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been appointed to the Utah State Board of Massage Therapy. He teaches a variety of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and technique classes. He is passionate about the subject of fascia and has attended all four of the International Fascia Research Congresses in the world. He brings a fresh view and a knowledgeable light to the world of fascia and how massage can be an effective tool in remolding it. He currently resides in Salt Lake City.


Heart Centered Chakra Touch™ The Basics – 7 Major Chakras — a 16-hour course (NCBTMB Approved)
     Friday & Saturday, Feb. 5 & 6 

Learn how to access the Chakras, the energy centers that interface between your interior and exterior environments. The Chakras each govern important Life Lessons. They hold and impart information about safety, trust, empowerment, love, truth, intuition and spiritual connection. Energy gets trapped in these centers and learning to release this can bring balance, calm and clarity to yourself or your clients.A more in-depth knowledge of the Chakra system can augment massage and other body work modalities by increasing awareness of both the therapist and the client of the possible relationship between the client’s energetic bodies and physical manifestation of pain and muscle tightness.
By accessing the chakra system you can make connections at the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical levels in safe and effective manner.Course Highlights

  • Location and color associations
  • Core Emotions
  • Access chakra energy using Muscle Response Testing (MRT)
  • Using hand modes to communicate with the body and chakra system
  • Balancing techniques using sound, palming and color
  • Identifying chakra movements and attributes
  • Supporting the body and alleviating stress during a session
  • Using Meridian Indicator Points (MIPs)/ Alarm Points to identify stress in the Chakras

Students should bring a notebook for notes, writing utensils and markers or tabs if desired.

Tami DavisTami Davis has been an Energy Kinesiology practitioner for the past __ years. Some of the modalities she employs are: LEAP, Hugo Tobar’s Neuro Energetic Kinesiology, and Ron Wayman’s Chakra Touch, Emotional Balancing, Nutrition, Elementos, Meridian Switching and Communication Courses.

Tami’s own quest for an abundant, joyous life planted in her a desire to offer these powerful tools to others who were seeking an understanding of how to overcome lifelong issues & patterns. These tools assist her clients and students in being able to address compensations, sabotages or other patterns that were created to keep them safe; but at the same time blocked their ability to find the peace and happiness they desired. This process of understanding leads to a level of insight and self-empowerment that helps others to make many profound changes in their lives.In 2006 Tami joined the team at Sensory Dynamics, as an Instructor, Energy Kinesiologist and Empowerment Life Coach. She has guided many clients young and old on their road to an abundant emotional, physical and spiritual transformation.

Tami is a member of the Energy Kinesiology Association and is certified as a level 3 Practitioner, CEnK 3.


Thai Foot Massage – a 16-hour course (NCBTMB Approved)
     Friday & Saturday, Feb. 5 & 6

Thai foot massage came from the Chinese over 5,000 years ago. A wooden tool and various hand techniques are used to perform Thai foot massage. The massage is not only done on the feet but, also the lower legs. Pressure is applied to the reflex points on the toes and bottom of the feet. These points are said to correlate to different organs of the body. When pressure is applied to the reflex points it breaks up the crystal build up on these points. The massage helps to disperse the crystals bringing balance back to the body. Working the energy lines (sen) of the legs also helps restore energy flow. The combination of the two techniques make Thai foot massage a very powerful healing modality. The feet are wrapped in a towel which gives a very comfortable feeling.

For this class, students will need to bring a massage table, one bath towel, two hand towels and massage lotion.  Workbooks will be available for purchase at the convention.

WinnieCainOur instructor for this course will be Winifred Cain (known and loved by everyone who knows her as Winnie). Winnie has been a licensed massage therapist since 1984 and instructor of Thai massage since 1994. She has studied extensively in Thailand. Her teacher from the Wat Pho lived with her in Arizona and taught her privately for three months. She produced a beautiful Thai massage video in 1994, and she is one of the first instructors of Thai massage in the USA.

Winnie was presented a humanitarian award by AMTA at the 2004 national convention.


Now that you have the information about the classes and the instructors, you can look forward to joining us for a fabulous convention and a fun caper as we play Case Detectives for the AMTA!See you in February at the AMTA Utah Chapter Convention 2016!!!

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