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St. George Marathon Looking for Volunteers

Invitation from Race Organizers:

Preparations have begun for the St. George Marathon taking place on Saturday October 1, 2016.  This year marks the 40th running of the marathon and there will be more than 7500 runners participating from across the country and world.  The St. George Marathon has been listed as a “Top 20 Marathon in the USA” by Runner’s World Magazine and is a Boston Marathon qualifying race. We would like to extend an invitation to the members of AMTA to volunteer their time and talents. The marathon provides a great opportunity for massage therapists to provide post event massage on the attending athletes as well as network and work alongside other massage therapists from the region.

We are providing volunteers with the following:

  • The St. George Recreation Center will be open to volunteers as a place to sleep, shower, and store equipment*
  • Shower curtains for use on your massage table
  • Disinfectant wipes to sanitize your tables
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pizza dinner on Friday night
  • Volunteer shirt
  • Limited Reimbursement for Travel Expense may be offered.  Documentation must be submitted for review and approval.

*Volunteers will need to bring their own sleeping bag, mat, toiletries and towels

For more information please call Dave Hunter at 801-450-5466 or visit the St. George Marathon volunteer website

Click on volunteer information and register. This information is forwarded to the massage tent captain so that more details can be distributed as the marathon nears.

Looking forward to your participation

Dave Hunter LMT
St George Marathon Team Captain

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October 25-31, 2015

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Chapter Newsletter – December 2014

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[December 2014 Newsletter]

Newsletter Contents:

  • President’s Message
  • Chapter Mission Statement
  • Chapter Officer Elections
    • 1st Vice President
    • 2nd Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Delegate 2015-2016
    • Alternate Delegates (2)
  • Proposed Annual Budget
  • Convention 2015 – Come Grow With Us
    • Who, What, When, Where and even Why
    • Continuing Education
      • CPR / First Aid (Red Cross)
      • Cold Stone Migraine Therapy
      • Face Toning
      • Full-body Chair Massage
    • Annual Membership Meeting
    • Breakfast and Lunch included with registration
  • Continuing Education – Oncology Massage & Certification
    • 3-Day Class in March
    • 24 NCBTMB CEU credits
    • Instructor: Lauren Muser Cates, CMT/LMT, NCBTMB
  • Utah County Bodywork Connection Group (Meet & Greet)
    • Plus: Invitation to start your own local Bodywork Connection Group
  • Delegates Reports
  • New Members (July 2014 – October 2014)
  • AMTA – Utah Chapter Leadership Roster

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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  • Message from our new President, Robyn Ryther
  • All the election results
  • 2014 Convention Report from Provo
  • Government Relations Report
  • Member Highlight – Jim Riley
  • Invitation to attend National Convention this fall in Denver – close enough to drive!
  • Sports Team contact invitation
  • Utah County Lunch Bunch (Meet & Greet / Bodywork Connections Group)
  • Membership dues
    • No more Chapter Fee!
    • Payment Plans available!
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Chapter Leadership Roster

2014 Utah Chapter Convention

2014convthemeThis is a continuation of the AMTA National 2013 theme. The message of these three elements spoke loudly, and as volunteers, we agree that by working together we can strengthen the membership using these elements.

  • Engaging the members by offering savvy, worthwhile opportunities in an interactive environment.
  • Connecting our members through service and education. Offering a place to find like-minded professionals that hold a standard of excellence where we connect and receive support from each other.
  • Thrive. Take these new experiences and use them to better your community, your practice, & yourself.

We look forward to seeing you in February 2014!


Friday afternoon & evening starting at 4:30 will be our Annual Meeting with dinner served at 6:00 PM – the Meeting and Dinner are open to all members of the AMTA Utah Chapter.

The Annual Meeting is at the Provo Marriott on Friday afternoon at 4:30 pm and includes Dinner, Elections of Chapter Leadership, reports from Board Officers and Committee Chairs, Budget discussion and approval by membership.

Why attend the Annual Dinner Meeting?  Elect you chapter’s leadership! Listen to and add your voice to your association that works diligently to safeguard our profession. Meet new people and have face time with peers. Did we mention that dinner was included for free? Yes, FREE!


Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2014

Provo Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
101 West 100 North| Provo, Utah | 84601

Rooms available at $89, Contact Group Hosting Coordinator, Jennifer Hoffman


8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration / Breakfast
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Classes
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Annual Meeting & Dinner
Dinner served at 6:00 pm
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 6:00 pm Class


Friday Saturday
Option 1 Class
2 Days
Upper Extremity
Cadaver Lab + Massage Techniques
Option 2 Class
2 Days
MYK System
Upper Body & Lower Body
No Classes
All Members are Invited to the Annual Meeting & Dinner
 Annual Meeting / Dinner
4:30 – 7:30To RSVP to Annual Meeting / Dinner without classes, Register ONLINE and select no classes



[Register Online] [Mail-In Registration, Pay with Check]

SAVE $50.00 with Early Registration

Early Registration is EXTENDED through January 31, 2014  –  Prices go up February 1 , 2014.

Registration closes February 5, 2014

Class Details

Upper Extremity: Cadaver Lab + Segmental Bodywork Techniques

Instructors: Jonathan Bennion & Ivan Lach

2 Days, Friday & Saturday February 7 & 8, 2014

Day 1: Jonathan Bennion – Advanced concepts in anatomical gross examination.

  • General review of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Specific focus on upper extremities and musculature and nervous systems relating to the practice of massage therapy.

Whether providing Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Neuromuscular, Rolfing, Hellerwork, Aston-Patterning, Feldenkrais, or Trager techniques knowing the complex structure and system of the human body is paramount. The Advanced Anatomy Cadaver Workshop was developed specifically for massage therapist graduates and students who are working in the field of massage therapy. (6 hours – in process of becoming NCBTMB approved)

Day 2: Ivan Lach will be presenting injury repair protocols for the shoulder girdle, elbow and wrist joints. He will include assessment protocols for each joint and then demonstrate treatment options for the area. Whether it is a tendon strain or ligament sprain, his command of the English language and humor will leave you smiling and walking away with techniques that you can begin incorporating into your practice immediately. (8 hours – NCBTMB approved)

Jonathan Bennion Co-Founder, Director of Education, and Master Dissector at Institute of Human Anatomy, Jonathan found his love for teaching 5 years ago while attaining his degree in Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah. During his pre-medical coursework he took an anatomy course from Professor Mark Nielsen. He was asked to be one of Professor Nielsen’s teaching assistants and immediately fell in love with teaching and learning about the human body. During his time at the University of Utah, Jonathan spent many hours in the cadaver lab receiving training in teaching and dissection. For the last 4 years he has been a full time instructor at the Utah College of Massage Therapy where he teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology.
Jonathan is recently married and enjoys rock climbing and playing basketball.

Ivan LachIvan Lach studied sport science with emphasis on physiotherapy at the University of Palacky in former Czechoslovakia. He attended the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina  where he graduated in 1994. He holds National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 1996. Ivan specializes in manual therapy treatments addressing orthopedic to postural dysfunctions. Lach’s passion for strength and conditioning reflexes is in working with clients to reduce and eliminate their pain using research based corrective exercises. The primary goal of his practice is to help people to become pain free. He is currently on the faculty of Myotherapy College of Utah where he’s been teaching since 1997. As an educator, Ivan teaches classes and seminars on local and national level.

MYK System

Instructor: Dr. Michael Uriarte

2 Days, Friday & Saturday February 7 & 8, 2014

Day 1: MYK System Lower Body Similar to the Upper Body course, you will learn how to find Lower Body postural imbalances, specific nerve pathway problems, and which muscles to work on to achieve results. This six-hour course includes how to assess using the “five fast ways” to determine a problem and five-minute treatments that balance the posture.

Day 2: MYK System Upper Body Posture never lies, according to Dr. Uriarte, who says “Posture is the outward expression of the nervous system.” In this eight-hour class, you will learn how to assess, treat, and resolve headaches within four minutes using Upper Body Posture graph (rather than polygraph), and how to read postural imbalances to reveal the primary nerve cause. Get ready for a simple technique with lasting results.

michael uriarteMichael Uriarte: An internationally known speaker, Dr. Michael Uriarte (pronounced your yard e) is the driving force behind the MyoKinesthetic System. A Chiropractor by training — he received his degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic — Dr. Uriarte has invested his time and talent into developing a practical, easy-to-learn and easy-to-use system to help people overcome pain, increase range of motion, and enjoy better posture. For more than 15 years, Dr. Uriarte has been deeply involved in research and development of the MyoKinesthetic System while managing his office in Overland Park, Kansas. He developed this technique in the early 90s, and has refined the system over the course of several years in his clinic before sharing the system with other healthcare professionals. From massage therapists to athletic trainers to physical therapists to chiropractors, Dr. Uriarte has taught his ground-breaking technique to any healthcare provider who makes the comfort and well-being of their patients their number one priority. Dr. Uriarte is an expert at taking complicated information and presenting it in an easy-to-learn format. He is a high-energy, easy-going instructor who makes it his policy to have fun. He firmly believes that “If you are not having fun, then you cannot learn.”