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Convention 2018 – April 20-21, 2018

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Convention 2018: Massage Elevated II

Our 2018 Convention will be held at Davis County Conference Center! Call 801-416-8899 for lodging!

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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.

August 2016 Board Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 12256 South 900 East, Suite 403

Draper, UT

Inside the door that says “Brainworks” and “Zenergy Bodywork & Massage”

To attend online contact President, Jennifer Hanna,

by Monday at 9:00 AM prior to the meeting. She will send you instructions for how to attend.

Utah Chapter Annual Meeting – February 11, 2017


We will be holding our annual business meeting and class on February 11, 2017. Here you will meet your newly elected Board Member, Financial Administrator, Delegate and Alternate Delegate. You will also get a chance to vote on the proposed budget, connect with some like-minded peers, and enjoy a lunch, on us!
Hilton Garden Inn
277 W. Sego Lily Drive
Sandy, Utah 84070
8:00am- 8:30 am registration
8:30 – 12:00 class
12:00- 1:30 Lunch business meeting
2:00 – 4:30 class

Crystal and Stone Healing Class

Participants will learn the answers to these questions: What is crystal healing? Why use crystal healing modalities? How are crystals used? How do I take care of crystals and stones? Where are the best sources to find them?

IMG_6658Debbie White is a retired educator of 30 years.  Since her retirement Debbie has been teaching adult continuing education in the University of Utah’s OSHER program.  She has also taken her love of crystals and delved into the healing arts.  As a certified Crystal Healer, from the Living Light Institute, and a Usui Reiki Master.  Debbie successfully combines these healing modalities.  She also enjoys sharing her knowledge of crystals and healing skills with others in the healing arts.

Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. Bring blanket and massage table. Stones will be provided for class but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Cost is only $20 for AMTA members and students, $60 for non AMTA members. Register now to get your spot! 

Note: Active professional AMTA membes may sign up for lunch/business meeting only.

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