2019 AMTA-OR Annual Convention- SAVE THE DATE
In selecting our education topics for 2019, I wanted to focus on elements of massage therapy that apply to all LMTs, independent of their particular modality or approach. Massage is sometimes defined in terms of “soft-tissue manipulation”, but that is only one important part of what we do. Massage therapists also listen to our client’s stories, provide insightful reflections, perform clinical assessments, and offer valuable health information, all within a trustworthy and client-centered environment. Each of these factors plays a role in successful outcomes, happy clients, and thriving massage practices.
Our convention program will focus on these factors, and address how our assessments, communication, the environment, AND hands-on work combine to treat the “whole person.” On Saturday morning, we’ll have a series of short lectures on the complex, relational, and humanistic elements of massage therapy. Tara McManaway, LCPC, LMT will provide an overview of therapeutic relationships from a “biopsychosocial” perspective. Cynthia Price, PhD, LMT will discuss integrating mindfulness approaches in massage therapy. And Fara Tucker, LCSW will discuss the benefits and challenges of “client-centered presence.” We’ll follow this up with a panel discussion on these topics, moderated by Michael Hamm, LMT.
For Sunday morning’s program, Michael Hamm will lead us on a tour of the fascial and nervous systems. These are two areas in which our understanding has evolved greatly over the last years and decades. If you’ve ever been curious about what’s really going on underneath our hands, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!
Like last year, everyone will be together in the large lecture hall for the morning sessions. After lunch (provided by AMTA), attendees will be able to choose from several 4-hour workshops. In addition to all this continuing education, AMTA will hold our annual meeting on Sunday to update on all the work we’ve done over the past year. We’ll also provide continental breakfast and lunch both days, a happy hour Saturday afternoon, and prize giveaways throughout the weekend! Registration will be announced soon.