AMTA-OR Convention

April 8, 2017 @ 7:30 am – April 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
East West College of the Healing Arts
525 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR 97232

AMTA 2017 Annual Meeting Schedule Overview

April 8-9, 2017

Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, April 8, 2017

7:00am – 8:00am  Registration

8:00am – 12:00pm  Continuing Education

12:00pm – 2:00pm Annual Meeting with Lunch

2:00pm – 6:00 Continuing Education

6:00pm – 7:00 pm (Hosted Bar, Hors d’Oeuvres, Door Prizes & Networking)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

7:00am – 8:00am  Registration

8:00am – 12:00pm Continuing Education

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 5:00pm Continuing Education (1 cupping class only in the afternoon. You must register seperately and pay the fee for the cups on the registration page.)

Class Descriptions

Hands On: Introduction to Facilitated Stretching

Presenter: Robert E. McAtee LMT, CSCS

This course is designed to teach a series of valuable stretches from the facilitated stretching repertoire that can be easily incorporated into a table massage session. These stretches, combined with soft tissue work, will enable you to obtain greater overall success in client treatment sessions.


Lecture: Cannabis Use & Research

Presenter: Trista Okle of Empower Oils

The most recent information about topical application of cannabis oil, including research being led by the AMTA Oregon Board. This presentation will inform you about the legal aspects of cannabis use. You will also learn about the scientific basis of the uses of this oil.


Hands On: Facilitated Stretching: Freeing the Shoulder

Presenter: Robert E. McAtee LMT, CSCS

This interactive applied anatomy seminar uses visual and kinesthetic aids with practical palpation exercises, to bring shoulder anatomy to life. The seminar also includes demonstration and practice of therapeutic interventions (pin and stretch, transverse friction, and facilitated stretching) to access and release the soft tissues of the shoulder girdle, allowing for more freedom of movement around the joint. We’ll explore the role of the Rhomboids, Serratus Anterior, Pectoralis Minor, Latissimus Dorsi, and the four rotator cuff muscles in the health, function, and mobility of the shoulder.


Lecture: Ethics: Working with Veterans

Presenter: Belle Landau & Cheryl Greathouse of Returning Veteran’s Project

To outline, discuss, and make clear the role and importance of ethics, both legal and personal, as it pertains to massage therapists working with military veterans of war suffering from PTSD due to traumatic experiences.


Hands On: Taping


A taping class for common ailments and sports injuries.  There will be time for hands on demonstration and practice for all the attendees.


Lecture: Paperless Office

Presenter: Neesie Doss, OR LMT and Director of PDX Healing Massage .

This course will help you streamline and rejuvenate your office practices while helping the environment. Topics include becoming paperless in all facets of business: HIPAA compliance, scheduling, the intake process, chart notes, accounting, marketing and more. Learn how to eliminate clutter and spend more time doing what you love.


Hands On: Cupping

Presenter: Carly Samish, LAc of Blue Fire Healing

Cupping is used in massage therapy to treat stagnation and congestion in muscles causing pain and stiffness. The pressure can be strong to provide relief from tension and pain, or gentle to increase lymph flow, circulation and relaxation. As the cups draw congested fluids and toxins to the skin surface there is often a discoloration called sha that can look like a rash or possibly a bruise. This is a normal part of the process of resolving stagnation in the muscles, and the sha typically fades in a few days.




Registration and Cost

Full Convention/Member: $160

Full Convention/Nonmember: $210