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January, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 01

American Massage Conference Registration Now Open

By Editorial Staff

The American Massage Conference is now accepting registration forms for the 2012 conference to be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, Calif. The conference will be held April 20th through 22nd and costs just $40 for practicing massage therapists and only $20 for students.

The registration fee includes access to the conference, tradeshow, prizes and 30 free, one-hour continuing education courses. One day, 2-day or 3-hour workshops are available for an extra charge. Once registration is complete, participants will be able to reserve a seat for these workshops.

In addition to the American Massage Conference, there will be two concurrent conferences also taking place at the Town and Country Resort: The American Chiropractic Conference and the American Acupuncture Conference. Last year marked the inaugural American Massage Conference in Atlanta, where more than 1,600 visitors explored the latest products and services available on the tradeshow floor, and took part in workshops and continuing education courses.

American Massage Conference - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The conference will feature more than 105 exhibitor booths, continuing education in the forms of 1-hour, 3-hour or 1 or 2-day workshops. Participants can also play in a charity golf tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As in Atlanta, there will also be a Facebook party and a Saturday evening Gala. All education is acceptable for CEU credits. Friday morning will include a free student seminar, with a "Disciplines Unite" seminar open to all massage, chiropractic and acupuncture practitioners. Friday is a free day for students who pre-register and includes access to the tradeshow and a job fair.

The free, one-hour workshop schedule is:

Friday, April 20, 2012
Massage for the "Forgotten Chest: by Karen Kowel
Orthopedic Massage Introduction by James Waslaski
A Solution to Both Cervical and Sacral Work by Barb Richmond
The Fascial Matrix: Using Mini-Wraps to Increase Session Effectiveness by Angie Dubis
Visual Aids: Attract, Educate and Retain Patients by David Kent
Job's Body Renewed: Healing Our Sacred Wounds by Deane Juhan

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Incorporating Thermotherapy Into Your Treatments by Matthew Howe
Profit with Products by Cherie Sohnen-Moe and Lynda Solien-Wolfe
Why Add-On Treatments Are Win-Win by Bruce Baltz
A Solution to Both Cervical and Sacral Work by Barb Richmond
Occlusion/Strapping Techniques for Ankle, Knee and Wrist Sprains/Strains by Lloyd List
Understanding and Utilizing Laser Therapy in Clinical Practice by Ron Riegel
Where Massage Can Take You by CG Funk
Self Massage for the Therapist's Body by Pam Held

Sunday, April, 22, 2012
Tools for Better Results by Michael Waters
Deja Vu Ethics Review by Felcia Brown
How to Retail Chair Massage by David Palmer
NeuroKinetic Assessment and Focused Myofascial Engagement by Benny Vaughn
Introduction to Pediatric Massage by Tina Allen
Claims Happen by Kristin Coverly
Massage Cupping by Anita Shannon
Bamboo-Fusion Deep Tissue Massage by Nathalie Cecilia
Three Simple Steps to Clearing Your Money Clutter by Shelene Taylor

There are also several three-hour workshops that cost an additional $45. They also include a variety of topics from leaders in the profession, including sessions led by Massage Today columnists and contributors David Kent, James Waslaski, Felicia Brown, Whitney Lowe, Ann Catlin, Stephanie Beck and Tina Allen.

Once participants register for the conference, they will have the option to "add on" these additional three-hour workshops for $45:

Friday, April 20, 2012
Thai-Yoga: Movement Therapy for Massage Therapists by Nicole and Heath Reed
Business 101 for All Disciplines by Lloyd List
Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Forearm, Wrist and Hand Conditions by James Waslaski
Bioflex Laser Therapy by David Kunashko
Headaches: Types, Triggers and Treatment by David Kent
Free and Easy Ways to Promote Yourself and Get New Clients by Felicia Brown
Functional Range Release Technique: An Introduction by Dr. Andreo Spina
Increase Effectiveness with Active Engagement Techniques by Whitney Lowe

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Massage for Elders in Facility Care: An Introduction by Ann Catlin
The Fascial Matrix: Head Forward Postures by Angie Dubis
Translating Your Passions Into Profits by Ted McGrath and Stephanie Beck
Pediatric Massage: Highlighting Massage for Autism and ADD/ADHD by Tina Allen
NeuroKinetic Assessment and Focused Myofascial Engagement for Common Orthopedic Complaints and Injury by Benny Vaughn

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Acuball for All Disciplines by Dr. Michael Cohen
Back Pain: Breaking the Cycle by David Kent
Prevention and Rehabilitation of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome by Cynthia Ribeiro
Essentials of Orthopedic Assessment by Whitney Lowe
Nepali Massage by Steve Capellini
Pediatric Massage: Highlighting Massage for Children with Cancer by Tina Allen

For an additional $150, participants can enjoy a full day workshop. Friday's session is listed as a "Mystery Guest," but Saturday's workshop will be conducted by James Waslaski and will cover "Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Shoulder Conditions and Pelvic Stabilization." Sunday's workshop, also by James Waslaski, will cover "Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Cervical Conditions and Elite Sports Therapy Class."

Hotel conference rates are $125 per night. For additional information about the Town and Country Resort or to make a reservation, call (800) 772-8527 or visit For additional information about the conference, visit


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