2017 Tri State Conference

Registration Closes April 21
How lucky! Only once every three years do the Massage Therapists of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia come together for a Tri-State Conference. To recognize the special event, the Continuing Education for the 2017 Annual State Conference offers powerhouse presenters!
Description of Classes

You asked for it, you got it: more in depth classes! Our Tri-state Conference begins Friday, May 5 with three options for 2 day classes with nationally known presenters. Caution: reading the course descriptions may cause irrational excitement.

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions (Friday and Saturday)

Instructor James Waslaski – 16 Hours Continuing Education

Based on revolutionary clinical research, participants will learn new techniques that will forever change the way they approach myofascial, trigger point, and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines, offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate results from the following clinical conditions:  Rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis, pectoralis minor strains, bicipital tendinosis, rhomboid pain, thoracic outlet, cervical sprains and strains, whiplash, atlas / axis & C1/C2 mobilization, facet joint dysfunctions, migraine headaches, bulging discs, medial and lateral epicondyle pain, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and joint arthritis.
Ground-breaking Frozen Shoulder and Hip Capsule Adhesion techniques will highlight this dynamic interactive workshop. This incredible multimedia presentation consisting of assessments, treatments and client self care for chronic pain and sports injuries will facilitate permanent results; even in the most complicated clinical conditions.

James Waslaski - bio

James Waslaski is an author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe. He’s served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He’s developed 8 Orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs and his newest book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published in 2011.
James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA, World of Wellness, New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians.
James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award, and was inducted into the 2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Fibromyalgia - Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder (Friday and Saturday)

Instructor: Nancy Porambo -16 hours Continuing Education

Every massage therapist and body worker needs to be informed about Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), a disorder that affects an estimated 6 million people in the United States.
Nancy has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 26 years as a neuromuscular therapist and more recently, has incorporated psychotherapy into her chronic pain practice. During her graduate studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she intensively researched and compared the etiology (causes) and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
During her presentation, the student will gain a better understanding of the chemical functions and dynamics of the brain, and how sleep patterns and stress effect the body. She also gives the therapist a thorough overview of psychological disorders that may accompany a diagnosis of FMS.
Therapists who have taken Nancy’s class have remarked how informative the class is in helping them to understand the disorder, from not only a physiological perspective, but from a psychological perspective as well, something massage therapy education rarely touches. Nancy goes in-depth regarding genetic and environmental variables that may contribute to the development and maintenance of FMS and she promotes a whole-body/mind teaching perspective that also looks at individual lifestyle, motivational levels and attitude.
Nancy completes her class with a review of the traditional versus alternative treatment methods used today and allows plenty of time for questions and answers.
Students who have taken the class have remarked positively about Nancy’s energetic and thorough teaching style and concise teaching techniques. This is a “must take” course for a massage therapist who seeks a deeper understanding of chronic pain conditions like FMS and treatment or for therapists who would like to learn new information about contributing factors that may lead a chronic pain condition to develop into a long-term, disabling disorder.

Nancy Porambo -bio

Nancy is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and prides herself in having mastered the art of structural integration. She has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 26 years.
With a Masters degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nancy taught psychology for Lehigh/Carbon Community College (LCCC).  She is a board approved massage therapist in the State of Pennsylvania.
She was honored in the past with the Teacher of the Year award from Lehigh/Carbon Community College where she taught advanced psychology courses.  She also taught psychology to honor students receiving college credits while still attending high school.  
In 2009, she authored the book Professional Practice Concepts and incorporates it into her nationally certified business/ethics class.
Nancy developed a class on fibromyalgia that she teaches nationally. It’s based on her extensive graduate research on the subject, coupled with her many years of experience working with chronic pain patients.
Nancy has recently crafted classes on “Research” “The Medical Model Office Practice” “The Psychology Behind Pain” and “Navigational Skills for Complicated Cases.”
She is a guest speaker at the American Academy of Pain Management Conference in San Antonio with the topic “Integrating Massage Therapy into the Pain Practice.” She was a featured speaker at the 2016 American Massage Therapy Association Convention. She is a past National President of the American Massage Therapy Association and currently serves as a Trustee on the Massage Therapy Foundation. Nancy also serves at the National Advisor to the American Medical Association’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Workgroup for the massage profession.

Anatomy Trains Structure and Function: Superficial, Lateral and Spiral Lines (Friday and Saturday)

Instructor: Jason Spitlanik – 16 hours Continuing Education

This exciting and fun workshop is delivered with clarity and with your practice in mind – you will have useful and usable skills by the end of the two days. Enroll to learn to reliably connect with the fascial tissues, the many ways in which you can mobilize the tissue and, most importantly, the reasons why you would do it and when.
You will learn about myofascial tissue and its many roles in the body. Participants will see the fascial tissues in context and how they are interdependent with the other body systems.
Jason will introduce you to the first four main Anatomy Trains –Superficial Front and Back; Lateral and Spiral. You will learn a range of movement assessments and a range of Fascial Release Techniques for each of these important lines.
From there students will begin to appreciate how the body incorporates the Anatomy Train Lines to create easy and graceful movement – provided they are in some form of balance and harmony; restriction or weakness in one section can have many effects elsewhere. This 2 day class will show you how that happens, how to trace the lines of strain and, most importantly, immediately usable strategies to deal with them.
Research will be referenced showing the roles of fascia in the body, making this an up-to-date and highly effective skill-building workshop. This will include a synthesis of Robert Schleip’s work on how we can affect the fascia through stimulating different mechanoreceptors. Further, we will draw from the approaches of many other top researchers and practitioners from across the world of fascial manipulation and functional anatomy.

Anatomy Trains is the perfect introduction to myofascial anatomy for any massage
therapist. Functional movement assessments and palpation skills are included within the class. It therefore gives a range of skills and a new vocabulary to practitioners of various disciplines. The manual therapy and BodyReading elements require some degree of disrobing that is done discreetly and no-one is forced to any level beyond their comfort.
A range of powerful techniques will be presented in the context of their structural and functional influences making this a unique workshop that will allow you to build later on if you choose to pursue deeper skills in the rest of the series.

Jason Spitlanik - bio

Jason Spitalnik has studied orthopedic massage, active isolated stretching, and is certified in neuromuscular therapy and Kinesis Myofascial Integration.(KMI) After graduating from KMI in 2007, Jason opened Healing Arts Professionals Wellness Center, providing space for massage therapists, an acupuncturist, and a Reiki master.
He will forever be on a quest for his clients to achieve better health through structure, movement, diet, and exercise.
Jason teaches Anatomy Trains workshops as well as Orthopedic Assessment at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. He will always be a student and learns through teaching.
Jason has a background in farming, culinary arts, and martial arts. Along with structural bodywork, he is on the board of Sustainable Aquidneck, a non-profit organization founded to support the local food movement on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island where he lives with his wife, Meredith.

Seek, Find, Understand, and Apply Research to Massage Therapy Practice (Sunday)

Instructor: Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy – 4 hours Continuing Education

Join Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy for this engaging examination of massage therapy research. Learn to find relevant research, understand the language of researchers, identify the parts of a research article, and finally discover ways and create a plan to apply research to practice.
Learn about the current trend in research these days – findings must be evidence-based. This can sometimes cause conflict within the profession, as many see massage as a fluid process that changes as the needs of the client change during a session. Those in [traditional] medicine might not understand this argument, as they generally look only at the hard data to determine their opinions and recommendations.
Dr. Ann B Kennedy is actively involved in documenting the benefits of massage and is the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Research Education & Practice, a research journal launched by the Massage Therapy Foundation. The journal is an important step in validating massage as a proven modality to benefit healing because it has the potential to open up several doors for the profession in terms of providing a forum for the discussion and presentation of valuable research.
If research is your thing, pick this Sunday only class to learn more about how to get involved.

Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy - bio

Dr. Kennedy began her career path with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater/Directing. She went on to achieve her Masters in Theater from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
She followed her passion for massage and in 1999 earned a certificate in Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy at the South Eastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy, Greenville, SC.
Ms Kennedy has done extensive research on what makes massage effective for the relief of pain. Ms Kennedy earned her DrPH, an advanced, professional degree program designed for the student who has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or its equivalent and who intends to pursue a leadership career as a public health professional. Her thesis: A Qualitative Study of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Best Practices Symposium: Clarifying Definitions and Creating a Framework for Practice. She has published dozens of papers on Massage Therapy and participated in several Massage Research Grants.

Healthy Business Practices (Sunday)

Instructor: Nancy Porambo 4 hours Continuing Education

Healthy Business Practices examines the development and operation of a professional and solid massage therapy practice. Goal determination, business planning, marketing and office practices are explored and discussed. This course will also present information on the medical billing environment nationally for massage therapists.

Introduction to the Kinesio Taping ® Method (Sunday)

Instructor: Scott Korb – 4 hours Continuing Education

We know you’ve seen it!! Professional athletes from basketball to football players are sporting the brightly colored tape. No, it’s not to look good; they are dealing with an injury and using the Kinesio® Taping Method to help them heal. It’s not just for athletes though. You can find patients of chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and many more practitioners using the taping method.
The Kinesio® Taping Method has been shown to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities, and is effective during the acute, chronic and rehabilitative phases of injury as well as for preventative measures.
Over the course of this presentation, the Certified Kinesio Taping® Instructor (CKTI) will discuss the basic concepts of the Kinesio Taping® Method and the unique properties and use of Kinesio Tape.
Students in this class will discover the various tape cutting techniques and their clinical applications. Class Participants will learn the importance of directional taping and taping for facilitation and inhibition.
In class you will apply a limited number of applications for upper and lower extremities in the Kinesio Taping® Method.  
Upon completion of this presentation, massage therapists will be able to discuss and apply the Kinesio Taping® Method for the taping conditions listed below. Each practitioner will receive tape to complete the labs. 
Students need to please bring a pair of scissors and wear clothing that will allow exposure of skin for taping labs to be completed.
What you will learn in the Taping Labs includes:
Facilitation Concept, Inhibition Concept, Upper Trapezius Muscle Taping, Deltoid and Sacrospinalis Lab, Shoulder Instability and Subluxation Lab, Erector Spinae Muscle Strain, Lumbar Region, Rectus Abdominis, Extensor Pollicis Longus Lab, Briachii Quadricepts Lab

Scott Korb -bio

Scott Korb is a Certified Kinesio® Tape Practitioner (CKTP). The Kinesio® taping method helps a wide range of people from professional athletes to the ordinary person going through rehab.
The Kinesio® Taping® Method enhances the body’s natural healing process and provides support through the muscles.

Introduction to Anatomy Trains (Sunday)

Instructor: Jason Spitalnik

In this 4-hour presentation, you will be introduced to Anatomy Trains with a general overview of the 11 myofascial meridians and the basic concepts of BodyReading, our unique method of global postural assessment. Anatomy Trains offers skills that hands-on therapists, regardless of their modality, can use to see their clients more clearly and work more effectively.
Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains ® Myofascial Meridians model is a revolutionary re-visioning of musculo-skeletal anatomy that moves beyond the familiar mechanical actions of muscles to the integrative relational connections of real-life functional movement. Using this holistic map to analyze soft-tissue patterns, and develop strategies for unwinding these patterns via fascial and myofascial work, Anatomy Trains is the perfect introduction to myofascial anatomy for any manual therapist.
We would all like to have a 3-dimensional vision of the body and this workshop is the first step towards establishing those skills for yourself.
In this short video, Tom Myers introduces Anatomy Trains — the essential concepts behind this “map” of the fascial fabric of the body.

Member and Non-Member Students Welcome!

Especially for Students
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Welcome Students!

Listen and learn as four successful therapists share their diverse experiences from building a practice in the real world. The Panel will reserve time to answer your questions re: how to conquer the challenges related to launching into your practice. Bring your questions, your vision & your notebook.

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Early Bird Registration- March 1st to 31st (click below to go to the registration page)

Normal Registration- April 1st to 21st (click below to go to the registration page)

Registration closes completely at midnight April 21st.

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Schedule of Classes

Friday May 5th, 2017

All CE classes from 9:00am – 6:00pm (Two Day Classes)

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions Day 1 – James Waslaski

Fibromyalgia, Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder! Day 1 – Nancy Porambo

Anatomy Trains Structure and Function: Superficial, Lateral and Spiral Lines Day 1 – Jason Spitlanik

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Virginia Chapter Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

Saturday May 6th, 2017

All CE classes continue 9:00am – 6:00pm

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions Day 2 – James Waslaski

Fibromyalgia, Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder Day 2 – Nancy Porambo

Anatomy Trains Structure and Function: Superficial Lateral and Spiral Lines, Day 2 – Jason Spitalnik

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Student Panel

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Member Social

Sunday May 7th, 2017

9:00 – 11:00 am Virginia Chapter Keynote Presentation: Exploring our Professional Relationships – Nancy Porambo 1 hour Continuing Education
Life is filled with challenges and surprises and we never quite know what to expect when someone new enters our office with a case history full of information. In one hour, we need to get into rapport, understand the problem and construct and administer a solution based on our manual skills set. Sometimes these simple human interactions can leave us with tremendous lessons far beyond our expectations.
Let’s explore our ethical limitations as massage therapists and develop an understanding and appreciation of these relationships.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Conference Luncheon

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm 4 hours Continuing Education classes
Please choose one
~Healthy Business Practices – Nancy Porambo
~Seek, Find, Understand, and Apply Research to Massage Therapy Practice – Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy
~Introduction to the Kinesio Taping ® Method – Scott Korb
~Introduction to Anatomy Trains – Jason Spitalnik

5:30 pm Classes Adjourn – Conference Ends

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