A Letter from the President

 

Hello Everyone,

I know that 2020 was a challenging year for massage therapists and has extended into 2021.  As we face these challenges, AMTA has been working to serve its members in any way to help the members and their needs. The Georgia Chapter has been meeting by phone and helping to continue to serve our chapter members along with National. As most of you know this is the time of year we usually have our state convention with our annual meeting and education. With our circumstances with COVID-19, we will not be meeting face to face this year. By now you should have already received your invitation to apply for positions on the board and to submit nominations for awards to therapist who have gone that extra mile for our profession and AMTA. If you haven’t already done so please go on our website and check out the opportunities. Candidate applications for board positions and awards are due February 27.

https://ga.wp.amtamassage.org/state-convention/elections/

https://ga.wp.amtamassage.org/state-convention/awards/

Some of you have expressed throughout the year “What is AMTA doing about the decisions of our profession,etc?” I invite you to come on board and see what we are doing behind the scenes.  We have several positions open and all our committees could use your support. Also if you or someone you know deserves one of the awards, let our awards committee know.   I thank you in advance for your your willingness to serve and look forward to hearing from you.

Vivian Davis, LMT, President, AMTA-Georgia Chapter


				

AMTA Georgia Chapter Calendar

Jun
23
Sat
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Class with Bruce Baltz
Jun 23 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Bruce Baltz, founder of SpiriPhysical® LLC and a founding member of Deep Freeze Team LLC. He is licensed massage therapist in the States of New York, Florida and North Carolina while maintaining his Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. He is an internationally recognized educator with over thirty-seven years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry. Bruce has developed Deep Tissue Healing; “The Art of Stone Massage” in 1999 and in 2004 started to offer Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Bruce is a former Chair of the Board for NCBTMB.

In this one-day workshop (8 CEs), we will be focusing on upper body and neck (including hands). You will see the importance of your client’s participation in stretching motions as you learn the principles of (AIS). In addition, we will evaluate muscular imbalances and how they affect joint function.

Supplies: massage table, wipes for table

REGISTER HERE

Jun
24
Sun
The Art of Stone Massage Class with Bruce Baltz
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Bruce Baltz, founder of SpiriPhysical® LLC and a founding member of Deep Freeze Team LLC. He is licensed massage therapist in the States of New York, Florida and North Carolina while maintaining his Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. He is an internationally recognized educator with over thirty-seven years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry. Bruce has developed Deep Tissue Healing; “The Art of Stone Massage” in 1999 and in 2004 started to offer Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Bruce is a former Chair of the Board for NCBTMB.

In this one day workshop (8 CEs) we will be working with neutral stones to perfect your natural rhythm, focusing on body mechanics and proper stone choice. In addition, we will be working with cool stones, learning the most effective way to apply them to the body to minimize any  change of temperature discomfort.

Stones: Round Stones (basalt and/or river rock are the most common): One large (should be able to control with one hand), One medium, One small (should fit comfortably in the palm of your hand). Specialty stones: 4 Trigger Point Stones These stones can be oblong in shape or have a rounded and or a tapered edge.  (When working with the point of the stone, your hand should take the shape of a claw grip. When the stone is being supported in the palm of you hand, your fingers should reach the end of the stone.) 1 Scapula Stone this stone should be approximately the size of your large round stone, but have a tapered edge no more then the with of your pinky finger/fifth digit. Cold Stones: If you have marble stones, try to bring similar sizes represented from the above stone descriptions (round stones should be brought in pairs) If you do not have marble, just bring additional stones to be placed in a cooler.

Supplies: massage table, massage oil, sheets, cooler, ice, wipes for stones and table and two hand towels.

Register Here

Sep
15
Sat
Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Pattern of the Upper Body @ Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West/Lithia Springs
Sep 15 @ 8:30 am – 6:30 pm

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 authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Client Self -Care. His new book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education 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. James was awarded Massage Therapist of The Year in 2012 at the Canadian Massage Conference. He was also nominated and awarded by his peers and colleagues the designation of Teacher of The Year 2015 at the World Massage Festival.

Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Pattern of the Upper Body

The current medical system so often confuses severe clinical conditions such as Thoracic Outlet and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That is because almost every patient that gets treated for either of these conditions will have nerves chronically compressed in multiple areas between the brain, spinal cord, neck, shoulder, and arm. This dynamic multimedia presentation will highlight our cervical, shoulder and arm work to eliminate multiple nerve crush phenomenon. Therapists will learn specific tests such as the Spurling Test indicating spinal nerve root compression, the Adson’s Maneuver Test indicating scalene involvement on nerve and vascular compression between the 1st and 2nd rib and clavicle, the Wright Abduction Test indicating the role of the pectoralis minor on the brachial plexus of nerves, the Pronator Teres Test indicating the role of the pronator teres on the median nerve, and tests such as the Phalen’s Test, Tinel’s Test, and the Tethered Median Nerve Stress Test indicating true and rare carpal tunnel problems. The highlight of this seminar will be the hands on techniques that will eliminate the musculoskeletal cause of each area of nerve compression between the brain and the fingertips forever. In addition, therapists will learn life changing techniques to release complicated frozen shoulder problems.

Supplies: massage table, massage oil, sheets, and towels.

Register Here

Sep
16
Sun
Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon of the Lower Body @ Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West/Lithia Springs
Sep 16 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

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 authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Client Self -Care. His new book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education 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. James was awarded Massage Therapist of The Year in 2012 at the Canadian Massage Conference. He was also nominated and awarded by his peers and colleagues the designation of Teacher of The Year 2015 at the World Massage Festival.

Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon of the Lower Body

Based on myofascial pain studies presented at Harvard Medical School, and research dating back to 1946, participants will learn new techniques that will forever change the way they approach myofascial pain, and nerve entrapment pain in the lower extremities. Too often the clinical diagnosis will focus too much on the area of clinical symptoms when dealing with peripheral nerve entrapments, without freeing up the proximal nerve entrapments that feed the peripheral nerves. Aligning the spine is simply not enough in many cases. Manual Therapists must remove the soft tissue restrictions causing stress on discs and fixating joints onto nerves. In the low back, 90% of patients suffering from disc injuries do NOT require surgery.  These innovative structurally-oriented routines offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for nerve entrapments throughout the kinetic chain of the lower extremity.  We must look beyond things like disc herniation, compression of lumbar nerve roots, and spinal stenosis. You cannot treat clinical conditions like sciatica, tarsal tunnel, or Morton’s neuroma if you do not free up the multiple fascial nerve adhesions and entrapments feeding from the spinal cord. James will incorporate dazzling 3-D functional anatomy and human dissection models to support his multi- disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and correction of multiple nerve entrapment pain. Revolutionary techniques to release advanced stage hip capsule problems will be highlighted in this presentation.

Supplies: massage table, massage oil, sheets, and towels.

Register Here

Feb
23
Sat
Georgia Chapter Annual Meeting @ Gwinnett College -Sandy Springs Campus
Feb 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

GA Chapter Annual Meeting*
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Lunch Included
12:30 – 2:00 p

*Education with Felicia Brown has been canceled

Location
Gwinnett College
Sandy Springs Campus
6690 Roswell Road Suite 2200
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Register Here

Hotel Reservations

LaQuinta Inn and Suites
6260 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA. 30328

Group Rate: $90 Good through February 1st
Call:  1-866-527-1498
Ask for AMTA group rate

www.laquintaatlantaperimeter.com
Breakfast included

Chapter Contact
Vivian Davis Ethridge, Georgia Chapter President
229-869-9008
healinghands00709@yahoo.com

Sep
14
Sat
Pregnancy Massage – All 4 Trimesters @ The Wellness Center, Navicent Health
Sep 14 all-day

Pregnancy Massage – All 4 Trimesters
Instructor:  Kim Corpus, LMT
8 CE’s

Hotel Information:
Courtyard Marriott Macon
3990 Sheration Drive
Macon, GA 31210-1721
Phone: 478-477-8899

Cost is $91.00 per night, plus 14%tax and a $5.00 state of Ga motel fee

Sep
15
Sun
Massage to Support Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum @ The Wellness Center, Navicent Health
Sep 15 all-day

Massage to Support Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum

8 CE’s

Hotel Information:
Courtyard Marriott Macon
3990 Sheration Drive
Macon, GA 31210-1721
Phone: 478-477-8899

Cost is $91.00 per night, plus 14%tax and a $5.00 state of Ga motel fee

Feb
21
Fri
AMTA Georgia State Convention @ Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Jun
20
Sat
Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT): Arm and Hand @ The Wellness Center
Jun 20 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 4:30 pm

CE’s: 12 hands on CE credits

Tuition: AMTA Member: $216 | Nonmember: $336

Bring: massage table (for every 2 students), sheets, oil/lotion/cream, anatomy atlas (if have)

More Information: http://ga.wp.amtamassage.org/june-class/

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