April 7-9, 2017 Annual Meeting & Educational Event

Registration is Open! 

Please join us for the 2017 AMTA – Michigan Chapter Annual Meeting and Educational Event being held April 7-9, 2017 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Our hotel group rate is $149.00. Mention our AMTA-MI event when you call 734-996-0600 to reserve your room.  A block of rooms will be held until March 14, 2017.

  • We proudly welcome massage therapist Ruth Werner from Oregon. As an author, educator and artist, she will serve as the primary presenter. Enjoy her dynamic and informative style as you learn about the science of diseases as it relates to massage therapy and the healthcare scene. To learn more about Ruth Werner.
  • Earn your Continuing Education credits required for licensure! Up to 17 CEU’s are being offered.
  • The following classes are open to the public as well as Massage Therapists and may be experienced as a means of community participation with a common interest in those affected by the various health conditions.
  • For a Schedule Overview, click Here. Enjoy!

Friday April 7, 3:30 PM-6:30 PM: *The Ethics of Client Communication: Talking to Clients About Their Health*. $50.00 (3 CE credits).

This class addresses the delicate art of communicating professionally and with open hearts when we have concerns about our clients’ well being. Key topics include medications that may influence bodywork choices; visual or palpatory signs that are red flags; and maintaining boundaries for client safety (how to say “no” when your client says “yes”).

Basic principles of active listening are reviewed and employed as students break into small groups to role-play a variety of difficult client-therapist conversations, all based on real-life situations provided by past participants.

Participants in The Ethics of Client Communication: Talking to Clients About Their Health will be able to…

  • Identify red flags for circulatory types of massage therapy
  • Explain pharmacologic red flags for massage therapy
  • Define ethics and morality in the context of clinical decision-making
  • Practice appropriate and professional communication skills with clients who have health issues that become known during massage therapy sessions

(You will be contacted if we need you to bring a massage table.)

Saturday April 8, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: *Research Recap: the Best Recent Research about Pain, Painkillers, and Massage*. $50.00 (3 CE credits).

This class will look over Ruth’s favorite recent research publications, with a specific focus on the interactions between chronic pain, opioid addiction, and massage therapy. We will discuss where the chosen articles fit in the research hierarchy, strengths and weaknesses in each, final conclusions, and useful takeaways to use in your practice. Tips for accessing this kind of information will also be shared.

This class covers the research requirement for Board Certification.

Participants in Research Recap will be able to…

  • Identify the components of evidence-informed practice and hierarchies of evidence
  • Summarize each of the major sections of a research article
  • Access primary research articles using Pubmed.gov and Google Scholar
  • Describe the mechanisms and problems associated with opioid treatment for chronic pain
  • Explain the possible applications of massage therapy as an evidence-informed option for chronic pain treatment

Saturday April 8, 2:30 PM-6:30 PM: *Massage Therapy and Pathology: Fibromyalgia and the “Invisible Diseases”*. $65.00 (4 CE credits).

Fibromyalgia is the second most common diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain, but its etiology remains elusive. Further, it overlaps several other conditions, leading to confusing signs and contradictory treatment options. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and role of massage for the following: fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, and others as time permits.

Participants in Massage Therapy and Pathology: Fibromyalgia and the “Invisible Diseases” will be able to…

  • Identify and describe the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms and common treatment options for each of the conditions under discussion
  • Discern the variables that inform clinical decision-making for massage therapy for each of the conditions under discussion
  • Describe special communication skills that are especially important for clients who live with chronic pain disorders
  • Describe risks and benefits of massage therapy for each of the conditions under description



Sunday April 9, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM: *Touching The Mind: Mental and Mood Disorders for Massage Therapists*. $65.00 (4 CE credits).

The research about the positive effects of massage for mood disorders is strong and consistent, and it is our responsibility to deliver the safest, and most compassionate, and most effective massage therapy our clients can ask for.

This class addresses some of the most common mental health and mood disorders seen in our culture today.

In addition to reviewing some of the pathophysiology and contributing factors to mental health and mood-related conditions, we will discuss common conventional treatment options, and what we know about how massage therapy can have the most positive impact for clients who live with these challenges.

In alignment with the newest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), this class will examine various types of depression, bipolar disease, anxiety disorders, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others as time allows.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the conditions that affect your clients’ lives: you’ll be a better therapist for it!


Sunday April 9, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM: *Brain Attacks and other Aggravations: Neurological Conditions and Massage*. $50.00 (3 CE credits).

Neurological problems in the central nervous system can be devastating, but massage therapy may be able to offer some help. While our work probably won’t rebuild damaged tissue or restore lost memories, with appropriate adjustments we can help to improve the quality of life for people who live with these common and serious challenges—and that is a noble calling indeed.

This class will discuss Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and stroke. Do you have clients who live with some of these disorders? Come get the latest information on how you can be most useful to them.

Participants in Brain Attacks and Other Aggravations will be able to…

  • Describe the definition, demographics, and pathophysiology of each of the conditions under review
  • Identify cautions and concerns related to working with clients who have these conditions
  • Recognize common pharmacological and other treatment options that clients with these conditions are likely to use
  • Make safe, evidence-informed, and compassionate decisions about massage and bodywork for clients who live with these conditions

Please note: This year’s Student Day (Sunday, April 9th) is CANCELED Due to Low Attendance. We hope to resume next year!

  •  Join us for a *Reception* on Friday April 7 after 6:30 PM as an opportunity to network, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and to meet our key presenter, Ruth Werner.
  • Our important *Annual Membership Meeting with Elections* will be held on Saturday April 8 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM which includes a brunch. Be present to have a chance to win door prizes.

Your registration includes hors d’oeuvres at Friday’s reception, brunch at Saturday’s meeting and a continental breakfast before Sunday’s presentations. Meat and vegetarian options will be available.

There are many venues in the area for additional food, lodging and shopping. Click here for the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

  • As an AMTA member, join the AMTA “Find a massage therapist” display tables by claiming a small (approx. 15”x15”) spot to showcase your business information. Please include a photo so that someone may find you “in person”. And remember to update your AMTA website profiles www.amtamassage.org.
  • Voluntary donations to the AMTA -Michigan Chapter are appreciated at the event.

There is a $50.00 non-refundable fee for class registrations until 3/24/17.

No refunds will be administered after 3/24/17.

We welcome AMTA members to get involved as AMTA -Michigan Chapter volunteers. Please let us know if there is something you are passionate about or if you have an open heart to learn.

  • The Education Committee can gladly add a few new members and invites others to be part of this event’s workgroups. Please contact Gail Castle via email gailcastle@sbcglobal.net.


We appreciate your registration as early as possible to help prepare for a great experience.