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American Massage Therapy Association – NC Chapter 2014 Convention and Chapter Elections

Table of contents


Schedule of Events
Hotel Information
Registration –Click <<– here to register now!
Presenters and Class Information
Vendors Participating
Vendor Information



Each year we gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of our predesosors.  We want to recognize how each volunteer has made a difference in our chapter and the massage industry in NC.  Here is your chance to find out what AMTA NC chapter does for you!


Your chance to:

Where else can you spend a whole weekend:

  • get a whole lot of Continuing education from the best teachers in NC
  • network with knowlegeable professionals
  • and have fun.

Set your calendars for April 10-12, 2014 and pack your bags to Statesville Convention Center.


Statesville Civic Center
300 S Center St
StatesvilleNorth Carolina 28677
United States


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Schedule of Events
Thursday April 10, 2014
12:00 – 12:45: Registration
11:00 – 6:00: Vendor Hall Open
1:00 – 5:00: Classes:
  • Pre/Post Sports Massage (Pfannerstill)
  • * CPR Recertification (Sinclair-White) 2 classes: 1pm & 3pm
  • * Massage & Pathology Top 10 Disorders (Salvo)
  • * Business module: Taxes and LLC’s (Lawson)**
5:00-6:00: Vendor Preview
Friday April 11, 2014
7:00-7:45: Registration – Continental breakfast served in Vendor hall
8:00-12:00: Classes
  • Myofascial Sports Massage (Pfannerstill)
  • * The Basics of Clinical Aromatherapy (Loving)
  • * Oncology Massage (Salvo)
  • Waterless Spa Treatments (Brown) **
12:00-1:00: Lunch on own. Invitation volunteer luncheon
1:00-5:00: Classes
  • Myofascial Sports Massage, Continued
  • * Impact of Stress on the Immune System & Essential Oil (Loving)
  • * Geriatric Massage (Salvo)
  • Waterless Spa Treatments, Continued **
5:00 -6:30: Vendor Hall Open Friday night Social & Raffle
Saturday April 12, 2014
7:00-7:45: Registration- Continental breakfast served in Vendor hall
8:00-11:00: Classes
  • Myofascial Sports Massage, Continued
  • * Free & Easy Ways to Promote Your Wellness Business (Brown)
  • TMJ Massage (Salvo)
  • Menopause Massage (Miller) **
11:15 – 1:45 Annual Meeting & Elections / Luncheon
2:00 – 5:00: Classes
  • Myofascial Sports Massage, Continued
  • Menopause Massage, Continued
  • * Dealing with Sexual Situations and Inappropriate Clients (Brown)
  • Art of Teaching & Classroom Management, 2-4pm (Dr. Zarick)
* Indicates classes eligible for students—(No CE’s given to students)
** Indicates classes that have a separate materials fee
Please Note
Water will be provided in the classrooms.
Please bring any type of snack you would need throughout the day. Be mindful of noise.

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn & Suites $79.99 + tax until March 17, 2014
Breakfast included, Free WiFi, pet-friendly, smoke free
1214 Greenland Dr. Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: (704)873-2044 and ask for AMTA-NC Pricing


    • • 24-hour front desk
    • • Air-conditioned public areas
    • • Business Center
    • • Business services
    • • Coffee/tea in lobby
    • • Elevator/lift
    • • Fitness facilities
    • • Free breakfast
    • • Free parking
    • • Number of floors – 3
    • • Pets allowed
    • • Safe-deposit box at front desk
    • • Sauna
    • • Self parking
    • • Spa tub
    • • Swimming pool – indoor

ADA: Americans With Disabilities Act
**ADA assistance is available upon request.
Please let us know how we can make
the convention more convenient for you

Registration–2 convenient ways to Register

Registration for 2014 Convention is closed. Stay tuned for 2015 coming soon.

1.  Online:

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and register by 4/3/14


2.  Mail: Send in the brochure form (found here) with your money order or credit card payment post marked on or BEFORE 3/20/14. $25 will be added to registrations received between 3/21 and 4/3. All registration closes April 3rd.

3. You may register onsite for an additional onsite fee of $50 on a first come basis. We cannot guarantee classes at time of convention.

Mail complete forms/payment to:
Marcy Cook
AMTA Registration Chair
1609 Hall Blvd.
Garner, NC 27529.


Presenters and Class Information

Myfascial Sports Massage (14 hrs) Pete Pfannerstill
Image of Pete Pfannerstill Students learn the basic principles and theories of Myofascial Sports Massage (MSM), learn the standing structural awareness test and learn basic body reading as a way to evaluate clients. The instructor demonstrates basic and advanced MSM spreading strokes. With direction from the instructor, the students then perform these MSM strokes on their classmates. The instructor combines these strokes into a full-body MSM routine and demonstrates how it can be completed in 30 minutes. Students perform the full-body routine on their classmates. Students learn about common sports-related injuries, such as neck, lumbar and thigh strain, rotator cuff dysfunction, piriformis & iliotibial band syndromes, anterior & posterior compartment syndrome and plantar fasciitis and learn and subsequently perform MSM routines for treating them . Bring: Massage Table, Sheets, Drape/Towel, Lotion, Wear sports shorts, sports bra and shoes. NO: Jeans, flip flops or sandals.
Pre/Post Event Sports Massage (4 hrs) Pete Pfannerstill
Students learn the benefits, intent, cautions and timing of sports massage treatments, learn and demonstrate commonly used sports massage strokes, learn a foundation for an event sports massage routine, learn the list of necessary massage equipment for a successful on-site sports massage event, learn how to recognize the severity of sports related injuries and learn how to identify symptoms of hypothermia & hyperthermia. This workshop will qualify attendees to participate on a sports massage team. Students demonstrate the sports massage strokes by performing pre and post event routines on their classmates. Bring table, linens, cream and you must wear or bring loose-fitting shorts and sport shoes. No jeans, sandals or flip flops allowed. 50% hands on / 50% lecture. Bring: Massage Table, sheets, drape/towel, cream, Wear sports shorts, sports bra and shoes. NO: Jeans, flip flops or sandals.
Massage & Pathology: Top 10 Diseases (8 hrs) Susan Salvo
Chronic diseases are the most prevalent ailments that plague our clients. Pathology expert, Susan Salvo, will present the top ten pathologies such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and others. She will also discuss disease complications & how to formulate condition-appropriate treatment plans. Many myths will be debunked such as massage over endangerment sites. This fascinating course will give you the latest information & techniques to better serve your clients. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook
Oncology Massage (4 hrs) Susan Salvo
Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Cancer brings a tremendous amount of fear, anxiety, and stress. Cancer treatments are taxing on the body and have many undesirable side effects. Join Susan as she gives you the tools you need to create better therapeutic outcomes. Come learn about cancer types, how it spreads, and treatments. This quality educational experience will prepare you to work with clients with cancer as well as clients in hospice care. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.
Geriatric Massage (4hrs) Susan Salvo
The elderly are the fastest growing population in the country. Working with the population requires an understanding about aging as well as lifestyle and emotional changes. Join massage expert Susan Salvo as she guides you learn about diseases that affect the elderly, ways to adapt your session for clients with impairments, and how to work with clients in skilled care facilities. Susan will share her knowledge and experience with you during this quality educational experience. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.
TMJ Massage (3hrs) Susan Salvo
Do your clients have TMJ disorders? Statistics indicate that it affects 35 million people in the United States and 90% are women. Learn the causes, sign, symptoms, and simple yet effective techniques that can help clients who have this painful condition. Susan blends massage therapy with neuromuscular, craniosacral, and Trager techniques into one fantastic routine. Bring your tables and willingness to learn!
image of Claire Marie MillerMenopause Massage (6 hours) Claire Marie Miller
Creating a balanced support through hands on and aromatherapy as we enter the wise woman years. Focus on: Hormones: Reflexology Hot flashes: Aromatherapy; Digestive: Castor oil packs; Beauty: castor oil cream for facial glow; Balance and Joint pain: Cindy’s joint pain relief and stretching. Rethink putting us facedown! Side lying positioning and forget deep tissue we bruise easily and hold fluid. 6 hours to cover a lifetime. Bring $22 material fee for Castor Oil Pack Bring: Massage table, pillow, sheets, (lotion provided)
Business: Taxes and LLC’s (4 hours) JR Lawsonimage of JR Lawson
This class will introduce you to business entities and what you need to know about them and what the governing bodies recognize in each. Therapists will learn what business taxation means to them as well as the different taxation methods, and there will be discussion on the different business deductions that are common to the massage profession. If you have specific questions regarding taxes or business entities, please email them to and those questions will be addressed during this class. Bring writing materials, tax questions, and $5 materials fee for DOME bookkeeping system
The Art of Teaching & Classroom Management (2 hrs) Dr. James Zarick
This course is intended to help the teacher who has not been previously trained in the art of teaching. Learning and instructional strategies will be addressed in the context of learning styles & preferences, types of learning and multiple intelligences. Participants will learn about creating meaningful & effective assignments, how to create meaningful teacher made tests and how to evaluate students effectively. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.
The Basics of Clinical Aromatherapy (4 hours) Cynthia Lovingimage of Cynthia Loving
Aromatherapy is out of the box – it is the second most popular form of integrative medicine, second only to massage! Just about everyone has heard of this and more and people are asking that it be a part of their bodywork sessions. While a bodywork therapist does not need to be an Aromatherapist to do an aromatherapy massage, they do need to know that it is far more than pouring an essential oil in a carrier oil or lotion. Like any other form of healthcare, knowledge of what Aromatherapy is; how it works; safe and effective methods of use; and what essential oils are appropriate to address specific challenges must be understood. This fun and experiential class will provide answers to your questions about Aromatherapy and how you can incorporate it into your practice for your client’s healing and enjoyment, and support your wellbeing and income in the process. Bring: Writing materials and a winning attitude.
Impact of Stress on the Immune System: Essential oils to support immunity(4 hrs) Cynthia Loving
There is so much new information about the immune system and how our mental and emotional states impact your physical wellbeing. YOU ARE what you THINK and what you THINK impacts every cell in your body. It is well recognized that stress is the major contributor to diseases of the cardiovascular and digestive systems. Now research being conducted by scientists from psychology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine, neurosciences, pharmacology, immunology, endocrinology, rheumatology and infectious diseases are discovering ties between the nervous system and the immune system that have been denied for so many years. Massage is recognized as being extremely beneficial for addressing stress. Now there is extensive research that shows essential oils not only relieve stress but also supports the immune system. The power of these two modalities, when used together, is gaining interest. You know about massage now learn about essential oils that can take you work to the next level. Bring: Writing materials and a winning attitude.
image of Felicia BrownWaterless Spa Treatments (8 hrs) Felicia Brown
Whether you are in the beginning of growing a skin care, massage or spa-related business or several years into starting one, this class will give students some new options for adding waterless spa treatments to their client offerings. Using an “add-on” approach, students will learn several easy spa treatments to benefit their clients and practice to include dry brushing, a body polish or salt scrub and a body wrap. Students will also learn how to “pre-qualify” their business and clients for the addition of spa treatments as well as how to avoid some common pitfalls and mistakes when selecting treatments, equipment or product lines. Additionally, students will explore ways to introduce the spa experience to clients without a huge budget. Bring: Massage table, pillow, sheets, 3 bath sheets, 10-12 wash cloths, 3 hand towels. $15 materials fee to be brought to class.
Dealing with Sexual Situations & Inappropriate Clients (3hrs) Felicia Brown
This class will offer students a review of how to handle inappropriate and possibly inappropriate clients in and out of the treatment room. To meet the requirements for NCBTMB Standard V, we will also review transference and counter- transference, setting and understanding professional roles boundaries and effective client communications (reflect listening, I-statements). Students will be able to: Understand common red flags of inappropriate clients Give examples of at least three ways to diffuse potentially inappropriate client situations List three ways that therapists can unknowingly sexualize a massage Utilize I-statements in difficult client scenarios Communicate information about inappropriate situations to management and in SOAP notes Complete an end of class test .Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.
Free & Easy Ways to Promote Your Massage or Wellness Business (3 hrs) Felicia Brown
Many massage and wellness professionals fail to market themselves effectively due to a number of factors. One common complaint is not having enough money. Others bounce from one “daily deal” promotion to another, earning a fraction of their usual fees and having no lasting success STOP THE MADNESS! Though many advertising opportunities are costly, ineffective or both, there are MANY free and inexpensive ways to effectively attract and keep new “lifetime” clients. Though many advertising opportunities are costly and simply out of reach for many practitioners, there are many free and inexpensive ways to attract new clients and stay connected to existing contacts, patients and clientele. Join Business and Marketing Coach Felicia Brown, LMBT for practical, profitable promotions, actual case studies and other creative ideas to fill your appointment book and bank account. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook
CPR Recertification (no CE’s) Gwen Sinclair-Whiteimage of Gwen Sinclair-White
Gwen is a member of the American Heart Association and will be providing CPR recertification $50 to cover this separate class from convention costs. This class will be offered Thursday afternoon at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Do not count this class in your registration hours.

Vendors Participation
Our vendors make our events special.  They provide us information on products that are availble to massage therapist and provide materials and supplies to you.  Here is our current List of vendors:
In Vendor Hall
Image of Richheart Music
About Rich Heart Music

Keyboardist and composer Richard Shulman creates music intended to be a positive influence for himself, audiences, and society.

Richard has recorded 23 of his own albums as well as more than two dozen other recordings for which he has provided compositions, performances and/or musical production. Trained in the classical and jazz fields, he has developed a heartfelt language in these genres while focussing a significant amount of his output on music for meditation, healing and inspiration. He currently divides his concert schedule between performances of his meditation music and his original jazz as personified by the Richard Shulman Trio.

image of logo for World Massage FestivalAbout World Massage Festival
Mike Hinkle and Cindy Michaels started the World Massage Festival in 2006 when AMTA asked members to come up with some ideas to help bring attention about massage to the general public for Massage Therapy Awareness Week. Mike studied the profession and realized we were not recognizing our own, we were charging a wide range of prices to get the same education and he decided to create some options. To recognize our own, he created, “The Massage Therapy Hall of Fame”. 

To draw people to such an event, he created “The World Massage Festival”. It is an annual event that travels around the country. Mike set the following Mission Statement for the Festival: To honor those who built the bridges for our profession, to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists about different types of massage and to have fun.
image of Angel Feather Inc logoAbout Angel Feather Inc
Serving professionals in the Aesthetics and Massage therapy industries.  
image of biotone logoAbout Biotone

BIOTONE, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is the leading manufacturer of quality massage oils, cremes, lotions and gels as well as spa body and face and foot treatment products. Founded in 1980, BIOTONE is an independently owned business. The company sells its products in the US and internationally. For more information on BIOTONE, please visit our website or call 1-800-445-6457.


Vendor Information

Levels of participation for our valued vendors and sponsors

All Vendors and Sponsors receive:

·         Recognition on our website, Facebook, LinkedIn pages and chapter newsletter to the 8,000 + therapists in North Carolina

·         Written recognition on a reference vendor/sponsor sheet in packet. Please provide any logos, web urls and other social media pages to share with attendees

·         Much appreciationfor doing all you do for our industry and non-profit organization!

Goody Bag Sponsor – No cost to donate

·         Above advertising

·         All attendees get goody bags and information folders upon registration. This is a great opportunity to provide them with a sample of your product, informative literature, convention specials for post event sales, upcoming class announcements, coupons, etc.

Raffle and Door Prize Sponsors – product donation

·         Above advertising plus

·         Donated products/services are raffled to raise money for our Debbie Long Memorial Fund – a grant that is awarded to applicants wanting to do community service or research in their area

·         Small items are also welcome for door prize drawings during convention weekend

Registration Continental Breakfast Sponsor – $50 donation per day (only one sponsor per day) 2 available
Catch our attendee’s attention first thing in the morning, your donation helps fuel their busy day!


  • Above advertising plus sole exposure signage at refreshment table


Friday Night Social Sponsor $150 donation (Only 2 sponsorships available) 2 available
The Convention kicks-off with this highly attended social held in the vendor hall with refreshments

·         Above advertising plus

·         Special recognition announcement to attendees at time of social

·         Signage at refreshment tables

Saturday luncheon, elections and annual meeting – $500 donation (Only one sponsorship is available)
The big gathering of the weekend!

·         Above advertising plus sole advertising acknowledgement exposure at event

·         Logo and special recognition on program that each attendee follows throughout luncheon

·         Table signage at both sign-in and luncheon seating

·         Table seat goody optional (but always well-received!)

Onsite Vendors:  $75/day; $125/full weekend

·         Above advertising (the earlier you sign up, the more exposure you get!)

·         Designated area in the vendor hall

·         6’ table (draped/skirted)

·         2 chairs

·         Complimentary electricity

·         Complimentary wifi

·         Complimentary parking

·         Friday night social as well as continental breakfasts are held in Vendor hall for maximum exposure

·         1 invitation to Friday’s opening luncheon with announced vendor recognition to attendees ($20 for additional tickets.)

·         Donated item from your business to go towards our charity raffle on either Thursday or Friday

·         Opportunity to dine with attendees at Saturday’s luncheon – tickets available for only $25/per person


·         Attendee’s room rate of $79/night.