2018 Annual State Convention
March 22-24, 2018

 Statesville Civic Center
300 S. Center Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Schedule at a Glance
Mark Carangelo
Mark Carangelo is an Author, Presenter, and owner of an accredited massage therapy school since 1997 with 26 years of clinical experience who lectures year round across America on acute pain, chronic pain and is a movement specialist . Mark is an inductee into the massage therapy hall of fame class of 2017. He has developed Kinetic Activation technique ( KAT) Functional Integrated Therapy (FIT) for the manual therapist seminar series and DVD series. Mark presents nationwide at state conventions, such as the AMTA and is a presenter for The Red Bank Holistic Learning Center. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, nurses, physicians, occupational therapists, and high-end sports and athletic trainers.  He is also the past co chairman of the New Jersey massage and bodywork licensing board.

Functional Integrated Therapy- 16 CE Hours
Friday 3/23/2018 at 8am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
Saturday 3/24/2018 at 8am-11am & 2pm-6pm
$288 Member / $400 Non-Member

FIT is a one of a kind multidisciplinary approach developed by Mark Carangelo. FIT integrates pain science, development neuromuscular sequencing, movement screenings, rolling patterns and crawling, vestibular reading balance, manual muscle testing, parasympathetic ns activation, osteopathic alignments, orthopedic assessments, (passive, active, resistive and special tests) along with myofascial release, trigger point therapy, stretching, corrective exercise (client home care) and joint mobilizations to facilitate an overall balance of the body resulting in structural integration, pain free movement and enhanced overall performance.  Bring: Massage Table, Sheets, Drape/Towel, Wear comfortable clothing such as yoga pants and tee-shirts
Naomi Baker, LMBT
Naomi Baker, LMBT 11372 is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist residing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a 2011
Honors graduate of the Diploma Therapeutic Massage Program of Forsyth Technical Community College. As a “professional” student, Naomi has accumulated more than 300 hours of exceptional continuing education since 2011. Out of all those hours, she credits Lomi Lomi training as the most influential for her, both professionally and personally. Regardless of modality, Naomi brings the heart of Lomi Lomi to each bodywork session and to the classroom. 

Lomi Lomi- 16 CE Hours
Friday 3/23/2018 at 8am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
Saturday 3/24/2018 at 8am-11am & 2pm-6pm
$288 Member / $400 Non-Member

Lomi Lomi, the sacred massage and bodywork of the indigenous people of Hawaii, connects breath, spirit, mind and body into a flowing full-body massage experience that allows the practitioner to incorporate a variety of skill-sets and techniques into a single session. deep relaxation, focused breathwork and flowing movements allow the client to “let go” and receive this transformative work. Bring: Massage Table, Sheets, Drape/Towel, Wear comfortable clothing such as yoga pants and tee-shirts
Felicia Brown, LMBT
Felicia Brown, LMBT is the owner of Spalutions, (www.spalutions.com) a firm which provides business and marketing coaching and consulting for massage, spa and wellness professionals. She is passionate about inspiring others to become successful in all of their endeavors. With appearances at many national and international conferences in the massage, spa and wellness industries, Felicia has become a sought-after speaker and educator. She is the author of six books and has written for many trade publications. Periodically, Felicia also works as an Expert Witness in cases related to the massage and spa industries. Felicia is also a licensed massage therapist as well as the owner of A to Zen Massage, an award-winning wellness spa in Greensboro, NC.
The Naked Truth: Dealing with Inappropriate Clients
& Sexual Situations
Ethics - 3 CE Hours – Thursday 3/22/2018 at 2pm-5pm
$54 Member / $75 Non-Member

This class will offer students an overview of ways to handle and prevent sexually inappropriate clients and situations in and out of the treatment room. We will discuss common red flags of inappropriate clients and ways to diffuse potentially inappropriate client situations.  We will also look at ways massage therapists may unknowingly or unintentionally sexualize a massage or create uncertainty/distrust with clients as well as how to communicate more clearly to prevent miscommunication and misinterpretation of intent during a massage. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.

You've Got Magic Fingers! Introduction to Enchanting Your
Clients in Every Massage
8 CE Hours – Friday 3/23/2018 at 8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
$144 Member / $200 Non-Member

Ever wondered how some therapists are easily able to cast a spell over their clients that creates not only great results but also intense rapport and loyalty? It’s not magic, but rather a systematic approach to finding out what each client wants and needs from you. This class will focus on massage techniques that will leave your clients raving about you and wanting more. Additionally, you’ll learn simple ways to incorporate special touches, self-care tools and home-use products. By the end of the class, you’ll feel better prepared to create special moments and smooth Transitions throughout every massage, making your sessions more effective, memorable and magical.  First 20 to sign up will receive a FREE “Magic Fingers” Toolkit courtesy of Performance Health. Bring: Massage Table, Sheets, Drape/Towel, Wear comfortable clothing such as yoga pants and tee-shirts

Randi Eaton, LMBT

Randi Eaton is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist with in depth experience in energy healing, CranioSacral and Somatic Release techniques and a strong focus on creating a caring and holistic environment for healing. Natural capacity to put clients at ease and to eliminate or reduce pain and stress.
Introduction to Hands-On Energy Medicine
4 CE Hours – Thursday 3/22/2018 at 1pm-5pm
$72 Member / $100 Non-Member

In this introduction to Hands-On Energy Medicine we will explore and experience how the body receives energy and information, and how this influences the body’s systemic defense and repair mechanisms in ways that promote healing, health and wellness. Students will learn the anatomy of energy structure of the body and palpate said structure to recognize and differentiate between typical hands on massage techniques of tissue verses the deeper subtler regulatory mechanisms of the body. By learning to address all levels of the functionality of the physiological body the massage therapist gains a deeper understanding and awareness of how to best address presenting client concerns. We will explore various energy modalities and how these techniques are preventative rather than, “problem-oriented”, are non-invasive and less costly than many other methods, and how these techniques may be used in conjunction with massage therapy. Bring: Massage Table, Sheets, Blanket, Pillow, Lotion or Oil and Holster

Laura Allen, LMBT

Laura Allen has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years. She is the author of ten books and hundreds of magazine articles, including a regular ethics column, The Heart of Bodywork , that appears in Massage & Bodywork Magazine. Allen is the Massage Division Director of Soothing Touch. She resides in Rutherfordton NC with her two rescue dogs, Fido and Queenie.  
One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice
4 CE Hours – Friday 3/23/2018 at 8am - 12pm
$72 Member / $100 Non-Member

Whether you are a new therapist or an old hand who’s feeling a little stagnated, this is the class for you. Learn dozens of creative low-cost and no-cost ways to market yourself and your business. You’ll learn how to develop a marketing calendar that can exist in peaceful and prosperous harmony with your budget. Follow these methods and you’ll see a definite increase in your business. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.

The Educated Heart: Roles & Boundaries for the Massage Therapist
Ethics - 3 CE Hours – Saturday 3/24/2018 at 8am - 11am
$54 Member / $75 Non-Member

While many ethics classes tend to focus on the boundaries of the client, this one focuses on the boundaries of the therapist, and how observing them is directly related to maintaining your prosperity, longevity in the massage profession, and your own mental health. Educating clients to your own boundaries with kindness and professionalism sets the tone for the therapeutic relationship, and allows you to be client-centered while taking care of yourself. Be prepared to share and interact with your peers during this class.
Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.

Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice
3 CE Hours – Saturday 3/24/2018 at 2pm - 5pm
$54 Member / $75 Non-Member

For those who are seeking or maintaining Board Certification from the NCBTMB, this class meets the 3 Hour Research Requirement.  Many therapists are intimidated by the word “research.” For some, that conjures up visions of past nightmares writing term papers in high school and college, trying to learn elementary statistics, looking for references that are appropriate and current enough. There’s no need to be intimidated! You’ll learn what constitutes valid research vs. media hype, what kind of claims to avoid making, where to locate good research, and how to share it. Strategies for sharing research with physicians and other health care providers in order to gain referrals, and how to share research with clients in order to bring in more business will be discussed in this class. If you’re interested as being known as a respected member of the mainstream health care team, this is a great class to get you started. The handouts will include numerous sources to help you locate current and relevant research. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook.
Dr. James Zarick

Dr. Zarick has been teaching and/or coaching for over 35 years.  He has a BS in Health & PE & an MS in Exercise Sciences, both from Slippery Rock University of PA.  His Ed.D is in Sport Management from the US Sports Academy.  He is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Unlearning is More Useful Than Learning: Help Your Students
to Understand and Succeed
3 CE Hours – Friday 3/23/2018 at 1pm-4pm
$54 Member / $75 Non-Member

This course will describe and explain the concept of "Unlearning" and how it can be used by your students to learn more and succeed. Bring: Writing materials and a positive outlook. *Note this is an instructors’ class – not available to students
Hotel Information
Book by 02/28/2018 to get special rate

Courtyard Statesville Mooresville/Lake Norman
AMTA-NC Rate: $119.00 USD/Night (+ taxes and fees)  
1530 Cinema Drive
Statesville, NC 28625
Tel: 704-768-2400

Hampton Inn Statesville
AMTA-NC Rate: $129.00 USD/Night (plus taxes & fees)
1508 Cinema Drive
Statesville, NC 28625
Tel: 704-883-8380