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association of massage therapists

Pre-Conference Workshops

Working with Posture: A Biopsychological Perspective

Presented by Robert Libbey

This interactive workshop will present evidence-informed research supporting Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques, through a combination of demonstration and hands-on practical application and feedback.

If you are looking to challenge your perceptions on posture; change how you communicate with your patients; incorporate mechanoreceptor specific techniques in your work; and engage with the research pertaining to posture and how to incorporate that research into your practice, then this is the workshop for you.

Together we’ll look at the biopsychosocial model and how it applies to posture. We will challenge the preconceived negative perceptions and communication pertaining to posture, start positively cultivating body awareness and improve functional positioning, and promote strength and adaptability.

Not only will you walk away thinking and communicating differently about posture but you will learn strategic manual techniques focused on changing habitual positions, targeting the nervous system with mechanoreceptor specific techniques for the ligamentous and tendinous structures.

An integrated approach to your client’s acute and chronic back pain

Presented by Matt Hempsell and Mike Foy of One Health Training

This workshop will offer a brief review of spinal and neuroanatomy as it pertains to common musculoskeletal and myofascial dysfunctions. We will present both history and current reasoning on core stabilisation concepts and working models will be discussed. Consideration will be also be given to the importance of diaphragmatic involvement within the postural kinetic chain. The journey will continue with various neuromuscular concepts as they relate to the assessment and treatment of the spine.

Practically, we will cover both traditional and innovative approaches and treatment tools for postural/spinal assessment. We will also workshop functional biomechanics and its adaptation to home exercise and appropriately staged rehabilitative advice.

Conference Breakouts (3 hours)

Trauma informed care

Presented by Mirna Tarabay

This 3-hour introductory workshop will assist participants to recognise the impact of abuse, neglect and other interpersonal trauma on people accessing their service. It is an ideal introduction to mental health, recovery and trauma concepts for practitioners who do not work in the mental health field.

You will learn about a range of topics including: trauma; how trauma relates to the stress response; understanding flashbacks, triggers and dissociation; developing trauma-informed responses by exploring safety in relationships; and understanding vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.

The workshop will increase your confidence in responding to people who have experienced interpersonal trauma and develop trauma-informed responses to increase safety within your work environment.

Knowing thyself: the importance of self-awareness for massage therapists

Presented by Tim Clark

We all like to think we’re pretty self-aware but even the most introspective of massage therapists can be tripped up by their unconscious material. This interactive session looks at how we can recognise our blind spots so they don’t come between us and our clients. It promises to be an enlightening and refreshingly honest exploration of who we really are and how self-awareness can make us better therapists.

Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques for the Shoulder

Presented by Robert Libbey

In this interactive workshop, we will cover specific assessment and innovative treatment techniques to effectively treat neurofascial force-coupling dysfunctions of the shoulder to improve treatment outcomes. It combines demonstration with hands-on practical application and feedback. You will learn ligament pain referral patterns for the shoulder supported by the Neurophysiological Model for referred pain.

By the end of the 3-hour workshop, you will be able to:

An integrated practical approach to incorporate pelvic/spinal stabilisation for myofascial assessment and treatment

Presented by Matt Hempsell and Mike Foy of One Health Training

In this workshop, we will cover and review key concepts to understand the principles of dynamic pelvic and spinal stabilisation for the manual therapist. We will briefly cover healthy pelvic function and introduce the pelvic fundamental patterns of control. We will offer an integrated approach that combines deep muscle activation, breathing mechanics and the dynamic maintenance of posture. We will discuss related concepts including base of support, centre of gravity and segmental motion as it relates to meaningful tools useful to assist our clients towards their end goals with minimal strain and stress.

We will introduce practical skills using palpation, cueing, posture, timing and biomechanics to assist postural control assessment and retraining, and offer examples of how this can impact other areas of interest including myofascial mobilisation and musculoskeletal strengthening. We will cover styles in which to explain to clients on their terms what is the purpose and manner in which to achieve improved postural control, and how client education and understanding leads to a more meaningful client/therapist relationship.

Building for Success

Presented by Derek Zorzit

This highly interactive and fun workshop will cover how to improve relationship with GPs and health care providers to increase business; how to deal effectively with Comcare and other insurance agencies; keeping client retention rates high; using your spare time well for marketing; and using AMT marketing resources and available research data successfully. It’s there for a reason! You will learn how to maintain and build a client base ethically and professionally, without creating dependence or relying on rebooking clients without a sound therapeutic rationale.