association of massage therapists


Lisa Fiddes

Keynote Address: Patient Engagement: A new name for old tools

Lisa has been an educator for over ten years. She enjoys studying and, after completing two Bachelors of Health Science (Natural Medicine and Myotherapy), went on to study a Master of Preventive Medicine, a Master of Clinical Research, and a Graduate Certificate in Chronic Condition Management. She is a Director of the Myotherapy Association of Australia and is the current convenor for the Victorian Massage and Myotherapy Network, a group of RTO educators who meet regularly to discuss issues and share resources related to training and education within the massage industry.

Aran Bright

Plenary: Is pain science really a pain for massage therapists?

Conference Workshop: Lumbar Pain - a back causing pain or a back that feels painful?

Post-conference Workshop: Interoception – why you are the best person you could ever hope to meet

Aran started his career as a massage therapist in 2002 after graduating from the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Queensland. In 2006, he completed his Diploma of Remedial Massage and, in 2007, his Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy. Aran has also graduated from University of Queensland with a Graduate Certificate of Sports Coaching, completed a Certificate IV in Fitness and an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. He currently runs his own businesses, Bright Health Training and Brisbane Workplace Massage, with his wife Sheree.

Michelle Vassallo

Conference Workshop: Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Michelle Vassallo is a director of Rhythm Massage Development, teaching workshops on Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Self-Care for Massage Therapists and Research Literacy. She currently lectures in a variety of remedial subjects at both Victoria University and RMIT University. She also delivers seminars as a guest lecturer and workshop presenter for various national massage associations in Australia and Canada.

Lily Chiu

Conference Workshop: What lies beneath: a clinical approach to treatment of the neck and shoulder

Lily has been a Remedial Massage Therapist and Myotherapist for over 23 years. She has practised from Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre and North Balwyn Physiotherapy Centre in Melbourne for 20 years. Lily has travelled internationally with elite athletes for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Her work in the Polyclinics at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games (Melbourne Polyclinic) were also hometown highlights.

Lily began teaching in 2009 and currently lectures at Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy (MIMT). Her teaching has extended to provide professional development presentations and workshops to qualified therapists as well.

Colin Rossie

Post-Conference Workshop: Interoception – why you are the best person you could ever hope to meet

Colin Rossie is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Rolf Movement Integration practitioner, Remedial Massage Therapist and Fascial Fitness instructor. He is a life member of AMT and a foundation member of the Fascia Research Society. In addition to ongoing Rolfing and remedial massage training, his continuing education has included visceral manipulation; neural mobilisation with physiotherapists, osteopaths and Rolfers; Fascial Fitness Training; and Rolf Movement training.