Events

2020 Annual Meeting 29 March

Sunday 8:30 to 6pm

WHERE/LOCATION: Ramada Inn Lewiston 490 Pleasant Street Lewiston 04240
HOW/REGISTRATION: Registration information TBA. WHAT/WORKSHOPS:  CEUs and Training Soul Lightning Acupressure with  Marilyn Zurwaski, OTR/L   Seva Parts I and II 6 CEUs The Seva Stress Release is a very easy-to-learn method. We are now providing services and teaching this workshop all over the world to lay-people and health-care professionals alike. Seva Stress Release: Part 1 For Self Care (3 hours): Learn the Seva Stress Release for self-care, addressing a wide range of needs, including general relaxation and well-being or extreme shock and stress. Seva Stress Release: Part 2 For Others (3 hours): In this module the Seva Stress Release is demonstrated and practiced in two new ways: seated in chairs and lying comfortably on massage tables. After taking modules one and two, students have enough information and skill to practice easily on themselves, as well as with family and friends. Biography    Marilyn Zurwaski serves as the Secretary of Soul Lightening International, and is also a member of the Operating Committee. As the Continuing Education Coordinator for Soul Lightening she oversees the initiation and renewal of continuing education approvals from several organizations including the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and state by state coordination of continuing education approvals for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is an Ergonomic practitioner for the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, Occupational Safety and Health Training Education Program. In this capacity she performs ergonomic evaluations for material handling and office environment to identify risk factors and provide solutions to minimize or eliminate risk factors. She owns and operates Total Approach Therapy, an occupational therapy private practice and ergonomic consulting business. She also provides evaluation and treatment for clients using various techniques including Process Acupressure, Clinical Acupressure, Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Postural Release Therapy, Muscle Energy and Neromuscular Therapy. Marilyn lives in Middleboro, Massachusetts.
 
Integrated Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment for Neck, Shoulder, Low Back, & Knee Injuries
with Ben Benjamin Techniques 7 CEUs.  
This hands-on workshop you will learn injury assessment testing, friction therapy, myofascial and deep tissue techniques to address pain and injury in some of the most commonly injured structures in the neck, shoulder, low back and knee. The instructor will be with you every step of the way, making sure you really get it. You will learn the anatomy of these structures by physically locating and palpating each muscle, tendon, and ligament targeted with these techniques.  
PLEASE BRING: • A MASSAGE TABLES a printed copy of the attached manual (or download the PDF and bring it on your tablet/laptop) • massage oil • Shea butter or massage lotion • a towel, a few face-cradle covers, two sheets and a pillow • If you like, bring your favorite anatomy textbook.
Biography Dr. Ben E. Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people cope with and overcome the pain and stress caused by injury to the body. His therapeutic techniques help reduce and eliminate pain produced by adhesive scar tissue formed from soft tissue injury. In sports medicine/muscular therapy private practice since 1963, Dr. Benjamin is the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. As an educator and author, he has conducted seminars and workshops across the country, served as an instructor and trainer in a variety of settings, and written several books and countless articles. His books include: Listen to Your Pain: The Active Person's Guide to Understanding, Identifying, and Treating Pain and Injury; Are You Tense?: The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy; and Exercise Without Injury. His professional training and education spans more than three decades. He earned a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine at Union Graduate School; a Bachelor of Professional Sciences at Empire State College; and studied assessment techniques in Orthopedic Medicine with the well-known British Physician, James Cyriax, M.D. Dr. Benjamin continues with his mission to offer his innovative therapy techniques to help enhance the quality of life for as many people as possible - to help people not simply manage their pain, but to be freed from it. Website:http://www.benbenjamin.com 2020 June Day-long Workshops: 13 June 9:30 am to 5:30 pm: Bangor Ramada 14 June 9:30 am to 5:30 pm: Clarion Hotel in Portland Body Mechanics Weekend with Greg Hurd Body Mechanics for Massage Therapists focuses on the continual need to detail on how massage therapists use our bodies in the most efficient and effective manner to maintain quality massage and ease in our practice. Learning Objectives
  • Student identify how to become more aware of one’s own body
  • Students will experience and identify how their bodies move
  • Student identify ways to move to avoid overworking any one area
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate how to feel great during and after giving massage
  • Students will demonstrate exploration of new movement patterns (feet, hips, core, shoulders, neck, hands, and fingers)
  • Students will demonstrate increased awareness of how to focus direction of pressure
  • Students will demonstrate how to use their whole body to support pressure
Greg Hurd Bio: Greg holds a Masters Degree in Expressive Therapy from Lesley College and a diploma from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. 20+ years at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy as the Director of Career Development and Outreach and as an instructor. Licensed Massage Therapist since 1984. Greg has been an AMTA member since 1985. He has served on several committees and has been the 2nd and 3rd VP. He has earned the following AMTA awards: State Meritorious Award, Outstanding Volunteer (for his work as co-chair for the 2012 NERC), and Humanitarian Award. He has taught at NERC, AMTA-MA education events, and at the AMTA National Convention in 2016. He also teaches Ethics for Massage Therapists and some of the most important guidelines are offered here on this AMTA link: https://www.amtamassage.org/career_guidance/detail/234?typeId=3
2020 AMTA Maine Fall Education Weekend Friday October30-November 1 at the Ramada Inn, Lewiston Freeing the Heart by Releasing the Body's Central Linkage with Dale Alexander 12 CEUs Dale Alexander  Dale G. Alexander Ph.D. MA, BSEd, L.M.T., named 2016 CE Provider of the Year by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, has had a Clinical Massage Therapy practice in Key West, Florida since 1980 and has worked with thousands of clients throughout his career. More about Dale Alexander:http://www.dale-alexander.com/Dale_Alexander/Dale_G._Alexander_Ph.D._home_page.html LINK on Dale's website: http://www.dale-alexander.com/Dale_Alexander/Freeing_the_Heart_by_Releasing_the_Bodys_Central_Linkage_-_Dale_Alexander.html

Participants are encouraged to review the instructor’s published articles regarding “Freeing the Heart,”  “The Sacs and Tubes Theory of Stress, and “Releasing the Body’s Core Line and Central Linkage” at massagetoday.com.

What to Bring: Massage Table, linens, 2 pillows.

Attire during technique practice exchange needs to allow access to the abdomen: sports bra and shorts or underwear.  Light blanket to provide warmth as may be needed in A/C.  Packed lunch, beverages and snacks to keep your blood sugar level normalized.

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death, eclipsing all forms of cancer combined.  Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds.  Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.

What is rarely considered is how the heart’s progression into dysfunction and disease is a significant factor in chronic somatic ailments which persist even with competent care.

Fresh blood, filled with oxygen, nutrition and hormones is the body’s most healing resource.  Without enough of this healing resource, tissues and cells begin to degrade in their function.  “Pain is the cry of a nerve for blood” is one of the oldest axioms in Osteopathic Medicine.

Freeing the Heart by Releasing the Body’s Central Linkage is a comprehensive introduction toward how we as Allied Health Providers can play a preventative role in its progression.  Participants will leave with a more comprehensive understanding of how the human body really works.

During this workshop participants will learn:

  How to interview a client with chronic symptoms. This will be modeled and discussed.

  Somatic markers will be clearly described for when Referral to a Physician is indicated.

  An Assessment Sequence will be demonstrated and practiced.

Techniques will be presented and practiced that:

  Release the Body’s Core Line and Central Linkage(s)

  Enhance the heart’s ability to pump more blood by reducing resistances to its expansion

  Restore the mechanisms that naturally assist venous and lymphatic return

  Decrease the tone of the Nervous System’s flight/flight/freeze responses

  Enhance the neural outflow of its Rest and Restore capacity

  Reduce common obstacles to the return of raw blood products to the heart/lung complex

Visceral Manipulation with Lorilynn Dowiak, PT, Workshop details TBA Lorilynn Dowiak, PT  Lori Dowiak received a BS from the University of Pittsburgh, in physical therapy. She has extensive training in orthopedic and manual therapies through continuing education programs. As owner of Bloomfield Therapy, she provides manual therapies for all age groups; she also acts as both a presenter and teaching assistant for IAHE, the International Alliance of Health Care Educators (IAHE). She is experienced in craniosacral therapy (CST); visceral, vascular and nerve manipulation; and is a certified lymphedema therapist. Website: https://www.iahp.com/LoriDowiak/ http://www.bloomfieldtherapy.com
    Orthopedic Injury Assessment & Treatment for Hip, Thigh, Lower Leg, Foot & Ankle (7 CEUs) and
Advanced Muscular Therapy Deep Tissue and Myofascial Technique for Neck and Back (7 CEUs)
Ethics and Sexual Misconduct in Bodywork (3CEUs)
 with Ben Benjamin Workshop details TBA Orthopedic Injury Assessment & Treatment for Hip, Thigh, Lower Leg, Foot & Ankle (7 CEUs)
In this hands-on workshop you will learn injury assessment testing, friction therapy, myofascial and deep tissue techniques to address pain and injury in some of the most commonly injured structures in the hip, thigh, lower leg, foot, and ankle. The instructor will be with you every step of the way, making sure you really get it. You will learn the anatomy of these structures by physically locating and palpating each muscle, tendon, and ligament targeted with these techniques. Advanced Muscular Therapy Deep Tissue and Myofascial Technique for Neck and Back (7 CEUs)
In this workshop, you will learn several dozen myofascial and deep tissue massage techniques to address pain and injury in some of the most commonly injured structures of the Neck and Back. You will also understand the anatomy of these structures as never before through physically locating and palpating each structure.
Ethics and Sexual Misconduct in Bodywork  (3 CEUs)
Speaking truth to power is sweeping across the country. This workshop, on ethics and sexual misconduct, with Dr. Ben Benjamin, focuses on sexual misconduct and abuse by either therapists or clients and how to prevent this from occurring as well as how to deal with it if it happens. The workshop is very interactive not just a lecture. It covers how to establish firm boundaries whether they are verbal, physical, sexual or emotional as well as how to communicate in difficult and often scary situations. You will have a chance to share your experiences with each other and what you can learn from them.
PLEASE BRING for hands on classes: • A MASSAGE TABLES a printed copy of the attached manual (or download the PDF and bring it on your tablet/laptop) • massage oil • Shea butter or massage lotion • a towel, a few face-cradle covers, two sheets and a pillow • If you like, bring your favorite anatomy textbook.
Biography Dr. Ben E. Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people cope with and overcome the pain and stress caused by injury to the body. His therapeutic techniques help reduce and eliminate pain produced by adhesive scar tissue formed from soft tissue injury. In sports medicine/muscular therapy private practice since 1963, Dr. Benjamin is the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. As an educator and author, he has conducted seminars and workshops across the country, served as an instructor and trainer in a variety of settings, and written several books and countless articles. His books include: Listen to Your Pain: The Active Person's Guide to Understanding, Identifying, and Treating Pain and Injury; Are You Tense?: The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy; and Exercise Without Injury. His professional training and education spans more than three decades. He earned a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine at Union Graduate School; a Bachelor of Professional Sciences at Empire State College; and studied assessment techniques in Orthopedic Medicine with the well-known British Physician, James Cyriax, M.D. Dr. Benjamin continues with his mission to offer his innovative therapy techniques to help enhance the quality of life for as many people as possible - to help people not simply manage their pain, but to be freed from it. Website:http://www.benbenjamin.com