Cupping is a simple, effective technique that offers numerous benefits by using suction to provide a negative pressure, allowing you to work much deeper with less client discomfort and minimal strain to your body. Begun in China thousands of years ago, cupping has been brought forward into the modern era. 
Massage cupping employs negative pressure for superior results in a wide array of bodywork techniques. The value and efficacy of this therapy has been documented through several thousand years of historical, clinical and subjective research. By creating suction and negative pressure while manipulating the soft tissue, massage cupping can release rigid soft tissue, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bringing blood flow to skin and muscles. 
This three day seminar (20 hours) will examine how applying negative pressure massage cupping can help alleviate pain, decrease swelling, increase range of motion, enhance detoxification, and speed up the healing process. Using negative pressure and suction to lift connective tissue creates a “separation” in the tissue layers. This enables renewed blood flow to undernourished tissue, helps to release soft tissue scars and restricted fascia, helps drain excess fluid and stimulates local circulation to tissues. This versatile technique mimics bodywork treatments ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to the light movements of lymphatic drainage. 
This class will outline the theory and actions of massage cupping, the tools used to perform the technique and the basics of using the tools safely and effectively. Participants will leave the seminar armed with an additional useful technique that is non-invasive, painless and effective. Additionally, the tools used greatly increase the practitioner’s physical longevity, as it reduces the wear and tear to the practitioner. 
What you will learn: 
 The definition and origins of cupping techniques  The benefits of cupping technique  When and how to use cups appropriately 
 Indications and contraindications of cupping techniques  How to care for cups  How cupping works  How to use cups for myofascial release 
 How to use cups for lymphatic drainage  How to use biomagnetic cups  Standards of practice regarding the use of cups 
 How to use cups to enhance healing and recovery  Hands on practice applying the cups  How to incorporate this technique into your practice 

WHAT TO BRING: massage tables, sheets/towels, and wear clothing that allows access to back, chest, legs, arms. Full disrobing will not be required.  Cupping supplies will be provided. 

Nemerov Method of Neuromuscular Therapy- Howard Nemerov

Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Pattern of the Upper Body- James Waslaski

BRAND NEW COURSES (offered for the first time at the AMTA TX Chapter Convention)! 
* James Waslaski's classes are only offered as a package and not available separatly.  Both will need to be taken to receive the 16 CE credits. Friday & Saturday

This year's conference offer 2 tracks- a 20 hour option as well as a 16 hour option



Class Selection for the 2018 Texas Chapter Convention

Based on myofascial pain studies presented at Harvard Medical School, and research dating back to 1946, participants will learn new techniques that will forever change the way they approach myofascial pain, and nerve entrapment pain in the lower extremities. Too often the clinical diagnosis will focus too much on the area of clinical symptoms when dealing with peripheral nerve entrapments, without freeing up the proximal nerve entrapments that feed the peripheral nerves. Aligning the spine is simply not enough in many cases. Manual Therapists must remove the soft tissue restrictions causing stress on discs and fixating joints onto nerves. In the low back, 90% of patients suffering from disc injuries do NOT require surgery.  These innovative structurally-oriented routines offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for nerve entrapments throughout the kinetic chain of the lower extremity.  We must look beyond things like disc herniation, compression of lumbar nerve roots, and spinal stenosis. You cannot treat clinical conditions like sciatica, tarsal tunnel, or Morton’s neuroma if you do not free up the multiple fascial nerve adhesions and entrapments feeding from the spinal cord. James will incorporate dazzling 3-D functional anatomy and human dissection models to support his multi- disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and correction of multiple nerve entrapment pain. Revolutionary techniques to release advanced stage hip capsule problems will be highlighted in this presentation.

WHAT TO BRING: Massage Tables, Change of Linens.  No lotion is required as CryoDerm samples are supplies for class use. 

Massage Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage, Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release- Michelle Burns

The current medical system so often confuses severe clinical conditions such as Thoracic Outlet and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That is because almost every patient that gets treated for either of these conditions will have nerves chronically compressed in multiple areas between the brain, spinal cord, neck, shoulder, and arm. This dynamic multimedia presentation will highlight our cervical, shoulder and arm work to eliminate multiple nerve crush phenomenon. Therapists will learn specific tests such as the Spurling Test indicating spinal nerve root compression, the Adson’s Maneuver Test indicating scalene involvement on nerve and vascular compression between the 1st and 2nd rib and clavicle, the Wright Abduction Test indicating the role of the pectoralis minor on the brachial plexus of nerves, the Pronator Teres Test indicating the role of the pronator teres on the median nerve, and tests such as the Phalen’s Test, Tinel’s Test, and the Tethered Median Nerve Stress Test indicating true and rare carpal tunnel problems. The highlight of this seminar will be the hands on techniques that will eliminate the musculoskeletal cause of each area of nerve compression between the brain and the fingertips forever. In addition, therapists will learn life changing techniques to release complicated frozen shoulder problems.

WHAT TO BRING: Massage Tables, Change of Linens.  No lotion is required as CryoDerm samples are supplies for class use. 

Nemerov Method Training—AMTA-TX 2018 Course Description Integrating the Nemerov Method principles and protocols into your practice helps resolve biomechanical dysfunction. This 20 CE hour course will teach you to interact with your client’s motor control system, accelerating injury resolution, and creating longer-lasting results with less effort. . The Method is complementary to—not in competition with—existing manual therapies (e.g. Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release). The Nemerov Method—the product of over 25 years of research and development—combines the functional principles of Motor Control Theory with functional muscle testing. The Nemerov Method helps you assess and correct compensatory patterns resulting from traumatic injury and overuse. Course Outline Day 1:  How motor control theory applies to symptoms we treat within scope of practice.  How compensation develops, and how the Nemerov Method gives you skills to resolve it.  Basic physiological leveraging principles motor control uses to create compensation.  Practice and application of functional muscle testing skills. Day 2:  Practicum: Assessing and correcting core compensation (low-back, abdominals, pelvis).  Common compensatory patterns in the pelvic floor and hips.  Intermediate physiological leveraging principles used to create compensation.  Practice and application of functional muscle testing skills for pelvic floor and hip.  Assessing and correcting compensation within pelvic floor and hip joints.  Practicum: Perform integrated treatment of core and hips. Day 3:  Common compensatory patterns in the knees, ankles, and feet.  Practice and application of functional muscle testing skills for knee, ankle, and hallux.  Expanding compensatory principles to include lower leg compensation and plantar fasciitis.  Practicum: Perform integrated treatment of core, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Learning Outcomes  Understand the neurological principles of Motor Control Theory and how they express in the musculoskeletal system via compensation.  Understand how and why the Motor Control System creates compensatory motor programs.  Understand the physiological leveraging principles that enable the Motor Control System to create compensation.  How to incorporate functional principles of the Nemerov Method into existing manual therapy and movement disciplines.  Practical applications: Resolve compensatory motor programs causing symptoms treatable within scope of practice, such as post-partum pelvic floor issues, chronic low-back pain, hip and knee.

FOR CLASS PLEASE BRING: one treatment table and ankle bolster per two students, exercise or loose fitting clothing. 
The instructor will provide electronic copies of all class materials, including syllabus and textbooks.

Ortho-Bionomy- Susan Schoeller

20 Hour CE Classes: Thursday, April 5th- Saturday, April 7th

In this class we explore the power of Awareness, Focus, and Intention, basic core principles of The TRAGER Approach. We learn about a safe and effortless approach to self-care and the healing potential of mindful touch.
This class offers an insight into how and why the TRAGER Approach works. From here you are able to make an informed decision whether this modality is for you to pursue further. There is no obligation to enter the TRAGER professional training after this class; what you learn here is yours to use and apply
in your life and practice. However, only certified TRAGER practitioners are legally permitted to use the trademarked TRAGER logo, and the terms “TRAGER® ”, and “Mentastics® ” to advertise and describe their work.
What is the TRAGER Approach?
The TRAGER Approach to Psychophysical Integration is a gentle, compassionate, highly effective bodywork modality that fully takes into account the physical and personal state of a client’s body and mind. It is intriguingly versatile: TRAGER work can calm spasticity or revive the spark of life in
unresponsive tissue. It can bring softness to rigidity, stability to unsteady joints, effortless movement, flexibility, balance, and a feeling of connectedness. It is effective with any client of any age and physical condition, and it requires little physical effort by the practitioner. In TRAGER work, the practitioner adjusts touch to the condition of the client’s body. Whether it is firm or light, touch is always soft and comfortable because the practitioner’s hands are always relaxed and
her/his body at ease. This essentially is the secret behind the sustainability of the TRAGER Approach for clients as well as for practitioners.
No lotions, crèmes, or oils are used with this modality. This allows the practitioner to work with clients who are extremely allergic to any kinds of oils, lotions, or fragrances. Clients who are very modest can stay dressed and still receive a session with excellent results.
Class Focus
We playfully and effortlessly explore basic principles of the TRAGER Approach: We are cultivating body Awareness with Mentastics®, and discovering the potential of Focus and Intention by consciously “feeling the tissue”, “feeling the weight”, ”finding connection”, “finding the body’s rhythm”, and “integrating the wave”.
We explore the power of effortlessness: “What is half of that?” We learn more about Dr. Milton Trager (1908-1997) and how he came about to develop his gentle,
compassionate and highly effective modality, and discuss how and why it works with simple common sense explanations and in modern scientific terms.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a fitted sheet and a face rest cover or pillow case. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a sweater if you tend to get cold. This
modality works without lotion, so, for the purpose of this class, clothing will stay on.
- Note pad and writing utensils
- Fitted sheet and head rest cover or pillow case, blanket for comfort
- Massage table
- bolsters, pillows if needed for comfort
- Loose, comfortable clothing, sweater for comfort
- No recording devices

Ortho-Bionomy® is a highly effective system of bodywork based in a simple and profound philosophy: allow the body to correct itself. The founder, British-trained
Osteopath, Arthur Lincoln Pauls, discovered how to gently stimulate the body’s reflexes for self-correction in a way that supports a person’s own healing
mechanisms. The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural realignment, relaxation and a deep sense of wellbeing.
Ortho-Bionomy helps people break the cycle of pain—without causing pain! It is very effective for recovering from injuries, surgery and stress. It aids recovery by
reducing muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility and range of movement, improving circulation and relaxing the entire body.
Sometimes the body’s natural ability to remain balanced is short-circuited due to stress, injury, improper posture, emotional experiences, and accident or by over-
taxing the body’s limits. When the body is out of balance, it adapts to the best of its ability, but in the process, it may create patterns of even greater stress. The
simplicity of the techniques mean the practitioner and the client may work together to re-educate dysfunctional patterns and restore normal functioning.
Comfortable, loose fitting clothing is suggested to allow a full range of motion, but Ortho-Bionomy can easily be included in a regular massage therapy session.
Gentle movements, comfortable positioning and brief compressions are used. Ortho-Bionomy can help with conditions such as: headaches, back pain,
sprains/strains, sports injuries, acute injuries, restricted movement, knee problems, acute and chronic pain and neuromuscular dysfunction.
Class Description – Ortho-Bionomy Spine aka Healing with Ease The intent of this class is to learn the techniques in a way that captures the
simplicity and the essence of Ortho-Bionomy. Students will learn the Ortho-Bionomy concepts, philosophy and assessment and how to apply them to the
release techniques. Included, but not limited to, the Neck, Thoracic Spine, LumbarSpine, Iliopsoas, Ilium Rotation and the Sacrum.
Ortho-Bionomy® is a registered trademark of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International®, Inc. and is used with permission.

WHAT TO BRING: loose fitting clothing is suggested to allow a full range of motion and a massage table

16 Hour CE Classes: Friday, April 6th- Saturday, April 7th

Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Crush Phenomenon of the Lower Body- James Waslaski

BRAND NEW COURSES (offered for the first time at the AMTA TX Chapter Convention)! 
* James Waslaski's classes are only offered as a package and not available separatly.  Both will need to be taken to receive the 16 CE credits. Friday & Saturday

An Exploration of Basic Core Principles of The TRAGER® Approach to Psychophysical Integration
~ A Playful and Effortless Way of Working and Feeling Better- Ruth Bucher