Education - Education Conference The Continuing Education Program is designed to help massage therapists increase their knowledge base to continuously improve for both their own personal success and that of the client.


Presentation and Session Information


Keynote Presentation: Key Messages for Therapeutic Pain Science

Greg Lehman will introduce the key messages behind pain science. If we consider that pain is "the opinion of the brain" then a part of our treatment is to change that opinion.One means of doing this is the appropriate education for our patients regarding pain and injury. False beliefs and cognitions about pain and injury can negatively influence the recovery of many of our patients. This keynote presentation will help introduce basic methods of starting to address those false beliefs.

 Dr. Gregory Lehman, BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT

8:30am - 10:00am


Keynote Presentation: Challenges in Massage Therapy Research

To conduct scientific research that examines massage therapy, and which has the potential to inform practice, is challenging. Of course, many of the challenges that are encountered when conducting massage therapy research are ones that also arise in other areas of clinical research (e.g. How does one get funding to conduct a study? Does a controlled study ever truly capture what happens in the real world?). At the same time, there are also challenges that are unique to conducting massage therapy research that relate to the culture of the profession and to the institutions that guide, oversee, and support scientific research. Using examples from his own scientific career, Dr. Moyer will outline these challenges in detail and offer his perspective on how they can be addressed to advance massage therapy research and practice.

 Dr. Christopher Moyer, PhD

10:00am - 11:30am


Integrating Research into Practice

As scientific evidence supporting massage therapy accumulates, the potential for using that evidence to support and inform practice increases. How can massage therapists do this most effectively? This workshop will present general principles, as well as specific approaches and sources of information, for integrating research into practice.

 Dr. Christopher Moyer, PhD

2:00pm - 3:00pm


 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Evaluating Research in Massage Therapy

Massage therapists are expected to use research in their practice along with their own clinical experience and their patient/clients' values. It can be challenging to understand the quality of research and, as a result, may be difficult to choose which studies should be applied and which should be left until further research is done. Several reporting measures created in recent years will be shared, which are helpful for practitioners to use to evaluate the quality of research studies.

 Amanda Baskwill, MSc, BEd, RMT

3:00pm - 4:00pm


 The Useful Case Report

Case reports are an accessible form of research with immediate application to clinical practice, and are a viable way for practitioners to begin engaging in research. Guidelines for planning and conducting case reports will be presented. Additional resources for locating case reports and writing case reports for publication will be included.

 Dr. Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT

4:00pm - 5:00pm



 Three Key Business Factors to Maximize Success in Today’s Changing Market

More and more, business models are shifting to that of a larger clinic rather than sole proprietor. We’re seeing more clinics that house multiple RMTs and other practitioners under one roof. Pay is shifting more to a split/commission rather than rental. This shift has benefits for both the business owners and therapists but only if it is managed correctly day to day. In this session you will learn, through the eyes of a successful multi-clinic owner, the key to building a long term business. We'll talk about both the hard and soft skills required, and some pitfalls to watch out for – especially in this growing and changing marketplace.

 Jeff Hansen, BHSc, RMT

2:00pm - 3:00pm


 From Job Model to Business Model…Work Less and Earn More

Every year countless RMT professionals eagerly start a new clinical practice only to find the financial outcomes underwhelming. In fact they become trapped in a vicious cycle of working more and making less. Many factors contribute to this phenomenon but the end result is that an estimated 95% of current clinicians have jobs and not businesses. The information covered in this session will dive into what it takes to get you to running a business, or solo practice, and not have the business running you.Participants will leave with actionable information that will improve financial outcomes while at the same time reducing workload.

 Michael Desrochers, RMT

3:00pm - 4:00pm

 Your RMT Practice: Creating and Capturing Value

As an RMT, how did you set pricing for your professional services? Did you base it on sector served, outcomes achieved, resources input or elements added? Pricing is how the practitioner “captures” the value they offer to the marketplace. When you trade vitality in exchange for dollars...are you getting a fair return? In this workshop we'll discuss when and how to raise fees, and how to respond to market forces in your region or sector served. We look at how to determine your business and personal financial needs, and how to justify rate changes to your market when you need to raise professional service fees.

 Donald Quinn Dillon, RMT

4:00pm - 5:00pm



Palliative Care: The Helping Hands

This workshop on palliative care will discuss the importance of the massage therapist to hold space for their patient who is facing death, all the while aiming to alleviate adverse symptoms their patient may be experiencing, that often accompanies a terminal illness.

This session will explore key considerations specific to palliative care that might be necessary by the massage therapist to the application of massage therapy. It will also introduce the various relationships that may exist within the palliative care environment, as well as review the practice of appropriate communication by the therapist, to support their patient in order for their patient to live comfortably at the end of their lives.

 Shannon Marshall, RMT

2:00pm - 3:00pm


 Introduction to Pregnancy Massage Therapy Foundations

This seminar will introduce Massage Therapists to the essential elements and bodywork concerns related to treating pregnant clients. A short overview of pregnancy physiology, pathology and contraindications will be examined as it relates to safe and effective positioning in each trimester of pregnancy. An overview of safe and effective positioning & treatment for pregnant patients, perinatal massage therapy business development and networking strategies and the pelvic floor/diastasis recti in pregnancy and postpartum will also be provided.

 Nicole Nifo, RMT

3:00pm - 4:00pm


 Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injuries

For sports injuries, massage therapy has been shown to be a safe, effective non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention that is simple to carry out, economical, and has very few side effects. This talk is designed to give Registered Massage Therapists the skills to assess and treat sports injuries with confidence within the biopsychosocial construct. The speaker will provide a thorough review of the available evidence and summarize research findings and their practical implications for massage therapists. This session will give an introduction to pain neuroscience education and an overview of how massage therapy affects tissue and cell physiology. The talk will also give massage therapists the tools they need to play a bigger role in the management of sports injuries.

 Richard Lebert, RMT

4:00pm - 5:00pm



The Business of Massage Therapy: A Panel Discussion on Diverse Business Models

How do you determine which business model is the best fit for you? What do you need to know? What resources are required? In which environment should you practice? Are you just starting out or have you been practicing for years? Should you be a contractor, employee, or sole practitioner? What are your goals? What are your expectations?

This lively panel discussion will include business-savvy experts from a variety of massage therapy practice backgrounds. Each panelist has experience with different business models for massage therapy and they will discuss what to expect, how to prepare, and they will share their successes and failures. Engage with the panelists and discuss ideas, tips and tricks for being successful in your business.


 Donald Quinn Dillon, RMT

 Michael Desrochers, RMT

 Claire Gavin-Ross, RMT

 Margaret Wallis-Duffy, RMT

 12:30pm - 1:30pm