AMTA Hawaii Chapter Calendar

CE Opportunity: Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques/Torso and Neck @ Neal Blaisdell Center-Maui Room
Jan 25 – Jan 26 all-day

TUITION: AMTA members: $350  $425 for non AMTA members * Payments due Jan 15, 2020. Credit card payments-Please call Olivia Nagashima at (808) 255-5234  Email to reserve a spot for class! Late registration may be available – call! Classes may be able to be taken separately – call!

Presenter: Brian Utting, LMT

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Torso (Iliopsoas, Diaphragm, and Paraspinals) – 8 CE
Hours. In the morning, you will learn specific, potent, and effective Deep Tissue techniques to release the lower torso, and the lumbodorsal fascia. These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice, often with profound results. There will be a concise and insightful anatomy review of these structures and the functional relationships between them. We will also focus on correct placement and proper use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows for optimal results. In the afternoon we will focus on some muscle-specific Deep Tissue techniques for the Paraspinals (erector spinae and transversospinalis) that are different from but complementary to what you learned in massage school or elsewhere. Graduates of this class have reported were able to apply the techniques in their practices right away

Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Techniques for the Posterior, Lateral and Anterior Neck – 8 CE hours
In the morning you will learn specific techniques for releasing the cervical posterior paraspinal muscles, suboccipital triangle, levator scapula, facet joints, splenius capitus and cervicis, posterior, middle, and anterior scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and masseter. In the afternoon we will focus on deep muscle-specific techniques for the anterior neck. Many people learned in massage school to avoid this area, but it responds safely and well to skilled and precise touch. We will focus on the scalene, suprahyoid, infrahyoid, and longus capitus and colli groups. This is really helpful work for clients who have been in car accidents, have emotional issues with their necks or throats, or use their voices professionally (eg, singers). These are straightforward, muscle-specific techniques that can be immediately applied in practice. The work is well-suited to either treating cervical injuries or improving your spa massage, and will increase your precision, palpatory sensitivity, and effectiveness. Body mechanics will also be a focus of the class as well as proper use of fingers to save wear and tear on joints.

More info and registration here


2020 HI Chapter Annual Meeting @ Embassy Suites
Mar 15 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm


Your Hawai’i Chapter Annual Meeting will be on SUNDAY March 15. We’ll go over all the regular chapter business, but elections will be, for the first time, held on line prior to the meeting. Most of the other states are moving to this format and it makes sense for us to do so too since it’s hard for some members to travel to the meeting each year.

We’ll have a networking lunch and a few other things in store – keep your eyes open!

James Waslaski will be presenting a 2-day seminar on March 16 & 17, so grab some friends and make a professional development trip out of it!

More info to come as it is confirmed!

2020 National AMTA Convention
Aug 26 @ 7:00 am – Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm

Pack your bags and head to Phoenix for the 2020 National AMTA Convention August 26-29. Classes, speakers, socials, networking, and site seeing. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, Michael Phelps will be the keynote speaker! National will send out more info as it unfolds. Save the date!