Upcoming Classes

2018 Classes

August 6-9, World Massage Festival, Las Vegas

When I’m not teaching, please visit me in the Soothing Touch booth. Don’t forget to send in your entry for the $1000 Champ Allen Memorial Scholarship, to be used for CE in the area of massage for medically frail populations, which will be given away at the Festival. Details for entry are on the WMF website.

Using Research to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice   Tuesday August 7, 8am-11am   3 CE Contact Hours

Many therapists are intimidated by the word “research.” For some, that conjures up visions of past nightmares writing term papers in high school and college, trying to learn elementary statistics, looking for references that are appropriate and current enough. There’s no need to be intimidated! You’ll learn what constitutes valid research vs. media hype, what kind of claims to avoid making, where to locate good research, and how to share it. Strategies for sharing research with physicians and other health care providers in order to gain referrals, and how to share research with clients in order to bring in more business will be discussed in this class. If you’re interested as being known as a respected member of the mainstream health care team, this is a great class to get you started. The handouts will include numerous sources to help you locate current and relevant research.

So, You Want to be a Massage Teacher? Tuesday August 7, 4 pm-8pm   4 CE Contact Hours

This class is an introductory class for those who are thinking about becoming a massage instructor, either in an entry-level massage school or as a CE provider. At the conclusion of this class, you’ll know how to:

  • Use a taxonomy to create a list of learning objectives
  • Create a class that matches your objectives
  • Utilize strategies for effective teaching and classroom management

It takes more than just being a good massage therapist to be a good instructor. You’ll get all kinds of tips for creating a teaching experience that will benefit both you and your students.

September 7-9, Dublin (Leixlip), Ireland

Advanced Massage Techniques   24 CE Contact Hours

Held at the Obus School of Healing Therapies, 15 miles from Dublin. Take a tax-deductible trip to the most beautiful place on earth! Learn a variety of useful techniques for assessment and getting people out of pain from TMJ Dysfunction, and treating neck pain, back pain, and pain in the extremities. This class includes an intense review of anatomy and physiology, including the actions of muscles…if you don’t understand the actions of muscles, anytime someone says “It hurts when I ____,” you’re blindly hoping to hit the right muscle during your work. Learn how to work without straining your hands, as well as useful techniques for getting referrals from physicians. Register by clicking here.

October 27, Knoxville TN

The Educated Heart: Ethics, Roles & Boundaries  3 CE Contact Hours

This review of professional ethics for massage therapists includes the obligatory discussion of roles and boundaries. While it’s entirely necessary to observe the boundaries of the client, being slack about our own boundaries is often responsible for stress and career burnout. This class is a discussion of the boundaries necessary to maintaining our own mental health, job satisfaction, and financial prosperity.

Doors open at 5pm for signing in, and a networking/mingling wine reception. 3 CE Hour class meets from 6:30-9:30  Register by clicking here. 

The 2018 Master Class Education Series at The Massage Lab at VAHA is the professional project of Vicki S. Winston, LMT designed to bring national, master level educators to Knoxville. Progressive and collaborative, The Massage Lab at VAHA is a comfortable, theatre style venue that allows for personal and up close connection with the best educators in the massage profession. Enjoy diverse cultural dining experiences, several affordable hotels, and shopping – most within walking distance. Thank you for being a part of our excellence in education!

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