September 17th to 19th, 2018

"Easy Add-On's that Add Up"

The symposium is now over!


You love massage! But sometimes it's easy to get stuck in a rut and start to lose interest. Wouldn't it be great to mix it up a little and introduce some exciting new elements into your massage, both for you and your client? 

In the "Easy Add-On's that Add Up" symposium, you'll discover nine fascinating approaches that you can easily add to your existing practice. These add-on's will allow you to:  

  • Spice up your practice with new approaches
  • Save your body by introducing less physical techniques 
  • Expand your service menu with expanded client options 
  • Improve your treatment results and develop loyal clients 
  • Boost your income without having to work more hours  

The live symposium is now over, but for a limited time you can get access to recorded replays....

Dynamic Wraps: Using Movement to Increase Session Effectiveness

Wraps aren't just for spas. Discover a dynamic way to use a simple cocoon wrap to move your client's body in new ways. Using the techniques you'll learn in this fascinating presentation you'll not only provide your client with an unforgettable massage experience, but you'll be able to effectively prepare your clients body for deeper work leading to a more effective and less painful experience.

Angie Dubis

Angie Dubis lives in San Diego and has been practicing massage for over 16 years. Her quest to better understand the Body-Mind connection led her to massage school, a master’s degree in counseling and certifications in executive coaching, hypnotherapy and personal training. For over 10 years Angie has been designing and teaching continuing education classes that focus on bring balance to the body, mind and energy of both the therapist and the client. She teaches and blogs for Biotone Professional Massage products and hosts, offering online continuing education to massage therapists.

Dry Brushing: Adding Value with a Simple Add-On

Dry brushing is a simple and underutilized spa technique that you can easily incorporate into your existing practice. Find out how this technique can increase lymph circulation, exfoliate skin and possibly reduce cellulite. This video presentation demonstrates all aspects of application. After you’ve finished watching, you’ll be ready to add this valuable add-on to your list of services. 

Felicia Brown

Felicia Brown is the owner of Spalutions and provides business and marketing advice to massage, spa and wellness professionals. Felicia is a sought after public speaker, appearing at many national and international conferences. She is the author of Free & Easy Ways to Promote Your Massage, Spa & Wellness Business : Volume 1 – Getting New Clients (& Keeping Them!) and has written for numerous trade publications including Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Magazine, and Massage & Bodywork. More info: 

Thai Bamboo Foot Reflexology

It's no mistake that the bottom of the feet are called the "Soles"! Free your fascia, clear your mind, and calm your heart with Thai Reflexology. In this video presentation you'll discover how bamboo sticks are used as a tool in Thai Reflexology to address a myriad of clients' concerns. Learn how to resolve plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle instability, and knee and low back pain, while saving your hands, thumbs, and wrists from overuse by incorporating this simple tool. You'll also find out how the Thai meridians, therapy points, and foot stretches expand and integrate Mind-Body-Heart-Spirit synergy.

Heath and Nicole Reed 

Heath and Nicole Reed are co-founders of Living Metta (living "loving kindness") and want everyone in the world to enjoy the experience of befriending their body. Nicole and Heath lead workshops and retreats throughout the country and overseas, including Thailand, and have been team-teaching touch and movement therapy for 16 years. In addition to live trainings, Heath and Nicole offer massage therapy and self-care videos, DVDs, and online resources at

You Don't Need to Be a Guerilla to Retail

Does the idea of retailing and the income it can represent appeal to you, but the thought of “selling” stops you in your tracks? Learn how to effectively retail product and merchandise that is beneficial to your client while never being pushy or over the top. Retailing ideas, from pricing to merchandising, learn all the best and most effective low pressure techniques in retailing to add black ink to your bottom line. Learn to merchandise your product assortment so that it appears non invasive in your treatment room. Get pointers on great retail products that consistently sell providing alternate streams of income and positive cash flow. Learn how to provide these valuable products to your clients in a manner that reflects your core principles and values.

Angie Patrick

Angie Patrick is the Director of Business Development and Corporate Sales for Massage Warehouse. As one of the last remaining legacy employees of the original Massage Warehouse, Angie has worked in every field of massage product distribution, product management, product development, in and outbound sales, marketing, catalog production and more. Her experience with the world’s largest massage product retailer provides her a uniquely qualified view of current market trends, fads, newly emerging and mainstay products in the massage industry. Angie also is a regular columnist for the massage industry trade journal MASSAGE TODAY, and is also the facilitator of the fundraiser for Massage Therapy Research, SANCTUARY.

Bamboo Fusion Massage

Bamboo-Fusion technique is an innovative way to provide Swedish or deep tissue massage using bamboo tools. The technique was created to minimize the strain on your body. Because the bamboo can be easily heated, it also provides a deep soothing heat. It is effortless to perform, you’ll save wear and tear on your hands and clients will love it. The presentation will explain the Origin of Bamboo-fusion and will describe the various bamboo tools and and demonstrate how they are used in performing the massage.

Nathalie Cecilia 

Nathalie Cecilia was born in Nimes, South France and has a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Languages from Universitee Des Lettres De Montpellier. In 2004 she attended Sarasota School of Massage in Florida and three months after graduation she opened her own studio and started experimenting with bamboo to enhance her massage treatments. She is the “original” source for bamboo massage in the United States and teaches continuing education classes at spas and resorts across the country.

Create Your Own Essential Oils Blends for Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit

You can make blends of essential oils to improve your massage session outcomes. It’s been proven by research. But how do you get a combination of essential oils to smell good, demonstrate therapeutic effect, enhance outcomes, and not be so strong as to cause adverse reactions? In this class, you’ll discover the answers to these questions and learn practical skills to create essential oil synergies with physiological, psychological, and spiritual effects. Expect to have fun!

Anne Williams

Anne Williams is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor, and aromatherapist. Before joining Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) as Director of Education, Anne worked as a massage instructor, spa consultant, and curriculum specialist with a focus on program startup. She has written two textbooks: Spa Bodywork and Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional and has served as editor for the book Teaching Massage: Foundation Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors. In her free time, she loves rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, and pretty much anything that gets her out into Colorado’s beautiful landscape with friends.

The Wonderful World of Chair Massage

Chair massage has always be the baby of the massage profession. It's cute. It's fun to have around. But it's hard to take seriously. But as you'll find out in this engaging presentation, chair massage has the ability to transform our profession. And while some therapists say it's too hard on your body, you'll discover how effortless chair massage can be when using the seven principles of effective body use. Lastly, you'll learn how chair massage can be extremely profitable, as a retail service, in the corporate market and as a powerful way to bring new clients into your massage therapy practice.  

Eric Brown

Eric Brown, known by many as the Grand Massage Poobah, has trained thousands of therapists at massage therapy colleges and through conference workshops. This noted massage business expert and founder of BodyworkBiz writes for massage journals internationally and is the author of the number one bestseller 60 Clients in 60 Days. He is a co-founder of World Massage Conference and Massage Therapy Radio. He has pioneered chair massage in Canada and has worked for a multitude of companies including IBM, Dell, Kelloggs, Levi Strauss, Amex, major hospitals, banks, law firms and financial institutions. More info: 

Cupping: Who, What, When, Where and Why?

This introductory presentation is designed for manual therapists who are curious about Cupping Therapy and wondering if they should incorporate it into their clinical environment, or for those who may only be interested in gaining a better understanding of the technique. In addition to answering the 5-W’s, you’ll see video demonstrations of cupping techniques. 

Paul Kohlmeier

Paul Kohlmeier is a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Acupuncturist who is also trained as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist. Graduating with a Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba, Paul went on to obtain his Diploma in Massage Therapy from Wellington College and Diplomas in both Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Hua Xia Acupuncture and Herb College of Canada. Paul takes a decidedly different approach, focusing on current thinking and science, as well as adding a feedback-based model of explanation that includes a patient-directed approach.

Introduction to the K-Cuts Taping System

You’ve likely seen Olympic athletes at the 2016 games covered in brightly colored tape. It’s kinesiology tape and it’s an innovative and effective modality that you can easily integrate with your current treatment approaches. In this presentation you’ll see demonstrations of how the tape is applied and will discover how this tape improves your clinical outcomes, helps with client compliance and enhances your practice.

Drew Freedman

Drew Freedman is the CEO and founder of Learn2Tape. He is a Board Certified Massage Therapist as well as a Certified Kinesiology Taping Specialist. He is a graduate from the University of South Florida’s Sports Medicine program where he also served as an Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist to many professional & collegiate teams as well as Olympic athletes. He originally started using kinesiology tape in the early 2000’s and eventually became a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP™) through the Kinesio Association in 2007