Chicago is My Kind of Town!
By Drew Freedman
The Boston Bodyworker
I have been in the massage industry for over 18 years, yet I still feel like a kid in a candy store every day when I peruse the internet, combing through Facebook, blogs and various websites, learning new and exciting things about the human body. Are you still hungry like I am to learn more? Are you still trying to crave that thirst for knowledge? If you are like me, than once you reside to two facts, 1) You will never have enough knowledge about what we can do to help others and 2) What was once learned may potentially be proven to be wrong some day, then you are well on your way to an enriching career in massage therapy or any other field of health care.
I admit, I was fortunate to not only have a strong background in wellness prior to massage school having a degree in sports medicine from the University of South Florida; I was also learning from some of the best of the best from day one. James Waslaski was my sports massage instructor a Sun Coast School and he in turn brought in people like Aaron Mattes and George Kousaleus. This snowballed into workshops with Judith Delaney, Whitney Lowe and so many more. It wasn’t until I moved back to my hometown of Boston, that I realized how blessed I was to have been introduced to so many knowledgeable and passionate people.
I mention all this because that is the exact environment you walk into when you attend an American Massage Conference. These conferences not only afford an endless amount of options for continuing education (CE’s), but the presenters who are providing them are about the nicest, most knowledgeable and passionate people I know. It has been my honor to be a part of such a cast of characters and that is exactly who we are; characters. Each and every presenter is as unique as a Disney creation. If you catch Eric Stephenson, Dennis Buckley, Tina Allen and myself in the notorious community room, hang on to your holsters, because it’s about to go off the ‘fazizzle’.
The AMC is a destination conference worth saving for, but fortunately, you won’t need to save much, because it is also the best bang for your buck out there. The AMC offers attendees a choice from several different passes. You get to choose from over 70 hours of NCTMB approved CE’s, enjoy one of the most expansive exhibit halls filled with vendors who offer the best product deals you will EVER find and you can experience one of the coolest features I have ever seen, or been a part of, the One Concept Community Room. The community room, located in the middle of it all offers FREE one-hour workshops, hands-on treatments from aforementioned CE providers (remember, we love what we do) and a front row seat to watch and observe other integrated health care providers perform their work. One community of providers offering FREE services in exchange for donations to a charity is what the hosts of the AMC, One Concept are all about.
Now of course I would be remiss not to briefly mention the workshop I will be presenting at the AMC in Chicago. I am very excited to be offering a 10-hour pre-conference workshop on kinesiology taping. This event will be held on Thursday, the day before the doors open for the show. We will be teaching you all about the use of kinesiology taping in your practice. More specifically, we will be showing you how to tape for common running injuries we see in practice such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints and ITB syndrome, just to name a few. My partner in crime, 2013 AMTA Educator of the Year and Co-owner of Georgia Massage School, Rick Garbowski, will join me. He and I will be your hosts for an exciting and guaranteed to be entertaining class. We will be revealing the newest brand of kinesiology tape on the market today, TheraBand Kinesiology Tape. You will learn why this tape will provide you with better and more consistent clinical outcomes than any other brand (when applied correctly). Performance Health, the makers of this tape as well as products such a BioFreeze, Prossage and TheraBands have gone above and beyond in their laboratory to create a tape that is second to none. Attendees will leave this workshop with a ‘new key on the key ring’ to help their patients return to their lives, pain free.
Don’t fret if you can’t make the pre-conference class. Rick an I will be there all weekend offering a one-hour and 3-hour introductory class as well as being available in the One Concept Community room throughout the weekend.
If for whatever the reason may be, that you don’t need CE’s, than I would still encourage you to come to the AMC for another reason; NETWORKING!
Not only does the AMC offer and Exhibit hall, where vendors such as Massage Warehouse, will make it well worth your while to stock up on your inventory so you have the best margins possible for your practice, the American Massage Conference also plays host to the infamous ‘Facebook Meet & Greet‘. These parties are legendary and offer you a unique opportunity to mingle with so many amazing people.
Last, if you have all the CE’s you need and you are more connected than Al Capone, come on down and talk with your industry organizations such as the ABMP or the Massage Therapy Foundation to learn how they can help you become a better massage therapist (better than you already are).
I really hope that you will make your way to Chicago this June for the American Massage Conference. It is a destination worth driving, flying, hitchhiking to or by whatever means gets you there. I only ask one thing. WHEN you arrive, come up to me and say ‘Hello’. Like my colleagues, we want to warmly welcome each and every one of you to this show. See you in Chicago! Register Now!