2019 AMTA NM State Conference & Annual Meeting


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                              Celebrating 50 years of Excellence: Honoring our Past, Inspiring our Future 
                      2019 AMTA NM State Conference & Annual Meeting | March 28-30, 2019 | Bernalillo
We hope that you’ll join us on the beautiful Santa Ana Pueblo just outside Bernalillo in March for our 2019 State Conference & Annual Meeting celebrating YOUR Chapter’s 50th Anniversary! We are excited to be hosting Taya Countryman and Scott Raymond who will both be offering fantastic hands on classes to help inspire the future of your career and practice.  Taya will be teaching her amazing Structural Relief Therapy technique focusing on the Shoulder, Arm and Hand. Scott will give us a great foundation for incorporating the wonderful use of Cupping in to our practices as well teaching some focused treatment for the Lower Extremities. We will also be offering a fantastic Ethics class with Dezi Golden and her team from MTTI in Las Cruces and CPR/First Aid certification from Medic 29 for those who do not need to take Ethics this year. We are offering the opportunity to earn up to 20 CEUs during the 3 day Conference, with a flexible schedule and registration options that allow you to choose how and when you want to attend.

This year we are pleased to be able to offer a vendor hall with dynamic exhibitors.  We are excited to have some top-notch educators present in their fields of expertise. In addition, we’ll have fabulous door prizes, swag bags, and complimentary student chair massages. Our Annual Meeting will be held Friday March 29, 2019 which will include dinner and a Massage Therapy Foundation Fundraiser Casino Night following.


Register Here: https://regonline.com/2019amtanmconference

Questions about registration?  Call us at 505-503-4600. If you have an interest in volunteering during our conference please email: events.amtanm@gmail.com

Location and Host Hotel

Santa Ana Star Hotel & Casino


Santa Ana Star Hotel & Casino | 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004

Phone: 505.867.0000 |  Website

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is the perfect balance of sophistication and affordability. Our 204 non-smoking rooms are equipped for relaxation and offer everything you need. Whether you’re looking to unwind or stay connected, relax or be entertained, celebrate or getaway, Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel cannot wait to be your destination!

Booking a Room at our Conference Location & Host Hotel 

The Santa Ana Star Hotel & Casino has extended us a special CONFERENCE RATE of $159/night for attendees. This rate includes breakfast each morning of your stay. This rate is good 3/28-3/31/19

Phone: 1.844.466.2378 mention AMTA NM or booking code 628

You must reserve by March 18th to get the special conference rate.


Room/Ride Share page is located here.


Structural Relief Therapy (SRT) for the Shoulder, Arm, and Hand | 8 CEUs

The common but complex symptoms of the shoulder, arm and hand may include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), and/or limited range of motion (ROM) of the shoulder that can lead to a frozen shoulder. Deep tissue & trigger point therapy can be effective, but when tissue tightness and symptoms return, it is time to find a different tool. SRT is a gentle, osteopathic approach to the body that reprograms involuntary muscle contraction. In this hands-on class, you will learn to effectively treat CTS, the 1st part of TOS, dramatically increase the ROM of the shoulder, and discover the secret headache muscle. Since most massage therapists have these symptoms, this is a great class to experience symptom relief yourself from the in-class treatment. SRT is a tool every therapist needs. Note:  Attendees should wear comfortable, stretchy clothing. We recommend a tank top or low neckline. Attendees should bring massage table and linens.NO oils or lotions required!

TAYA COUNTRYMAN, LMT has been practicing massage since 1977, bringing a vast depth of practical work and teaching experience. She was one of the first LMT’s to have a contract with a hospital and worked 7 years on a multidisciplinary healthcare team at the Everett Providence Hospital Pain Control Center. She was a co-author and the lobbyist for the Washington State Massage Law Revision in 1987, making massage part of the healthcare field in Washington State. As a past Washington State Massage Board Member, she helped write the WAC for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to include massage for injured workers. She received the prestigious awards from AMTA-WA for Outstanding Service to the Massage Profession in 2003, Service to the Chapter in 2006, and Chapter Meritorious in 2010. Taya was a 2013 inductee to the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. She became an advanced instructor in 1985 and teaches continuing education classes across the USA on Structural Relief Therapy (SRT) which she developed from gentle, advanced Osteopathic techniques. Taya’s active massage practice specializes in clients experiencing complex and chronic medical conditions and she willingly shares everything she has learned from her 42 years of experience. Taya listens to the body and thinks ‘outside-the-box’ for solutions to client symptoms. She makes SRT classes practical and fun with detailed handouts reinforcing the addition and immediate use of SRT as a gentle, effective tool in your practice. NCBTMB Provider # 450706-08.


Introduction to Cupping & Advanced Cupping Therapy Techniques for the Lower Extremity | 8 CEUs

Cupping therapy, commonly referred to as “cupping”, has been used therapeutically for thousands of years.  The roots of cupping can be traced back to early Egypt, Greece, and throughout European and Asian civilization.  Cupping has shown to increase ROM and local circulation, decrease pain, and create ease in the body.   During the first half of class, we will learn general applications of cupping therapy and how to integrate it into various practice styles.  The second half of class we will take a deeper dive by reviewing the anatomy and kinesiology of the lower extremities and begin integrating cupping therapy into lower extremity massage sessions to meet your clients’ needs while staying within the scope of practice. Note: Attendees should bring Massage Table, linens, hand towel, massage lotion/oil, and cups that you will be using in your practice. (Below is a list of places to purchase cups that Scott recommends)

Scott Raymond, LMT has been a licensed massage therapist and active volunteer for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 1998. His massage practice is an eclectic blend of eastern, western, and orthopedic methods of bodywork. Scott’s teaching style is dynamic, and he brings attendees a sample of his over 20 years of his massage therapy experiences and influences, from entry level to current day. In 2008, he cofounded and taught for The World Skin Project with Annie Powell. As a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the mission of The World Skin Project is to reduce the occurrence of skin cancer through the promotion of early detection, prevention and awareness. He has also taught at all 3 Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy campuses, the American Institute, and for various AMTA Chapters. To deepen his practice, he became board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2018, and became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2017 with a focus on corrective exercise. Shortly after Scott founded StrongHouse Continuing Education in 2017, he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, and his focus shifted from a full-time massage practice to continuing education. StrongHouse Continuing Education is founded on the belief that a strong educational foundation develops a deep and vibrant massage practice.

Massage cups, the following are places Scott Raymond recommends for purchase:


Ethics: Ethical Practices for Working with Trauma Survivors | 4 CEUs 

This class will cover professional standards and ethics for working with survivors of physical, emotional, sexual and cult trauma. You will learn to seek out collaborative care, establish a safe environment and other techniques, strategies, and information for dealing with the psychology of trauma and basic recovery.

Dezi Golden, LMT comes to us from the east coast, with over 19 years
experience in the art of bodywork, beginning in 1998 in martial arts and reiki, then continuing on adding healing therapies here in New Mexico in 2012. Licensed as a
massage therapist in both New Mexico and Texas, Dezi enjoys using and instructing in superficial muscle modalities such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Pre & Post
Natal, Hot Stones, Aromatherapy, Geriatric, Infant, 4-Hands, Myofascial Release, Positional Release, Neuromuscular Technique, Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, and quite a few more, in the classroom, as well as in her Las Cruces private practice, Dezi Golden Therapies, LLC. As former law enforcement, emergency medical technician (EMT), and martial arts instructor, Dezi has years of experience helping others and now uses her diverse people skills, to not only heal them physically, but mentally and spiritually, as well. Dezi is one of Las Cruces’ registered massage therapy instructors (RMTI-S) who accepts insurances for her clients, so that they may use massage as the natural healing medical modality it truly is. Along with holding multiple certifications in physical healing, Dezi also incorporates many practices for spiritual healing as a Shinpiden, Reiki Master, and mindbody healing as a Life & Intimacy life coach.

Laura “Lowee” Bejarano, New Mexico born and raised with a love of the sun, music, food, family and friends!
Proud alumni of NMSU  and team member of Massage Therapy Training Institute working admissions and instructing. Her mission in life serves to aid others by teaching, working and learning together to be healthy and more importantly, happy! Lowee will continue to grow with you and can’t wait to be part of your massage journey.



CPR and First Aid | 2 year Certification (NO CEUs)




Everything you need to know before attending the conference


Detailed schedule


Conference Registration Fees

Early Bird     2/15-2/23/19

Pre-Registration 2/24-3/19/19

On-Site          3/28-3/30/19

AMTA Members
Conf. Only*
$50 $60 $75
1 Hands On
$65 $75 $115
Both Hands On
$110 $160 $240
Full Conf.
$150 $170 $260
Ethics/CPR only
$5 $7 $15
*Conference Registration Rate Applies to all registrations
Add $189 to any of the above for our JOIN AMTA Packages
Join Packages apply to NEW MEMBERS ONLY no renewals

Your Conference Registration includes: Admission to our Vendor Hall, Admission to our Annual Meeting with Dinner and Admission to our Massage Therapy Foundation Casino Night Fundraiser, plus a fantastic Swag Bag.

Would you like to purchase an additional ticket for the Annual Meeting Dinner and Casino Night? Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate during registration. Due to the nature of the event children are discouraged from attending.


Early Bird     2/15-2/23/19

Pre-Registration 2/24-3/19/19

On-Site        3/28-3/30/19

Conf. Only*
N/A $75 $100
1 Hands On
N/A $150 $175
Both Hands On
N/A $270 $355
Full Conf.
N/A $340 $435
*Conference Registration Rate Applies to all registrations

Your Conference Registration includes: Admission to our Vendor Hall, Admission to our Annual Meeting with Dinner and Admission to our Massage Therapy Foundation Casino Night Fundraiser, plus a fantastic Swag Bag.

Would you like to purchase an additional ticket for the Annual Meeting Dinner and Casino Night? Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate during registration. Due to the nature of the event children are discouraged from attending.


Register Here: https://regonline.com/2019amtanmconference


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2019 Annual Meeting & Elections:

Want To Be A Part of Something Special?

Join the AMTA-NM Leadership in the Upcoming 2019/2020 Annual Elections

Are you passionate about your massage career?  Do you have great ideas for elevating the profession?  Run for the Board or another Chapter Elected position!

There are several volunteer positions up for election this year. It is so rewarding to serve on the AMTA-NM board. There are opportunities for learning, networking, community service, and personal growth. You do not need any special experience- just a positive attitude and willingness to serve your local AMTA members. Some of the requirements include attending face-to-face board meetings, conference call board meetings, assisting in organizing chapter events, recruiting volunteers, and committee work (related to education, communications, government relations, membership, etc.)

On Friday March 29, 2019, we’ll be electing:

• Board Member – 2 yr. term

• Board Member – 1 yr. term

• Financial Administrator – 2 yr. term

• Delegate – 2 yr. term

• Delegate – 1 yr. term

All AMTA NM Board Members & Delegates will receive AMTA National Chapter Advancement Training April 27-28, 2019. This will be held in conjunction with our annual AMTA NM Chapter Board Planning & Training Session. 

If you would like to be considered for an elected position on the AMTA NM Board of Directors or Delegate position please submit your resume and letter of intent describing your eligibility to our Commissioner on Candidacy Felecia Harvey via email felecia.harvey@roswell.enmu.edu by March 15, 2019.

Please contact the Board Members if you’d like to ask them about their leadership positions.

Elected Leadership Positions | Descriptions:

Click on each title for the official job description.

Financial Administrator – 2 yr. term

The Chapter Financial Administrator supports the financial operations of the Chapter. The Financial Administrator manages and oversees the Chapter Budget, ensures chapter records are maintained according to record retention guidelines and submits reports to the National Office. The FA also approves reimbursements to members, volunteers and BOD as allowable, submitted necessary documentation to the National Office. The FA is also responsible for reconciling the Chapter Credit Card and ensuring all receipts are received and submitted to the National Office. The FA works with the National Office to ensure the fiscal health of the chapter. Eligibility: (1) completed term year as a Chapter Board member w/in the last 3 years, (1) completed term year as a Chapter committee chair or member w/in the last 2 years, and/or (1) completed term year as a National Board member, National Standing Committee Chair or National Standing Committee member w/in the last 2 years. The Financial Administrator will attend the 2019 June President’s meeting in Evanston, IL and will receive in person training from the AMTA National Chapter Accounting staff. (if you are interested in this position but do not meet the requirements please contact NM Chapter President BreAnne Garcia McClellan president.amtanm@gmail.com)

Board Member – 1yr. & 2 yr. term

The position of Board Member serves on the NM board of directors and assists the President in achieving the chapter’s goals. This position plays an integral part in determining the direction of the organization and promoting AMTA state-wide. The Board Member must have been an AMTA member for at least 1 year.

Delegate – 1 y2 yr. term

Delegate represents the massage therapy profession in the Assembly of Delegates (formerly House of Delegates) and related activities as they pertain to the profession in their state. Applicants for the position of Delegate are encouraged to consider the following questions when choosing to become a candidate for the position.
1. What is the context of health and wellness in my state?
2. What are the things that are impacting massage therapy in my state? (including but not
limited to):
a. Education requirements
b. Regulation
c. Continuing education
d. Cultural issues
e. Socio-economics
f. Diversity
g. Employment practices

Delegates are required to attend the National Assembly of Delegates (AOD) meeting and represent the NM chapter on changes to national policy, position statements and recommendations. The majority of the Delegate’s work takes place in the months leading up to convention: review of proposed position statements and recommendations, and collecting feedback from members. You must be a current member in good standing to run for any delegate position. As a Delegate, you will be required to attend the AMTA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN on October 23-26, 2019 and in Phoenix, AZ in 2020. Compensation for airfare, 2 night’s lodging and 2 days meals is available.


Why Serve On The Board Of Directors?

  • Personal and professional development – opportunities to network with and learn from your colleagues, gain leadership skills, boost your confidence and self esteem.
  • Serving on the board of directors is a wonderful way to support a cause you care about – your massage therapy profession. You can contribute to the common good of massage therapists around the state.
  • Make new friends. Lifelong relationships come out of working closely with your colleagues.
  • Grow your network. Grow your business. As some of our existing board members say, “Volunteering has helped my personal massage therapy practice!” There are opportunities to talk to the public at large, network with other healthcare providers, and meet potential clients.
  •  Travel around the state and even the country! There is compensation for your travel if necessary and officers/leadership training for Board members. Positions receive some reimbursement for attending the National Convention this coming year (2019) in Indianapolis, IN.

Would you like to do get involved with one our Committees? Our Chapter has the following Committee opportunities:

  • Membership Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Government Relations Committee
  • Communication Committee
  • Newsletter SubCommittee
  • Conference Planning Committee

If you are interested in getting involved with one of these committees please email NM Chapter President BreAnne Garcia McClellan president.amtanm@gmail.com or join us at the next Mugs & Massage Therapists event.

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2019 Conference & Meeting FAQ’s:

Can I Register For The Conference On The Day Of?

Yes there will be Onsite Registration, provided there is space. However it is recommended that your register as soon as possible.

Can I Register For Just One Class?

YES! This year we are pleased to offer flexible registration and schedule options. Click here to register.

Can I Go To The Annual Meeting and Dinner | MTF Casino Night Fundraiser on Friday Evening?

Your Conference Registration includes admission to both the Annual Meeting and the Massage Therapy Foundation Casino Night Fundraiser event on Friday March 29, 2019. You can purchase additional guest tickets during the registration process.

What Will Take Place at the 2019 Annual Meeting?

While enjoying a tasty complimentary plated dinner (with dessert!), the chapter board of directors will present an overview of our activities and accomplishments over the past year. We will recognize chapter volunteers and announce the winner of the Dan Barrow Memorial Scholarship.  We will also be honoring the last 50 years of Chapter accomplishments and history. Then we will hold elections for the 2019/2020 Board of Directors and Delegates.

Can I attend just the Annual Meeting & Elections on Friday?

Yes, you can attend just the Annual Meeting with dinner and the MTF Fundraiser event. This is included as part of the Conference ONLY registration option.

What Should I Bring For The Workshops?

You should bring pen and paper and business cards for networking with other therapists. Each of the Hands-On classes has different requirements that are listed on this site and on the registration site to help you prepare. It is recommended that you coordinate with colleagues to share tables. We have set up a Facebook group to organize Ride & Room sharing as well as any other coordination that needs to take place between attendees.

What Shall I Wear?

Dress is casual, comfortable for all workshops since we will be practicing hands-on work.  Meeting rooms can be cold, bring a sweater or jacket. Suggested business attire for the Annual Meeting & MTF Fundraiser evening event on Friday March 29, 2019.

Are These Courses NCBTMB Approved?

Both Hands-On Classes and the Ethics class are NCBTMB approved. The CPR/First Aid class is not, but will satisfy the State of NM licensing requirement.

Are There Any Restaurants Near The Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel?

There are many restaurants located near the hotel which is situated near the intersection of Highway 550 and Highway 528. In addition there are a number of food options within the Santa Ana Star Casino itself.

What If I Decide At The Last Minute That I Need A Hotel Room?

AMTA-NM has negotiated a room rate of $159/night which includes Breakfast during the conference for rooms booked by March 7, 2019. Just let Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel know that you’re with the AMTA-NM Conference when booking your room. Rooms booked after March 7th will be at the current room rate. You can reach the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel by phone at 1.844.466.2378.


What Is The Cancellation Policy?

All cancellations must be made in writing and submitted to AMTA-NM. An administrative fee of $50 is assessed on all cancellations made by March 15, 2019. Cancellations made after that date or no-shows are not eligible for refunds. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to ATMA-NM, Attn: Annual Conference, 1005 21st Street Suite 1, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 or emailed to events.amtanm@gmail.com with the subject line CANCELLATION.

I Have Food Sensitivities, What Is Being Served For Lunch?

We do our best to come up with options that serve the largest population. There will be gluten free and vegan options available. The Santa Ana Star Hotel Casino cannot accommodate all food restrictions. Feel free to bring your own meals and/or snacks if the complementary food provided does not meet your dietary needs. No substitutions or refunds available.

What about Breakfast?

The Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel room rate includes breakfast starting at 6:00 am.

Are you serving snacks during Classes?

Some of our Class Breaks will include Snacks. That information will be included in our Know Before You Go email that will be sent out approximately 1 week before the event.

I still have questions about the conference.

Call us at 505-503-4600

I Would Like To Help Out. Does the Chapter Need Help Before Or During The Conference?

Yes! Please email events.amtanm@gmail.com and put VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Volunteering is a great way to get to know others in the community. We have lots of small easy tasks and the more hands we have makes the whole event easier and more enjoyable for all.

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