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The Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) provides the support you need today and every day. AMTA is the best national professional association in the world, created by and for massage therapists!

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Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) - Level 1 certification

Taught by: John Latz

Class dates: September 5-7, 2014
Times: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Lunch Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Register now, class size is limited!

Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) is a dynamic solution to pain relief. It works by releasing restrictions in the superficial layer of fascia more effectively and efficiently than any other massage techniques available. CTM is the most direct way to restore length and flexibility throughout the entire muscular system, normalizing the tissue and bringing greater health through the fascial network. CTM provides immediate relief from pain without using excessive force.

In CTM training, students will learn a new foundation of body mechanics to manipulate the superficial layer of fascia. Each student will receive work from the instructor to help them understand and integrate this new technique. This is an extensive and intensive hands-on experiential learning experience. A full body Connective Tissue Massage will be learned, as well as fascial anatomy, fascial relationships in the body, and case studies. Students will receive a Level 1 CTM certificate.

Students should come prepared with NO oil or lotion on your skin prior to class. No oil or lotion is used in class. Dress with two piece swim suit for females and shorts for males. Bring massage tables and linens. Note: CTM is performed on tables at a low height often 17-22 inches.

John Latz is a true disciple of Ida Rolf in the lineage of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. He founded the Institute for Structural Integration in 1992. He was certified as a Rolfer in 1985 and received advanced certification in 1987 from the Rolf Institute. John developed Connective Tissue Massage and has been teaching it since 1989. For more information please visit http://www.johnlatz.com. NCBTMB Continuing Education Provider #146298-00 Florida CE Provider #MCE-251

Courtyard by Marriott
2440 W Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
P. 954.772.7770

Reserve your room early for special rates: King $89, Double $99. Mention AMTA Florida.

Starbucks coffee and meals are available on site at the Bistro and quick serve.

Nearby lunch options are available about 2.5 miles away on Cypress Creek Road and N. Andrews Avenue at the Plaza where you will find a great variety of restaurants such as: Long Horn, Champs, Sweet Tomatoes, Five Guys, Greek Giro, Chipotle, Carlucci’s Italian and others.

Getting there:
The Courtyard by Marriott is located West of I-95 on Cypress Creek Road. The Cypress Creek Tri-Rail Station and The Hollywood / Ft. Lauderdale International Airport serve the area. Complimentary shuttle service is available to the Tri-Rail station for hotel guests, special pick up and drop off can be arranged for AMTA attendees.

Extra! Extra! A very special benefit is in the works. AMTA Florida is working on arrangements for registrants to receive newly required fingerprinting as part of your education registration. Stay posted for details.

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During the 2014 Legislative session, a law was passed (CS/HB 1065) that will affect massage therapist and massage establishment licensure in Florida.

Current Licensees

Pursuant to s.456.0135, F.S., effective July 1, 2014, the following individuals must undergo a criminal background screening prior to January 31, 2015:

  • All massage therapists licensed in this state prior to July 1, 2014;
  • Any person with an ownership interest in a massage establishment licensed in this state prior to July 1, 2014, or
  • If the massage establishment is owned by a corporation that has more than $250,000 of business assets in this state, the owner, officer or individual directly involved in the management of the establishment will be required to submit to background screening.

Applicants for Licensure

Any applicant for licensure as a massage therapist or massage establishment on or after July 1, 2014 must undergo, prior to licensure, a criminal background screening as outlined above.

Criminal Offenses Resulting in Suspension or Denial

In addition, the Florida Department of Health (Department) shall issue an emergency order suspending the license of any massage therapist or massage establishment that is found to be convicted of, or to have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony offense under any of the following provisions of state law or similar provision in another jurisdiction.

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Massage Therapy sends a wonderful Thank You to all the Florida Members

Dear Florida Amta Members,

National Convention is just around the corner - September 17-20. As a quick update, registration is well under way and classes are filling up quickly. Encourage everyone in your chapterto register now so they have the best selection of courses. Please send out an email to everyone in your chapter and update your website to reflect the information below.Also encourage them to make their hotel reservations at the host hotelas soon as possible, because rooms are limited. Some key things to share:

a.. Early bird registration ends on July 18. Sign up soon so you get the best pricing!
b.. Online convention registration ends on August 18. After that, you'll need to register on site.
c.. Don't miss keynote speaker Dr. Oz. You must be registered and display your Convention badge in order to attend Opening Session.
d.. We encourage everyone to make their hotel reservations early to take advantage of the host hotelamenities while rooms are still available.

Reminder for Chapter Presidents

a.. Chapter volunteers who haven't yet made their hotel reservations may find limited availability on Tuesday. Please reach out to Mark Tyle for assistance if you are having difficulty securing a reservation for the nights that you need.

And, as always, for the most up to date convention information, refer to the AMTA website.

See you in Denver!

Yours in Touch,

Nancy M. Porambo
AMTA President

AMTA Florida Chapter President Recognized

AMTA FL is very pleased and proud to share the news of well deserved recognition by the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) naming our own chapter President Karen Roth as their Licensed Massage Therapist of the year. Karen will be formally recognized at the FCA National Convention in Orlando at the Hyatt in August.

Thank you, Florida Chiropractic Association. Congratulations Karen!

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