Biotone EDU-Talks Series

BIOTONE Presents EDU-Talk Series

Schools, Students, and LMTs, you’re invited to the new EDU-TALK SERIES of quick, 20-30 minute informative Zoom calls presented by BIOTONE EDU-Partner program and massage industry experts. Listen and learn as experts share their professional knowledge for career success.

Shamaya Chah, L.M.T.

Medical Massage, the What, Why and How

Shamaya Chah, L.M.T.

What is Medical Massage in a nutshell. Learn systemic effects of injury and techniques to help reduce, even correct, the symptoms. Understand the importance of pre-existing contraindications and how medical massage assists your clients to health and recovery.

Shamaya Chah, L.M.T. has been in the healing arts for 44 years as both a clinician and a primary educator for massage therapists in anatomy and physiology and physical medicine. She has written numerous curriculums for massage therapy and is a continuing education provider for the Massage Therapy industry. Her intent of increasing the quality of her patients/clients lives continues the success of her endeavors.

Kelli Lene

Indigenous Healing Tradition Benefits

Kelli Lene

Let's listen and learn as Kelli shares how learning and integrating Indigenous healing traditions can benefit your practice. Learn respectful and culturally sensitive ways to enhance wellness thru wisdom of native cultures, benefiting you, your clients and community, plus, the personal and professional rewards.

Kelli Lene is the founder of Time Well Spent Wellness Exchange, a consulting and professional development company primarily serving the wellness industry. As an active massage therapist she has focused her 30 year career on integrating timeless traditions with modern clinical skills. She is a Certified Ambassador of Sacred Stone Medicine.

EDU-Talk presented by Ruth Werner, BCTMB

Breath, COVID, and Massage Therapy

Ruth Werner, BCTMB

Anxiety causes shortness of breath. People recovering from COVID-19 also have shortness of breath. Shortness of breath causes anxiety-which exacerbates shortness of breath. All of this has a profound impact on quality of life and the ability to function. Into this maelstrom of fear, anxiety and problems with breathing, massage therapy may have a profoundly positive impact. Ruth Werner explores breath, COVID, and massage-how we may be able to apply our skills to bring our best to clients.

Author of the groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, now in its 7th edition. She is a columnist for the Massage and Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand. She teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. You can find her at RuthWerner.com.

EDU-Talk presented by Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Find the Right Fit: The Many Benefits of Being an Employee

Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Many therapists choose to work part or full-time as an employee. Working for a company can provide you with a sense of secutiry and a multitude of benefits. Unfortunately, not all companies offer the same perks. We explore what is available and the key elements to ascertain if employment is the right choice for you.

Sharon Puszko

Geriatric Massage - Specialize to Grow your Practice

Sharon Puszko

With over 10,000 people a day becoming senior citizens, this is a growing opportunity for practice specialization. Gain meaningful insight into working with the elderly. Learn elder client assessment, modify standard massage techniques, marketing to senior facilities, and find referral sources.

Sharon entered the wellness field in 1994 and continues to maintain her private practice and be the owner and director of Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute in Indianapolis. In 2012 Sharon was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame and in 2016 was recognized as Massage Therapy Teacher of the Year. Sharon has contributed to massage textbooks and published numerous articles in industry publications. She is an active and vital member of ABMP, NCBTMB, and AFMTE.

Douglas Nelson

Strengthening the Future of the Massage Therapy Profession through Research

Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB -MTF President

Massage therapy research helps create a shift in the health care conversation, often changing the discussion from whether massage therapy helps when and how best to apply massage. Each study is but one brick in the wall of knowledge for our field. Expanding the depth of published research will strengthen our profession for generations to come.

A massage therapist for 40+ years, Doug is President of BodyWork Associates, a clinic in Champaign, IL, with three locations and a staff of 20+ therapists. His teaching institute, NMT MidWest, provides about 100 training sessions annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. He has taught more than 13,000 hours of continuing education and is the author of three books and numerous awards in his field.

Paige Costello

Self Care Tips and Techniques using Percussion Massage

Paige Costello

Enhance your self-care wellness experience with percussion massage! Discover easy to perform wellness practices to integrate into your daily routine, help you move better, feel better, and extend client care benefits.

Paige is on the Business Development team at Hyperice, a manufacturer of hand-held massage devices. Day to day, she focuses on working within the Massage/Spa/Hospitality industries to provide wellness solutions that integrate into high-end hotels, spas, and massage franchises for employees' self-care and client wellbeing.

Anita Shannon

“Get Sucked In” Integrating Vacuum Cups Into Your Practice

Anita Shannon

Discover versatile techniques using vacuum cups that mimic massage movements ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to the light pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. Used regularly, the cumulative effects of integrating vacuum cups into client treatments are a terrific approach to promote significant changes in a multitude of conditions.

Anita Shannon appears at national conventions and presents workshops on ACE Massage Cupping™ and MediCupping™ since developing these bodywork brands in 2002. She has published numerous articles and comprehensive educational videos on vacuum manual therapies and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Nathan Nordstrom

Take on Challenges With Confidence

Nathan Nordstrom

Today, we face new challenges daily. How can we be confident we made the correct decision, and how can we keep making the same mistake twice? Let's go through the steps for success in our career and personal life to avoid doubt, fear, and regret?

Nathan Nordstrom is the founding director of Educated Touch (EducatedTouch.com) and provides training for massage therapists. He has served on various massage organization boards, including Massage Therapy Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association. He's been a licensed massage therapist since 2001. Nathan is currently the National Director of Massage Therapy Training for Hand & Stone Franchise Company.

Kelli Lene

Wellness and Massage Industry Trends

Kelli Lene

In times of great challenge come opportunities to innovate. Learn simple but profound ways to establish yourself as part of the client's wellness team by integrating modalities that enhance therapeutic value. These enhancements allow the therapist to transform their massage sessions into a wellness experience and provides the sense of wellbeing people are increasingly seeking.

Kelli Lene is the founder of Time Well Spent, a consulting and professional development company primarily serving the wellness industry. As a massage therapist and industry expert of 30 years, she has had the opportunity to work with a diverse array of industry stakeholders, including schools, manufacturers, spas, conferences, wellness programs, and therapy centers.

Jane Irving

CBD Massage 101: Getting Started!

Jane Irving

What is CBD, and why add CBD massage to your practice? Jane Irving discusses the benefits, the contraindications, and how Cannabidiols interact with the body's endocannabinoid system. Includes 2 CBD massage protocols!

Jane Irving is the creator and founder of My Learning Library, a quality-driven, online continuing education distance learning website. Jane has over 30 years as a practicing massage therapist and 12 years working directly with massage educators to provide a platform for easy access learning 24/7.

Laura Allen and Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Ethical Practice Management

Laura Allen & Cherie Sohnen-Moe

We all want to run ethical practices, yet not every issue is black and white. Cherie and Laura discuss the key ethical concerns, including confidentiality, social media etiquette, and gift certificates.

Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio, D.O.M., A.P., P.T., D.O.-M.T.P.

Total Body Balancing

Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio, D.O.M., A.P., P.T., D.O.-M.T.P.

It is a reminder of how important it is to look at the influence of the total body on your clients' local orthopedic complaints. Dr. Kerry uses a case study of an injured right shoulder to review what a shoulder needs to heal, the total body influences on this shoulder, and explain total body balancing.

EDU-Talk presented by Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Consider Adding Retail to Your Practice

Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Retailing is a great way to add more to your revenues. Product sales add value to your sessions, extend at-home benefits, and increase your bottom line. As a first step, Cherie discusses what's involved in retailing and how to select appropriate products to sell.

Jessica Wadley

Safety Best Practices In A COVID Era

Jessica Wadley

Jessica Wadley, VP of Integrative Health and Wellness at Oakworks Inc, shares safety best practices in a COVID era adopted from the healthcare industry. Inexpensive tips and tricks to protect yourself, your clients, and equipment.

Laura Allen and Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Create Healthy Boundaries in School

Laura Allen & Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries while you are in school can be challenging. Cherie Sohnen-Moe and Laura Allen review dual relationships, best practices for working on family and friends, and how to develop clear boundary policies.

Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio, D.O.M., A.P., P.T., D.O.-M.T.P.

Lymphatic Balancing

Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio, D.O.M., A.P., P.T., D.O.-M.T.P.

A reminder of how important the lymphatic system is to the health and homeostasis of the clients. Dr. Kerry uses a case study of an injured right knee to review what a knee needs to heal, the lymphatic drainage pathway for the knee, barriers to this pathway, and explains Lymphatic Balancing.

EDU-Talk presented by Cherie Sohnen-Moe

How to Kick-Start Marketing While You're Still in School

Speaker: Cherie Sohnen-Moe

Cherie is a business coach, author of Business Mastery, co-author of The Ethics of Touch and Retail Mastery, 2012 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee, an international workshop leader Past-President of The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE).

Don't wait till you graduate to start building your practice! Cherie discusses ways to develop and implement successful marketing strategies so that you'll have clients waiting for an appointment when you open your practice!

EDU-Talk presented by Melinda Naye

Listen To The Body With Your Hands

Speaker: Melinda Naye, BS, CMT, CS-D

From Auburn, CA; massage therapist since 1993 and practicing CranioSacral Therapy since 1998. She is an Upledger Diplomate certified CranioSacral Therapist and Instructor, teaching CranioSacral Therapy worldwide.

CranioSacral therapy techniques use an exceptionally light touch that can detect restrictions in the body that, when released, are often the key to helping a client feel better. Melinda walks us through an exercise that demonstrates how you can begin to transform your hands into listening devices of the body's innate inner wisdom!

EDU-Talk presented by Susan Salvo

Essential Documentation for Professional Practice

Speaker: Dr. Susan Salvo

Author, researcher, explorer, perpetual student, and instructor at the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy with over 35 years of professional experience. Susan's students have nicknamed her the "Yoda of Massage."

She presents quick, effective documentation methods for clinical, wellness, and private practice settings, allowing you more time for client care.

EDU-Talk presented by Jodi Scholes

The Body Blueprint, a reminder Pain is a messenger

Speaker: Jodi Scholes

Therapist, Educator, Speaker, and Author of Body Blueprint, How Your Pain Tells A Strong. Jodi will present the Body Blueprint at TEDxSquareMile in London, England, in October 2020.

In this recorded EDU-Talk, Jodi reveals how chronic pain is often rooted in mental or emotional traumas. She'll focus on common pain patterns in the low back, shoulders, and knees. Hear Jodi here first!