2017 AMTA-NM Conference

Tickets to the Entire Conference have SOLD OUT.  We’d love to have you at Sunday’s Ethics class, the Saturday night Social, and Sunday’s Annual Meeting if you can attend.  Go to the registration page to sign up for one or all of these events. If you would like to be placed on the cancellation list, please leave us a message with your name and phone number at (505) 503-4600. Room/Ride Share page is located here.  



2017 AMTA-NM Annual Conference | The Web That Weaves Us Together | April 8 & 9, 2017 | Las Cruces
We hope that you’ll join us in southern NM in April for our Annual Conference & Meeting celebrating fascia! Based on requests from members, we are offering myofascial release as our main hands-on educational course and a choice of self-myofascial release in the form of YogaBall for Massage Therapists, or Ethics of Working with Trauma Survivors. We are offering a total of 12 CEUs over 2 days, Saturday April 8th and Sunday April 9th. Everyone will take the hands-on class on Saturday.

You will have a choice of the 2 courses on Sunday.  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, complimentary student chair massages on  Saturday, a happy hour reception on Saturday night to socialize, and our annual business meeting & elections on Sunday with an update of chapter happenings and complimentary 3 course lunch.

Early-Bird member registration starts January 9th ends February 13th, includes 12 CEUs,  and is just $109.00! 




Printable Registration Form 2017

If you choose not to register on-line for the 2017 AMTA-NM Conference online please print, complete and mail this form with payment to: AMTA-NM, Attn: Conference Registration, 1201 Eubank Blvd. NE, Ste. 2, Albuquerque, NM 87112.


Questions about registration?  Call us at 505-503-4600.  If you have an interest in volunteering some time during the conference weekend, contact the Conference Committee Chair, Christine Thompson.


Conference To Be Held At The Las Cruces Convention Center

Las Cruces Convention Center |680 E University Ave. |Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Phone: 575.526.0100 | Fax: 575.526.0103 | Website

This newer, modern convention center has complimimagesentary parking and free wi-fi. There’s plenty of space for the hands-on classes and modern facilities.  The center has an outdoor patio for those needing a “nature” break.






Host Hotel | Saturday Night Social Event


Ramada Palms | 201 E University Ave | Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

Phone: 575.526.4411 | Website

You must reserve by March 20th to get the special conference rate.

Old Mexico style hotel with a full service restaurant and bar. Reserve your room by March 20, 2017 at the rate of $85 for a double queen or $75 for a single king. Some rooms are on the second floor and the hotel does not have an elevator – please specify if you need first floor accommodations. Room rates include free wi-fi, onsite parking, an indoor pool and complimentary breakfast starting at 6:00 am. The Ramada is located just 0.3 miles from the Convention Center.

We will be having a Happy Hour Reception at the Ramada on Saturday April 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Dona Ana Ballroom, located to the left of the hotel’s restaurant. This is included with your registration for the conference. We’ll provide complementary a selection of hot and cold appetizers and a cash bar. Come for a fun evening of socializing with your peers!  This event is included with full conference registration. You can also just come for the Social event (if you cannot attend the conference) – select the Saturday Night Social Event at Online Registration.

Room/Ride Share page is located here.

Some large events have been scheduled in Las Cruces this same weekend, unknown to us and many of the hotels ahead of time. If you cannot get a room at the Ramada Palms, try these very close-in hotels:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 2635 S Valley Drive, (575) 527-9947  or the EconoLodge at 2585 S Valley Drive, (575) 527-2000.  Motel 6 is also right next to the Ramada, contact them at . View Las Cruces Convention Center recommendations for hotels.  The hotels on the following streets are probably the closest:  University, Trivis, Main, Valley, and Telshor.


Headaches & Migraines: Advanced Myofascial Techniques with Til Luchau | Saturday April 8th | 8 CEUs


Til Luchau is a popular presenter and author of the bestselling Advanced Myofascial Techniques books. As a Certfiied Rolfer®, he is a former faculty member and Coordinator of the Rolf Institute’s Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program. His regular Advanced Myofascial Techniques column has appeared in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009, and his articles have been published in magazines and peer reviewed technical journals around the Australia, Canada, Poland, the UK, and the USA. CLICK HERE for additional information.

Learn advanced myofascial techniques that dramatically improve your ability to work with common types of head, sinus, and eye pain, including common headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, etc. Some intra-oral work will be taught, nitrile gloves will be provided. Til’s work is advanced, so if you are not at all familiar with myofascial techniques, it may be helpful to familiarize yourself with this style of work. You can find some basic information HERE.

This course is approved for NCBTMB and State of NM credits.

You can watch a video preview of some of the material in Til’s Migraines video here. This is just an example of some of this work – the class may not include all these techniques.

Sunday April 9th | Choose From ONE Of The Following Classes:

This course will cover professional standards and ethics for working with survivors of physical, emotional, sexual, and cult trauma. The course will prepare the practitioner to seek out collaborative care for their survivor clients and to establish a safe environment for working with survivors. The course will include techniques, strategies, and information for dealing with the psychology of trauma and basic recovery.

This course is approved by the State of NM only for continuing education credit.

kms-head-shotKamy Shaw is a passionate healer, educator, social justice activist, and advocate on behalf of victims of various forms of abuse and trauma. She’s been a massage therapist for six years and a midwife for 35 years. Kamy teaches at Massage Therapy Training Institute (MTTI) in Las Cruces, NM. She is also Executive Director of Living Tree Nonprofit Community Wellness Center in Las Cruces. Living Tree hosts Kamy’s thriving massage therapy practice, A Beginning Within, as well as several other practices, and ongoing workshops, classes, and support groups. Kamy is also the founder of Living Tree International College of Midwifery, and founder and creator of the D.A.M.E. binational doula training program. She has trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners across New Mexico, and she helped establish the first GLBTQ Center in Las Cruces. Kamy is presently partnering with Genesis Healthcare in a pain study grant, using massage therapy and reflexology with geriatric patients.





YogaBall© combines the use of Yoga postures, breath-work and self-massage with balls of various sizes to bring awareness to the tension and holding patterns in one’s body as a result of the repetitive nature of giving massage. YogaBall© provides lengthening and relaxation of muscles. This class will be taught by Marta Lucas and Deborah Gullo of YogaCrossroads. This course is approved by the State of NM and NCBTMB for continuing education credit.

Marta Lucas |LMT NM #7712 | RMTI –I-0511 & Deborah Gullo (E-RYT, CYT, CMT) –

Marta has been a licensed massage therapist for over 25 years and has worked in many therapeutic environments. She enjoys discussing anatomy and loves to help people discover ways to feel better.





Deborah Gullo | E-RYT | CYT |CMT

A longtime yoga practitioner and teacher, Deborah’s instructional focus is on correct alignment with use of props for accessibility. Marta and Deborah designed and developed YogaBall© in 2012, with formats for massage therapists and the general public.






Student Chair Massage on Saturday

Attendees will have the opportunity to receive 10-minute chair massage sessions on Saturday, April 8, between 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. offered by the students of AMTA school Massage Therapy Training Institute in Las Cruces. Take advantage of a relaxing break between class. Approximately 6 massage chairs will be available on a first come/first served basis. The massage is complimentary. Tips for the students are always welcome but not expected.  You can order a boxed lunch if you wish to stay in the building during this time.  See the option when you Register On-Line.  To read boxed lunch choices now, click here.  Boxed lunches must be ordered when you register for the conference. No on-site boxed lunches will be available.

Conference Schedule

All locations are at the Las Cruces Convention Center unless otherwise listed.

SATURDAY | 6 CEUs | April 8th


7:00 – 8:00

8:00 – 8:15

8:15 – 12:15

10:00 – 10:15

12:15 – 1:45


1:45 – 5:45

3:00 – 3:15

6:30 – 8:30


Opening & Welcome

Advanced Myofascial For Headaches & Migraines | Hands-On |8 CEUs

AM Snack Break

Lunch On Own Or Boxed Lunch Available |See Details

Student Chair Massage (first come, first served)

Advanced Myofascial For Headaches & Migraines | Hands-On |Continued

PM Coffee | Tea Break

Happy Hour Reception

Ballroom 1

Ballroom 1

Ballroom 1

Ballroom 1

Location Of Your Choice


Ballroom 1

Ballroom 1

Ramada Palms | Dona Ana Ballroom

SUNDAY | 4 CEUs | April 9th 


8:00 – 8:30

8:30 – 12:30 Choice Of:


10:00 – 10:15

12:45 – 2:45


Ethics | 4 CEUs

Self-Care |4 CEUs

AM Coffee | Tea Break

Annual Meeting & Elections


Citizens Bank Meeting Rooms 1-3

Ballroom 2


Ballroom 1


Conference Registration Fees

Saturday & Sunday Conference 12 CEUs 



Non Member

Join AMTA Package*

Early Bird 1/09 – 2/13




Pre-Registration 2/14 – 3/24




*Only new members are eligible, not renewals. Includes conference registration ($109 or $149) and one year of professional membership ($189). This is a savings, as typical first time membership is $199. 

Sunday’s Ethics Class Only (4 CEUS)




Non Member


Early Bird 1/04 – 2/13



Pre-Registration 2/14 – 3/24



Saturday Night Happy Hour Reception Only


Member & Member Partner*

Non Member

Early Bird 1/04 – 2/13



Pre-Registration 2/14 – 3/24



* Would you like to purchase a pass to attend the Opening Reception Only?
(Members limited to one partner, no children please). There will be a selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. If you register for the entire conference, the Saturday Night Happy Hour is already included.

Sunday Annual Meeting Only


Member without Lunch

Member with Lunch

Non Member without Lunch

Non Member with Lunch

Early Bird 1/04 – 2/13





Pre-Registration 2/14 – 3/24





3-course lunch will be served.  Click here to view menu choices.




Printable Registration Form-2017

If you choose not to register on-line for the 2017 AMTA-NM Conference online please print, complete and mail this form with payment to: AMTA-NM, Attn: Conference Registration, 1201 Eubank Blvd. NE, Ste. 2, Albuquerque, NM 87112.


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2017 Annual Meeting & Elections:

Wish To Be A Part of Something Special?

Join the AMTA-NM Leadership in the Upcoming 2017/2018 Annual Elections

The membership will be voting on our 2017/2018 Chapter Budget on April 9th.  You can review it here – NM 17 – 18 chapter budget worksheet (edit) 2.  Please submit any questions or comments to our Treasurer, Patricia Brown-Katz  at amtanm.treasurer@gmail.com or by phone at (505) 249-8683 by March 27th. By receiving and addressing comments ahead of time, the meeting can run quicker and we’ll have more time for visiting with each other.

Are you passionate about your massage career?  Do you have great ideas for elevating the profession?  Run for the Board or Chapter Elected position! Watch a video invitation from our President, Amy Zampella.

There are several volunteer positions up for election this year. It is so rewarding to serve on the board of the AMTA. 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.)

Changes to AMTA bylaws have revised the chapter boards.  Starting with the upcoming elections, we will have a 5 person board composed of President, Financial Administrator, Secretary and 2 Board Members.

On Sunday, April 9, 2017, we’ll be electing:

• President – 1 yr. remaining in a 2 yr. term
• Financial Administrator – 2 yr. term
• Board Member – 2 yr. term
• Delegate – 2 yr. term
• Alternate Delegates – 2, at 1 yr. terms each

Current board members Donald Schiff, 2nd Vice President (transitioning to Board Member on April 9th) and Carolyn Riggs, Secretary will continue on to fulfill their second year in 2-year terms. Delegate Dee Dee Anders also has one more year on her term.

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 Financial Administrator (previously Treasurer) manages and oversees the chapter budget, approves reimbursements for volunteers, retains records and works with the national finance committee to acquire financial reports for the chapter.  The Financial Administrator must have completed a term on the Board in the past 3 years, or served on a chapter committee as a chair or member.

Board Member – 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 – 2 yr. term

Alternate Delegates (2) – 1 yr. terms

Delegates are required to attend the National House of Delegates (HOD) 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 Pasadena, CA on September 14-16, 2017 and in Washington, DC on August 8-11, 2018. Compensation for airfare, 2 night’s lodging and 2 days meals is available.  One Alternate Delegate will attend the meetings.


Commission on Candidacy: The Elections Process

If you are interested in serving on the 2017/2019 NM Board of Directors or as a Delegate, please submit your intent and a resume to the Commissioner on Candidacy.

We are happy to announce that Rita Jackson, a longtime member and chapter volunteer will be serving as the Commissioner on Candidacy for the upcoming elections.  Rita is open to receive applications for positions from now until April 3, 2017.  Email her at soma_touch@hotmail.com or call (575) 640-1782.

The Commission on Candidacy consists of one (1) or more AMTA-NM members and elects it’s own chair. The Commission receives the applications for board positions, and reviews them to determine that they qualify for the positions. The Commission then creates a report with a slate of candidates and presents it at the Annual Meeting on April 9th. Nominations may be taken from the floor at the time of the Commission report only if no eligible candidates have submitted applications by April 3, 2017 (within 5 days prior to the annual meeting date).

If you are interested in serving on the 2017/2018 NM Board of Directors, please submit your intent and a resume to the Commissioner on Candidacy, Rita Jackson at soma_touch@hotmail.com.  The deadline for applications is April 3, 2016.

Questions? Call Rita Jackson at (575) 640-1782 or our chapter number at (505) 403-4600.

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 (except 2nd alternate delegate) receive some compensation for attending the National Convention this coming year (2017) in Pasadena, California.

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2017 Conference & Meeting FAQ’s:

Can I Register For The Conference On The Day Of?

There will be no on-site registration. It is suggested you register as soon as possible for the 2017 conference.

Can I Register For Just One Class?

You can register for the Ethics class on it’s own. Click here to register.

Can I Go To The Social Event | Happy Hour Reception Saturday Evening?

If you register for the full Conference (12 CEU’s) the Saturday Night Reception is included in your registration fee. Be sure to click that you will be attending the reception when registering. If you are not attending the conference you can purchase a pass to attend the Opening Reception (Early Bird: $5 members/$12 non-members) purchased by clicking on Registration link.

What Will Take Place at the 2017 Annual Meeting?

While enjoying a tasty complimentary 3-course lunch (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’ll approve our 2017/2018 budget. Then we will hold elections for the 2017/2018 Board of Directors and Delegates.

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

Yes, you can attend just the Annual Meeting for free without lunch as a member. Visit the REGISTRATION page to sign up. There is a button to register for only the annual meeting. For members w/o lunch it’s no charge. For members w/lunch, $20. For non members, w/o lunch, $10, w/lunch, $30.

What Should I Bring For The Workshops?

You should bring pen and paper and business cards for networking with other therapists. Some of the group will need to bring their massage tables and linens. We will announce which portion of the alphabet will need to bring their massage tables for the myofascial hands-on classes. If you are attending the YogaBall class, please bring a yoga mat and a yoga blanket or a beach towel.

What Shall I Wear?

Dress is casual, comfortable for all workshops since we will be practicing hands-on work. If you choose to take the YogaBall class on Sunday, wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Meeting rooms can be cold, bring a sweater or jacket for lecture portions of class and the business meeting/elections on Sunday. Suggested business casual for the Social Event / Happy Hour Reception Saturday evening.

Are These Courses NCBTMB Approved?

The Myofascial class and the YogaBall class are NCBTMB approved. The Ethics class is not, but will qualify for State of NM credits, as Kamy Shaw is a NM Registered Massage Therapy Instructor.

Are There Any Restaurants Near The Las Cruces Convention Center and the Ramada Palms?

There are many restaurants very close to the Convention Center, on East University Avenue.
Click here for a complete listing of restaurants in Las Cruces. http://www.lascrucescvb.org/dining/

Are There Any Grocery Stores Nearby?

There is a Walmart Super Center at 1550 S Valley Drive, very close to the Ramada.

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

AMTA-NM has negotiated a room rate of $85/night for a double queen (up to 4 people) or $75 for a single king during the conference for rooms booked by March 20th. Just let Ramada Palms know that you’re with the AMTA-NM Conference when booking your room. Rooms booked after March 20th will be at the current room rate. You can reach the Ramada by phone at (575) 526-4411.

How Do I Get To The Ramada Palms?

From I-25 take Exit 1 for University Avenue. You’ll see signs for NMSU. Travel west 5 miles to the Ramada, located at 201 E University Ave

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, 2017. 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, 1201 Eubank NE, Ste 2, Albuquerque, NM 87112 or emailed to Dee Dee Anders at mtnrivermt@yahoo.com.

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 is a gluten free/vegan option for the lunch main course and dessert. Make sure to select this option when you register for the conference. There will be fruit served at the AM break on Saturday.  The hotel 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 Ramada Palms room rate includes breakfast starting at 6:00 am.




Printable Registration Form-2017

If you choose not to register on-line for the 2017 AMTA-NM Conference online please print, complete and mail this form with payment to: AMTA-NM, Attn: Conference Registration, 1201 Eubank Blvd. NE, Ste. 2, Albuquerque, NM 87112.


What are the choices for Sunday’s Lunch and Saturday’s optional boxed lunch?

When you register for the conference you will be prompted to select your choice for Sunday’s lunch during the Annual Meeting & Elections and an optional boxed lunch on Saturday:

Sunday Lunch Options :

First Course (select one of the following):

  • Caeser Salad
  • Las Cruces House Salad – Mixed Greens with Tomato, Jicama, Cucumber

Main Course (select one of the following):

  • Oven roasted Margarita Chicken – Tequila Lime Marinated Chicken Breast Topped with an Avocado Tomato Salsa (comes w/house starch and vegetable)
  • Grilled Chicken Alfredo – Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Vegetables Over Pasta with a Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce
  • Baked Tomato Stuffed with Quinoa, Corn, Green Chile & Topped with Parmesan and Asparagus Spears ( Vegan/Gluten Free choice, no parmesan for vegan)

Dessert Course (select one of the following):

  • Chocolate Cake
  • Carrot Cake
  • Baked Apples with Carmel Sauce (Vegan/Gluten Free Choice)

Saturday Boxed Lunch Options (select one of the following, both served with house made kettle potato chips and a beverage, extra fee of $ 15)

  • Whole Wheat Wrap –
    Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Bacon, Fresh Field Greens, Cheddar Jack
    Cheese and Chipotle Ranch Dressing Served in a Whole Wheat Wrap
  • Spinach Herb Wrap –
    Fresh Field Greens, Roasted Vegetables, Feta Cheese and
    Herb Vinaigrette Served in a Spinach Herb Wrap


Are you serving snacks during Classes?

On Saturday, we will be serving coffee/tea and water during both the am and pm breaks, as well as fruit for the morning break. On Sunday, we will be serving coffee/tea and water only as there is a full 3-course lunch offered right after class.

I still have questions about the conference.

Call us at 505-503-4600

I Am Interested In Running For A Board of Director’s Position – How Do I Submit My Intentions?

If you are interested in serving on the 2017/2018 NM Board of Directors, please submit your intent and a resume to our 2017 Commissioner on Candidacy, Rita Jackson at soma_touch@hotmail.com. Questions? Call our chapter number at (505) 503-4600.

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

Yes! Please email Christine Thompson or call her at (575) 571-0534 and let her know if you’re available to help with activities before the conference (donation solicitation, conference bag stuffing, etc.) or would like to help out during the conference (assistance with registration, set-up/break-down, etc.). 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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