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Erie Massage Therapy Continuing Education Conference

Massage Therapy Continuing Education Conference
September 16 – 18, 2018 – Sunday – Tuesday


  • Active Isolated Stretching with James Graffenberg

  • Core Myofascial with George Kousaleos

  • Wolfgang Luckman

    • The Art of Japanese Zen Facial Massage with Aromatherapy

    • Indian Head, Face and Foot Massage with Ayurvedic Oils

    • Lomi Lomi – Hawaiian Therapeutic Massage with Aromatherapy Oils

  • Ethics for the Massage Professional with Kenn Howard

Three days of CEU’s that will fulfill all of your requirements for PA Licensure renewal (except CPR and Child Abuse Recognition). Choose from a variety of courses and get your requirements finished in three days with nationally recognized instructors. Classes begin Sunday at 9:00 AM and include the following choices. Please arrive by 8:00 AM on your first day of classes to complete the registration process so the workshops may start on time.

Registration Fees and Due Dates:

Full registration, including all classes is:
Before 6/15 – $395
6/18-7/21 $425
7/23-8/20 $450
8/21-9/10 $475

Per day registration fee:
Before 6/15 – $135
6/18-7/21 $150
7/23-8/20 $165
8/21-9/10 $180

If space is available, On-Site Registration:
Full conference – $525 or Per Class – $200.

Full Payment Required With Registration.

Registration Information:
Preferred method of registration is to download, print and mail or FAX the registration form.
FAX: 412.241.4933

Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy,
3600 Laketon Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Registration may also be done by phone: 800.860.1114

There is no option to complete your registration online.

Host Hotels
Courtyard Marriott Erie – Ambassador Conference Center
7792 Peach St. Erie, Pennsylvania 16509
Hilton Garden Inn Erie

2225 Downs Drive, Erie, Pennsylvania, 16509

Ask for our special room rate of $119 per night.
Limited rooms are available at this rate so call early to register.

A.I.S. – Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes and Graffenberg Methods

Presenter: James Graffenberg
Hours: 7 Hours Per Day
Approved for PA & NY License Renewal & NCBTMB Approved
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Learn protocols for eliminating or reducing
chronic pain and restoring range of motion
faster than any technique you have ever seen!

If you are an athlete, massage therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, personal trainer, physician, coach, or just interested in your own well being, this workshop is for you.

  • Sunday – Upper Body: Neck, Shoulder, Elbow/Radial/Ulnar/Wrist/Hand/Finger/Thumb AIS Protocols
  • Monday – Low Back/Knee/Hip/Leg AIS Protocols
  • Tuesday – Entire Thoracic and Ankle/Foot AIS Protocols

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is the cutting edge of specific isolated and stretching exercises. This workshop includes techniques for effective training, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of most muscular and many neurological conditions leading, in most cases, to a pain-free, functional, and harmonious outcome. Chronic back and neck pain; postural correction including: kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis, forward head, forward shoulder; rotator cuff; carpal tunnel; tennis/golfer’s elbow; piriformis syndrome; runner’s syndrome; Osgood-Schlatter disease; bulging/ruptured discs; arthritis; bunion; hammer toe; TMJ dysfunction; peripheral neuropathy; and others will be discussed. No other modality addresses the soft tissue manifestations of these conditions more thoroughly or effectively.

Fee does NOT includes AIS manual, rope or yoga strap. The manual “Aaron Mattes’ Active Isolated Stretching, Nov 1, 2012” is required and available through Amazon. or the instructor with advanced notice. Also you are required to bring a yoga strap. If you wish these items may be purchased from the instructor. Please notify instructor in advance if you would like them to be available to you by calling 301-466-9728 or emailing

Presenter: James Graffenberg is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer who practices in Rockville, Maryland. He has studied extensively with Aaron Mattes, Registered Kinesiotherapist Licensed Massage Therapist, and developer of AIS. James has worked in Aaron’s clinic near Sarasota, FL and has assisted him at 15 AIS workshops over the past 10 years. He is an enthusiastic and generous teacher who is committed to participants being able to use these techniques by the end of this comprehensive, hands-on workshop. You’ll learn a lot of practical information and have fun too!

CORE Sports and Performance Bodywork
A Myofascial Therapy Approach

Presenter: George P. Kousaleos, LMT
Hours: 7 Hours Per Day
Approved for PA & NY License Renewal & NCBTMB Approved
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM

This 3-day, 21 hour seminar will train and prepare practitioners to effectively treat the myofascial tissues of athletes engaged in high-level training and performance. Participants will learn fascial anatomy, structural integration theory, and clinical protocols that advance performance, increasing flexibility and balance, reducing compensatory patterns, and diminishing pain and stiffness. Students will also learn about the three classical somatotypes and their performance qualities, including the somatotypes that are prevalent in endurance, power, sprint, and multi-skilled sports.

Sunday: Pelvis, hips, legs, feet

Day One will focus on a comprehensive myofascial therapy treatment for the pelvis, hips, legs and feet. This treatment works from the anterior, lateral, posterior and medial side of both legs, which allows the client to experience an integrated sense of wholeness and well-being. Treatment protocols address both extrinsic and intrinsic tissues that are fundamental to optimal performance.

Monday: Back Specific

Day Two will focus on Back Specific, a one-hour treatment plan for the paraspinals, scapular and shoulder tissues, thoracolumbar fascia, lumbosacral region, iliofemoral tissues and the cervical attachments to the cranium. Back Specific has become a favorite treatment for many athletes who use the strength and leverage of the back for most athletic movement patterns. Back Specific was the most asked-for treatment of the 1995 & ‘96 British Olympic Preparation Camp athletes.

Tuesday: Upper Body

Day Three focuses on the lateral ribcage, thoracolumbar attachments, anterior chest, shoulders, cervical tissues, cranium and face. This treatment protocol restores more complete respiratory function, lengthens and releases the lateral thoracic and lumbar region, while increasing the movement potential of the shoulders, arms and neck. The cervical, cranial and facial techniques can be used for chronic head and neck pain, including rehabilitation from concussions.

Presenter: George Kousaleos, LMT – The CORE Institute Sports & Performance Bodywork seminar is taught by George P. Kousaleos, LMT, founder of the CORE Institute, Tallahassee, Florida. George has been an international leader in myofascial therapy, structural integration and sports & performance bodywork. He was the General Manager for the 1995-96 British Olympic Association Preparation Camp Sports Massage Team, and he also served as the Co-Director of the Athens 2004 International Sports Massage Team. Since 2011, George has directed a team of massage therapists who provide CORE Sports Bodywork for the Florida State University Football Team, winners of the 2013 BCS National Championship. His private practice in Tallahassee serves professional and elite collegiate athletes, as well as those dedicated to personal fitness and wellness.  George teaches throughout the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.

Workshops with Wolfgang Luckman

  • Sunday: The Art of Japanese Zen Facial Massage with Aromatherapy

  • Monday: Indian Head, Face and Foot Massage with Ayurvedic Oils

  • Tuesday: Lomi Lomi – Hawaiian Therapeutic Massage with Aromatherapy Oils

Presenter: Wolfgang Luckman, LMT
Hours: 7 Hours Per Day
Approved for PA & NY License Renewal & NCBTMB Approved
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Sunday: The Art of Japanese Zen Facial Massage with Aromatherapy

Japanese Zen facial massage is an extension of Shiatsu-Anma techniques. I have included some Tui-Na strokes

(Chinese medical massage) to make the therapy more effective and comprehensive. The goal is to invigorate and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. The practitioner will use a fusion of strokes that knead, push, pull, stretch, press, shake, vibrate, rub and swipe the skin, fascia and muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. The tempo is consistently medium fast to energize, yet calm the body and ground the spirit. The addition of essential oils lend an energy vibration that will make your treatment deeper and longer lasting than without oils by connecting with the endocrine system. The mention of Zen in the title refers to the modality’s concentration on acupressure points and meridians.

IF YOU DON’T OWN ANY OILS, YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE! Oils will be available for your use in class or purchase in our retail store at a discounted price.

Indian Head Face and Foot Massage with Ayurvedic Oils

This is an ancient modality based on Ayurvedic principles of health. Ayurveda means the science of life and goes back some 5000 years. This is not simply a technique, therefore, but a holistic approach which reconnects the mind, body, emotions and spirit of the client. Additionally, the client is energized, strengthened and grounded. More so than in other modalities, great emphasis is laid on cleansing and purifying the body and mind of the client. This workshop represents a fusion of scalp, face, neck, shoulder, leg and feet massages performed with blended oils as practiced by Indian mothers washing their children’s hair, massaging their scalps, necks and barbers massaging the scalps, faces, necks and shoulders of their clients. The head, ears, legs and feet represent reflexology zones and acupressure points. The inclusion of aromatic oils lends penetration to the treatment by connecting with the endocrine system and therefore making the treatment last longer than without essential oils.

Lomi Lomi – Hawaiian Therapeutic Massage with Aromatherapy Oils

Lomi Lomi – Hawaiian Therapeutic Massage with Aromatherapy Oils is a holistic bodywork approach to myofascial pain discomfort and conditions in a non-confrontational way. Hawaiian Shamans refer to it as “prayer in motion,” “the dance of massage” and “loving hands massage.” The goal is more than just relaxation because it breaks down the long-term armouring of clients who have been in chronic sympathetic mode due to emotional and physcial pain and discomfort. The therapist uses a blend of strokes that include rocking, shaking and vibrations with long.rhythmical, flowing sweeps of hands and arms. The addition of essential oils lends an energy vibration that deepen the therapy and make it long lasting by connecting with the endocrine and autonomic nervous system almost instantaneously. Since Lomi Lomi connects with different physiological systems and a spiritual level as well, it can be described as a form of deep tissue massage that puts no strain on the client or therapist. For inspiration, Shamanic drum music is used to guide the therapist and uplift the client.

Presenter: Wolfgandg Luckmann, LMT – After graduating from the Florida College of Natural Health in Miami, summa cum laude in 1995, Wolfgang Luckmann attended the College of Acupuncture and Massage and graduated with distinction in 1997. Trained in the British Public school system in South Africa, where he taught languages in schools and colleges, Wolfgang has brought 20 years of teaching experience to his numerous holistic courses.

His workshops are a blend of his experience as an acupuncture physician and massage therapist and are highly customized to fulfill the needs of the individual practitioner. Most of his workshops are based on traditional Chinese medical philosophy in some form or another.

Wolfgang was a 2015 inductee into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Ethics for the Massage Professional

Free bonus included with full 3 day
conference registration ONLY.

Presenter: Kenn Howard
Time: 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM OR 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(First 30 registrations will be in the 5:45 PM section.
After 35 registrations, you will be placed in the 8 PM section.)
Hours: 4 NCBTMB & Pa Renewal approved
Sunday and Monday Evenings


Enjoy this exploration and discovery of ethics for massage therapists with Kenn Howard, author of the column “A Question of Ethics” in the Massage and Bodywork magazine. Kenn’s experience and style will help make your day of discussing professional boundaries, dual relationships, appropriate and inappropriate behavior and how to deal with it an enjoyable experience.

Presenter: KENN HOWARD, MT, NMT, is a graduate of PghSMT Massage Therapy Training and Advanced Massage Therapy Training and is trained in a number of other massage techniques. He is certified in TouchPro© Chair Massage and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

To register for this conference download, complete and mail/FAX the registration form with payment or call 800-860-1114 and place your payment on a charge card.

Mail registration form with payment to:
Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
3600 Laketon Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

FAX completed registration form to:

We will send you a confirmation in the mail. If you are traveling by plane, please confirm the workshop with the school before buying your ticket. Occasionally we do have to cancel workshops due to low enrollment. If a workshop is cancelled for any reason our liability is limited to a return of the deposit paid.

Submitting your registration indicates you have read and agree to the following refund policy:
Minimum and maximum participation is required for conference and individual workshops. If a workshop does not reach minimum participation or is full at the time of your registration, you will be first offered a spot in another workshop. If that is not an option the full registration fee paid will be refunded. If you choose to cancel your registration with written notice at least 30 days before the conference, your registration fee, less a $50 processing fee, will be refunded or credited toward a future workshop. If you choose to cancel your registration with written notice after 30 days before the start of the conference, your registration fee will not be refunded or credited.