State Convention

2017 Tri-State Conference

Only once every three years do the Massage Therapists of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia come together for a Tri-State Conference. To recognize the special event, the Continuing Education for the 2017 Annual State Conference offers powerhouse presenters!

Early Bird Registration Ends March 31

Discover the classes! Meet the Presenters!

Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions (Friday and Saturday) – 14 Hours of Continuing Education

Based on revolutionary clinical research, participants will learn new techniques that will forever change teh way they approach myofascial, trigger point, and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines, offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate results from the following clinical conditions: Rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis, pectorals minor strains, bicipital tendinosis, rhomboid pain, thoracic outlet, cervical sprains and strains, whiplash, atlas/axis & C1/C2 mobilization, facet joint dysfunctions, migraine headaches, bulging discs, medial and lateral epicondyle pain, De Quervian’s tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and joint arthritis.

Ground-breaking frozen shoulder and Hip Capsule Adhesion techniques will highlight this dynamic interactive workshop. This incredible multimedia presentation consisting of assessments, treatments and client self care for chronic pain and sports injuries will facilitate permanent results; even in the most complicated clinical conditions.

James Waslaski – bio

James Waslaski is an author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe. He’s served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He’s developed 8 Orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs and his newest book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published in 2011.

James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA, World of Wellness, New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians.

James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award, and was inducted into the 2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.


Fibromyalgia – Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder (Friday and Saturday) – 14 Hours Continuing Education


Every massage therapist and body worker needs to be informed about Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), a disorder that affects an estimated 6 million people in the United States. Nancy has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 26 years as a neuromuscular therapist and more recently, has incorporated psychotherapy into her chronic pain practice. During her graduate studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she intensively researched and compared the etiology (causes) and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. During her presentation, the student will gain a better understanding of the chemical functions and dynamics of the brain, and how sleep patterns and stress effect the body. She also gives the therapist a thorough overview of psychological disorders that may accompany a diagnosis of FMS.

Therapists who have taken Nancy’s class have remarked how informative the class is in helping them to understand the disorder, from not only a physiological perspective, but from a psychological perspective as well, something massage therapy education rarely touches. Nancy goes in-depth regarding genetic and environmental variables that may contribute to the development and maintenance of FMS and she promotes a whole-body/mind teaching perspective that also looks at individual lifestyle, motivational levels and attitude. Nancy completes her class with a review of the traditional versus alternative treatment methods used today and allows plenty of time for questions and answers.

Students who have taken the class have remarked positively about Nancy’s energetic and thorough teaching style and concise teaching techniques. This is a “must take” course for a massage therapist who seeks a deeper understanding of chronic pain conditions like FMS and treatment or for therapists who would like to learn new information about contributing factors that may lead a chronic pain condition to develop into a long-term, disabling disorder.

Nancy Porambo -bio

Nancy is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and prides herself in having mastered the art of structural integration. She has worked in the field of chronic pain for the past 26 years.

With a Masters degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nancy taught psychology for Lehigh/Carbon Community College (LCCC). She is a board approved massage therapist in the State of Pennsylvania. She was honored in the past with the Teacher of the Year award from Lehigh/Carbon Community College where she taught advanced psychology courses. She also taught psychology to honor students receiving college credits while still attending high school.

In 2009, she authored the book Professional Practice Concepts and incorporates it into her nationally certified business/ethics class. Nancy developed a class on fibromyalgia that she teaches nationally. It’s based on her extensive graduate research on the subject, coupled with her many years of experience working with chronic pain patients. Nancy has recently crafted classes on “Research” “The Medical Model Office Practice” “The Psychology Behind Pain” and “Navigational Skills for Complicated Cases.”

She is a guest speaker at the American Academy of Pain Management Conference in San Antonio with the topic “Integrating Massage Therapy into the Pain Practice.” She was a featured speaker at the 2016 American Massage Therapy Association Convention. She is a past National President of the American Massage Therapy Association and currently serves as a Trustee on the Massage Therapy Foundation. Nancy also serves at the National Advisor to the American Medical Association’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Workgroup for the massage profession.


Anatomy Trains Structure and Function: Superficial, Lateral and Spiral Lines (Friday and Saturday)- 14 Hours of Continuing Education

Course description coming soon

Jason Spitalnik -bio

Jason Spitalnik has studied orthopedic massage, active isolated stretching, and is certified in neuromuscular therapy and Kinesis Myofascial Integration.(KMI) After graduating from KMI in 2007, Jason opened Healing Arts Professionals Wellness Center, providing space for massage therapists, an acupuncturist, and a Reiki master. He will forever be on a quest for his clients to achieve better health through structure, movement, diet, and exercise.

Jason teaches Anatomy Trains workshops as well as Orthopedic Assessment at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. He will always be a student and learns through teaching. Jason has a background in farming, culinary arts, and martial arts. Along with structural bodywork, he is on the board of Sustainable Aquidneck, a non-profit organization founded to support the local food movement on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island where he lives with his wife, Meredith.


Seek, Find, Understand, and Apply Research to Massage Therapy Practice (Sunday) – 4 Hours Continuing Education

Course description coming soon

Ann Blair Kennedy – bio

Ms Kennedy began her career path with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater/Directing. She went on to achieve her Masters in Theater from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She followed her passion for massage and in 1999 earned a certificate in Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy at the South Eastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy, Greenville, SC.

Ms Kennedy has done extensive research on what makes massage effective for the relief of pain. Ms Kennedy earned her DrPH, an advanced, professional degree program designed for the student who has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or its equivalent and who intends to pursue a leadership career as a public health professional. Her thesis: A Qualitative Study of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s Best Practices Symposium: Clarifying Definitions and Creating a Framework for Practice. She has published dozens of papers on Massage Therapy and participated in several Massage Research Grants.


Introduction to the Kinesio Taping ® Method (Sunday) – 4 Hours Continuing Education

We know you’ve seen it!! Professional athletes from basketball to football players are sporting the brightly colored tape. No, it’s not to look good; they are dealing with an injury and using the Kinesio® Taping Method to help them heal. It’s not just for athletes though. You can find patients of chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and many more practitioners using the taping method.

The Kinesio® Taping Method has been shown to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities, and is effective during the acute, chronic and rehabilitative phases of injury as well as for preventative measures.

Over the course of this presentation, the Certified Kinesio Taping® Instructor (CKTI) will discuss the basic concepts of the Kinesio Taping® Method and the unique properties and use of Kinesio Tape.
Students in this class will discover the various tape cutting techniques and their clinical applications. Class Participants will learn the importance of directional taping and taping for facilitation and inhibition.
In class you will apply a limited number of applications for upper and lower extremities in the Kinesio Taping® Method.

Upon completion of this presentation, massage therapists will be able to discuss and apply the Kinesio Taping® Method for the taping conditions listed below. Each practitioner will receive tape to complete the labs.
Students need to please bring a pair of scissors and wear clothing that will allow exposure of skin for taping labs to be completed.

What you will learn in the Taping Labs includes:
Facilitation Concept
Inhibition Concept
Direction Lab Upper Trapezius Muscle Taping
Deltoid and Sacrospinalis Lab
Shoulder Instability and Subluxation Lab
Erector Spinae Muscle Strain, Lumbar Region
Rectus Abdominis
Extensor Pollicis Longus Lab
Quadricepts Lab

Scott Korb -bio

Scott Korb is a Certified Kinesio® Tape Practitioner (CKTP). The Kinesio® taping method helps a wide range of people from professional athletes to the ordinary person going through rehab.
The Kinesio® Taping® Method enhances the body’s natural healing process and provides support through the muscles.

Member and Non-Member Students Welcome! Saturday 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Listen and learn as four successful therapists share their diverse experiences from building a practice in the real world. The Panel will reserve time to answer your questions re: how to conquer the challenges related to launching into your practice. Bring your questions, your vision & your notebook.


Friday, May 5, 2017

All CE classes from 9:00am- 6:00pm (Two Day Classes)
Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions, Day 01 – James Waslaski
Fibromyalgia, Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder! Day 01 – Nancy Porambo
Anatomy Trains Structure and Function: Superficial, Lateral and Spiral Lines, Day 01 – Jason Spitlanik

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm VA Board Meeting

Saturday, May 6, 2017

All CE classes continue 9:00am- 6:00pm
Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage Upper Body Conditions, Day 02 – James Waslaski
Fibromyalgia, Demystifying the Unexplained Disorder, Day 02 – Nancy Porambo
Anatomy Trains Structure and Function: Superficial, Lateral and Spiral Lines, day 02 – Jason Spitalnik

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Member Social

Sunday, May 7, 2017

9:00 – 11:00 am Keynote Presentation: Exploring our Professional Relationships – Nancy Porambo

11:30 to 12:30 pm Conference Luncheon

1:30pm – 5:30pm CE Classes
Healthy Business Practices- Nancy Porambo
Introduction to Anatomy Trains – Jason Spitalnik
Seek, Find, Understand, and Apply Research to Massage Therapy Practice- Dr Ann Blair Kennedy
Introduction to the Kinesio Taping ® Method- Scott Korb

5:30 Classes Adjourn-Conference Ends

Tri-State Conference hosted by the Holiday Inn Arlington/Ballston VA.

Holiday Inn Arlington At Ballston
4610 N. Fairfax Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22203

Check In: 3PM
Check Out: 12PM
Check-in Age: 21

Register Today

Early Bird Registration- March 1st to 31st 

Normal Registration- April 1st to 21st 

Midnight, Friday, April 21, 2017 Online registration closes.

No walk-up registration available due to popularity of classes and instructors. Register today to confirm you have a spot in class!