AMTA California Chapter Calendar

SVU: Advance Chair Massage with Garcia Arnold @ National Holistic Institute, San Jose Campus
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The AMTA-CA Silicon Valley Unit presents:

Advance Chair Massage with Garcia Arnold

9:00am – 1:00pm (4 CEU Workshop)

Bring: Massage Chair if you have one, headrest cover, wipes, your own water

and snacks.

National Holistic Institute, San Jose Campus

3031 Tisch Way, Suite 1 Plaza South

San Jose, CA 95128

This class is designed to showcase chair massage techniques that is beyond the basics and it is a hands-on

workshop where you will be introduced to a variety of tools that will help you build new skills by incorporating

advanced massage techniques like joint mobilizations, active and passive joint movements, myofascial work,

trigger point, and stretching.

• You will also learn and practice new chair massage techniques that target the major muscles of the face,

jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, lower back and legs.

• Introduce and explore new ways to enhance your chair massage repertoire and explore new ways to

offer the modality and give your client a whole new experience.

• This workshop will give you the tools you need to develop, enhance, and refine your massage therapy

marketing strategy.

Gracia is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB) with over 16 years of bodywork and teaching

experience. She is also an NCBTMB Continuing Education Approved Provider offering a number of workshops

specializing in advanced, integrated bodywork techniques in both chair and table settings. Gracia is blessed with

the opportunity to enjoy two jobs that brings out a rich variety of combined experience. She works at National

Holistic Institute, San Jose Campus as an Instructor and has been with the organization for over 15 years. She

also works at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California as a Massage Therapist. With her background

in Physical Therapy, Gracia naturally combines a scientific and intuitive awareness of the body. She specializes in

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Myofascial work and advanced therapeutic techniques. As a massage

professional and currently working at Google as a Massage Therapist, Gracia’s highly creative, masterful, and

skillful touch is infused with a sense of wholeness in a profound way.

AMTA Members $60, Non-members $80, Massage Students $20

(Add $10 for walk-in registration.)

Online Registration at

Stay in touch with us at the AMTA-CA Silicon Valley

Facebook page , find us on Google+ or visit the

Chapter website at  –

Click About Us, then Local Area/Units.

Contact: Riya Suising, SVU VP-Education at

650-861-9877 or

Best Buddies Challenge – Hearst Castle @ Hearst Castle
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 9, Best Buddies Challenge – Hearst Castle, San Simeon 

The Best Buddies Challenge supports Best Buddies International, a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Athletes, (beginners and pros) cycle 100, 62, 30 or 15 miles beginning and ending at Hearst Castle or run/walk a 5K with gold medalist, Carl Lewis, in San Simeon. Massage therapists celebrate the athletes’ efforts with a beach-side massage.

Great bonus of the therapists, there are hot showers provided at the finish line for the athletes.  This means the athletes can be clean and fresh before they come to your table.

For more information about Best Buddies Challenge, please visit

Contact person, Cynthia Sykes, 

Volunteers are guaranteed to be hosted for 1 night (double occupancy) at the beautiful, Ragged Inn. Breakfast and Lunch provided by event coordinators on the day of the event, and a dinner hosted by our volunteer coordinator, Cynthia Sykes.  Cynthia has this event coordinated so very well and smooth to make it an enjoyable experience for both the athletes and the massage therapists.

Carpooling is greatly encouraged.  Please feel free to share this information with your co-worker, colleagues, alumni, and network. T-Shirts will be provided for the massage team.

Please bring your massage table/chair, massage supplies.  Table covers, hand sanitizer, table cleaner, paper towels are provided. Prepare to dress in layers, as the mornings are generally very cool, but quite warm by the afternoon.

AMTA National Convention in Pasadena – September 14-16, 2017 @ asadena Convention Center
Sep 14 – Sep 16 all-day

September 14-16, 2017 | Pasadena, California

The AMTA 2017 National Convention is the largest and most prestigious conference in the massage therapy community, featuring inspiring speakers, continuing education, networking and the newest products at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Earn 18+ CE credits at the AMTA 2017 National Convention!

Massage therapy continuing education at the AMTA 2017 National Convention is rigorously vetted and submitted for state review. Practice new massage techniques in a hands-on class, and broaden your knowledge with courses in business, self-care, research and ethics.

Reserve Your Spot at the Largest Event in the Massage Profession

Earn 18+ massage therapy credit hours September 14-16 in Pasadena, California.

Register now for the AMTA 2017 National Convention »

AMTA 2017 National Convention Continuing Education Sessions

Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

Saturday, September 16

Class Needs

  • Check class descriptions for required materials before registering.
  • Classes requiring a massage table or demonstrating techniques have a cap on attendance to enrich the learning experience.
  • Attendees provide their own massage tables, and complimentary table storage will be available at the Pasadena Convention Center.
  • Attendee badges must be displayed at all times.

AMTA 2017 National Convention Opening Session & Business Meeting

Featuring International Fitness Expert Shaun T

Thursday, September 14, 9am | Pasadena Convention Center

Massage therapists are like athletes—they rely on their body functioning at optimum levels to perform their best and remain healthy. Fitness expert Shaun T understands the importance of self-care for athletes of all types, including massage therapists. He helps millions of people embrace their inner athlete and follow their passion through his popular Insanity workouts and his podcast Trust and Believe. Shaun T will inspire you to live your best life!

Hear the many achievements of the association and celebrate contributions to AMTA and the massage profession as you come together with massage therapists from across the nation.

Meet Shaun T at the AMTA 2017 National Convention! Visit the Exhibit Hall for photos with keynote speaker Shaun T following Opening Session.

AMTA 2017 National Convention Closing Session

Saturday, September 16, 2pm

The Happiness Advantage: Inspiring Positive Change with Shawn Achor

2 Credit Hours
Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your massage clients. Shawn Achor—a leading expert on the connection between happiness and success—will share the science of how happiness inspires us to be more productive.

As one of the top TED speakers of all time and a former Harvard professor, he studies scientific breakthroughs in happiness and how to become a lightning rod for change. Shawn has partnered with Oprah Winfrey Network on “21 Days To Inspire Positive Change” and is a New York Times bestselling author. Wrap up your convention experience with a more clinical look at the importance of self-care.

AMTA 2017 National Convention Location

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

AMTA 2017 National Convention Host Hotels

Stay in the hub of convention activity at AMTA’s official host hotels. Reserve your room by August 18!

Sheraton Pasadena

303 Cordova
Pasadena, CA
Rate: $175/night

Reserve your room at the Sheraton Pasadena »

Residence Inn Los Angeles/Pasadena

0.8 miles and a short 15 minute walk from the Convention Center, reservations include breakfast.
21 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA
Rate: $199/night

Reserve your room at the Residence Inn »

Hilton Pasadena

168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Rate: $169/night
Limited availability, but call to check if rooms have opened up: 626-577-1000

Reserve your room at the Hilton Pasadena »

Getting to Pasadena

Pasadena is 11 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Other Regional Airports:

It’s easy to get to and around Pasadena thanks to close, convenient transit options. Learn more about getting to Pasadena »

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