About the Self Care Fair
The Self Care Fair was the brain child of Jamie Hyland-Usher, a massage therapist who began her career over 10 years ago with Massage Envy, and eventually grew into the role of Clinic Manager; today she is the Director of Operations for Massage Envy's entire Washington Region.
Jamie teamed up with another massage therapist named Lillian Anderson, and together they began reaching out to other industry associations, instructors, and vendors, all of whom immediately recognized the importance of a "day of care" for massage therapists and staff.
Little did Jamie and Lillian know the Self Care Fair would continue to grow into the annual event it is today!
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The following suggested curriculum has been tailored for massage therapy students and recent grads... to expand your knowledge, provide first-hand experience in the modalities of your choosing, increase your awareness of the industry, and assist you in networking and starting your career.
Class fees... demo treatment sessions... lunch... samples... everything is included in our special $25 student registration fee! Here's our recommended schedule:
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Class: How to Survive your First Two Years as a Massage Therapist
11:00 am – Noon
Enjoy: Demo Treatment Sessions
Noon – 1:00 pm
Enjoy: Catered Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Explore: Vendor Tables and Massage Industry Organizations
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Class: Insurance Billing 101
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Choose from one of three options, depending on your interest and stamina:
1 - Class: Staying Legal in the Massage Therapy Practice; or
2 - Class: Protect Your Hands with Self Care Massage and More; or
3 - Enjoy / Network: spend the last two hours of your day getting more demo treatments, spending time with colleagues, networking, exploring job opportunities... however you feel is best!
25% Discount on Massage Tables and Chairs
Provided by Pisces Productions for current students or graduates of up to 1 year
Almost four years ago, we envisioned a day dedicated to massage therapists...
An opportunity to come together with other massage therapists to learn, experience, and feel nurtured.
So we started making lists of everything we'd wish to see under one roof—peers and colleagues we'd always looked up to, instructors we always wished we could take classes from, bodywork demonstrations we kept hearing about, vendors who supplied the kind of products we felt good about using...
And then to make the day as value-filled as possible, we began organizing as many CEU classes as we could offer in one day for the least possible cost.
Finally, to make sure the day felt like a fun getaway, we added a room full of self-care demo treatments (from Tibetan singing bowl therapy, to Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy©), arranged a healthy catered lunch, got our favorite industry vendors to give us discounts, and collected all sorts of gifts and giveaways into an awesome Swag Bag.
That first year, we had no idea how popular it would turn out to be. Fast forward three years, and we are incredibly honored to present...
The THIRD annual Self Care Fair...
created by massage therapists, for massage therapists.
IASTM (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
By Joyce Inderkum, LMT
for ProHealth IASTM
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) utilizes specially designed instruments and techniques that help loosen and release fascial adhesions, providing effective treatment of scarring brought on by surgeries, injuries, and overuse of muscles.
Because of IASTM's inherent complement to cupping, this demo will be held in the same location as the cupping demo, enabling attendees to experience the synergistic effects of using both modalities. There will also be an assortment of instruments to explore, each featuring 100% surgical grade stainless steel, a comfortable, non-slip grip design, and beveled edges that allow you to pull, stretch, and release fascial tissues.
FAIR DISCOUNT AND TOOL GIVEAWAY
When visiting the Cupping / IASTM table, be sure to ask about the special Fair discount being offered by ProHealth on IASTM tool purchases, AND enter to win their raffle for a FREE set of IASTM tools and accompanying Muscle Manual!
Learn more and watch IASTM tools in action on this video >
The original source who brought Ashiatsu barefoot bar massage into the massage industry will be on hand to answer all your questions about Ashiatsu—from contraindications, theory for barefoot compression, certification, equipment, and more. Sign up on our schedule to receive a 15 minute posterior demonstration with authorized instructors, featuring sacrotuberous ligament and piriformis release techniques as well as Ashi Thai.
doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS
Founded in 2008, doTERRA was built on the mission of sharing therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world. Having seen for themselves the incredible benefits that can be had from using these precious resources, a group of health-care and business professionals set out to make this mission a reality. They formed a company and named it doTERRA, a Latin derivative meaning “Gift of the Earth.” As a wellness advocate with doTERRA and a licensed massage therapist since 2007, Willow Rose will provide chair massage demos using doTERRA oils, while educating you on the use of essential oils.
What to Expect
Upon arrival at the college, free parking awaits you within walking distance of classes—so you don't have too far to bring your massage table and linens, etc. for any classes that require it.
Follow the sign to the Student Union Building for check in, located on the upper level. There you'll receive:
Swag Bag of gifts
Name tag / event badge
Event Program containing all the times, details, and locations of activities and classes
A list of your registered classes
A Vendor Checklist: visit these companies to get a stamp; submit your completed passbook for a chance to win the Grand Prize!
The Student Union building is also home to other activities, including a side room full of Self Care Demo Treatments (some require you sign up for a specific treatment time; be sure to coordinate with your registered class times), our Sponsor Booths, and Vendor tables. Lunch will also be served here along with our Featured Speaker's presentation.
Classes are held in various adjacent buildings; times and locations are included in your Event Program.
Lunch will feature a healthy taco bar, complete with beans and rice for vegetarian / vegan diets. During the afternoon, cookies and beverages will be available at various locations throughout the event. Additional snacks can be purchased from the college on the upper level of the Student Union.
Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us below!
SOUND & VIBRATION THERAPY
Sound therapy uses both audible sounds and tangible vibrations to achieve a therapeutic effect. Come learn more and experience this novel form of treatment that helps shift the receiver’s brain waves and promotes healing on a cellular level.
PURIUM HEALTH PRODUCTS
100 years ago, all food was organic. It grew in clean, mineral-rich soil and clean, mineral-rich water – no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. Today, real food has been replaced by corporate-produced fast, cheap, addictive, processed food-like stuff. Purium goes back to the original purity standards. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, binders, fillers, hormones, pesticides, irradiated or genetically-modified ingredients. Just real food. Super food. For super results. Purium offers a solution that benefits our bodies, as well as the Earth.
Used by the world's best athletes daily, Hyperice technology helps you to warm up quicker, recover faster, and move better. Their products are currently being used by the top fitness centers, training facilities, professional sports team within the US and internationally.
DOLPHIN II MASSAGE CHAIR
Other massage chairs require you to use your upper body, which puts strain on your arms, wrists, and shoulders. with the Dolphin II by Pisces Productions, you simply lean in and let your body weight do the work. You'll avoid strain and injury and have energy to spare!
FIRST ALTERNATIVES, LLC
Founded in 2013, First Alternatives, LLC is an American medical technology and manufacturing company that focuses on simple and safe ways to live a healthy and pain-free lifestyle.
First Alternatives brands include Avazzia, QRS, and Gut Check Test. These products can be used singly or in combination to help people battle chronic pain and other hard to solve physical ailments.
First Alternatives is a family owned and operated company headquartered in Stuart, Florida, with physical centers and pharmacies located in over 500 cities and 45 states. First Alternatives manufactures through third parties located In the United States and Germany and produces products sold in over 5 countries.