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2023 National AGM and Education Conference

November 17 - November 19

$50.00 – $1,088.00


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Early Bird - Non-Members 1 Day
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Student 1 Day

WELCOME to the 2023 National AGM and Educational Conference

We are thrilled beyond words to be hosting this years National Conference. Our conference theme is “Leaving your limits behind”. We can accomplish this task by incorporating new ideas, innovative techniques, education, and interactive events to build stronger community bonds and exceed our own possibilities.

Letting go of our preconceptions and embracing change through exploration. Participants, have the ability to create their own safe spaces to learn and ask questions, ” I wonder what’s on the other side?”, “What if…,” and then, “Let’s try…,”. As therapists we crave to grow and evolve in order to benefit our clients, ourselves, and our community around the world. Welcome to the idea EXCHANGE.

Below you will find information about the course content, guest speakers, schedule of events, registration, hotel and shuttle information, and then purchasing your ticket for the event.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ontariochapter@csmta.ca.

CATA has approved the following for CEU’s 

1. 1-Day Advanced Sport Massage Course – 8 hours: CEU 3.2

2.  Educational Conference – CEU 8.4


Please be advised of our cancellation policy:

Cancel within 8 weeks $25 admin fee, 4 weeks 50% refund, 2 weeks 0% refund.

Terra Nicholle

M.OMSc – Osteopathic Manual Therapist RMT – Registered Massage Therapist IAYT – Yoga Therapist – Trauma Informed Lactation Consultant Birth Doula

The Connection of the Pelvic Floor to the Oral Diaphragm

Understanding the correlation between the pelvic floor and the oral diaphragm can be an invaluable treatment tool in getting the lasting results that our patients are looking for. Approaching back and neck pain with a new perspective. This course will provide understanding of the interconnection of the jaw to the pelvic floor anatomy, dysfunctions and common conditions as well as providing practical knowledge of techniques that Manual Therapists can use in their practice to assist in treatment. Through a combination of lecture and practical sessions, you will not only learn about these conditions but you will learn hands-on techniques to help reduce symptoms, pain and dysfunction in patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and TMJ disorder. This course will help with patient populations who are pregnant, post-partum, have physical manifestations of anxiety, chronic low back and hip pain and chronic pelvic conditions. This course was developed specifically for Manual Therapists and is instructed by an Osteopathic Manual Therapist.

Athletic Taping

The purpose of this course is to introduce Athletic Taping for common sports injuries to Massage Therapists, Kinesiologists, and Personal Trainers. Athletic taping is a skill that is under-utilized by most Massage Therapists, Kinesiologists, and Personal Trainers, typically reserved for Field of Play Medical Teams, such as Certified Athletic Therapists, Sport Physiotherapists, and Sport Medicine Doctors. Unless you are a Sports Massage Therapist or have been involved in athletics, you may not be aware of the benefits of Athletic Taping. Athletic taping is performed by applying tape to the body on the skin surface to maintain a stable position of joints and muscles during physical activity. Athletic taping is multifaceted, being used for several reasons, injury prevention, injury management, and maintaining proper biomechanics during activity. Through a combination of lecture and practical sessions, this course will explore athletic taping techniques for the purpose of:

  • Stabilizing or restricting the range of motion of an injured joint to allow physical activity with reduced pain
  • Compressing soft tissue to support the musculotendinous unit
  • Supporting injured structures via athletic taping/ wrapping

The taping techniques covered in the course include regional techniques for the ankle, foot, knee, elbow, wrist, thumb and finger. Procedures for injury prevention, mitigating the risk of further damage when injuries occur, and aiding the healing process are also discussed. prevention. Course registration includes a taping manual, all supplies, and a certificate of completion. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic gear (i.e. shorts, t-shirt, etc…).

Be advised, this course will be 2 seperate courses – Friday November 17th – Full day course and Sunday November 19th – half day course.

Mike Cook

CAT(C),RMT D.Ac International Doctorate Acupuncture

Anne Hartley


Trunk and Lower Quadrant Fascial Chains

A dynamic hands-on manual course designed for the therapist who wants to learn the fascial chains of the trunk and lower quadrant. The anatomy of the fascial chains and where they run will be studied. Techniques to help mobilize these fascial chains and regain range of motion in the trunk and lower quadrant joints, muscles and connective tissue will be demonstrated and done in partners. The participant will be able to:

  • Learn manual techniques for treatment of the pathology of the trunk and lower quadrant fascial chains
  • Assess for the dysfunctional component of the lower quadrant fascial chains
  • Advance their knowledge of anatomy of the connective tissue of the lower body
  • Practice manual techniques and stretches to regain motion lost by fascial restrictions
  • Determine different pathologies caused by restrictions in these fascial chains.

Cycling Injuries and Bike Fitting

During this discussion, we will dive into cycling and explore some common issues cyclists experience while riding. Whether it is their first time on a bike or seasoned rider, many cyclists experience the same problems while riding. I will teach you about a ground-up approach. We will start with the cyclist’s feet, work our way up through the saddle, and finally to the hands. These are the contact points between the rider and the bike; these points significantly influence the cyclist’s riding comfort. We will then examine a few case studies with riders I have fit with various complaints regarding injuries or discomforts and the steps I took to get them riding longer, faster, and, more comfortably. Providing you with an overview of what the bike fitting process entails and tips you can use in your practice to help cyclists enjoy the ride.

Alex VanderLinden (Him/He)

BSc from Western University. Trek Precision Fit Level 2

Conor Collins


Concussion for RMT’S

Therapists can be intimidated when dealing with concussed patients. It’s easy to become flustered when assessing the patient and how to treat their concussion-like symptoms appropriately. At times patients can be provided with misguided and outdated information. This course equips you with the most current understanding of concussion-like symptoms and how to properly assess & manage your patients. By the end of the day, you will be able to recognize red flags as well as assess and identify when it is time to refer them to another healthcare provider. The course also outlines common headache types suffered by post-concussive populations and how to properly address them. The course will also focus on the influence of the cervical spine and whiplash in concussion presentations and provide tools to help you navigate them.

Pelvic Floor Health

The pelvic floor responds to impact, load and stress, which are all things an athlete experiences.  This discussion will talk about the connections of the pelvic floor to the diaphragm, the pelvis and the surrounding muscles.  Learn what the pelvic signs and symptoms of pressure and incontinence can mean for the function of the pelvic floor and the surrounding muscles.  With a better understanding of the muscles within the pelvis and their external connections you can help decrease lower back and pelvic pain, improve hip mobility and core strength. 


Janet MacKinnon

MSc (PT), MSc (Bio Med), BSc Hon

Nicole Springle (She/Her)


The Interdisciplinary treatment of RED-S

The syndrome of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) refers to the broader, more comprehensive term for the condition previously known as ‘Female Athlete Triad’. This course will provide a foundational tool-kit for therapists, who can play a key role in the identification and interdisciplinary treatment of this syndrome. Through interactive discussions and case studies participants will gain an understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options and their role in the care process as part of an interdisciplinary team. If you work with athletes/individuals at risk of or experiencing RED-S, this course will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to actively contribute to their treatment and recovery.


Rostam Turner MSc, BSc, CSCS

Rostam Turner MSc, BSc, CSCS

Assistant Track and Field Coach, Sprints & Hurdles at University of Toronto Varsity Blues

Anatomy and Biomechanics of Sprinting

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the anatomy and biomechanics of sprinting and their impact on performance and injury.

We will examine the musculoskeletal structure and function relevant to sprinting, including analysis of the major muscle groups involved in acceleration, maximal velocity, and deceleration. Through this analysis, we will identify common mistakes that can hinder performance or increase the risk of injury.

The session will be a mixture of theoretical lectures and practical demonstrations, providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of the biomechanical principles that underpin successful sprinting techniques.

Brett Nagata

Brett Nagata

MSc (PT-UK), CAT(C). York University Instructor.

Para-Sport Perspective

In this course you will learn how to interact with para sport athletes and get an understanding of what Para Sport is about. The course will involve the following:

  • ParaSport 101 – various conditions and sports, eligibility, and classification system of a few sports (Discussion)
  • Experiencing Disabilities – role play (Discussion/ active interaction)
  • Bringing It All Together – para-athlete treatment awareness (Active interactive)
  • Discussion about the different categories for wheelchair basketball which has 8 classifications and boccia with 4


1-Day CSMTA Advanced Sport Massage Course for Allied Health Professionals

Kristy Wiltshire

Lead Instructor BA Kin, RMT, CSMTA Sport Fellow Member, CSIO C.A.S.T Member

Remo Bucci

Teaching Assistant RMT, CSMTA (SF), HPC.

Suzanne Moroney

Teaching Assistant RMT, CSMTA Sport Fellow Member

Advanced Sport Massage Course Description

This course was developed by CSMTA Sport Fellows. Their experiences range from treating at National and International sporting events. They also have been a part of Integrated Support Teams (IST) for Provincial, National, and Professional teams. Emphasis is placed on the practical component, supported by current best practices.

Techniques learned in this course can effectively and easily be transferable in both sporting events and your clinical practice. Tested protocols for event massage will be explained so that participants will leave with confidence in implementing them to their athletes and in their regular practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • A competency in techniques used in sport massage: Compressions, cross-fibre massage, jostling, joint mobilization, effleurage, and petrissage. A competency in the theory and techniques of pre-event, post-event, and inter-event Sport Massage
  • An effective protocol when covering an athletic event
  • A quick and concise method of gathering useful information to make the Sport Massage session more efficient
  • An understanding of the specific indications and contraindications for a variety of Sport Massage circumstances
  • An understanding of the physiological and psychological effects of Sport Massage
  • An appreciation on the value of Sport Massage Therapy’s role in the athletic environment
  • Information based on the efficacy of Sport Massage

Meet The Panelists

Claire Buchanan - Para Athlete

Jackie Boyle - Olympic Cyclist

Scott Shallow - MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.

Friday November 17th, 2023

Time LocationSessionSpeaker
9am-12pmOntario RoomAthletic TapingMike Cook
9am-12pmNiagara RoomThe Connection of the Pelvic Floor to the Oral DiaphragmTerra Nicolle
1-5pmOntario RoomAthletic TapingMike Cook
1-5pmNiagara RoomThe Connection of the Pelvic Floor to the Oral DiaphragmTerra Nicolle
5pm - 9pmPeninsulaDinner and National AGMCSMTA Members/Board Members

Saturday November 18th, 2023. Hennepin North and South makes the Ballroom.

Time LocationSessionSpeaker
9am-12pmOntario RoomInterdisciplinary treatment of RED-SNicole Springle
9am-12pmNiagara RoomThe Connection of the Pelvic Floor to the Oral DiaphragmTerra Nicholle
9am-12pmHennepin North
Trunk and Lower Quadrant Fascial ChainsAnne Hartley
9am-12pmHennepin SouthCycling Injuries and Bike FIttingAlex VanLinden
1pm-5pmOntario RoomPara-Sport PerspectiveBrett Nagata
1pm-5pmNiagara RoomThe Connection of the Pelvic Floor to the Oral DiaphragmTerra Nicholle
1pm-5pmHennepin North
Trunk and Lower Quadrant Fascial ChainsAnne Hartley
1pm-5pmHennepin SouthAnatomy and Biomechanics of SprintingRostam Turner
6-8pmHennepin BallroomQ&AGuest Speakers
8pm - 10:30pmMilestonesCOCKTAILSCOCKTAILS

Sunday November 19th, 2023

Time LocationSessionSpeaker
9am-12pmOntario RoomAthletic TapingMike Cook
9am-12pmNiagara Room1-day Advanced Sport Massage CourseKristy Wiltshire
Suzanne Moroney
Remi Bucci
9am-12pmHennepin North
Trunk and Lower Quadrant Fascial ChainsAnne Hartley
9am-12pmHennepin SouthConcussion Management for RMT'sConor Collins
1pm-5pmOntario RoomPelvic Floor HealthJanet MacKinnon
1pm-5pmNiagara Room1-day Advanced Sport Massage CourseKristy Wiltshire
Suzanne Moroney
Remo Bucci
1pm-5pmHennepin North
Trunk and Lower Quadrant Fascial ChainsAnne Hartley
1pm-5pmHennepin SouthConcussion Management for RMT'sConor Collins

Thank you to our Sponsors


November 17
November 19
$50.00 – $1,088.00


CSMTA Ontario Chapter


Marriott on the Falls, Niagara Falls
6755 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3W7 Canada