PNMT Colloquium 2018

Praxis: Principles Into Action

June 1-3, 2018  Champaign, IL

Plans are underway for the next Colloquium which will be held in Champaign, IL June 1-3, 2018. These gatherings are an amazing experience, one of learning and laughter, exploring topics that we cannot always explore in our regular trainings. It is also a chance to be with one hundred therapists who are passionate and dedicated to this work. We learn and share from each other. 

If you have been to previous Colloquiums, you know that each one is very different from the last. Below is a synopsis of Colloquium 2016 and also Colloquium 2013. For 2018, the theme is Praxis: Putting Principles into Action. PNMT, as an organization and approach, is very pragmatic. All of the instructors have very busy practices, including myself. In the clinic, you have to choose a path and DO something. Philosophy is easy, results are hard. Every aspect of what do and teach is then applied to the clinic. 

Format and Schedule

Foundation Friday  June 1, 2018  

On this day, we will have multiple presentations centered around the science of massage therapy. I have several presenters who have committed to being with us to lead us in this exploration. I think you will find the day quite fascinating and thought-provoking. I will submit these presentations to NCBTMB for approval for the research requirement for recertification. 

All profits from Foundation Friday will be donated to The Massage Therapy Foundation. Participants may attend this day as a stand alone; you may register for this day without attending the rest of the conference. 

Saturday and Sunday June 2-3, 2018


David Fluecke

David's wisdom and insight have been highlights of previous Colloquium's. I am thrilled to have David present for Colloquium 2018. His topic is:

"Practicing with Confidence, Dealing with Uncertainty" 

Seth Will

If you have taken a seminar with Seth, you know the depth of his understanding. This year, Seth will share with us 

"N = 1, Translating Cases to Practice" 

Sylvia Burns

I met Sylvia through reading her case study in the IJTMB and then spent time with her in person. I was very impressed with her work and am excited to share her understanding with regard to Concussions. She will share her experiences working with clients who have had a concussion, then we will apply that knowledge to the table. 

Niki Munk, PhD

Niki is a ray of sunshine and an amazing massage therapist who went on to obtain a PhD. Now at Indiana University, you will be inspired with her passion and love for this work. Dr. Munk will be presenting insights from her research in this field. Stay tuned for more details!

Dr. Jeanette M. De Witt

Jeanette's break-out session will be on Integrating gua sha therapy with PNMT for achilles tendinopathy. Objectives for this session include:

  • Explain difference between achilles tendinitis and achilles tendinosis
  • Explain difference in recommended evidence-based treatment of achilles tendinitis and achilles tendinosis
  • Explain Gua Sha Therapy (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
  • Demonstrate integration of IASTM with PNMT
  • Practical application/Hands-on practice

Diane Mastnardo

Diane will be presenting two presentations at Colloquium 2018. One will be on Practice Based Networks, something that we, as a learning community, should deeply resonate with. She will also present on her experience translating research insights into practice.  

Mica Rosenow

Mica will be presenting on her research that explores variations in the anatomy of the brachial plexus, possible differences in referral patterns, and the need for soft tissue treatment before and after unsuccessful carpal tunnel surgery. 

David Armstrong

David is a master of marketing! Living in Yuba City, CA, David has built a thriving practice and his marketing insights are valuable for us all!

Christopher Sovereign

Christopher, one of the PNMT Instructors, will be doing a segment on PNMT and the Golf Swing. If you have clients who are golfers, you won't want to miss this session. 

Sarah Lashley

Sarah teaches the TMJ Intensive seminars and will be sharing some new updates and insights to working with people with TMJD. 

Laura Chiaramonte

Laura is an amazing Alexander teacher and has an extensive background in movement and dance. Her deep understanding of the science of movement will be shared with us. Yep, you will be up and moving!

Susan Knutson, (ENT) Nurse and PNMT certified)

Middle-Ear Myclonus—What is that noise!  Do you have clients who complain of tinnitus? Susan has extensive experience with this and will share her knowledge with us during this breakout session. 

Tim Woods

Aging Gracefully: Combining Movement and PNMT for the Aging Clientele   this break-out session,  Tim will share basic fitness and body maintenance disciplines to keep physically fit for the demanding world of massage therapy. 

Adrienne Lind

In this break-out session, Adrienne will be presenting her work with violinists and Doug Nelson will be joining her to explore his experience working with musicians. 

Many of the clients we see are very active, many of whom are trying to stay as fit as possible by being active. Part of what we will explore is the specific demands of these recreational activities with presentations that explore the physical demands and the appropriate neuromuscular treatment responses. We will explore such activities as:

  • Running
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Baseball/ Softball
  • Cross-Fit
  • Tennis

As we did in Colloquium 2016, there will also be a section of challenging skill-building exercises for the massage therapist. They are fun, yet meant to help you hone your therapy skills. As always, and weather permitting, we will gather at my house on Saturday evening for food, beverages, and much laughter. 

Save the date!


PNMT Colloquium 2016 was an amazing event. To see a synopsis, view the video below. 

Here is a video synopsis of Colloquium 2011