RMTBC Conference

September 9 and 10 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building, Level 3 Summit Presented by jane.app

Registered Massage Therapy & Rehabilitation

RMTBC Conferences welcome all healthcare professionals and we encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines.



The RMTBC is pleased to present a two-day conference dedicated to evidence informed research on the benefits of registered massage therapy in the field of rehabilitation. 14 credits are confirmed for this event. Internationally recognized speakers will stimulate a dialogue between colleagues to:

  • Promote the exchange of experiences and new ideas
  • Start and continue a network around scientific and evidence-based practice
  • Create an inventory of the possibilities for registered massage therapy and rehabilitation, aimed at sustaining and stimulating the independence and wellness of patients

Participants and speakers are encouraged to spend each day at the venue. Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and a social reception will all take place in the exhibition area.

For speaker bios, more about the venue, and accommodation deals, please scroll down.


The conference is a stimulating environment at the forefront of its field, with the right conditions for minds to meet and ideas to grow. Your registration includes:

  • Access to 2 full days of talks, workshops, and exhibitors
  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee & refreshments on both days
  • Evening Reception in honour of RMTBC’s 85th Anniversary
  • Approval of 14 CMTBC CECs on attendance

Non RMTBC Members
Regular Non-Member: $550.00 + GST – REGISTER

Members of RMTBC
Regular Member: $450.00 + GST – REGISTER
Student Member: $200.00 + GST – REGISTER



Agenda Friday Sept. 9

7:30 a.m. Registration and Hosted Continental Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and First Nations Welcome
9:00 a.m. Presentation from ICBC: Latest Updates and how they affect RMTs
9:30 a.m. Doug Nelson: This is Our Moment “The Power and Promise of Massage Therapy”
11:00 a.m. Poster Session and Hosted Luncheon
1:00 p.m. Neil Pearson: “Integrating Pain Science into Clinical Practice and Rehabilitation”
2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. Dr. Niki Munk: Finding Home “Massage Therapy Field’s Placement within Rehabilitation’s Multi-Disciplinary Home”
4:30 p.m. Hosted Reception and 85th RMTBC Anniversary Celebration

Agenda Saturday Sept. 10

7:30 a.m. Hosted Continental Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Announcements
8:45 a.m. Dr. Janet Kahn: Team Players “Massage Therapy in the Era of Patient Empowerment and Integrative Healthcare”
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. Eryn Price: “How Mindful Rehabilitation Can Improve Quality of Life, Range of Motion and Pain for Breast Cancer Patients”
12:15 p.m. Hosted Luncheon and Poster Session
2:00 p.m. Dr. Alex Scott: Mechanotherapy and Beyond “Current Exercise-based Treatment Approaches for Tendinopathy”
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Want to get involved? View our Sponsorship Package or contact maureen@rmtbc.ca for for current sponsor & exhibitor opportunities.



Poster Sessions

Conference Research Posters share new advances in the field and facilitate the exchange of ideas, leading to further advancements. We encourage you to get the word out and submit; the more ideas presented, the richer the discussion will be!
Official Callout: Poster Sessions Callout PDF
Poster Guidelines: link
RMTBC Abstract Conflict of Interest Declaration: link

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Dr. Janet Kahn PhD, EdM, LMT

Dr. Janet Kahn, keynote at the RMTBC 2020 Conference on Massage Therapy and Rehabilitation

Course(s) Taught: Affortable Care Act, Policy and Integrative Healthcare

Dr. Janet R. Kahn is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, a position she has held since 2002. Since 2000, Dr. Kahn has been a Faculty Preceptor in the Fellowship Program in Complementary, Alternative, and General Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kahn helped found the Integrated Health Policy Consortium in 2002, where she was on the Steering Committee until 2005, thereafter serving as Executive Director until 2011. In addition, Dr. Kahn was the Director of Integrated Health Care of the Community Health Center of Burlington from 2008 to 2010, the Director of Research of the Massage Therapy Research Consortium from 2003 to 2008, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Kahn’s research focuses on equitable and affordable health care delivery models, the importance of massage therapy for the treatment of chronic pain, and supporting the well-being of veterans. Dr. Kahn has served on a number of boards, including the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health since 2009. On October 7, 2011, President Obama announced the appointment of Dr. Kahn to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Kahn holds a BA from Antioch College, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD from Brandeis University.

Learning Objectives

My talk will discuss these programs, as well as the importance of our role in patient empowerment and in helping people transform their relationships with their body and with pain, the challenges of evaluating a comprehensive/additive and personalized program through reductionist methods, the importance of learning who to measure the synergies of team treatment, etc.
In the world of treatment of Veterans people speak about the Polytrauma Triad – the fact that almost no one returns from war with just one kind of pain, and that understanding this is vital to our success. With Veterans the triad they name is physical pain, PTSD, and cognitive impairment due to mild traumatic brain injury.

Now that I am in the world of chronic pain treatment, I see many people who are dealing with physical pain (often of more than one type), mental health issues (sometimes arising from living with pain and sometimes being precursors), and in some cases addiction issues as well.
The truth is that mot of the clients who show up on any of our tables are likely dealing with more than one issue. Understanding how to be a part of a team helping that person, even if the team is not in one office, is an important aspect of 21st Century care.

Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

Douglas Nelson Douglas Nelson LMT, BCTMB – President at MTFImmediate Past President of the Massage Therapy Foundation, Douglas Nelson began his career in massage therapy in 1977, and he maintains a very active clinical practice. His particular interest has been the role of soft tissue in performance, serving as a neuromuscular consultant to teams in the NBA and NFL, in addition to dance companies and high level musicians. He is the President of BodyWork Associates, a massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL. Established in 1982, the clinic has two locations and a staff of eighteen therapists. His teaching institute, NMT MidWest, Inc., provides about one hundred trainings annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy™ across the USA and abroad. Doug is a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois Medical School, the Department of Family Medicine, and the Dance Department. Doug has been the recipient of numerous awards in his field, most recently the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year and the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
• Be able to describe in detail the possible relationship between massage therapy and interoception
• Be able to cite research showing the connection between interoception and depression
• Be able to list at least two ways that massage therapy can positively address the psychology of pain attribution.
• Be able to define nociplastic pain and describe how massage therapy may address people struggling with this type of pain.
• Be able to describe how massage therapy uses touch as a validation strategy for clients in pain
• Be able to describe the importance of therapeutic alliance in creating positive outcomes
• Be able to list two examples of the effect of massage therapy on social aspects of the biopsychosocial model
• Be able to list two examples of the effect of massage therapy on biological aspects of the biopsychosocial model
• Be able to describe the possible application of massage therapy on cortical mapping and organization

Dr. Niki Munk, PhD, LMT

Niki Munk, PhD, LMT - Keynote at the 2020 RMTBC Conference on Massage Therapy and RehabilitationNiki Munk is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences in Indiana University’s School of Health and Human Sciences, a non-practicing Kentucky licensed massage therapist, and member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) research work group. Dr. Munk is one of 13 international Fellows in ARCCIM’s International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership Program, co-investigator on the VA TOMCATT study, and a Massage Therapy Foundation Trustee. Dr. Munk’s research explores real-world massage therapy for chronic pain and associated factors, trigger point self-care, massage for amputation related sequelae, and the reporting and impact of massage related case reports among other projects. Prior to beginning her gerontological doctoral pursuits in 2006, Dr. Munk worked as Program Director and a lead instructor for the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Discouraged by accessibility barriers to massage therapy faced by much of the population, she chose research and academia as a means to help bridge the accessibility gap reasoning that stronger evidence for the field will lead to increased routine 3rd party coverage for massage treatment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of Dr. Munk’s presentation, attendees will be able to:

• Identify and recognize various approaches to belief fixation and the impact fixation of belief has on various aspects of rehabilitation and massage therapy.
• Discuss the similarities and overlapping contexts of massage therapy and rehabilitation.
• Map key benchmarks of a trade’s progress to a profession.
• Compare and contrast the professional progress for the rehabilitation and massage therapy fields.
• Identify therapeutic massage practice examples for the four health approaches used in rehabilitation.
• Compare and contrast the challenges faced in devising a unified and/or grand theory of practice for the rehabilitation and/or massage therapy field.
• Cite emerging research that combines principles from rehabilitation sciences and therapeutic massage to address complex patient conditions.


Dr. Alex Scott

Dr. Alex Scott, speaker at the 2020 RMTBC Conference on Massage Therapy and Rehabilitation

Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor at UBC, in the department of physical therapy. He has graduate degrees from UBC in exercise physiology and experimental medicine. Dr. Scott’s research targets a widespread problem, overuse injuries and chronically painful tendon disorder in workers and athletes. His laboratory is examining the biological and biomechanical responses of tendons to mechanical loading and/or injury, and he also engages in a variety of clinical research projects examining treatments for tendinopathy. His research has been supported locally by organizations including WorksafeBC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, nationally through CFI, CIHR, NSERC and the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, and internationally through the Canada-Scandinavia Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Physical Medicine Research Foundation. His work has been incorporated into a widely used web-based clinical guideline (UpToDate©).

Learning Objectives

Attendees to Dr. Scott’s presentation will:

• Understand the pathophysiology of tendinopathies like the Achilles and patellar tendon
• Become familiar with proven exercise-based strategies to manage common tendinopathies
• Explain to patients how exercise stimulates tendons to repair themselves

Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, and faculty in four accredited yoga therapy programs. He is also a consultant to the BC medical association, and to Lifemark’s 300+ clinics in Canada. He is lead contributor in Pain BC’s Pain Foundations CE course and in the gentle movement@home video series, and lead contributor for the self care for chronic pain and self care for low back pain health journeys in PC Health’s mobile app.

Neil is founding chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Science Division in Canada, and recipient of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s 2021 Medal of Distinction award and the Canadian Pain Society’s Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award. Neil has authored a patient education ebook – Understand Pain Live Well Again (2008), numerous journal articles on yoga and pain including a recent white paper for the International Association of Yoga Therapists – Yoga Therapy and Pain: How Yoga Therapy Serves in Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, and How It Can Do More (2020), and co-authored/edited the textbook – Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain (2019).

Neil offers Pain Care Aware trainings to health practitioners and yoga therapists, as well as Pain Care mentorships to practitioners passionate for deeper learning in pain science and pain care. More at www.paincareaware.com

Learning Objectives

Attendees to Neil’s presentation will:

• Recognize pain as a complex human experience, influenced powerfully by contextual cues including musculoskeletal physiology.
• Understand current research and best practice related to pain management, and specifically non-pharmacological pain management within RMT scope of practice, across the acute to chronic continuum.
• Integrate pain care strategies into clinical practice and within RMT scope of practice.

Eryn Price, RMT

Eryn graduated with honours from WCCMT in 2010, and one year later began teaching in the massage colleges, first at WCCMT and then at Langara. After a few years of practicing sports massage, she shifted her practice towards supporting women going through breast cancer and related breast surgeries. Understanding the lack of rehabilitation resources for people undergoing breast surgery, Eryn has developed both in person and virtual programs supporting patients and massage therapists alike to learn about mindful care in the breast surgery process. Having recently launched her fully accredited “Mastectomy Guide for Healthcare Professionals” training program, Eryn is on a mission to create a heart-centred network of highly trained professionals comfortable and inspired to work with the breast surgery demographic, so people all over the country can access the resources they need. To learn more please visit: www.mastectomyguide.com

Learning Objectives

At the end of this 90 minute talk, participants should have an understanding of:
• The importance of a mindful therapist in patient recovery
• 3 types of breast cancer surgery, ranging from minimally invasive to very invasive, with evidence-based imagery of what actually happens during breast surgery from the surgeon’s perspective
• 13 massage therapy techniques research has shown to be useful for treating pain, limited mobility and scar tissue management following breast cancer surgery
• 3 post-surgical risk factors for therapists to enlighten patients about, so they know what to avoid through the return-to-function phase
• Understanding where to access surgeon-approved home-care support programs outlining step-by-step guidance for patient rehabilitation after breast cancer surgery, as adjunct support for massage therapy treatments.

The Venue

About Vancouver Convention Ctr West Building

1055 Canada Pl | Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

Community, Accessibility

Located on Vancouver’s waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre West offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world and convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in the downtown core. As British Columbia’s flagship convention centre, the facility hosts more than 500 events and welcomes hundreds of thousands of attendees each year, while generating significant economic activity for the province.

Parking Information

The Vancouver Convention Centre offers secure parking through independent operators within both
buildings. These lots operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week on a first come, first served basis.

Please the following for further details: General-Parking-Information


The Sandman Hotel

Downtown Vancouver – 180 West Georgia Street

The Sandman Hotel is located one block from the Stadium Skytrain station that will take you to Waterfront Station and the Vancouver Convention Centre. To obtain the conference rates:

  1. Go to reservations.sandmanhotels.com
  2. In the Add Code drop-down box, select Web Group Code
  3. Plug in RMTBC2022 to see the available dates and room types offered

Rates available until August 8th 2022.

Room Type Nightly Rate
Standard Queen Room $285.00
Standard 2 Queen Room $285.00

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