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Putting Expert Experience, Patient Expectations and Best Research Into Practice

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A panel of five massage therapy expert clinicians discuss clinical pain management grounded in research evidence explored through the lens of their own deep experience as clinicians and often as clients.

  • Respecting and strengthening the therapeutic relationship for people in persistent pain when the therapist is also in persistent pain states
  • Neural and fascial relationships and contributions to pain and some ideas on therapeutic approaches
  • Assisting clients in developing somatic awareness and skill from a massage therapy as well as somatic practices perspective.
  • Applying clinical reasoning in helping clients move from painful to mindful experiences
  • Marrying laboratory science, clinical reasoning and hands on skills
  • Clinical case discussion

This panel discussion was titled: “Clinical pain management: Putting expert experience, patient expectations and best research into practice” at the 2014 BC Pain Conference. The panelists:




  • How to combine the latest pain science research with clinical judgement to improve outcomes for clients in chronic pain.



  • 1-hour Video of each Clinician Sharing their Perspective
  • 30-minute Video Panel Case Discussion
  • Course Manual with 88 PowerPoint Slides


This course has been approved for continuing education credit in the following jurisdictions:

CMTNB (Canada) CMTBC logo CMTNL logo
1 Category A CEU 2 PD CEC 1 Category A CEU 0.75 CEU
pending 1.5 Primary CEC 1 CEU 1.5 Primary CEC
2 Science CEU Hrs
This course is a recording of a panel discussion at the 2014 Pain Research Conference sponsored by Pain BC and the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia.

2014 BC Pain Conference


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MODERATOR: Michael Reoch, RMT

Michael graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007. He has a diverse background in treating both international and professional athletes, as well as treating patients with post-surgical scar pain, office warriors, weekend adventurers and people with chronic pain.

Mike uses massage therapy to treat all systems of the body. He currently works as a clinic instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy passing on his knowledge of manual therapy to future RMTs. Mike also heads up the case study program at WCCMT. Most recently, Michael was elected as a board member of the Massage Therapy Association of B.C. In that role he works as chair of the communications committee to promote the profession of massage therapy.


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Violet Reynolds, RMT, CASE, RDYT 500

Violet Reynolds graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, and in September 1996 she registered with the CMT of BC. In 2004 Violet delved into a series of post-graduate courses in Applied Somatics and in 2010 became a Certified Applied Somatic Educator. In August 2013 she completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training with Red Door Yoga. Since 2006 she has been practicing as a RMT at the Duncan Wellness Centre on Vancouver Island. Her practice focuses on utilizing Somatics for individuals to accelerate the release of neuromuscular tension, and teaching clients home movements to assist them in managing or eliminating pain and improving posture. In addition, she teaches regular classes in Somatics and Somatic Yoga so that clients have a cost-effective way of learning Somatic movements. Violet has created an Equestrian Somatics course, which she has taught to groups including Queen Margaret’s School and the Canadian Pony Club. In 2012 Violet began assisting teaching Applied Somatics at post-graduate training courses.


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Jennifer MacVicar, RMT

Jennifer MacVicar is a Registered Massage Therapist practicing in Sidney, British Columbia. Before becoming a Massage Therapist she studied at La Sorbonne Paris Nouvelle III and the University of Victoria. She graduated West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and has been a member of the Massage Therapist Association of BC since 1997. She has been interviewed and published in the local newspaper.

Jennifer has a firm yet gentle approach with a concentration of Osteopathic and Dermoneuromodulation techniques. Her practice includes all members of the community who live locally, within BC, throughout Canada and internationally. As a Registered Massage Therapist for the past 17 years and someone living with chronic illness and pain she can offer and insightful perspective regarding the therapeutic relationship. As a therapist and a patient she can relate both the positive aspects and the pitfalls of this important relationship. By discussing the different roles she hopes to improve the overall communication between the healthcare practitioner and their patients.


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Michael Hamm, LMP CCST

Michael Hamm, LMP CCST maintains a full-time, Seattle based, bodywork practice focused on mind-body skills, injury treatment, post-surgical work and trauma recovery. He teaches anatomy, research literacy, and neurofascial bodywork around the US and Canada.

Mike is a Trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation and co-chair of the Foundation's Best Practices Committee. Mike served as faculty advisor to 3 prize winners and 2 honorable mentions in the Foundation's Student Case Report Contest, and was the first Gold award winner in 2005. He has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Mike presented on Best Practices at 2013's International Massage Therapy Research Conference, on nerve-fascia anatomy at 2012's Fascia Research Congress, and on research literacy at 2010's Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research Conference. For 7 years, Mike taught anatomy, technique, and cadaver study at the Brian Utting School of Massage and at Cortiva Institute, Seattle. 


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Susan Chapelle, RMT

Susan Chapelle has been a practicing therapist for over 18 years. She is the recipient of the 2010 award for “registered massage therapist of the year” for British Columbia for her contribution to research in the field of manual therapy. Susan is owner of Squamish Integrated Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Squamish BC. Susan is involved in her community to bring the importance of complimentary medicine to a larger group. She is a city councilor, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Seniors Housing, as well as the Squamish Community Foundation. Susan continues her work to examine the effects of manual therapy. As a speaker at international conferences, she has presented her research on cancer and post-surgical therapies. She is currently collaborating with Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD at the University of New England, and the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia. Her recent publication, “Visceral Mobilization Can Lyse and Prevent Peritoneal Adhesions in a Rat Model” as well as her new manuscript “The effects of Manual Therapy on Post-Operative Ileus” have been published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Susan and Geoffrey have continued collaboration, with National Institute of Health funding on the study of adhesions and post-operative care. 



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Mark Finch, RMT, KMI

Mark is an RMT who has been in practice since 1996. He has training in Massage Therapy, Structural Integration (KMI) and Visceral Manipulation. He has a passion for understanding and treating soft tissues of all kinds, and the people associated with them. He has treated successfully in many therapeutic settings including touring with Riverdance the Show. He clinically collaborates with well known Physiotherapist Diane Lee with whom he co-teaches some courses. Mark taught Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains™ courses in many international venues from 2005-2011. He now teaches his own Myofascial release courses in Canada and Australasia. Mark resides in Vancouver, BC where he maintains a busy practice and enjoys the outdoors with his family. 



If this course does not help you significantly improve your knowledge or clinical skills, notify us within 30 days of the purchase date and we will refund your purchase price.


This course is a recording of a panel discussion moderated by Michael Reoch at the 2014 Pain Research Conference sponsored by Pain BC and the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia.

2014 BC Pain Conference

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