2022 National AGM & Conference


Kamloops & Sun Peaks Resort

2022 National Annual General Meeting

Date:  Friday October 28, 2022

Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where:  Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre, close to Kamloops, BC & Online

As a member you will receive your online voting details approximately 7-10 days before the AGM.  We will continue to have our meeting in-person at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel.  Vote and have your voice heard.  

AGM Social

We will have a social after the AGM.  Join us in celebrating our organization and the love of sport that we all have.  

2022 National Conference

Date:  October 29 & 30, 2022

Where:  Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre, close to Kamloops, BC

The CSMTA is pleased to present its first in-person Conference in 3 years.  Our annual Conference is taking place on

October 29 & 30, 2022 at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre near Kamloops, BC.  

We have a great line up of 5 full day courses for you to learn from. Come for 1 day or 2, you are sure to learn and

meet many who are as passionate about sport as you are!

This is a full service conference.  We will be providing lunch as well as beverages and snacks during breaks.  

Both days begin with an 8:00am Check-in.  All classes will start at 8:30am and go to 6:00pm.

Conference Social

October 29th Social at the Cleavage Axe Co.  Join us for some fun!  Save your spot by October 26th.

Please go to our Events page to book your spot!

To save your spot in the Conference please go to the Events page.

The CSMTA would like to thank our Gold Sponsors....


Day 1 - Saturday October 29, 2022

  1. Muscle Energy of the Pelvis from David Laurin, BSc, CAT(C), DOMP -                                                                                                                 CMTBC approved 10 EIP CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6
  1. Harness the Power of Breathing from Jaime Sochasky-Livingston, CAT(C) -                                                                                                   CMTBC approved 10 EIP CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6

Day 2 - Sunday October 30, 2022

  1. Ligament Articular Strain Technique for Carpals & Tarsals from Robert Libby, RMT -                                                                           CMTBC approved 10 CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6
  2. A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete's Respiratory System from Jonathan Maister, BSSc, CAT(C), RMT, CSMTA(SF) & Ira Snytte, BSc(Exercise Science, Concordia University) CAT(C) DO(Q) -                                                                                                                     CMTBC approved 10 EIP CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6
  3. Sport Event Massage for Sport Specific Health Professionals from Remo Bucci, RMT, CSMTA(SF), HPC & Jeanette Dobmeier, BSc, BHSc, RMT, CSMTA(SF) - No CMTBC credits are available as this course is designed for sport specific health professionals that are not RMT's.  CATA approved CEU's 3.6

Please find below a detailed description of all our course presentations and BC CEC approvals. 

Below the course information you will find all relevant venue and hotel information.  

Day 1 - Saturday October 29, 2022

Muscle Energy of the Pelvis from Dave Laurin, BSc, CAT(C), DOMP

CMTBC approved 10 EIP CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6

Course Outline

Muscle Energy Technique has been part of the osteopathic approach for a long time. It was popularized and detailed by Fred Mitchell Jr D.O. Muscle Energy Technique is a gentler alternative to joint mobilization. Using physiological proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation principles combined with precise joint positioning this technique allows for an integrated approach to joint mobilization; in essence retraining proprioceptors as you reposition and mobilize the joint. It's a very practical course and easy to use right away. Alignment of the bones of the pelvis is tremendously helpful for proper functioning of the core muscles, your athletes will love these techniques!

Learning Outcomes

  • Musculoskeletal anatomy of the pelvis
  • Assess the ilium, sacrum and pubic symphysis using Muscle Energy Technique
  • Treat dysfunctions of the ilium, sacrum and pubic symphysis using Muscle Energy Technique
  • Reassess and use clinical reasoning in applying Muscle Energy Technique

Instructor - David Laurin BSc, CAT(C), DOMP

David graduated from Concordia University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Athletic Therapy Specialization). He then went on to complete 6 years of study at the Canadian School of Osteopathy in Vancouver. David owns a thriving practice in Victoria BC, where he has also worked with the Cowichan Rugby Club and Rugby Canada. David teaches Muscle Energy Techniques at the Canadian School of Osteopathy in Vancouver and has been teaching BC RMT continuing education courses for 10 years running.

Harness the Power of Breathing from Jaime Sochasky-Livingston, CAT(C)

CMTBC approved 10 EIP CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6

Course Outline

Most people do not breathe well, leading to tension, anxiety, poor movement patterns and chronic pain symptoms. Having a massage is a way to help reduce these symptoms. However, it is often only a temporary measure for relief.

By coupling massage therapy protocols with improving the awareness of, and how your clients breathe (and consequently move) they will not only help themselves improve, but you will reduce your own workload, increase your effectiveness and get powerful results more quickly.

Through this workshop you will learn about optimized breathing mechanics and the powerful biochemistry behind it, as well as the art of improving the breath and movement in both you and your clients to decrease parasitic tension, soreness and stress, all while making adjustments and adaptations, allowing you to manifest longer lasting and more effective treatment effects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and summarize the importance of optimized breathing and the deleterious effects of disordered breathing.
  • Integrate and implement assessment and reassessment strategies to identifying and addressing the biomechanical, biochemical and psychophysiological elements driving disordered breathing
  • Identify dysfunctional breathing and set a plan to correct them through various tactile, verbal and demonstrative modalities
  • Determine and adjust as needed the required tasks for each individual
  • Advocate for optimal breathing practices

Instructor - Jaime Sochasky Livingston, CAT(C)

Jaime Sochasky is a Neuro Reconditioning pioneer, consultant, and co-founder of ReconditioningHQ.com. She has over 25 years of experience working in the human performance industry as both a therapy and strength and conditioning professional, as well as a consultant, mentor, entrepreneur and educator.

Her focus is currently on empowering human professionals to see and reach beyond what they thought possible for themselves in their lives and careers. Be it through online education courses, speaking engagements, personal development programs, professional mentorship or community building, Jaime is about sparking an energy within, and helping others past their limitations.

Jaime has trained and re-built athletes at every level including professional athletes, Olympic athletes, college athletes, as well as highly motivated recreational athletes. She maintains a robust personal clientele of executive athletes and is often called upon to solve difficult issues that peers and clients have been otherwise unable to resolve.

She is a dedicated partner, friend, daughter, and mother who is doing her best “to be (and inspire) the change she wishes to see in the world.”

Day 2 - Sunday October 30, 2022

Ligament Articular Strain Technique for Carpals & Tarsals from Robert Libby, RMT

CMTBC approved 10 CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6

These 1-Day courses have been developed for the therapist short on time.  Carpals & Tarsals can be confusing!

Let’s keep things simple and easy!

Get a better understanding of how the ligamentous/membranous connections communicate and influence dysfunctions, broaden your treatment techniques, be more specific and precise with your palpation, recognize and effectively treat the Annular Ligament, Pronator, Supinator, Interosseous Membrane, Carpals and more…

Explain “Referred Pain” to your patients according to the Neurophysiological Model and learn Ligament Pain Referral Patterns of the Elbow, Forearm & Wrist.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be more specific and precise palpating of the ligamentous joint tissues
  • Students will understand how Referred Pain occurs according to the Neurophysiological Model
  • Students will understand and recognize the typical Ligament Pain Referral Patterns
  • Students will understand how ligamentous tissues are injured and how they heal
  • Students will understand and apply the principles of application of LAST
  • Students will understand the 4 main types of mechanoreceptors pertaining to joint tissues
  • Students will understand the healing timelines for acute to chronic for joint tissues
  • Students will understand and the 7 effects of treatment
  • Students will understand the neurological innervations of the ligamentous articular tissues

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain Referred Pain to patients
  • Students will be able treat the capsule and surrounding tissues
  • Students will be able to describe the typical Ligamentous Pain Referral Patterns
  • Students will be able to describe and inform the patient about the Ligamentomuscular reflex
  • Students will be able to apply the knowledge of Anatomy, Neuroplasticity, Mechanoreceptors and the Ligamentomuscular reflex in treating their Patients.
  • Students will be able to duplicate the techniques demonstrated.
  • Students will be able to palpate the ligaments addressed at the body areas covered with in each course.
  • Students will be able to answer the 5 questions patients want answered
  • Students will recognize and effectively treat forced coupling dysfunction

Instructor - Robert Libbey, RMT

Robert has been a (Canadian 3000hr) Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for over 28yrs and an educator for over 22yrs.

Robert has spent his career researching, learning, developing and updating Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique. Initially studying the works of A. T. Still, DO, Robert continued to study and be influenced by W. G. Sutherland, DO; H. A. Lippincott, DO; R. Lippincott, DO; R. Becker, DO; A. Wales, DO and the Dallas Osteopathic Study Group.

As science and medicine advanced, Robert recognized that some of the original perceptions, narrative and principles may seem out of touch with today’s knowledge, while others maintain the test of time.

Robert has sought to update the narrative of the technique and its outcomes by incorporating the most current research and understanding of neurophysiology psychosocial factors, pain science, fascial research and ligamentous pain referral patterns.

This course represents a reconceptualization; a revitalization of a classical Osteopathic Manual Technique.

Robert believes therapists and clinicians have a great opportunity to improve the quality of life of their patients. He has always felt that our understanding of the ligamentous articular system has been insufficient. Roberts desire is to bring greater awareness of this system’s role in neuromusculoskeletal injuries and disorders, and to provide information that will enhance the therapists/clinicians’ capacity to help their patients.

Robert maintains a full-time practice while he continues researching, developing, training and educating.

Robert can be contacted at:  lastechnique@gmail.com or www.lastsite.ca

A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete's Respiratory System

from Jonathan Maister, BSSc, CAT(C), RMT, CSTMA(SF) & Ira Snytte, BSc, CAT(C), DO(Q)

CMTBC approved 10 EIP CEC's for Cycle 13 / CATA approved CEU's 3.6

Course Outline

Ease of respiration is key to an Athlete’s performance. Vascular and Pulmonary issues may exist that may disturb respiration, but one must also consider the relationship of the Respiratory System to the musculoskeletal system and all other body systems. The importance of ideal respiration may be neglected because the therapist may be unaware of  intervention strategies, or simply they may be apprehensive about treating what is perceived as beyond our traditional scope. The musculoskeletal nature of the Respiratory System renders it susceptible to the same holding patterns and restrictions of the extremities, (i.e. diaphragm, accessory respiratory muscles etc), which will impede athletic performance. The visceral aspect of the Respiratory System is also  a consideration because of anatomic attachments of lungs to cervical spine, shoulder, and other body parts. For this very reason it can and should be addressed by manual therapists. By incorporating the techniques taught in this presentation, the therapist will make the quantum leap in their skill-set beyond what is traditionally associated with therapy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and palpate the various body structures associated with the Respiratory System
  • Evaluate the status of these structures in terms of sub/optimal Respiratory Function
  • Implement suitable hands-on strategies to correct the dysfunctional anatomical structures
  • Re-evaluate the body structures to determine the effectiveness of treatment interventions


Jonathan Maister, BSSc, CAT(C), RMT, CSMTA(SF)

Jonathan Maister is a Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist with a further specialty in Sport Massage. In addition to private practice, he has taught at numerous educational institutions and is presently faculty at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada in their Massage Therapy program. His articles on Athletic Therapy, Sport Medicine and Massage have appeared in various Canadian journals. Jonathan’s unique and energetic presentations have been featured at conventions across Canada, in South Africa (University of the Western Cape), Israel (Pre Maccabi congress July 2022) and the USA (EATA convention, 2019). He chairs the Education Committee of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association

Ira Snytte  BSc(Exercise Science, Concordia University) CAT(C) DO(Q)

Ira is the owner and operator of a successful Sports Medicine Clinic in Montreal. He Certified as an Athletic Therapist in 1995 and then acquired his license as an Osteopath in 2002. His hands-on approach to treatment incorporating the mind/body, Biodynamics and somato-emotional relationship has yielded outstanding success in treating his patients. He is also a strong believer in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is able to incorporate a host of diverse approaches to his clinical work. Ira regularly shares his knowledge with student therapists who have benefited from his clinical experience and outstanding skill-set. He has taught at previous CATA conferences, as well as at the last CSMTA conference in Saskatoon, SK. Ira has traveled regularly as a senior therapist with the Canadian Medical Team to the Maccabiah Games, 2017 having been his 6th participation in this international sports event. In his spare time he connects with his family enjoying nature by running, hiking, swimming, and cycling.

Sport Event Massage for Sport Specific Health Professionals

from Remo Bucci, RMT, CSMTA(SF), HPC & Jeanette Dobmeier, BSc, BHSc, RMT, CSMTA(SF)

CATA approved CEU's 3.6

Course Outline

Designed for Sport Specific Health Professional members of RCCSS(C), SPC, CATA, and CASEM. Also, non-members who are Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, and Physicians that treat athletes at all levels are welcome to attend.

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

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

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

Please note that this course is designed for Allied Healthcare Practitioners. No credits have been applied for RMT’s with the CMTBC. This course also does not fulfill the requirements of becoming a Sport Fellow with the CSMTA. As an RMT you are welcome to attend the 2 day course which is also a requirement to fulfill the Sport Fellow requirements with the CSMTA.


Remo Bucci RMT, CSMTA(SF), HPC

  • Sport Fellow since 2000, CSMTA Certification and Examination Chair since 2009, and Instructor for the CSMTA Advanced Sport Massage Course since 2010.
  • High-Performance Certified, Leader Level, with Sport Scientist Canada
  • Member of the High-Performance Advisory Council Working Group for Own The Podium.
  • Member of the IST for Swim Canada since 2014 and Cycling Canada (Indoor Track Cycling) since 2015. Supporting athletes in their daily training environment. Remo has supported athletes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with Swim Canada, 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Cycling Canada, UCI 2019 World Track Cycling Championships.
  • Member of Athletics Canada’s IST since 2010 where he supports athletes in their daily training environment as well as has supported athletes at: 2020 Summer Paralympics Games, 2016 Summer Olympic game, 3 World IPC Championships, Senior and Junior IAAF World Championships, Pan Am and 2 Para-Pan Am Games.
  • Member of the Canadian Core Medical Team, Remo has gone to: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2004 Summer Paralympics, 2003 Summer World University Games, and 2001 Summer Canada Games.
  • Remo works at Canadian Sport Institute Ontario since 2014 as part of the Sport Medicine and Sport Therapy Team. Remo has taught Massage Therapy for 17 years. Remo focused his teaching in Treatments, Assessment, Remedial Exercise, and Anatomy. He incorporates what he has taught into his treatment sessions along with Osteopathic techniques, Active Isolated Stretching, IASTM, Cupping, Performance taping, and Thai Massage.

Jeanette Dobmeier, BSc, BHSc, RMT

Canadian Sport Massage Therapist's Association Sport Fellow

  • Jeanette’s post-secondary education includes a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology), Bachelor of Health Science, Diploma in Massage Therapy, Certificate in Liberal Arts, Certificate in Health & Fitness and Minor in Psychology
  • Registered Massage Therapist since 2000, Certified in Sport Massage since 2011, Member of the CSMTA National Office Executive since 2013
  • Varsity volleyball player for Simon Fraser University (1986-1989, 1990-1991)
  • Level 2 Practical and Written NCCP Coach Certification in Volleyball
  • Founder and Coach for the Excalibur Volleyball Club from 1992-2003
  • Instructor for St. John Ambulance in CPR and First Aid from 1993-1999
  • Instructor for Langara College from 2014-2019
  • Multiple Professional presentations which include Dragon Boat Symposiums and Running Clinic Presentations to name a few
  • World Rugby 7’s series Massage Therapist for the Vancouver stop on the tour since 2016
  • Massage Therapist for the National Dragon Boat Men’s and Mixed Premier Team in 2009
  • Massage Therapist for the Simon Fraser University Varsity Men’s & Women’s Wrestling Team in 2008-2009
  • Massage Therapist for the World Women’s Softball Championship in 2016 and the Women’s Softball WBSC America’s Olympic Qualifier Tournament in 2019
  • Worked at many and varied sporting events such as BC Winter Games (2018), Canada vs Maori All Blacks International Event (2017), Canada vs Uruguay World Cup Qualifier Event (2018), Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship (many years) and World Police and Fire Games (2009) to name a few
  • Jeanette works at her own clinic in Vancouver, BC where she focuses on the active population in her own community and the athletes her out of clinic work attracts. Her primary techniques are fascially oriented which includes visceral work in addition to joint mobilizations. Her teaching and coaching experience often lead to new and different perspectives in her manual work that can be very beneficial to the athlete in all of us.

To save your spot in the Conference please go to the Events page.

 Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre

Location:  3240 Village Way, Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada

Sun Peaks Resort is known the world over. Internationally renowned, it is the second-largest ski area in Canada, a land known as the home of winter. And here, exploration knows no season, with biking, hiking, and golf invigorating the summer months.

Found just a scenic 45-minute drive from Kamloops in British Columbia’s Thompson - Okanagan region, adventure awaits at Sun Peaks Resort.

The CSMTA has negotiated special room prices for the event.  In order to receive these prices you need to indicate that you are making reservations for the CSMTA AGM & Conference. Reservations must be made by September 27, 2022 to receive these rates.  After this date, the Hotel will continue to accept reservations but at the current available rate. Reservations can be made by the following methods:

Via Telephone:  1-844-SPGRAND (774-7263)

Via Email:  reservations@sunpeaksgrand.com

Via Online:  http://www.sunpeaksgrand.com/  Booking Code:  GKNCSMT21

Room Details

Rates are based on single or double occupancy. Any additional occupants will be charged $20.00 per person per night.  There will be no additional charge for children up to and including the age of 18 years who share with their parents.  Maximum occupants per room is dependant on the number of beds. Changes and cancellations for individual reservations must reach the Reservations Department 7 days prior to the arrival date to avoid penalty of one night's room and tax. 

Check in time is 4:00pm  and Check-out time is 11:00am.

 Room Types

 Group Net Rate

Single/Double CAD

 Deluxe Room - 2 Queen beds  $135

 Deluxe Room, Alpine View

 Deluxe Room, Balcony  $175
 Deluxe Room, Balcony, Alpine View  $195
 Junior Suite  $215
 Kitchenette Rooms  $210
 One Bedroom Suite  $235
 Mountain Suite  $325
 Two Bedroom Hotel Suite  $435
 One Bedroom Suite  $265
 One Bedroom Suite with Den  $285
 One Bedroom Suite with Den (2 Washrooms)  $325
 Two Bedroom Suite  $345
The above rates are quoted in Canadian funds and are net and do not include taxes which are currently:  Resort tax 3%, GST 5% and PST 8%.


If you are flying into Kamloops, you will need to pre-book your shuttle service from the airport to the resort via Tasteful Excursions for approximately $40.  Other methods of transportation can be found on the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel website.


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