Essential Oils: The Good, The Bad, and Everything in Between

The Field of Aromatherapy is changing rapidly. With all the talk of ingestion and millions of recipes on the Internet, how do you know which is good, bad and where the truth lies in between. Topics will include how to know when to use an essential oil, absolute, CO2 extraction, or hydrosol and how to learn the difference between them. Safety concerns will be discussed in conjunction with frequency and methods of use. How to choose therapeutic quality products as well as questions to ask your supplier will also be addressed. Proper research techniques will be discussed. Come learn when, where, and how to use your aromatic tool kit in a safe manner.


Amber M. LaBoarde is a clinical aromatherapist at Loving Scents Aromatherapy, a private practice in Greensboro, N.C., specializing in integrative therapies. She was first introduced to aromatherapy in 2012 and began classes toward her degree in aromatherapy and herbalism with the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2014. Her teaching/education specialties include Fertility/Reproductive Issues, Children, Perfumery and Custom Blending, as well as Cleaning with Essential Oils and Herbs. She has a passion for education and teaching clients how to use aromatherapy in their everyday lives alongside other holistic practices to reach their goals of a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Sunday, 9:00 am, Classroom H, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy ( S900-H )

Corrective Exercises for Pain-free Living and Performance Enhancement

It is vital for all manual therapists to evaluate and treat overactive and underactive muscle activity throughout the body. When certain muscle groups get tight and facilitated, and opposing muscles get weak and inhibited, it leads to musculoskeletal pain and decreased athletic performance. Classic examples are Lower Crossed Syndrome where the hip flexors get tight causing the hip extensors not only to get weak, but to not fire in the proper firing order. In Upper Crossed Syndrome the anterior shoulder muscles get tight and facilitated, causing pain in the upper back due to weak, inhibited shoulder and cervical stabilizers. Based on the stretching protocols of Aaron Mattes and strengthening exercises from NASM, therapists will learn to eliminate supination and over-pronation of the foot, rotational patterns of the knee, low back pain, cervical pain and shoulder and arm pain. This dynamic multimedia presentation will take you inside the human body to eliminate joint pain throughout the body, and increase athletic performance to a whole new level.

James Waslaski is an author and international lecturer who teaches 40+ seminars around the world every year. He served as AMTA sports massage chair and FSMTA professional relations chair. He has developed eight orthopedic massage and sports DVDs and written manuals on advanced orthopedic massage and client self-care. His book Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management was published in 2011. James is a certified personal trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA World of Wellness New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival, and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians. He received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award and was inducted into the 2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. He also was awarded Massage Therapist of the Year at the Canadian Massage Conference and in 2015 was named Teacher of the Year at the World Massage Festival.

Sunday, 2:30 pm/ Hall O, 4 CE Hours- Massage Therapy (S230-O)

Connective Tissue Massage: Science & Application of Manual Connective Tissue Massage Protocols & Cupping Therapy

In this interactive and challenging seminar, Dr. Jeffrey Cullers will discuss the importance of identifying and eliminating fibrotic bridges/adhesions that may form between the layers of the skin, superficial and deep fascia and the potential health risks associated when fibrotic bridges/adhesions develop in connective tissue structures.

Dr. Jeff Cullers has had a very successful career as an award-winning massage therapist and as a National Academy Sports Medicine Certified Personal Fitness Trainer/ Apex Fitness Professional. He has worked with movie stars, movie and television producers, owners of Fortune 500 companies and professional athletes, as well as IronMan Triathlon competitors, Boston and New York Marathon competitors and many amateur athletes. In 2001, Dr.Cullers established a chiropractic practice in Ormond Beach, Fla. and developed a successful practice consisting of five locations throughout Volusia County. During this time, he was able to further develop his business and clinical skills as an orthopedic massage therapist. In 2005, he enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Fla. and in 2009 graduated with a doctorate degree in chiropractic medicine. In 2015, Dr. Cullers became the only Florida physician certified by the Science of Massage Institute.

Saturday, 2:30 pm/ Hall K, 4 CE Hours- Massage Therapy ( SA230-K )

Beyond Coconut: Exploring the Synergies of Carrier Oils

When most people talk about aromatherapy they first think of the highly aromatic essential oils. Maybe not quite as glamorous but a factor that is just as important are the plant-based vegetable oils known as carriers. Each one has its own therapeutic value and is used to dilute highly concentrated essential oils for the ideal response. This experiential class will include how to create synergies with the luxurious feel of emollient vegetable oils from around the world. The class will cover conditions of the skin and discuss choice of carrier or blend of carriers.


Kimberly S. Seymour is a clinical aromatherapist at Loving Scents Aromatherapy. Kimberly has a passion for teaching and counseling clients to help them reach their goals of optimal health, happiness, and finding their own awesomeness.

Saturday, 2:00 pm/ Classroom H, 2 CE Hours- Esthetics, Cosmetology, Massage Therapist ( SA200-H )

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