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2018 Ontario Chapter Education Conference & AGM Summary

   On April 29th, 2018 we held our Education day/AGM at the Burlington Waterfront Hotel.  It was a great day of learning and brought Joanne Baker, RMT and a question and answer period with various athletes at all levels and sports.  Our morning session consisted of Joanne Baker teaching, Symmetry in Motion:  A Different Approach to the Treatment of Pain. The 3 hour session is an introduction to a bigger protocol of Total Motion Release Concepts.   It's based on symmetry movement of the body to bring the body back to balance for optimal healing.  Then our afternoon session consisted of the Athlete' Panel, where those that attended could ask questions about the athlete's experience and how the CSMTA has help them on their journey.

Symmetry in Motion

Imagine life without pain.


What if you could improve your treatment results up to 7 times faster and have a longer lasting effect with just a few basic movements that bring your body back to symmetry.  This 3-hour workshop will give you an introduction to TMR©, created by Tom Dalonzo-Baker.   Using non-restricted directions of motion and non-injured joints & muscles of the body will produce immediate results on the affected area. 


A balanced movement system will enhance results with your clients and can also be used as self care for yourself.      In addition, you will be able to teach your client how to fix themselves in between appointments.  You’ll be blown away at the speed and efficiency of this technique.  



Joanne Baker, RMT

Joanne has been in private practice as a Massage Therapist since 1995.  In addition to post graduation education in various modalities, Joanne has pursued additional training in the sport massage field and has worked with athletes at all levels of competition including the artists of Cirque du Soleil.  Most recently, Joanne was on a 3-year North American tour with the equestrian circus “Cavalia Odysseo” as sole therapist. 

Her belief is that structure and symmetry are key to optimal results and has incorporated motion symmetry regularly to improve function and reduce pain.  Joanne was National Office Coordinator for the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association for 8 years and is also an instructor in clinical application of Massage Therapy as well as anatomy.


Athlete Panel Profiles

Jason Burnett


A 3-time Olympian and a 2008 Silver medalist in the sport of trampoline. He holds two world records for the most difficult routines ever performed and is a 10-time national champion. In 2014, Jason tore his ACL during a training accident. After a rushed recovery to reach the Pan Am Games, he re-tore his ACL 11 months post-surgery. As a result, he chose to post-pone a second ACL reconstruction and complete the Olympic qualification process without an ACL. Using taping and bracing options to stabilize the knee, he successfully qualified and competed at his third Olympic games in Rio.

                                                                                Candice Styles

                                                                                Hockey Player 

Three time OUA champion at Wilfrid Laurier University where she was an All-Canadian Laurier Female Athlete of the Year. She played with the U-18 Team Canada team and represented Team Canada at the FISU Universaide Games in Erzurum Turkey where they captured Gold. Played 3 years in the CWHL women’s professional hockey league with the Brampton Thunder where she was a CWHL All-Star in 2015-2016 season. Dealing with concussions throughout her career, one serious concussion that brought her to the crossroads of health or hockey.

Bo Hedges

Wheelchair Basketball

Three time Paralympian -  Bo Hedges credits mental preparation and training as the keys to his success in wheelchair basketball. He began playing wheelchair basketball competitively in 1996 and has since become a key component of the Canadian national program, as well as a powerhouse British Columbia provincial team. Hedges got his first taste of international competition with stints for Team Canada at the world junior championships in 1997 and 2001, at which the Canucks won back-to-back gold medals. He secured a roster spot on the Sr. Men’s National Team in 2007 and captured a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in 2008. Four years later, he won Paralympic gold at London 2012.

Austin Smeenk
Para Athletics 

Austin Smeenk is a Paralympian in Wheelchair basketball. He was born in 1997 with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia-HSP. He began parasports at age six with sledge hockey through the cruisers sports in Mississauga and the following years took up wheelchair basketball and para athletics which is where he truly excelled. His high performance career in para athletics began in 2012 when he went to the London 2012 Trials and successfully beat competitors in 3 of the four events. The following year he was carded as a development athlete and began to train with the determination for excellence. Since 2012 he has represented Canada at 3 world championships and one paralympics.His future career goals are to compete in the 2019 world championships and medal in the 2020 Tokyo paralympic games. 

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