Book NowThe SMTO AGM & Annual Conference takes place at the end of March each year.  The 2020 Conference will be held at Perth Station Hotel, 1 Leonard St, Perth PH2 8HE. 

The Conference will be presented by James Earls on the 21st & 22nd March 2020, 9am-5pm both days.

Born to Move - Presented by James Earls  

In this wide-ranging presentation, James Earls will draw from his 30 years of experience as a soft tissue therapist and humbly admit to the ‘anatomy stories’ he has fallen victim to. Thankfully, the years eventually led to a wider understanding of the interrelationships between form and function, skeletal and soft tissues, tensegrity and reality, and he will bring these many strands together to show how, finally, they can all be applied to understand the use of soft tissues in movement.

Combining Movement & Bodywork

During this workshop we will explore the functional interrelationships of the shoulders, trunk and lower limbs. Bodywork techniques will be taught as you feel the ways in which the pectoral muscles affect the thoracic and lumbar spine, and how they can all relate to the opposite hip and even into the opposite knee and foot. Many tissues will be covered in this two-day event and you will come away with an immediate hands-on experience of how the body transfers force, new ways to assess it and new methods to treat and re-educate your clients’ movement.

We will be performing functional bodywork by having the client standing and moving in certain ways that allow simultaneous treatment and assessment making the work ideal for pitch or track-side. The principles taught during this workshop will allow you to apply the techniques immediately for the benefit of your clients.


If you have a nomination for the Nick Carter Memorial Salver for Services to Massage Therapy do let us know.

Trade Exhibition will be open to all both days with Songbird Naturals (wax), Scottish Massage Schools (courses, polo shirts, oils, consultation & treatment packs), Handspring Publishing with a fantastic selection of must-read books, Neal’s Yard Remedies, and many, many more…

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Title:        “Born to Move” with James Earls

Venue:    Station Hotel, 1 Leonard Street, Perth, PH2 8HE.

Costs:      £250 (SMTO members) / £275 (non-members) / £150 (Students).   

Dates:     21st & 22nd March 2020; Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm.

Contact: SMTO, 27 Craigs Ave, Edinburgh, EH12 8HS. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 08454-638852 / 07715-663852.

You can download the booking form by clicking on the Book Now button.