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February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02

Oldest Massage Society in U.S. Celebrates 75 Years

By Editorial Staff

The New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists (NYSSMMT) recently celebrated its75th anniversary with a two-day conference. Highlights of the event included a Bob King low-back techniques workshop, conducted at Hofstra University, and an awards dinner/dance gala.

The NYSSMMT is the oldest professional massage organization in the United States.

Members of the Society have networked professionally since 1927. This year's celebration featured photographs dating back to the 1940s and the Society's original Certificate of Incorporation, dated March 4, 1927.

Distinguished guests and members were present as the Society honored massage therapists who volunteered at Ground Zero and throughout the New York area subsequent to September 11, 2001. Plaques were presented to 18 individuals for their contributions in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. Also recognized were The Swedish Institute, which donated time, phones, office space and staff, and John Fanuzzi, President of Golden Ratio Woodworks, for supplying many massage chairs for the volunteers to use.

A special moment in the awards ceremony came when the Society presenting its inaugural Humanitarian Award to Donna DeFalco, LMT. Recognized for her presence and organizational skills, she led hundreds of massage therapists to volunteer to massage the rescue workers of the Sept. 11th tragedy.

Ms. DeFalco worked throughout the entire year the rescue effort was underway at Ground Zero."I get more out of doing this and being here than all the men and women receiving the massage," she was quoted as saying. In addition to a plaque, Donna received a check for $500 from Performance Health, Inc. (BioFreeze) to be donated to the charity of her choice, and a massage chair from Golden Ratio Woodworks.


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