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June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06

Texas Association of Massage Therapists Holds 3rd Annual Convention

By Editorial Staff

The Texas Association of Massage Therapists (TAMT) celebrated its third annual convention and trade show Feb. 28 - March 1 at the Hobby Airport Hilton hotel in Houston. According to TAMT President Sharon Stumpf, the convention was a marked success.

This year's convention featured numerous distinguished presenters, including Eric Moya from the Upledger Institute, who demonstrated CranioSacral therapy and lymphatic drainage techniques; Janine Ray, who demonstrated how the Pfrimmer technique can help repair overworked muscles; and author and motivational speaker Lindee Brauer, who inspired attendees with her lectures, "Building into Your Personal Best," and "Build Into Your Future!"

Keynote speaker Brian Barnes discussed myofascial release techniques, and Perry Isenberg, vice president of marketing for Biofreeze/Performance Health and columnist for Massage Today, delivered the convention's final presentation, "Trends in Massage," at the closing dinner program.

The presenters agreed that the atmosphere of this year's convention was one of closeness and camaraderie. According to convention chair Renee Crockford, "Everyone said that they felt like one big family, at home, at our event."

Several dynamic vendors participated in this year's event, allowing attendees to see the newest tools of the trade and hear the latest massage industry news and information. Eligible attendees also received up to six hours of continuing education credit.

Brooks Kassan, TAMT's legislative chair, received the first-ever Performance Health Humanitarian Award for taking over the reigns of the association this year. Lane Tow, a charter member and TAMTs first treasurer in 1995, was honored with the President's Award for her role in keeping massage therapy a respected profession in the state of Texas.

TAMT was founded in the spring of 1995, and was incorporated as a non profit organization in 1998. Since its inception, TAMT has added chapters in Houston, Waco, Galveston and Austin, in addition to its Beaumont chapter, and the organization continues to grow.

In addition to its annual convention, the TAMT is developing a mini-convention, which will travel throughout the state to bring networking and educational opportunities to massage therapists. According to Stumpf, next year's annual convention plans are already underway. "We look forward to building a better convention for 2004! Mark your calendars for March 5-6, 2004. . . Same bat time, same bat channel."

For more information on the 2004 TAMT convention, visit


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