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December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12

A Convention Massage Therapists Can Look FOREward To

By Editorial Staff

There is still time to register for the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) Winter Convention, scheduled for Dec.12-14, 2003 in Naples, Fla., where massage therapists can earn continuing education units by attending "The Mattes Method for Golf," a unique massage therapy seminar that focuses on golfers.

Therapists will learn how to help golfers prevent injury and maximize performance, as well as how to expand their practices to include working in this specialized field. The seminar will be co-presented by Aaron Mattes, founder of the Active Isolated Stretching Method; Jeffrey Banazak, PGA Tour strength and conditioning coach; and Frank Costa, PGA teaching professional and former PGA tour player, over the course of the three-day convention. To register, contact the FCA at (407) 290-5883 or visit

First Lady Enjoys Thai Foot Massage

While touring Thailand with her husband for the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum, first lady Laura Bush made an unscheduled stop between activities at a foot massage booth at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok, where she sat for a 20-minute treatment with therapist Waree Jaithanee. "I cherished the opportunity to introduce the first lady to traditional Thai massage to soothe muscle aches," said Jaithanee, according to an article in The Nation. "At the end of the session, the first lady gave me a name card and asked whether I was interested in launching a Thai foot-massage service in the United States," she added. Evidently, Mrs. Bush enjoyed her massage: She praised Jaithanee for the refreshing treatment, then purchased $250 worth of massage oil and powder.

SOTO-USA Honors Dr. John Upledger

Massage Today columnist Dr. John Upledger was honored recently with a lifetime achievement award from the Sacro-Occipital Technique Organization (SOTO)-USA. The award was presented during the SOTO-USA 2003 Clinical Symposium, Oct. 9-12, in Washington, D.C., in recognition of Dr. Upledger's "outstanding dedication and generous commitment to furthering health care and pioneering innovative methods of healing." Dr. Upledger delivered the keynote address, "CranioSacral Therapy and Beyond," and participated in panel discussions during the symposium. Dr. Upledger is the founder and medical director of The Upledger Institute ( in Palm Beach, Fla.; SOTO-USA ( is a nonprofit, chiropractic-based organization based on the promotion and understanding of the Sacro-Occipital method of chiropractic, developed by Dr. Major Bertrand DeJarnette.


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