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May, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 05

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies

Mark your calendar for the Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies, June 9-10, 2005, at the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md.

The conference, which is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will cover the underlying biology of manual therapies and feature experts to discuss topics such as the use of manual therapies in the U.S. and Canada; neuroscience; immunology/endocrinology; and biomechanics and imaging. There will also be regular Q-n-A sessions for audience members and breakout groups. The cost of registration is $35. For more information, visit or call 202-973-8734.

First International Chair Massage Conference 2005

The first International Chair Massage Conference will be held June 18-19, 2005, in Toronto, Canada, and feature several experts in the world of chair massage presenting topics such as The Seated Stone Experience; The Fainting Phenomenon; Effortless Chair Massage; Creating a Retail Massage Empire; and much more. There will be pre- and post-conference workshops, roundtable discussions, and social networking opportunities. The cost is $199 before May 17 and $249 thereafter. Conference presenters emphasize that this is a limited opportunity, as there are no definite plans to hold the conference annually. For more information, visit

Breaking News!

It looks like Georgia will be the 35th state to regulate massage therapy. Senate Bill (SB) 110, establishing the Georgia Massage Therapy Practice Act, passed the Senate on March 31, 2005. At press time, the bill was awaiting the governor's signature. Look for the full story in the June 2005 issue.


In the story "Winds of Change Blowing at NCBTMB," (April 2005, one of the questions made reference to "0.005 percent of the massage therapy population." That figure was misprinted and should have read "0.5 percent." We apologize for the error.


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