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September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09

National Conventions Showcase Education, Networking Opportunities

FSMTA Convention: Something for Everyone; AMTA Convention: Building Professional Excellence

By Editorial Staff

The city of Orlando, Florida, prides itself on its entertainment options. There are a variety of theme parks, beaches, museums, championship golf courses and any number of other leisure activities vying for dollars and attention.

It was in this city of endless options that the Florida State Massage Therapy Association decided to create a few more educational, networking and entertainment opportunities by holding its annual convention at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate from June 28 through July 2.

A variety of continuing education topics were available for attendees to choose from, including the "Successful Start" program for first-time attendees. Sponsored by the Upledger Institute, seminar presenters included Bruce Baltz, Alice Belusko, Mark Bigelow, Raymond Blaylock, Mya Breman, Elizabeth Demmel, David Dolan, Katie Haley, Jerry Konrad, Peggy Lamb, Jill Mabry, Michelle Mace, Don McCann, Margie Meshew, Pete Pfannerstill, Paul St. John, Frank Tedesco, Linda Walker, Tracy Walton, Tad Wanveer, Pete Whitridge and Zhenya Wine. Some of the topics covered included Foundation of Deep Tissue Healing, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Yumana Body Rolling, Aquatic Healing, Ashiatsu Bar Therapy without the bars, Introduction to Swe-Thai Massage, Introduction to Kinesio Taping, NatureSynergy Rejuvenating Face Lift Massage, Cancer and Massage Therapy: Safe Practice and Surgery, Scars, Burns and Myofascial Therapies.

More than 60 companies filled the convention hall to offer attendees the opportunity to see the products and services to help them build their businesses. Companies in attendance included:

  • Massage Warehouse (a SCRIP company), showcasing everything from tables to lotions to music (
  • The Upledger Institute offered manuals, tools and demonstrations highlighting CranioSacral therapy (
  • BioFreeze/Performance Health gave several educational demonstrations using their products (
  • Kent Health Systems raffled an iPod and unveiled its new DVD programs, trigger point and muscle movement charts (
  • Rest-a-Head Therapeutics introduced its Head Kradle suspension system (
  • Massage Insurance Billing's Vivian Madison-Mahoney gave a presentation in the Successful Start program (
  • Bon Vital highlighted its popular foot balm and other massage lotions (

The event gave attendees a chance to experience all that Orlando and the FSMTA have to offer. To view photos of the event and to get information on next year's convention, visit

AMTA Convention (Oct. 11-14): Building Professional Excellence

Massage Today Publisher Don Petersen thanks Keynote Speaker Dr. Tiffany Field and outgoing FSMTA President Mike McGillicuddy. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Massage Today Publisher Don Petersen (left) thanks Keynote Speaker Dr. Tiffany Field and outgoing FSMTA President Mike McGillicuddy at the keynote dinner on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Come spend October in Atlanta as the American Massage Therapy Association holds its national convention, "Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge: Building Professional Excellence." The convention will be held at the Hilton Atlanta from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14, with a variety of continuing education, exhibitors and networking opportunities available.

This year's keynote address will be presented by Massage Today columnist Cary Bayer, life coach and founder of Bayer Communications. Continuing education topics include "Massage for the Stroke Patient and Neurological Dysfunctions: Approach to Neurological Pathologies," "Palpation Reliability for Injury Prevention," "Parkinsonism: Understanding, Approach and Massage for the Patient," "Stone Massage: Fundamentals for Deep Tissue Healing," and "The Heart of Ethics," among others.

The Exhibits Marketplace also will be open to attendees, with vendors offering various products and massage services. The marketplace will be open Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Massage Therapy Research Foundation will hold a poster session for attendees to learn how massage therapy researchers are advancing the massage therapy profession. The poster sessions will be held during the Exhibits Marketplace hours. The foundation also is offering a grant-writing workshop led by President Diana L. Thompson, LMP, and Vice President Glenn M. Hymel, EdD, LMT. They will explain each grant program, the submission requirements, the application procedure and the criteria used in the evaluation process of Massage Therapy Foundation grants. The foundation also will present two seminars, "Writing Case Reports" and "Current Massage Therapy Research Findings and Their Effect on the Profession."

Also benefiting the foundation, Massage Warehouse, a SCRIP company, is presenting "The Sanctuary in Atlanta," a "10-10-10" fundraising event. In conjunction with event partners, Bon Vital Massage Products, Earthlite Massage Tables, George Skaroulis of Evzone Music, Core Products, Roz Zollinger of The Heal Center, media sponsor Massage Today and other corporate sponsors, the Sanctuary will provide attendees with an opportunity to unwind and refocus during the convention. The Sanctuary is located at Massage Warehouse booths 118 and 119; the "10-10-10" promotion is defined as the following:

  • 10 minutes - length of mini service
  • 10 dollars - donation to the Massage Therapy Foundation required for treatment
  • 10 percent - off your order of massage products

Atlanta, Georgia Skyline - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Attendees can enjoy foot treatments provided by the students of The Heal Center in Atlanta while listening to George Skaroulis' newest release, appropriately titled, "Sanctuary." Reflexology, exfoliation and stone massage foot treatments will be offered, featuring Bon Vital foot balm and body polish. Earthlite Massage Tables will be providing portable Calistoga tables and Core Products will provide a variety of hot and cold therapy products. Hours of operation for The Sanctuary are: Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We invite every attendee, exhibitor and presenter to 'The Sanctuary in Atlanta,'" said Angie Patrick of Massage Warehouse. "This is an excellent way to recharge your mind, body and spirit. Stop by the Massage Warehouse booth and experience true Southern hospitality in our own hometown."

For more detailed information on the AMTA convention in Atlanta, including a conference brochure and hotel registration information, visit


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