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June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06

Experiencing Wellness

By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor

This year's Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) annual convention promises to provide plenty of opportunity for attendees to "Explore the Possibilities Through Massage Therapy." The home of the Magic Kingdom will play host to the convention from June 27-July 1 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Fla.

The convention will have a full schedule of classes, allowing therapists to earn up to 18 hours of CE credit.

Many well-known therapists will be presenting, including Massage Today columnists Erik Dalton ("Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques for Symptomatic Scoliosis"), David Kent ("Headaches: Types, Triggers and Treatments"), Vivian Madison-Mahoney ("Insurance Billing: Procedures, Laws and Rules") and Tracey Walton ("Cancer and Massage Therapy: What Does the Research Say?"). Other featured classes will include: "Aromatic Kinesiology"; "Advanced Sports Massage Techniques"; "Massage Therapist Self-Care for Wellness"; and "Hawaiian Lomi Lomi."

In addition, there will be a Successful Start Program on June 27 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This free program is aimed toward massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to introduce them to the field of massage therapy with concepts such as practice-building and billing issues. Successful Start is sponsored by FSMTA, Performance Health Products and Massage Warehouse.

Making its FSMTA debut, the exhibit hall will play host to the Sanctuary. For a $10 donation, you can get a 10-minute massage, including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, and a hot/cold protocol. All proceeds will benefit the Touch Research Institute's research into the field of massage benefits for premature children. As an added bonus, any attendee who shows up at the Massage Today booth wearing one of the Massage Today T-shirts that were given away last year, Massage Today will provide them with a $10 coupon for one of the Sanctuary treatments.

Other special events will include individual chapter parties on Friday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as a banquet on Saturday, June 30, sponsored by Performance Health.

As a special incentive in the exhibit hall, the FSMTA Hospitality Desk will be offering one raffle ticket for every $10 spent. Vendors will be donating prizes that will be raffled off during the show. Cash drawings also will be held in the exhibit hall. The conference fee is $395 for FSMTA members and $520 for nonmembers.

For further information about the convention, as well as registration forms, hotel information and a complete program schedule, visit the convention Web site at: or call FSMTA toll-free at: (877) 376-8248.


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