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June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06

Boca Raton Hosts FSMTA Convention

By Editorial Staff

This year's Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) annual convention will provide attendees with an opportunity to "Celebrate Massage." Boca Raton, Fla., will play host to the convention over Independence Day weekend (July 3-5) at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

Massage therapists will be able to earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit and take all of the required classes for license renewal. Many well-known therapists will be presenting including Massage Today columnist David Kent, LMT ("Balancing Health and Well-Being") and MT contributor Ann Catlin, LMT, OTR ("Massage for Elders and Those at the End of Life" and "Massage for Elders in Facility Care"). Other featured classes include "Russian Sports Massage," "Thai Spa Herbal Ball Treatments," "Therapeutic Strategies for Surgeries, Scars, and Burns" and "Address Fascial Restrictions to Decrease Abnormal Tissue Patterns." Florida therapists also can complete all their required classes for licensing by taking two all-day classes on Friday, July 4.

In addition, there will be a Successful Start Program on Wednesday, July 2 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This program introduces massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to the field of massage therapy, with concepts such as practice-building and billing issues. Speakers include Massage Today columnists David Kent, Vivian Madison-Mahoney and Angie Patrick.

The popular fundraising event, the Sanctuary, once again will be featured in the exhibit hall. For a $10 donation, you can get a 10-minute massage, including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, a hot/cold contrast protocol, an herbal-ball treatment and facial rejuvenating techniques. All proceeds benefit the Touch Research Institute's research on massage for premature children.

"As a parent of a severely premature child, I am abundantly aware of the benefit of touch and how it can help speed the development and improvement in the health of these precious and incredibly fragile babies," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick. "Through my own experience, as well as through the growth and progress of my own daughter, I am living testament to the importance of research and the support we all must provide."

Other scheduled events include: a keynote speech on July 3 by James Waslaski, LMT, an All-American Celebration Dinner and dance on July 4, and the FSMTA Annual Awards Banquet on July 5. 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 (877) 376-8248.


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