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August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08

Florida Therapists Celebrate Massage

By Editorial Staff

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) celebrated massage and Independence Day at its 2008 Annual Convention July 3-5 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Therapists were able to earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit from classes taught by many well-known therapists. Classes included "Russian Sports Massage," "Thai Spa Herbal Ball Treatments," "Therapeutic Strategies for Surgeries, Scars and Burns" and "Address Fascial Restrictions to Decrease Abnormal Tissue Patters."

The Successful Start Program on Wednesday, July 2, welcomed massage therapy students and newly licensed therapists to the field of massage therapy with concepts such as practice building and insurance billing issues. Successful Start speakers included Massage Today columnists David Kent, Angie Patrick and Vivian Madison-Mahoney.

The popular fundraising event, The Sanctuary, was featured in the exhibit hall and donated all of its proceeds - more than $5,000 - to the Touch Research Institute (TRI). Sanctuary sponsor Massage Envy also donated an additional $10,000 to TRI's research studying the effects of massage on premature children.

"I could not be happier with the Sanctuary at the FSMTA conference this year," said Sanctuary founder Angie Patrick. "I am humbled by the outpouring of support and love for this project, and I am thankful for everyone who participated!"

The annual awards banquet on July 5 was well-attended as chapters and therapists were recognized for their efforts in supporting the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA Humanitarian Award went to long-time Melbourne, Fla. therapist Jody Stork. Performance Health presented Stork with a check for $500 to the charity of her choice which was Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Stork has a long history of service in Florida and has volunteered her time with organizations such as the Children's Home Society, Kids Without Christmas, The Haven, Candlelighters, Heart Walk, American Cancer Society, The Zachary Project and the Early Intervention Center. Stork has also worked with local schools and hospitals for teacher and nurse appreciation events. She is the owner and director of her own massage school and during the spring, she and her students work with the Washington Nationals professional baseball team. She has been the therapist for the World Champion Florida Marlins baseball team, as well as former Miami Dolphins quarterback and hall of famer Dan Marino.

For more information about this year's convention or to get a preview of next year's gathering, visit the FSMTA Web site at


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