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July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07

2010 FSMTA Convention: "Realize Your Potential"

By Editorial Staff

Once again, Orlando welcomed massage therapists, educators, and industry vendors to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention July 7-11. The 2010 FSMTA Annual Convention and Trade Show offered the opportunity to learn from top educators, meet leaders in the field, experience new products, and to enjoy various social events.

Opening Ceremony

The event kicked off Thursday evening with a lively presentation by keynote speaker David Kent, owner of Muscular Pain Relief Center and president and founder of Kent Health Systems, who spoke on the convention's theme "Realize Your Potential". In true David Kent fashion, he had the crowd up on their feet massaging each other's backs to the instrumental tune of "Pipeline" by The Ventures, and then somehow rolled the presentation into an inspirational take-home message on possibilities and how to reach your goals.

Classes

Attendees could earn up to 19 continuing education hours. Classes and instructors included: "CORE Myofascial Therapy for the Neck, Head and Face" by George Kousaleos, "NMT and the Gravity Game: The Dynamic Foot" by Judith DeLany, "Bamboo-Fusion" by Nathalie Cecilia and "Unlocking Your Performance Potential" by Don McCann.

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall was filled with some of the major vendors and leaders in the massage industry. Attendees were invited to take free samples of products, fun giveaways and connect with some of the top leaders in the industry including orthopedic massage expert James Waslaski, Ruth Werner of Massage Therapy Foundation and Angie Patrick of Massage Warehouse.

Angie Patrick is also the facilitator and organizer of the philanthropic event the "SANCTUARY," which raises funding and awareness for massage therapy research. Once again the SANCTUARY booth was a popular attraction in the exhibit hall, as attendees enjoyed, in essence, a mini spa with various 10-minute treatments performed by volunteers for $10 donations. 

"The SANCTUARY is a project that never ceases to amaze me in the way it brings the community together to achieve greater good," said Patrick.

"From the Event Partners, Bon Vital, CranioCradle, EvZone Music, Performance Health, Soothing Touch, TH Stone, Sa Wan, Massage Today and Massage Magazine to our event volunteers, Everest University, South Orlando Campus, to the attendees of the FSMTA; all which came together in a symphony of giving and philanthropy. As a result, the SANCTUARY raised a grand total $6002 to further the massage research efforts of the legendary Dr. Tiffany Field at the Touch Research Institute in Miami Florida.

"I am truly grateful to our partners, volunteers, and all the wonderful people who came and enjoyed the treatments. Each time we do this, it really solidifies in my mind a simple truth: If we come together and each contribute a little, we can achieve so much more than we ever imagined possible and become the catalyst for positive change," said Patrick.

Ellen Mills of Pompano Beach, Fla. was the lucky winner of the Massage Today drawing for $1000. Throughout the convention, 500 participants entered their names in the drawing and received a free Massage Today T-shirt to wear at the drawing on Saturday night. David Kent, who MC'd the drawing, called a very stunned Mills to the podium to collect her winnings. See Mills win the drawing.


The 2011 FSMTA Annual Convention is scheduled for June 22-26 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World. For more go to: www.fsmta.org.

 

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