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August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08

Great Times in Orlando at FSMTA 2001 Convention

By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) held its 2001 convention and trade show July 5-8 in Orlando, Florida. This annual event has become one of the premier massage and bodywork assemblies in the nation, and this year's record attendance underscored that fact.

Counting exhibitors, trade-show-only guests, and convention registrants, more than 1,300 individuals enjoyed the opportunity to obtain CEUs, meet with vendors, suppliers and peers, and have a great time together!

image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Massage Today at the FSMTA Convention (from left): Jack Bell, advertising sales rep.; Cliff Korn,NCTMB, editor; Ron Stephens, FSMTA president; Paula Evans, sales manager; Peter Crownfield, managing editor. Orlando in July is hot and humid, but very few of the convention attendees seemed to mind. The convention opened with a well-attended welcoming dinner, followed by the keynote speaker (and Massage Today columnist) Steve Capellini. Steve spoke to the audience about "The Spa Convergence," outlining the evolving relationship between the medical and spa communities. (Editor's note: a complete transcript of Steve's presentation can be found on line at

The educational offerings were vast, allowing up to 18 CEUs to attendees. Nationally known presenters such as Roy Desjarlais, Erik Dalton, Judith DeLany and others taught a wide array of topics covering the breadth of massage therapy and bodywork. In addition to the more standard offerings such as "NMT on Forearms/Hands," "Success in Your Practice," and "Techniques for Neck Pain," a number of unique educational opportunities were available. I particularly noted Ben Dillard's "Humor in Health," Lee Chaffee's "Russian Chair Massage" (you must try this chair massage routine, it's terrific!), and Mya Bremen's fascinating "Equine CranioSacral Therapy," featuring live, outdoor demonstrations on horses!

Eighty-nine different exhibitors made up the trade show, providing one-stop shopping for any massage or bodywork-related item one could imagine.

The FSMTA officers and staff did a marvelous job in putting this convention together. Florida offers tremendous opportunities for the practice of massage and bodywork, and has more than 17,000 practitioners working at any given time in the state. I can't understand why any Florida therapist wouldn't make it a priority to attend this valuable convention. For those of us who reside outside of Florida, I think serious consideration should be given to a summer vacation in Florida - especially considering the substantial tax write-off for convention attendance!

Information about future FSMTA conventions can be found at

Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.


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