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May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05

FSMTA Creates Waves of Possibilities

By Editorial Staff

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) brings you waves of possibilities at this year's convention held at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World in beautiful Orlando, Florida beginning Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26.

The FSMTA conventions are known for providing attendees with a rich learning environment along with plenty of opportunities for meeting industry leaders, vendors, and making new friends at lively social events. And this year is no different.

The FSMTA 2011 "Waves of Possibilities" convention will be thriving with educational courses from top educators, networking opportunities with industry leaders, vital product information along with plenty of motivation and inspiration for massage therapists and students alike.

Education Opportunities

Attendees can earn up to 20 hours of Florida and NCBTMB CE credits including all Florida-required courses. Educational opportunities include: "How Does Pediatric Massage Therapy Benefit Children With Autism (ASD)?" by Tina Allen, "How to Build Lasting Client Relationships" by Cherie Sohnen-Moe, "Orthopedic Massage" by James Waslaski, "Intro to Structural Relief Therapy" by Taya Countryman, "Massage and Hospice" by Ann Catlin, "The Big 4: Prevention of Medical Errors, Ethics, Law Review and HIV/AIDs Education" by Pete Whitridge, and so much more.

Waves of Possibilities - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark A full day Educator Summit will also take place on Saturday, June 25. Class sessions are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. including "ADA Compliance Strategies for Massage Therapy Instructors" and "Intro to Distance Education for Massage Therapy Instructors". A roundtable discussion, facilitated by Pete Whitridge, will be open to all educators and other interested parties from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Discussion will include the licensure process, national certification and examination, helping your students succeed, and more.

Convention Highlights

The Successful Start Program is Wednesday, June 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free program sponsored by FSMTA, Performance Health and Massage Warehouse, and is available only to massage therapy students and therapists licensed within the past two years. Program speakers and presentations include: Jay Edinger "Taxes and the Massage Therapist", Mike McGillicuddy "Self-Care and Wellness for the Massage Therapist", Joanna Godwin "Grow Your Practice With Community Outreach", Karen Ford "Good Therapists Can Get In Trouble", David Kent "Tips on Setting Up Your Office" and Angie Patrick "Massage Therapy Research: A Story of Love".

The philanthropic project, the Sanctuary, will be there supporting massage therapy research. The Sanctuary is always one of the most sought-after booths in the exhibit hall; so, stop by early and reserve your seat for a luxurious 10-minute treatment including basic reflexology, stone massage, exfoliation, hot/cold contrast protocols, herbal ball treatment and facial rejuvenating techniques. Your $10 donation for each 10-minute treatment will go toward the Touch Research Institute in support of Tiffany Field, and her research efforts with premature children and the benefits of massage therapy.

And don't miss the Saturday Night Banquet "Pearls of Wisdom - Gems of the Sea", which kicks off at 7:30 p.m and is sure to be the place for making new friends. This lively social event includes dinner, cash bar, awards, prize drawings and dancing!

Exhibit Hall

Shop for luxurious products and services and meet the vendors themselves on the tradeshow floor. The hall opens Thursday evening for a welcome party, and then all day Friday and Saturday.

For every $10 spent in the exhibit hall, you will receive a prize drawing ticket from the FSMTA hospitality desk. Prizes, donated by exhibit hall vendors, will be raffled off during tradeshow hours. Cash drawings will also be held.

Register Now

Your registration fee includes the welcome party with exhibitors and Saturday night banquet. The deadline for pre-registration is May 27. To register go to: Attendees can also take advantage of special pricing at Sea World of Orlando. For details, go to:

For more information about the convention, go to

You can download a free showguide (PDF Format) from this link.


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