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August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08

FSMTA "Ignites the Profession"

75Th Anniversary Celebration Planned For 2014

By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) "ignited the profession" at its annual convention at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in late June. With more than 2,500 attendees, 156 total classes offered, the annual banquet, the rubber duck race to raise money for charity, as well as the exhibit hall, participants had a lot of options to choose from.

"The FSMTA convention was an energetic and lively event attended by people with happy, curious, exploring minds. I am always revitalized by spending time with the FSMTA and I hope to have many more opportunities in the future," said Ruth Werner, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation.

One of the highlights of the event came during the annual banquet as charitable donations from the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary were awarded to both the Liddle Kidz Foundation and Dr. Tiffany Field's Touch Research Institute(TRI). The Sanctuary awarded $6,200 to TRI. "We are pleased to support Dr. Tiffany Field in her mission at the Touch Research Institute to demonstrate the important role of therapeutic touch and massage on the growth, development and well-being of people at all stages of live from newborns to the elderly," said Earl DeCarli, President and CEO of Scrip Companies, the parent company of Massage Warehouse.

Massage Warehouse award $5,160 to the Liddle Kidz Foundation. "We are awed by the work of Tina Allen and her team to bring the power of nurturing touch for infants and children across the United States and the word," said DeCarli. "With her vision to make a sustainable and exponential impact on the health and emotional well-being of children, she embodies commitment as she travels the globe conducting educational and certification programs for massage therapists and caregivers to learn the power of nurturing touch for infants and children."

Anna Rodriguez also was recognized with the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award in recognition of her efforts in improving the welfare of her clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. "As the founder of The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Anna has received numerous recognitions and awards for her passion and dedication to identify, rescue and restore victims lives. We are very proud to add this Humanitarian Award to her long list of accolades and pleased that we had opportunity to present it on her birthday," stated Mr. Bob Poirier, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Performance Health. "Anna tirelessly travels around the country speaking and training law enforcement, community organizations and faith based organizations about human trafficking. Although she is neither a massage therapist nor a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, her value to massage is immense as she continues to help us in our fight to stop unlicensed and illicit activity within the massage profession."

We've found the FSMTA annual conference, over 15 years, to be the reliable leader in massage industry conferences and events; and a worthwhile and well run event," said exhibitor John Gelb from Tools for Touch webinars. "Plus, more fun than ever this year. Thanks and see you next year!"

"Having had the pleasure of assisting the FSMTA with some of their marketing and promotional needs, I wanted to attend their event to learn more about their organization. What I learned was their conference is so welcoming and well organized that it has already been added to my calendar for 2014. Furthermore, I think it's an essential few days of learning and networking for any massage therapist. Congrats on such an amazing event. I am already looking forward to next year," said Jayne Thomas of Massage Promotions.

The 2014 convention will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Sea Word from June 26 to June 29th. Registration begins this month at and there is a convenient monthly payment option available. With 2014 marking the FSMTA's Diamond anniversary and the high attendance this year, the FSMTA board of directors anticipates the convention filling fast and advises anyone thinking about coming to make plans to be there for this important celebration.


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