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The Bridge Builders 2009 World Massage Festival

“The Retreat” New Braunfels, Texas

April 24-26, 2009

Welcome to Texas! PROUD SPONSOR OF THE 2


Massage Therapy Hall of Fame At the

World Massage Festival TAMT’s MISSION “To protect, maintain, and enhance the professional development, business success, and quality of life for all Texas Licensed Massage Therapists.” JOIN AND HAVE A VOICE! TAMT is an active voice in the Texas legislature and involvement with the Texas Department of Health on the latest issues relating to Texas massage therapists. Texas Association of Massage Therapists 3801 Capital of Texas Hwy. N. E240-156, Austin, TX 78746 1-888-778-9851 * (210) 651-0545 (Fax) *


Welcome! Welcome to Fest 09! Our defining mission this weekend is to bring the industry together. Our Massage Symposium, at 7:30 am on Saturday morning in the vending hall, is just one unique aspect of our efforts to accomplish this by networking. Please bring this program with you to the Symposium. For this year’s attendees, we will give you free advertising for one year in our new online massage magazine, at Just leave your business card at the registration desk. There are lots of door prizes to give away, so make sure to check the board at the prize center often. Every year we have grown and we are expecting around 1,000 therapists next year for our 5th anniversary, in Berea, KY. We ask every therapist to help, if you can. If you have a website, please link to the Festival site!!! Thanks to those who put up posters on your websites and spread the word. The 2010 Festival will be our largest event yet! We are looking for volunteers that would like to help organize next year from within your different states, let me know if you would like to help. It’s fun and there are awards, like free class registration. Instead of the early bird price ending this weekend, as usual, the early bird registration deadline, for 2010, has been extended until September 1, 2009! After that, it will be $492.00. By registering this weekend, you can get up to 24 hours of CE credits, 4 nights lodging & 4 days of meals for only $392......see details on the inside back cover of this program.

Mike Hinkle, Founder

THE BRIDGE BUILDER An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening, cold and gray, To chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream had no fears for him; But he turned when safe on the other side And built a bridge to span the tide. “Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near, “You are wasting strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again must pass this way; You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide -Why build you the bridge at the eventide?” The builder lifted his old gray head: “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, “There followeth after me today A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me To that fair-haired youth may a pit-fall be, He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.” Will Allen Dromgoole





Use of Cold and Ice Applications for Acute Injuries

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Medical Massage for Cranial Pain (Headaches & TMJ)

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Must attend ALL sessions to get credit

Chuckwagon Ralph Stephens

Traditional Thai Massage on the Table

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Must attend ALL sessions to get credit

Buttercup Margie Meshew

Orthopedic Massage for Thoracic Outlet and Frozen Shoulder Release

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gymnasium James Waslaski

Massage Cupping Bodywork

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Must attend all sessions to get credit

Blue Bonnet Anita Shannon

Bamboo Fusion Therapy

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Must attend all sessions to get credit

Texas Sage B Nathalie Cecilia

Use of Heat and Ice Applications for Stubborn Chronic Pain

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Texas Sage A Margie Schaeffer

Texas Sage A

Margie Schaeffer

Orthopedic Massage Treatments for Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Conditions

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gymnasium James Waslaski

How to Lengthen Your Career - Centered Massage, Safe Hands or No Hands

Must attend ALL sessions to get credit

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Texas Sage A Margie Schaeffer

Trigger Point Therapy

Must attend ALL sessions to get credit Must attend ALL sessions to get credit

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chuckwagon Ralph Stephens

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Buttercup Margie Meshew

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gymnasium James Waslaski

Traditional Thai Massage on the Floor Pelvic Stabilization “The Key to Structural Integration”


VENDOR HOURS: Friday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM SPECIAL EVENTS IN VENDOR’S HALL Friday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Vendor Party in the Vendor Hall, Pool Area, Campfire & Movie Saturday 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM - MASSAGE SYMPOSIUM Saturday After Lunch - Massage School Competitions Saturday 7:30 PM Lanny Moody Show, Hall of Fame Ceremonies & Hall of Fame Reception


2009 Instructors James Waslaski

2009 Keynote Speaker & 2008 Hall of Fame Member James Waslaski worked 20 years as a paramedic, and in a trauma center, while teaching emergency medical courses, and studied pre-med in college prior to his massage training in Florida. James served as Professional Relations Chair for Florida and received the 1998 FSMTA outstanding state service award. He also served as AMTA Sports Massage Education Council Chair from 1993-1997 receiving the AMTA National Officer Award. He is a self published author and international lecturer who has pioneered deep pain free orthopedic massage, pain management, sports injury, and sports enhancement treatments. His unique structural and multidisciplinary bodywork approach has been taught throughout the United States, Ireland, London, Scotland, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Greece, Australia, and the Caribbean. His seminars are being requested now in New Zealand, South Africa, Amsterdam, Holland, Italy, Egypt, Russia, and Dubai. James was the 1999 recipient of the FSMTA International Achievement Award.

Nathalie Cecilia 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Born in Nimes, a Roman city located in Provence (South France), Nathalie Cecilia is your Bamboo Massage Therapy instructor. With a master’s degree in Philosophy and Languages from the Universitee Des Lettres De Montpellier, she began her career as a teacher and a translator. She developed an innovative way to give bamboo massage on the table (BambooFusion) and in the chair (Bamboo-2-Go), meanwhile creating her own bamboo set to give the massage. Her goal today is to help therapists provide deep massage without hurting themselves. This technique aids in avoiding repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel, and reduces the stress on thumbs, wrists and hands.

Ralph R. Stephens, BS Ed, LMT, CNMT, NCTMB 2008 Hall of Fame Member Highly acclaimed and internationally recognized as one of the best presenters in the profession, Ralph is known for his friendly, understandable, and inspiring style that makes learning specific concepts and techniques easy and fun. He is a sought after presenter at state, regional and national meetings where he gets excellent reviews every time. Ralph has put together a system of medical massage that gets dramatic results and teaches it in a way that you can take it home and use it immediately to get better, faster results with your patients. “It is not my intent to impress you with what I can do. Instead, I seek to openly share the techniques, knowledge, and experience I have gained over the last 22 years with you so that together we can help more people.” Ralph R. Stephens

2009 Instructors Margie Meshew 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Margie has been a licensed massage therapist since 1989. She’s been teaching massage for over 13 years and received the National Achievement Award in 1999 for Teacher of the Year from the Career College Association. She is a Traditional Thai Massage instructor who received her teacher certification from ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2001 Margie developed Swe-Thai Massage which became the subject of her first top rated instructional video. Margie’s second video Table Top Thai A Comprehensive Massage Routine was released in 2004 and her latest video Comprehensive Thai Bodywork & Herbal Ball Application was released in February 2007. Margie travels throughout the world conducting Traditional Thai, Table Top Thai, Swe-Thai and Herbal Ball massage workshops and has provided specialized Spa Training to many four and five star/diamond resorts. In addition to massage Margie is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and is Reiki I & II certified.

Margie Schaeffer Margie is the founder & director of the Synergy Healing Arts Center & Massage School in Blue Ridge Summit, PA, since 1996, an NCBTMB certified massage therapist since 1992, massage therapist since 1990, nationally certified educator for 31 years specializing in curriculum development, certified Upledger CranopSacral therapist, PA Chapter Rotunda Chair Massage Coordinator, NCAA & AIAW national gymnastic coach, and a semi-professional modern dancer. Margie’s massage therapy graduates have earned a 20% higher score rate on the NCBTMB exam. She has taught Hydrotherapy at the Mid-Atlantic AMTA Massage Therapy Conference & specializes in ergonomic efficient body usage for massage, which has extended her massage graduate’s career to double the national average.

Anita Shannon Anita J. Shannon is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Cosmetologist since 1983, specializing in skin care, body treatments, Clinical Aromatherapy and various modalities of massage therapy. She is a national educator since 1990, appearing at four national Spa and Massage conventions each year, and appeared as a co-host for four years on the television show “Health Options Today” with Dr. Mitchell Ghen. Anita is the Director of Advanced Continuing Education, an NCBTMB CE provider, and has presented numerous workshops on Massage Cupping™ bodywork at national locations since creating this brand of therapy in 2001. Anita has been published on Massage Cupping™ bodywork in Les Nouvelles Esthetique-US, Massage Today and Massage Magazine. She has published two educational videos on Massage Cupping™ bodywork therapy and is currently writing a book on the subject.

2006 Hall of Fame

2008 Hall of Fame

Frederick Alexander, Robert Noah Calvert, Sister Rosalind Gefre, Ruthie Hardee, Hippocrates, Eunice Ingham, George Kousaleos, Aunty Margaret Machado, Jack Meagher, Bonnie Prudden, Ida Rolf, Milton Trager

2007 Hall of Fame

Laurie Azzarella, Bruce Baltz, John Barnes, Michael Buck, Judith DeLany, Aaron Mattes, Tom Myers, Brita Ostrom, David Palmer, Therese Pfrimmer, Linda Tellington-Jones, Janet Travell

Judi Calvert, Erik Dalton, Elizabeth Dicke, Tiffany Field, Sandy Fritz, Raul Sr. & Estrellita Izquierdo, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Ralph Stephens, Paul St. John, John Upledger, James Waslaski

2009 Hall of Fame

Jean Shea

Jenny Ray

Margie Meshew

Nathalie Cecilia

Moshe Feldenkrais

Cliff Korn

John Harvey Kellogg

Tina Allen

James Cyriax

Tom Bowen

Mary McMillan

Peter Ling

THANKS To our sponsors & contributors Texas Association of Massage Therapists (TAMT) AMTA-Texas Chapter World Massage.Org Massage News Barral Institute Earth Angel Oils ACE Massage Cupping Comfort Craft Stone Walkers Association Bon Vital Freedom from Pain Institute Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Massage Therapy Foundation Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards Vivian Madison-Mahoney Massage Insurance Billing Jacqueline McLaughlin, LMT, Young Living Oils Quantum Touch Young Living Oils, Darcy Neibaur Ruthie Hardee - Deep Feet Judi Calvert - Hands On Trade James Waslaski Ralph Stephens Nathalie Cecilia Margie Meshew Margie Schaeffer Petals for Healing Tina Allen Daybreak Geriatric Massage Cliff Korn Massage Therapy Radio Massage Warehouse Massage Magazine JLM Publishing/Training Kay Jewelers & Marks and Morgan Jewelers Of Orange Park, FL , Debby Darrow-Oman, Manager N. Austin Massage Therapy Body Support Systems Inc. Sacro Wedgy Beth Vaughan Consulting In His Hands Massage It Works Marketing Sports Tuina TRU-Chocolate by Youngevity Lauterstein-Conway Massage School North Austin Massage Therapy Frederickburg’s Massage Connection Touch of Texas Massage Australian Coast Products

Slipstream Therapy Segue Business Solutions Mother Earth Pillows JOPA Consulting Aihu Essentials for Healing Emergency Response Massage International Rossiter & Associates The BioMat Company FUSE Natural Products Top Massage Tables Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy KeyOn Enterprises Guidry Health Services My Massage Video Ariana Institute Silver Leaf Resorts The Scooter Store Darlene’s Better Health Amethyst Biomat Community Health Positive Biotone Massage Publications Biofreeze Fingerprintz.Com Body of Work Books Body Mind Spirit Directory The Collective Works of Steve Hickey Real Bodywork Edge Body System Massage Pro CE Jonathan Goldman’s Spirit Music Vacation New Braunfels Auromere Ayurvedic Imports White Cloud Institute Inner Traditions/Bear & Co. New Braunfels Bed & Breakfast Association Buffalo Wings & Rings University of Metaphysical Sciences Kineseo Taping At Peace Media Kent Health Systems Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute erbaviva Naturopatch of Vermont Olena’s Massage Center One Goddess Way Inner Peace Music 5 Star Formulators The Pressure Positive Company The Heritage Store, Inc. WR Medical Electronics Co.

Aubrey Organics ALIVEe Massage Tables & Chairs Yu-BE Moisturizing Skin Cream Dynamic Flexibility A Scents Worth Living Earth Crafts Kate Jordan Seminars Procare Fit Specialist Lhasa OMS Sound Healing Tools Sprayology Stretch Me Solay Wellness Inc. Energy Muse Aubrey Organics Jean Dalton, LMT Pet Massage Kelley Pure Essential Oils New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Historic Gruene Heritage Village Conservation Plaza The Sophienburg Railroad Museum Bodywork Sites Body Therapy Associates Scandles Body Massage Candles Soothing Touch Absolute Essentials Alternative Growth Streams Inc. PetMassage Training & Research Institute Trillium Organics Gruene Homestead Inn Topricin National Association of Massage Therapists Akha Womens Foundation Massage Supplies & Such Your CE Place Academy of Ancient Reflexology Natural Formulations Massage Products General Physiotherapy, Inc. Massage Therapy Video Library Thermal Palms Go Massage China Gel Body Logic Kaleidoscope Embroidery The Michaels Group (will be attending the Festival)

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2010 Hall of Fame

The World Massage Festival has been chosen to be a certifying organization for President Barack Obama’s President’s Volunteer Service Awards. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in the American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The World Massage Festival’s presentation of The President’s Volunteer Service Awards will take place during the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame ceremonies in the Seabury Arena, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, on June 19, 2010. Our goal is to recognize YOU for ALL the volunteerism you do, in whatever capacity. This year’s Symposium Theme is: “2009 - The Year to Volunteer” Full details for participating in The Presiden’ts Volunteer Service Award program can be seen at

Ben Benjamin Elliott Greene Steve Halpern Julia Hayes Bob King Linda Kramer (Sudevi) Dr. Jacob Liberman Claire Marie Miller Carole Osborne Karen Reifinger Rick Rosen Howayo Takata BioFreeze is the Institution of the Year Joe Ferguson is the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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Would you like to help with the 2010 WMF? What are your skills? Website design? Graphic design? Contact Mike at 830-832-7265

2009 Lifetime Massage Therapy Achievement Award Winner John Malinowski 1/27/32 - 12/15/08

Massage found John twenty-four years ago. As with most of us, and after many jobs, John found his passion and his obsession in finding answers to help people using massage therapy as his tools. His main modality was Touch For Health, but he also used kineseology, muscle energy release and orthobionomy. He knew the human body because he never quit studying. He inspired many youngsters to look down the road. John mesmerized people around the world with his knowledge and skills. He did this by being a “workshop junkie”. John was not big on Swedish massage. He wanted to know the problem because then he could find the “fix”. He wasn’t shy about going into a group of people, in his worldly travels, and helping all he could. His wife, Bernice, said, “There was never such a thing as a stranger to John. Everywhere we went, in airports, meetings and hotels, if I lost touch with him, I would just look for a cluster of people and there was John, doing muscle tests.” He proudly anticipated getting his 25-year AMTA pin this year in Orlando, Florida at the National Convention. He talked with so much pride of his love for AMTA and the pride he had in being a member. And all the changes he had seen happen in the profession. John was excited about the World Massage Festival. He was always there with his table, “doing the work.” “He was as good as they get and he cared”, said fellow therapists. He helped so many people feel better. And as he said many times, with a smile on his face, “Mike, what more could you ask for from life?” To know John was to love him, and we did.

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My heritage is Santee, Dakota, Sioux and Irish so as a Metice (mixed blood); I come to the professional massage industry from a culture that is conscious of the need for personal time in ‘retreat’. Henblanche (Vision Quest) is our ceremony for spiritual retreat, where 4 days of fasting and prayer help rejuvenate the individual and lead to enlightenment. This might be a bit harsh for most modern day practitioners but one concept expressed in our Native American culture that helps remind us of the necessity of self-care is the belief in nurturing the sacred ‘Spaces-in-Between’. It is the space between lub and dub that makes the heart beat regular. The space between the drum beats that offer the dance rhythm. The space between inhale and exhale is the only space where oxygen nourishes the body. The space between dusk and dawn is the time of restoration and recovery. Obviously this list continues to infinity. So how does this principle apply to the massage industry? When we as therapists, educators and spa owners allow enough space between treatments, courses or events we are allowing the gifts of each action to be fully accepted and appreciated. In order for us to allow the client to release stress, aches, pains and fatigue on the massage table, we must be in a state of consciously balanced health.

is a powerful way to find your balance point. Do a few facial muscle stretches or manipulations using pressure point therapy techniques to reduce stress. Stretch your neck and shoulders during the treatment process in the spaces between each stroke. If you have come to a point on your client’s body where slow deep steady pressure is required, focus on the muscles in your own body that are involved in the stroke. Practice healthy body mechanics and know your limits. Without the Spaces-in-Between we have nothing to offer others. It is only through our own rejuvenation that we have the ability to share an abundance of health and wellness with others.

freshed and stimulated with new wisdom, knowing we have taken time for personal enrichment and rejuvenation. Of course the best Spaces-in Between are those we take in full retreat from the working world. Even the best General knows the value of ‘retreat’. Without this strategic move he would win very few battles and soon the war would be lost. Retreat means exactly that…to ‘withdraw from’ or to leave, so we must consider the need for retreat if we really want to ‘win’ in this game of life. When we believe in our profession and the message it carries about stress reduction, it becomes easy to allow ourselves some spaces- in- between for retreat.

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To stay in balance during a hectic treatment day it is important to have a few moments for grounding, during the spaces between clients. This might be nothing more than a few stretches to relax our muscles, which can be done while changing linens. These stretches will release tension if we focus on our breath and inhale deeply, using our knowledge of isometric exercise and exhale fully. In the spaces between clients get a drink of refreshing water, stand extra tall, stretching your back and legs, close your eyes and count your slow, measured, swallows allowing your brain to defocus from organized thoughts for a moment. If possible take a few paces around the grounds; having your feet on the land

For many practitioners the financial cost of travel and retreat may seem like an unwarranted expense, but in actuality it is the best investment you can make in your future. To enjoy a long and healthy career it is important to rejuvenate often. Of course it is free to do most of the things mentioned in this article, so they should happen on a daily basis. Remember that the best self-care is receiving massage therapy from your colleagues; many of us are willing to trade sessions. Breathe in the fresh air and energy of excitement that always abounds when like minded folks gather to share knowledge by traveling to tax deductible, continuing education classes as often as possible. We can return to our clients re-

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Don’t Miss the Symposium No one Else in the Industry Does This For You!! (Bring this program with you.) Ralph Stephens and Cliff Korn will be Masters of Ceremony for this years’ 2009 World Massage Festival Symposium. A panel has been assembled to answer questions from the Massage Industry and you. Some on the panel are ABMP, FSMTB, AMTATX, TAMT, James Waslaski, Jenny Ray, Margie Meshew, Nathalie Cecilia, Anita Shannon, Margie Schaeffer, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Ruthie Piper-Hardee, Judi Calvert, Tina Allen, Joe Ferguson, Pat Donohue, David Lauterstein, Kelli Lene, Ariana Vincent and the Massage Therapy Foundation. New Texas Laws, Body of Knowledge, State Reciprocity and State of the Industry will be some topics for discussion. What would you like to ask? Think of your questions and join us Saturday at 7:30 am in the Vendors Hall for the 2009 World Massage Therapy & Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Massage Symposium. Special door prizes for the Symposium provided by Earthlite & Massage Warehouse.


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“I Love Massage” - Judi in the News!

Judi Calvert, World Massage Festival Historian Judi will be giving a power point presentation of “The History of Massage”. It is fantastic!

In 2008, and again this year, Judi Calvert has donated as door prizes, artifacts that This program fills a lot of holes were originally part of the from different teachings and explains World of Massage Museum. As you visit vendors, make sure to stop at the Hands on Trade booth and ask Judi about her collection of massage related items.

Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Members, Judi and Robert Noah Calvert started Massage Magazine and founded The World of Massage Museum in Spokane, Washington.

As Historian, Judi has “stepped up” and helped us understand a little more about the 2009 Hall Inductees that could not be with us at this year’s ceremonies.

Always trying to save therapists money, Judi has started, “Hands On Trade” to help insure therapists and you can reach her at

We have posted these stories on MassageNews.Org. We hope that you will stop by and read them & learn why they were true bridgebuilders.

Judi’s collection of massage history is unbelievable. She will share many of them with you, just ask at her booth.

massage history in an easy to understand format. The class will follow the Symposium on Saturday morning at 10 am in the Texas Sage Room B, with more “special door prizes”!

We have started a new page at Massage News called

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The WMF wants to recognize the many licensed therapists over the years who helped to establish the Massage Profession. This Charter Group will form Saturday at 7:30 pm during the Awards Ceremony for the 2009 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. If you have been licensed as a massage therapist for 20 years or more, please sign in at the registration desk, attend the ceremony and be recognized!

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“JUST A LIL’ OLE’ PISSANT MASSAGE THERAPIST” by Vivian Madison-Mahoney, WMF Insurance Advisor I know, I know, I know what you’re thinking, “that is a terrible remark and Vivian is degrading herself and our massage profession with that statement.”

Creating better results keeps our clients returning, even after their insurance no longer pays, should you be accepting insurance for payment.

Why would she write something like this anyway? I’ll tell you why.

However I personally don’t believe all those titles makes anyone a better massage therapist or changes conditions, or even make us look better in the eyes of patients or others in the medical field. Most clients don’t even know what all those titles mean in the first place nor do they care so long as they receive a quality, affordable massage session.

Over the past two years especially, I have received hundreds, even thousands of emails and phone calls from therapists around the country introducing themselves by their “credentialing”. “I’m a medical massage therapist” “I’m an “orthopedic massage therapist,” I’m a “neuromuscular massage therapist” I’m a structural integration massage therapist” “I’m a pregnancy massage therapist” etc. etc. Do you see the one common denominator? We are all “massage therapists”. We are all Massage Therapists’ or Bodyworkers’ possibly specializing in specific techniques of massage therapy. Most of us out of massage school have had or continue to receive additional continuing education and find that specific training changes medically diagnosed conditions, helps people feel better and improves all sorts of conditions. It’s true, knowledge is power, and power in our hearts and hands changes things for others receiving our services. I think of how far our industry has moved forward since I became a massage therapist nearly 25 years ago. I personally came from being a “pissant massage therapist”, often ashamed to tell anyone that I was a massage therapist, to developing one of the most successful massage establishments of it’s kind in the nation for years. I’ve had the pride of ownership, pride of finally being able to earn a decent income, pride of caring for my family and for the therapists’ who worked for me. Who by the way were paid $20.00 to $35.00 an hour back in the late 80’s and 90’s when we were charging minor fees as compared to the $12.00 to $17.00 I hear so many say they make today working for others who are charging 3 times as much. I then moved on to the pride of now being able to help others in this business. I am one who very strongly believes in and feels the NECESSITY of continuing education, getting all the training, credentialing, certification, and licensing we can possibly obtain. It’s just as necessary to apply what we’ve learned to improve client care and to build our businesses. Continued training increases our knowledge and hopefully our ability to perform better.

The majority of referring physicians only want their patients to improve and be satisfied with the provider to whom they refer their patients. A title does not provide that, but training can. Because there are no true or legal titles in our profession such as “medical massage therapist” “orthopedic massage therapist” “structural integration massage therapist” etc, we are still all massage practitioners or bodyworkers’ specializing in the specific training one has received. Many courses even offer certification to prove one has had additional training in a certain technique or procedure. It is the practicing of and continued performance of these techniques or procedures that builds your reputation thus your business. The certification and certificates are a huge bonus and something to be extremely proud of! If there is just one thing I’ve learned from all my years of continuing education, it’s that I really don’t know anything. The more we learn the more we know there is to learn. I’ve had continuing education in courses such as neuromuscular therapy with Paul St. John, Bowen Techniques with Russell Sturgess from Australia, Structural Integration from Dr. Mike Vidal, DC, Myofascial Release with Pete Whitridge, CST with Dr. John Upledger and so many more courses with top notch trainers in our industry over the years including my massage school instructor, Alex Spassoff, who received a lot of his training from Paul St. John and Judith Walker-DeLany. With all of this training, I am still a “massage therapist” who specialized in “injury and disability cases.” Even though I established the first known medically oriented massage establishment in the nation while specializing in insurance related cases, received referrals from nearly 200 physicians from all specialties, I have, to this day, yet to refer to myself as a “Medical Massage Therapist.” Do I understand why massage therapists are prone to use titles? You bet I do. It is

to raise the bar, to improve their image, to get away from the negative connotations of “massage” that still follows us in this business. No one knows better than I how hard it is to push through the stigmatism of the illicit reputation that is still everywhere about us and nearly as strong as ever, depending on where you are, who you talk to, what show you watch on TV or what the news on any particular day happens to be. After all this time I don’t guess this will ever really change as long as we perform what is known as “massage therapy”. However more and more people everywhere and in all walks of life are praising the benefits of massage therapy in spite of the everlasting negative image. We are still able to substantially build and improve upon our industry’s reputation, opening doors to the health care industry, to employers, to insurance companies, and even to the higher courts of law. The only other profession who has had to work so hard to overcome the negative aspects of their profession are those in the nursing field. If we could have built on what we are, what we do and the results we achieve, instead of always fighting the “image” think how much farther ahead we could have been than most other providers in the health care field today. So whether or not we use self proclaimed titles, the bottom line is we must continue to provide quality, affordable, massage therapy for all. The more people who learn about and receive our “professional” services, the more people we have on our side to help us continue the fight for our right to be in one of the top positions in the health care arena with or without insurance for reimbursement. (My opinion only)! Vivian M. Mahoney 865-436-3573

WE LIVE ON A WATER PLANET After years of research, Paul St. John has discovered how to use the full potential of the medium that is all around us: water.

Through the use of Aqua-Somatic and Aqua-Muscular therapies, therapists can learn to eliminate the effects of the force of gravity, decrease the subjective pain experience during soft-tissue manipulation by a factor of five, and learn an incredibly effective way to break up congested lymph. Bring new meaning to the phrase, “We live on a water planet!” Paul St. John presents St. John Aquasomatic Therapy at the World Massage Festival, 2010— Lexington, KY Berea, Kentucky June 2010 June17-21. 17-21, 2010 Sign up today and be one of the first to learn this groundbreaking new therapy from the leading pioneer in the field! See festival webpage for details: LEARN ABOUT ALL OF PAUL ST. JOHN’S SEMINARS AT: Paul St. John, LMT, CINT

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$392 (double occupancy) or $472 (single occupancy) ONLY APRIL 24-26, 2009! THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES WORKSHOP REGISTRATION AND 4 NIGHTS LODGING IN THE CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALL AND 4 DAYS OF MEALS IN THE CAMPUS DINING HALL PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY, complete the form and take to the Registration Desk along with payment. REGISTRANT NAME EMAIL ADDRESS HOME PHONE CELL PHONE STREET ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZIP EMERGENCY CONTACT EMERGENCY PHONE Campus Residence Hall rooms have 2 single beds, 2 dressers & 2 desks per room. There are large communal bathrooms on each floor. There is one bathroom for every 8 rooms in each wing of a residence hall. Each bathroom has 4 sinks, 4 toilet stalls and 4 private showers. Each registrant is to provide any bed linens, blankets, pillows, bath towels and any toiletries or personal grooming items as no such amenities are provided. The meal package is at the Campus Dining Hall for Lunch Thursday through Breakfast Monday. Meals in the dining hall are "all you can eat" and include a variety of food stations, including vegetarian. I want to share my Residence Hall room with: Please select a roommate for me. Your Gender: I want a single occupancy room.

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PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR WORKSHOPS BELOW In order to get credit for a multi-part class, you MUST take all sessions. FRIDAY – WARM UP FOR YOUR WEEKEND WORKSHOPS! CE HRS

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Introduction to Esalen Massage

Brita Ostrom

Introduction to Breathing

Linda Kramer


8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 9-10 am


10am - Noon

Introduction to Stretching

Linda Kramer


1:30 – 5:30pm

Introduction to Yoga

Linda Kramer


SATURDAY & SUNDAY CLASSES – SELECT UP TO 16 HOURS FROM THESE CLASSES: You MUST take both days to get credit for these classes CE HRS









TIMES 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm



Integrative Reflexology – Bring the Feet to Life

Claire Marie Miller

Unique Aspects of Whiplash Syndrome

Judith DeLany

Aquasomatic Therapy

Paul St. John

Slipstream Therapy – Negative Pressure Release

Eeva Valha


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8am - Noon

Pelvic Stabilization – “The Key to Structural Integration”

James Waslaski

Chakra Tuning on the Table – Surrender Through Sound

Linda Kramer

Tuina Workshop (Chinese Medical Massage)

Terry Norman

Introduction to Ashiatsu Barefoot Basics

Ruthie Piper-Hardee

Intermediate Esalen Massage

Brita Ostrom

Marketing for Massage Therapists

Laura Allen

Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz

Tina Allen


8am - Noon 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 3:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 3:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 1:30 – 5:30pm

Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Knee Conditions

James Waslaski


1:30 – 5:30pm

Chakra Tuning on the Mat – Surrender Through Sound

Linda Kramer

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8am - Noon

Orthopedic Massage for Complicated Lower Extremity Conditions

James Waslaski

8am - Noon 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 3:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 8am - Noon & 1:30 - 5:30pm 9am – Noon

Yoga Asana on the Table - Peaceful Work with Cancer Patients

Linda Kramer

Tuina Workshop (Chinese Sports Medical Massage)

Terry Norman

Professional Ethics for Massage Therapists

Laura Allen

Touch Therapy for Common Childhood Ailments

Tina Allen

The Human Factor in Bodywork

Brita Ostrom


1:30 – 5:30pm

Orthopedic Massage for Elbow, Wrist & Hand Conditions

James Waslaski


1:30 – 5:30pm

Yoga Asana on the Mat - Peaceful Work with Cancer Patients

Linda Kramer


1:30 – 5:30pm

Hips & Wings – Advanced Esalen Massage

Brita Ostrom

Are you a Pioneer of Massage (over 20 years as a licensed massage therapist)? How many years? _________ Would you like to volunteer to help with the 2010 World Massage Festival? ______ Which day(s)? __________________ What types of workshops would you like to see offered at future Festivals?

Who would you like to see inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame?

Where would you like to see future Festivals held? ________________________________________________________________ Would you prefer cost-effective college campus locations (like Berea College in 2010) for Festivals or would you prefer a location at a more expensive resort? ___________________________________________________________________________ Do you have any suggestions for future Festivals?

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $442 until September 1, 2009 Instructors Paul St. John James Waslaski Judith DeLany Ruthie Piper-Hardee Laura Allen Claire Marie Miller Brita Ostrom Linda Kramer Eeva Valha Terry Norman Tina Allen

2009 Festival Weekend ONLY $392 !!!! Includes: Workshop Registration up to 24 CE hours 4 nights lodging in Campus Residence Hall 4 full days meals in Campus Dining Hall Admission to all special events Free door prize ticket Goodie Bag with samples & info Free copy of The Bridge Builders Free Yoga Classes on Friday

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