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“The Reunion” Berea College, Berea, Kentucky -- June 17-21, 2010

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Welcome to “The Reunion” ! This year’s Festival marks our fifth year. We welcome all the Hall of Fame Members, instructors, new attendees, vendors and old friends. We have a great weekend planned for you. There is more than you can possibly do, so just what you want. From the Bluegrass ambiance at the Jam Thursday in Old Town Berea (shuttle available), to shopping some of the Artists’ Studios, from restaurants around Berea to the Closing Ceremony, you will find something to enjoy at Festival. New or a veteran to massage conventions, you will see many things at Festival that you have not seen before at a massage convention. We like that. Let us know if you do too ... or not. The secret is not to try and get every credit hour that you can, we’ll be back next year. Take time to look at the entire schedule, including the entertainment venues and have fun!

November, 2006

June, 2010

We had 2 months to prepare. Bonnie Prudden was the keynote speaker and the first person ever inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. The event took place at the Pensacola Fairgrounds and there were no classes. We had a Festival attendance of about 50 the first year.

Year Five, of course, is here at Berea College in Kentucky. In our search for a venue, we found a kindred spirit in Berea, whose mission fits in very nicely with our Bridge Builder philosophy. A campus location just feels so right! The lodging and meal costs are much more affordable. WiFi is available campus wide. There is plentiful parking....we may have found the solution to an affordable massage event!

October, 2007 The event was held at the Hadji Shriner Temple in Pensacola, Florida. We offered just a few classes and they all filled up! Our attendance was about 130. We learned we needed more instructors and had to schedule them earlier. August, 2008 Panama City Beach and the Edgewater Resort was our first experience in a resort setting. Our 270+ attendees enjoyed the beach setting, but were less enthused with the resort costs. Another learning experience for us.

July, 2011 The week long event will be at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Register early for maximum benefits, points and fun! Western Carolina offers residence hall rooms and baths with more privacy and we have a nearly unlimited supply of rooms for 2011, and a dining hall that is open for 13 hours a day! So, no matter what time your classes or event, you’ll still be able to fit in a meal now and then between the fun stuff!

April, 2009

With three years in Florida, one in Texas and now Kentucky, we are ready to “step up” to the next level in 2011, looking at 1500. Every year has been different and here are some thoughts of years gone by.

The Festival came to Texas at the T-Bar-M Resort. The Hill Country outside San Antonio made this location very different from the beach resort of 2008. Lodging was less expensive and meals on site were very well received. Our attendance this year topped 375, and we met Otis!

With a Research / Teacher Conference prior to the Festival itself, a location in the middle of the Nantahala Forest (a great spot to bring the family along for a vacation!) and the prospect of 131 individual classrooms...... look out!






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Exhibits Marketplace Opening Night Reception Opening Session and Awards Presentation 2010 AMTA Awards Celebration First-Timers Luncheon Dinner Dance

Opening Ceremony Membership Meeting Orientation Cash Prize Drawings Dean & Dudley Evenson meditation Humanitarian Award Presentation Welcome Party with Exhibitors Education Summit Panel Discussion Dinner with Awards Dance

Bluegrass Jam Session Opening Qi Gong Breathing Class Stretching Class Yoga Class Lanny Moody Show Cash Prize Drawings Massage Symposium Fire performance / Poi spinning James Brewster Thompson Ventriloquist Massage Today Exhibition Hall Industry Awards Presentations Charlotte Hooten Full Scholarship Loyalty Awards Hall of Fame Reception* Massage Warehouse Sock Hop Saturday evening Presidential Service Awards Hall of Fame Ceremony Recognition of Pioneers of Massage Appalachian Singer Carla Gover Native America Closing Ceremonies


$40 (registrant) $125 (each guest)

$60 Dinner & Dance (everyone)

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Number of Teachers/Classes 27 instructors, teaching 34 classes

19 instructors, teaching 23 classes

44 instructors, teaching 56 classes

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WHAT ELSE DO YOU GET FREE ONLY AT THE WMF Professional 40-page, full color Comemorative Magazine - The Bridge Builder FREE door prize ticket with registration 5th year registration FREE after 4 years attendance Registrations free FOREVER after 9 years attendance Bring 5 friends and your registration is FREE Bring 10 friends and your entire package is FREE, registration, meals and lodging Guaranteed to get the class you choose, not possibly one of four choices you must make We answer our telephone and emails PROMPTLY WiFi FREE campus wide, no need to find a sponsor for an internet kiosk No charge to add literature to "goodie bags" No charge to add samples to "goodie bags"


Festival Schedule The Berea College Campus is a unique and fascinating place. Berea continues to build upon a distinctive history of 150 years of learning, labor and service, and find new ways to apply their mission (the Great Commitments) to contemporary times by promoting kinship among all people, serving communities in Appalachia and beyond and living sustainably to conserve limited natural resources. Many of the buildings on campus have been updated to be highly energy efficient and much of the landscaping of the grounds has been reworked with native plants and innovative ways to conserve water usage as well. Feel free to roam around the campus and check out The Appalachian Center in the Bruce Building, the historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant, EcoVillage, the Geology Museum, and the Log House Craft Gallery. Before the Bluegrass Music & Jam Session, be sure to visit the Old Town Artisan Village in Berea and watch a glassblower, fudge shoppe, pewter items being made and much more!

OPEN DAILY ACTIVITIES 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM Open Swim /Weight Room Usage in Seabury Arena

12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM Open Swim / Weight Room Usage in Seabury Arena

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast in the Dining Hall (advance purchase only)

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner in the Dining Hall (advance purchase only)

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch in the Dining Hall (advance purchase only)

Thursday, June 17

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Open Swim /Weight Room Usage in Seabury Arena

Saturday, June 19

8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Early check-in for therapists and vendors in the Alumni Building

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM FREE Qigong at the Fountain near the Dining Hall

6:00 PM SHUTTLE BUS BEGINS RUNS at the Seabury Arena to the Bluegrass Music & Jam Session in Berea’s Old Town, at the Berea Visitor’s Center. If you play a non-electric instrument and would like to join in, bring it along! There will be refreshments available at the Jam Session and the local artists’ studios will be open for you to visit and shop. Be sure to tell them you are with the Festival to get your discounts!

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM VENDOR & EXHIBITORS AREA OPEN in the Seabury Arena

Friday, June 18 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Therapist, Vendor & Student Check in at Seabury Arena 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Vendor Set Up in Seabury Arena 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM VENDOR & EXHIBITORS AREA OPEN in the Seabury Arena 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Comedian Lanny Moody & Massage Symposium Location is the Upper Gym in Seabury Arena -- Don’t want to be part of the Symposium? VISIT THE VENDING HALL! 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM Fire performance / Poi spinning demonstration by FSMTB President Kevin Snedden Outside Seabury Arena

1:00 PM - Massage Today drawings in the Vending Hall - wear your Massage Today T-shirt and win $500! 6:00 PM - James Brewster Thompson entertainment - Seabury 7:00 PM - Official WMF Photo on Seabury front steps 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Ceremonies & Reception in the Seabury Arena. The SOCK HOP, sponsored by Massage Warehouse in the Upper Gym.

Sunday, June 20 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM VENDOR & EXHIBITORS AREA OPEN in the Seabury Arena 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ON STAGE IN VENDNG HALL Appalachian Singer/Songwriter Carla Gover 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM “Fireside Chat with John Barnes” DVD Video 7:00 PM SPECIAL CLOSING CEREMONY Around The Fountain outside the Alumni Building

Please display your WMF Parking Pass, that you get at registration desk, in front window to avoid tow fees. Please leave your massage tables packed until needed. Download and then park in proper place.

Building E - James Residence Hall Building N - Rogers Residence Hall Building R - Danforth Residence Hall Building 3 - Boone Tavern Tuina Classes Building 7 - Woods Penn Hall Ashiatsu Class

Building 5 - Registration check-in on Thursday Dining Hall Esalen Classes, Marketing, Ethics, Intake Protocol, Reflexology Classes Building 22 - Seabury Area Registration check-in on Fri/Sat All Other Classes Vending/Exhibit Hall

2010 Workshop Instructors

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Felicia Brown

Judith DeLany

Marty Ryan

Claire Miller

Laura Allen

Judi Calvert

Mary Ellen Derwis-Balaz

Patrick Ingrassia

Mitchell Mosher

Tina Allen

Cindy Ballis

Dan Bienenfeld

Cheryl Chapman

Kim Collier

Gloria Coppola

Julie Donnelly

Pat Donohue

Karina Braun

Katherine Correa

Robin Fann

Chris Hughes

Vivian Mahoney

Sudevi Linda Kramer

Paul Lewis

Kelly Lott

Terry Norman

Brita Ostrom

Tom Owens

Marcia Phillips

2010 Workshop Instructors

Ruthie Piper-Hardee

Les Sweeney

Sharon Puszko

Rick Rosen

Anita Shannon

Christian Thompson

Jonathon Tripodi

Eeva Vahla

Paul St. John 2010 Keynote

Susan Walsh

Ralph Stephens

James Waslaski

44 Instructors Teaching 56 Classes It’s Never Been Done - Until Now!!! We are so proud of this group of instructors. Each of them have made many sacrifices to be here for you. Anne Williams

Beth-ellen Zang

Want to Teach in 2011 at WCU? Fill in the form at instructor.html * Get exposure for you and your programs * Reach therapists, many of whom are attending their very first convention! * Take WMF classes on Sat & Sun at 1/2 price OR * Get $50 off vending booth

We hope you will get a better understanding of these modalities and instructors and take many of their courses in the future. Few therapists have this kind of opportunity to “test drive” a new technique before investing hundreds of dollars in certification. Thirty-two of these instructors, teaching 2-3 hour classes, give therapists and students this unique opportunity. Next year, we hope to at least double the number of instructors for our “Fast Track Friday” classes. Some have already “re-upped”. We hope you will join us again. And please let these instructors know you appreciate them. One-half, 22, of these instructors are either in the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame or will be inducted by 2012. If you have someone who has helped you or is a mentor, and you feel they should be in the Hall of Fame, please write them in at:

CHRISTMAS IN JULY On Christmas Day, 2010, the WMF will give away a Christmas Gift to 52 lucky therapists.....a gift that you can collect in July, 2011! One therapistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name will be drawn from each US State, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and that person will get a FREE 2011 Workshop Registration to attend the Festival! So, how do you get your name in that drawing box? Easy! Just go to the website, and completely fill in the form. Only one entry per person. If you have already registered for the Festival by Christmas and your name is drawn, your registration payment will be refunded. Winners get free workshop registration only. Winners are responsible for all travel costs, lodging & meals. 336-957-8997

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Our Philosophy 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.

Official WMF Videographer Ryan Hoyme, Minnesota

“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

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Hall of Fame Members & Instructors From Past Festivals 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

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

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

2008 Instructors Michael Buck, Nathalie Cecilia, Sandy Fritz, Julia Hayes, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Margie Meshew, Karen Reifinger, Ralph Stephens, James Waslaski

2009 Hall of Fame

2007 Instructors

Tina Allen, Tom Bowen, Nathalie Cecilia, James Cyriax, Moshe Feldenkrais, John Harvey Kellogg, Cliff Korn, Peter Ling, Mary McMillan, Margie Meshew, Jenny Ray, Jean Shea

Laurie Azzarella, Bruce Baltz, Michael Buck, Nathalie Cecilia, Brita Ostrom

2009 Instructors Nathalie Cecilia, Margie Meshew, Margie Schaeffer, Anita Shannon, Ralph Stephens, James Waslaski

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees/Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Joe Ferguson Ben Benjamin

Elliot Greene

Steven Halpern

Aunty Margaret Humanitarian Award Winner Nina McIntosh

Insititution of the Year Award Julia Hayes

Bob King

Sudevi Linda Kramer

Loyalty Awards

Jacob Liberman

Claire Miller

Carole Osborne

Shawn Brinza, Florida Scott Farr, Georgia Michael James Hinkle, South Carolina Darcy Neibaur, Florida Awards to be announced at the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Ceremony

Karen Reifinger

Rick Rosen

Howayo Takata


2010 Association of the Year 2010 Media Award 2010 Teacher of the Year 2010 School of the Year 1st Annual Charlotte Hooten Memorial Scholarship Award Presidential Service Awards Recognition of the Pioneers of Massage

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Summer in the foothills One of the coolest little towns in America is right here in your own backyard. Offering the kind of authentic, hands-on experiences that make it a top 25 art town.

11th Annual L&N Day. Saturday June 5th A treat for train buffs in Old Town.

Blast From The Past Car Show. Saturday June 26th Music, food and chrome on North Broadway.

28th Juried Craft Festival. Friday July 9th - 11th

New works from over 100 artists, workshops and music at Indian Fort Theater.

Berea where art’s alive Kentucky’s Folk Arts & Craft Capital U just off I-75

2010 Charlotte Hooten Memorial Scholarship Charlotte was a sweet and gentle lady and an ardent supporter of the WMF and our bridge building philosophy. Each year she registered for the next year’s Festival before she left for home. In 2009, she registered for the 2010 Festival on April 27. On July 14, 2009, Charlotte lost her battle with recurring breast cancer in her bones. Charlotte was a “Bridge Builder” throughout her life, including a commission as an Air Force nurse and a 1989 nomination for the President’s Volunteer Action Award. In honor of Charlotte and her commitment to volunteerism, the massage profession and the WMF, each year we will award a fully funded package for the next year’s Festival. It is our hope that this year’s winner of the Charlotte Hooten Scholarship will joyfully attend the 2011 Festival and celebrate Charlotte’s life. Her husband, U.S. Air Force Colonel (retired) Byron R. “Hoot” Hooten, will join us to honor Charlotte and to draw the winning name during the Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Didgeridoo .... a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago Traditionally and originally, the didgeridoo was primarily played as an accompaniment to ceremonial dancing and singing, however, it was also common for didgeridoos to be played for solo or recreational purposes outside of ceremonial gatherings. You will see Cory Costanzo and hear his talent throughout the Festival. He will have a special presentation at the Saturday evening Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Ceremony in the Seabury Arena.

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2011 WMF 1ST ANNUAL RESEARCH/TEACHER CONFERENCE CALL FOR POSTERS AND FOR RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS Poster and Presentation Guidelines: Must be an original work that has NOT been presented at any other conference. Poster Specs - The suggested poster size is 4’ x 6’. Poster materials should be of the size and type that will fit within the allotted space and can be secured with either Velcro or push pins. The poster should present an abstract of the project that includes the following: your name, the institution where the project was based, project title, the purpose of conducting the project, a description of the population, procedures, critical results, and a discussion of the significance of the outcome. Poster presenters are encouraged to make handouts of their abstracts and findings available to attendees. These materials can be shipped to WMF staff in advance or can be brought by the presenter if he/she plans to be present. Tables and bulletin boards will be provided. Poster review guidelines: 1.) Significance: Does the study address an important problem? - Relevance for Massage and Bodywork Profession. 2.) Scientific and Technical Merit: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed? Does the applicant acknowledge any potential problem areas? - Design is well developed and appropriate to the study aims- Study aims are original and innovative Please send a complete proposal to Include all of the following information: * Title/Abstract (50 word maximum for abstract; appropriate for inclusion in program booklet) * Learner Objective(s) include 1 or more learner objectives to be addressed through this presentation * Description (300 word maximum providing sufficient information concerning the presentation for reviewers to evaluate its suitability for this year’s Festival * Bibliography (5-10 references that are relevant to the content of this presentation) * Target Audience - Students, Entry Level Professionals or Experienced Professionals * Key words - list one or more key words that denote the main topic(s) of the presentation

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are still at the heart of Berea College Crafts

Visit us in our new demonstration and sales gallery on College Square and watch talented young artisans weave, create jewelry, build brooms, turn at the wood lathe, and throw at the potter’s wheel. Experience the work as it is created.



SCO TS Open seven days a week, excluding holidays and student breaks. M-F 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sun. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shop Berea College Crafts at or 1.800.347.3892

photos by Ray Davis, ’11

Also visit Log House Craft Gallery and Boone Tavern Gift Shop

Blast From The Past




In 1992 in Philadelphia, PA, Elliot Greene gave out the national awards. Pat Donohue received the National Meritorious Award, George Kousaleos received the award for Distinguished Service Award, and John Fred Speck was honored with the Outstanding Government Relations Activist Award.


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1921 - 5 years old at Susannah Wesley Home

A Tribute to Aunty Margaret Aloha,

somebody cares for me. Somebody loves me.”

This goodbye letter was written by Judi Calvert, co-owner of Massage Magazine and President of The Hands-On Trade Association.

Massage Magazine staff writer Stephen Bogardus went to visit Auntie Margaret and wrote the article about her. After she worked on him, he wrote, “The touch of Auntie Margaret’s hands is unforgettable.” She taught that love and heat are in the palms of the hands, and the power that came through hers was too strong to measure on the Aloha Meter.

I met Auntie Margaret in 1985, when my late husband Robert and I moved to the Big Island from Spokane, Washington. Robert had a vision that we should create a magazine devoted to massage and bodywork. We published our first issue of Massage Magazine in November, 1985. We had heard from several people that it was a Hawaiian custom to have your business blessed before you opened your doors. We asked Auntie Margaret to come and bless Massage Magazine before we sent our first issue out into the world. I will never forget Auntie Margaret’s beautiful smile and her warm aloha as she entered our business. I thought to myself, ‘ah so this is the Hawaiian aloha that people talk about. ‘ The beautiful words that she expressed that day about our magazine, touch and the importance of massage in the world will always stay with me. Robert and I decided to interview Auntie Margaret for our first issue, so therapists could learn about lomilomi massage and Auntie Margaret’s work. As we drove into the driveway of her school of Hawaiian Lomilomi at Ke’ei Beach, I felt the peace and love that infused the land where she had her school. She told us in the interview that her definition of Hawaiian lomilomi is “The loving touch - a connection between heart, hand and soul with the Source of all life.” This is what I experienced when she worked on my shoulders to demonstrate the technique she had developed over 50 years at her healing career. I was just starting out with my career as a therapist, and I learned that day from Auntie that it it’s not only through technique that your clients will get better. It is that “loving touch” that helps heal the body. “Love that body as if it were your own,” she said. “Hawaiian lomilomi is a praying work.” This is the first thing Auntie would tell her students. “When I pray over a patient, a great feeling of calm comes over me. Sometimes I could weep for this person’s pain and troubles,” Auntie told us. But she does not weep. She invokes the Lord’s help and begins to rub. “Then the person relaxes deeper and deeper. If the person feels your heart is sincere, he will receive your energy. His heart will respond: Oh

This was Auntie Margaret’s destiny in this lifetime. She taught lomilomi to hundreds of massage students, and she taught about love. This is what I walked away with after leaving her presence. That is why I am still a massage therapist after 25 years. Robert and I decided to put Auntie Margaret on the front cover for our first anniversary issue of Massage Magazine in 1986. This was also Auntie Margaret’s 70th birthday. During the year, she had been acknowledged as a “Living Treasure of Hawaii” by the Hongwanji Church (Buddhist) on St. Valentine’s Day. She and her husband, Uncle Dan, and their two-and-a-half-year-old adopted daughter, Alohalani, often traveled to the mainland and did teachings and cleansings with their “Kupuna power” - -the energy, or “mana,” of our vital elders. Nothing seemed to slow them down. Auntie Margaret and Uncle Dan were kind enough to travel to San Francisco in 1992 to attend and teach lomilomi at the Anatriptic Arts Expo- an international showcase of hands-on healing arts that Robert and I had organized. Over 12,000 people attended the largest-ever gathering of massage and bodywork practitioners. Robert and I wanted to bring together the original creators of massage and bodywork styles from all over the world. We wanted the public to come to this expo so they could learn about all of the different massage and bodywork modalities that were being taught. The public and massage students loved Auntie Margaret’s speech about lomilomi, and felt her kind, loving heart come through her hands when she demonstrated her techniques to the public during her demonstrations. I feel so blessed to have met Auntie Margaret, and am so happy that she was a part of Massage Magazine throughout the years. Her message was for therapists to send love to their clients through their hands. That is what this world

needs. She knew that, and taught it well.

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Ralph Stephens and Mike Hinkle will be Masters of Ceremony for this yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 World Massage Festival Symposium. A panel has been assembled to answer questions from the Massage Industry and you. Panel members are listed in the sponsors list to the left in red. New Kentucky Laws, Body of Knowledge, State to State Portability, Research and State of the Industry will be some topics for discussion. What would you like to ask? Think of your questions and join us Friday in the Upper Gym for the 2010 World Massage Therapy & Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Massage Symposium. Special door prizes for the Symposium provided by BioFreeze & Massage Warehouse.


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“Massage Today” Around the World On my last trip to Egypt we took a tour to visit the pyramids at Giza. I knew I had to wear comfortable clothing since the trip was an all day trip that included being in the Desert, climbing around Pyramids and riding on camels. I chose my Massage Today T-shirt thinking to myself this will be fun, it should inspire some interesting conversation and maybe, I laughed to myself, I’ll run into another Massage Therapist and we will compare international notes. The chances of that seemed not too high, but I should have played the Lottery that day because as good luck would have it I actually did meet a young man from Egypt who is a Massage Therapist on one of the cruises on the Nile. He walked over and approached me because he saw and read the T-Shirt. It turned out that my tour was going to be on the ship he was working on in the next few days for a Nile Cruise. Well, can you believe, we hooked up on the cruise at his wonderful Spa on the boat and did a Massage Trade with each other. It was a lovely international experience. I think someone once said “Don’t leave home without it”. Good Advice for an unexpected, shirt-inspired adventure. Sharon Puszko, PhD. LMT Owner/Director/Educator Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute

WMF Research Advisory Group Selected The following group will work in an advisory capacity to organize the 2011 WMF Research Conference. They will organize the Research Conference, awards and set standards to start an alternative Massage research conference. Sally Chamness - UK Gloria Coppola - NC Bert Davich - MO Rick Morgan - VA Darcy Neibaur - FL Julie Onofrio - WA Susan Salvo - LA Wendy Smith - TX Don Solomon - BC Robin Thomas - AZ

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WMF FYI Howayo Takata was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame for keeping Reiki alive and growing it. Make sure you stop by the JOPA Booth and check out how Pat Donohue is doing the same thing for Bindegewebsmassage.

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Sudevi’s Thailand Study of Nuad Boran, Thai Yoga Massage I spent a month in Thailand in I.T.T.A’s Thailand externship. When in Thailand, after classes, I took a daily Thai massage and exposed myself to many different practitioners. Much of what I learned about Thai Massage, I didn’t learn in the classroom. I absorbed the Thai culture like a pliant sponge. One of the highlights of my travel was meeting the legendary Mama Lek in Chiang Mei during my free time and having tea with her. Mama Lek’s Chiang Mei school, Lek-Chaiya Nerve-Touch Massage, is well known and her books have been translated in over 30 languages. Mama Lek’s school is famous and is known for it’s use of herbal medicine balls which are filled with Lemon grass and many other fragrant Thai herbs, which are applied on the sen lines all over the body. I have been practicing with the medicine balls since my return in December, 2009. One of the most precious gifts of the Thailand study was a direct blessing from Mama Lek for my success with clients and students, and the prayer that all my work be blessed. Meeting Mama Lek was the true blessing. Another transformational moment for me was chanting the teacher student mantra in the Temple of the Golden Mount over the burial tomb of King Rama where a mysterious energy came into my hands and changed my practice and application of this ancient mysterious folk art. Indeed sound is part of a Nuad Boran. A deft practitioner will silently chant a mantra or healing prayer throughout the session transmitting healing to the receiver. Thai Yoga Massage, or Nuad Boran is a spiritual practice in prepare for their day by lighting candles at their altars, offering Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha,The Auryuvedic father of Thai Massage, is warm, and the windows are often and bowls of ylang ylang the Thai studios. Every day Jivaka Kumar is honored in this Yoga is often practiced before a day of work begins. Yoga and training for a Thai Massage Therapist in Thailand.

Thailand. Thai Massage Therapists flowers, rice, and incense to Dr. and medicine in Thailand. The air and lemon grass oil are burned in way, be it a class room, or a studio. meditation are part of the classical

One of the most interesting sessions I received was from a studio whose therapists were all blind. Truly these therapists learned to see with their spirits and get out of their heads. Western students are always wanting to know EXACTLY where the sen lines and marmas are. Their blind Thai counterparts intuit their way through the meridians missing none of them. The blind therapists are so adept that they are frequented by the King and Queen of Thailand. As western practitioners we can learn from the blind. We can learn the Braille of the nadi’s, learn to feel, and see with our fingertips, and get out of our heads, out of our own ways so that we are facilitators in another’s transformation. Lest you think that all of Thailand is tranquil, you must eat their spicy Thai food. The peppers grow on the trees and are picked fresh daily, and hot means hot in Thailand where curries abound. Interestingly enough, dessert was not a big deal and often consisted of sticky rice. In Peing Lang villages I was taught by the locals to steam sticky rice in bamboo shoots. Imagine walking into the garden and through nature to get your food for the day. In Thailand there are over 11 scrumptious varieties of bananas. What we can learn about Bodywork and healing from the Thai cannot be limited to this news brief. To sum it up, my experience was that the Thai people live close to nature, honor her, and see everything as a living Spirit and honor it as such. There are altars everywhere. The Thai people leave the mystical powers of nature and spirit in their work, yet it is medicine. The Bangkok temple of Wat Po is sacred to the Thai people because of the engraving of the healing lines in the stone. These lines are the secret pathways of acupuncture and meridian maps of healing. This knowledge was treasured and King Rama ordered it’s preservation so that it would not be burned in the frequent wars over territory. The Thai people see this bodywork as medicine. And in the practice of this medicine, they do not separate the spirit from the work. It is the union of the mind body connection that is honored, and the health of the spirit is addressed. May we learn from the beautiful people of Thailand. Swadee. Sudevi Linda Kramer is an inductee in the Massage World Festival Hall of Fame 2010. Sudevi is also a certified teacher Bodywork teacher for the Vedic Conservatory, in Florida.

2010 World Massage Festival Bridge Builder  
2010 World Massage Festival Bridge Builder  

Program from the 2010 World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame