FSMTA stands for Florida State Massage Therapy Association. I have been a active member of this association since 2014, and currently hold the volunteer position as the 2nd Vice President. I aspire to one day take the President position, as I really enjoy many aspects of this association, my Emerald Coast Chapter, and the 85+ licensed massage therapists and members from the Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Florida.
FSMTA is top notch when it comes to keeping our profession safe, respected, and valued as a medical therapy. Massage Therapy has been perceived in many ways, some of them negative. Changing the term “Masseuse” to Licensed Massage Therapist is the result of FSMTA’s hard work, as this term does suggest prostitution. Currently, FSMTA is working hard on lobbying against changes of what products we may use in our practice. Examples are essential oils, Biofreeze, and Tiger Balm. These items are topical, and used to enhance pain relief. However, the FDA sees different and is looking to remove this from our profession. Overall, I enjoy FSMTA for it’s educational opportunities, the chance to meet other licensed professionals in my area, and for the volunteer opportunities.
I believe in volunteering. Not only do we advocate the benefits of massage therapy to the public, we may even have the opportunity to share our skills with someone who’s been negatively effected by a past experience, or afraid to receive massage because they are unfamiliar with how it works. Most times, the association has provided free massages or offered services for $1/minute, the current going rate. I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people coordinating these events, and after. And have successfully gained many new clients because of my volunteer events. Check out the photos below.
2017 Roger Scott Tennis Tournament, Pensacola, FL
2017 Legislative Awareness Days, Tallahassee, FL