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Running a Marathon

Well folks, the Pensacola Marathon is finally upon us.  This weekend, runners from all over will converge on Pensacola to run, walk or crawl the 26 miles to the finish line.  I’ll be there, with our FSMTA (Florida State Massage Therapy Association) Sports Massage Team, with massages for all the weary participants.  Come on out and support your favorite home town runners.  And, be on the lookout for the undeniably entertaining costumes!

In the meantime, take a look at this inspiring video of why one marathon runner does what he does.

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What a lovely day for a tennis tournament!

Last Sunday, I spent the day out in Gulf Breeze doing massage at the Tennis Tournament for the Santa Rosa Education Foundation benefiting “Take Stock in Children”. It was a beautiful day with great folks from the tennis community coming out to support the event. The FSMTA Sports Massage Team was there with hardworking hands.

Great job to everyone who attended and helped out!

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Benefits of Massage- Board of Massage Therapy

Here is a brief article on the benefits of massage from FSMTA’s , Florida State Massage Association’s, new “interweb site”. I believe this article was originally produced by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy. The Fl Board of MT helps regulate professional/ medical licenses issued by the FL Department of Health. FSMTA is celebrating 70 years this year organizing and bettering the profession for the public and its practitioners. In my humble opinion Florida is one of the best places worldwide to give and receive massage therapy.

Be blessed!

Massage Therapy is a proven and effective means of relaxation and stress relief. Therapeutic massage is increasingly being recommended by doctors and other health care professionals to complement traditional medicine as research proves its healing effects.

Here are some of the ways massage can help improve a person’s health:

* Increases Blood Circulation and Lymph Flow

* Reduces Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

* Reduces Stress and Tension

* Relieves Chronic and Temporary Pain

* Improves Flexibility

* Increases Levels of Serotonin, Protecting Against Depression

* Increases Endorphins, the Body’s Natural Painkillers

* Strengthens the Immune System

* Premature Infants Gain Weight Faster When Massaged

* Prevents Sports Injuries And Increases Athletic Performance

* Helps Relieve Tension, Sinus And Migraine Headaches

* Alleviates Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis and more

A valid Massage Therapy License issued by the Department of Health is required to provide massage therapy in the state of Florida. If you suspect someone is practicing Massage Therapy without a license or at an unlicensed establishment, please report this unsafe and illegal activity by calling (toll free) 1-877-HALT-ULA. You can confirm someone’s license by searching on the Board of Massage Therapy’s License Verification Screen


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FSMTA Sports Massage Team

If you were present at the Pensacola Marathon, chances are you met Lee Thompson. Lee is our FSMTA Sports Massage Team Director. I recently caught up with Lee Thompson while dodging tornadoes at the marathon myself. Lee is a former Paramedic of 15 yrs, has been an LMT for 10 yrs, is a massage therapy educator and a Florida CEU provider.

Locally, he has been doing a lot of groundwork for the sports massage team. He has contacted area sporting event promoters/organizers and created the opportunity for Santa Rosa and Escambia County therapists to be a part of their events. Triathlons, marathons and tournaments draw a myriad of people from our community and, occasionally, from all over the world. At the Pensacola Marathon, for example, we worked with athletes from Germany. They were so glad to have someone carefully treat their soreness before their next long airplane ride.
The sports massage team gives its members more exposure to potential clientele. If you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic team, the next official massage team training course is to be held Saturday April 19th, in Fort Walton. Sign up at the next meeting or by contacting Roberta Broussard, EC Sports Coordinator, for a class to be held in our area.