FSMTA ~ Mission Statement

Our Mission
To Unify the Massage Therapy Profession While Creating, Representing, and Promoting Standards of Excellence in Health Care validates the FSMTA’s Promise to Serve and Protect the Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida.


Tampa Bay Chapter of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) Serves Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) and the Massage Therapy Profession in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. We invite You to sit back, relax, and allow Us to share our wonderful Chapter with You.  We hope You find Our Website useful, friendly and easy to navigate and that You Visit Us often for your Massage Therapy needs.

Our Monthly Meetings
Chapter Meetings are Held the Third Thursday of the Month and are a Benefit of FSMTA Membership. There is No Fee for FSMTA Members to Attend Meetings. Non-Member LMT Guests are Welcome to Attend for a $30 Fee (In which You will Receive 2 CEUs for attending Full Presentation). Beginning January 2017, Our Monthly Board Meetings are Held at 5 PM on the Third Thursday of Each Month Prior to the Chapter Meeting at 4002 West State Street Suite 200 Tampa FL 33609 Within Epic Bodywork & Massage.

Meeting Schedule:

06:00P  Professional Networking

06:30P  Announcements

07:00P  Continuing Education Presentation (2 CEUs)

J. Terry Lowder BS LMT NCTMB, Continuing Education Presenter

Oncology Massage Series | Oncology Massage: Basic Training is the first half of a two-course series. The objective of this course is to provide professional massage therapists with the additional knowledge and skills required to provide massage in a safe manner to clients or patients with a history of cancer treatment.

Provider:  J. Terry Lowder, BS, LMT, NCTMB, and President of Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices, Inc., FL CE Provider #: 50-10752; NCBTMB Approved Provider #: 154758-00/66

Provider Bio:  Terry is a Florida and NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider and a former Instructor for the Florida Academy of Massage & Skin Care in Fort Myers; and the Bonita Springs School of Massage. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from N.C. State University. Terry has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999 and has received advanced training in Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, ETPS Neuropathic Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Oncology Massage and Thai Massage.  Terry is the Co-Founder and President of Easy Health Choices, where he serves as a Health Coach, Cancer Coach, and Workshop Facilitator. He also operates a very successful Private Massage Practice specializing in debilitating illness and disease conditions with an emphasis on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, multiple-sclerosis, diabetes and cancer. His clients also benefit from his extensive knowledge of nutrition. Terry’s daily real world practice of massage brings a unique perspective to his continuing education workshops.  He has been an active Member and Officer of the FSMTA, currently serving as Executive State Treasurer.

Course Description:
Oncology Massage: Basic Training is patterned after the Society for Oncology Massage course, Massage for People Living with Cancer. [www.S4OM.org]

Course Content:
This course will focus on the needed adjustments by LMT’s to mitigate the challenges posed by cancer as well as by conventional cancer treatments.

This course will answer the following questions:

  • What are the short-term and long-term side-effects of conventional cancer treatments? [Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy]
  • How can stress and “comfort food” make cancer symptoms worse?
  • What are the absolute contraindications for touch therapies?

Read More on Oncology: Chapter Meeting 07.20.17

09:00P  CEU Certificate Issued & Meeting Closed

Meeting:  Thursday July 20 2017 Hosted By FSMTA Tampa Bay Chapter

Hosted Location: 

4002  W. State Street Suite 200 Tampa FL 33609 Within Epic Bodywork and Massage


Looking Ahead

07.20.2017 Oncology :: Series  | J. Terry Lowder, BS, LMT, NCTMB

08.17.2017 Auricular Points :: Acupressure | Ian McIntosh LMT

09.21.2017 Continuing Education Course | To Be Announced Soon!

10.19.2017 Continuing Education Course | To Be Announced Soon!

11.16.2017 Continuing Education Course | To Be Announced Soon!

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