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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 massage therapist in Florida.


 

Welcome
Welcome to the Tampa Chapter of the FSMTA serving Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT’s) 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 CE’s for attending full presentation). Our monthly Board Meetings are the held on the third Thursday of each month at Hampton Inn starting at 5 pm just before the chapter meetings.


Meeting Schedule:


6:00 pm   Doors open for Networking

6:30 pm   Announcements

7:00 pm   2 CE Presentation

Ben Terrell Ray 

Intro to Thai Table Massage

9:00 pm   Distribution of CE Certificates and clean up


To receive your 2 CE’s, you must sign in by 7:00 pm and be present for the entire 2-hour presentation. Your CEs will be recorded in CE Broker by the presenter.


Our May meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at:

 

Hampton Inn Tampa-Veteran’s Expressway
5628 W Waters Ave.
Tampa, FL 33634

 

Ben Terrell Ray is the Owner at Bare Foot Life, and Owner at Summit Massage Educators.  He Studied at ITM – International Training Massage School.

In 1999 Ben first discovered Thai Massage. He took an introduction class in Thai Massage and fell in love with the work. He has practiced Thai Massage since 2000, His love for the work took him to Thailand to studied Thai Massage in Chiang Mai Thailand at ITM International School of Thai Massage, with Chongkol Setthakorn. This ancient form of body work fascinated him so much that it brought him back to Thailand many times to continue his studies in this ancient form of body work. In 2013 Ben completed the Certified Advanced Practitioner and Teachers Training Program. A 390 hour program at ITM. Now he would like to share this work. He offers classes in Thai Massage to others who would like to learn this ancient form of Body Work. Ben continues to make trips to Thailand to keep up with his training in Thai massage.

Naud Bo Rarn or Traditional Thai massage is a unique and ancient form of massage and body work., dating back over 2500 years. Legend says It was conceived in India by a Ayurvedic physician named Shivago Komarpaj Some refer to him as the father of medicine.          Ben Terrell Ray

  As people started to migrate across Asia so did Thai Massage and body work. People settled in what was then Siam, now known as Thailand. The people of Siam took this form of body work and kept it alive for thousands of years. Now in Thailand their is a group of people who keep the old Lana way of healing alive.

Unlike Western massage Traditional Thai Massage is performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. Thai Massage is designed to open up your Sen lines. If these lines become blocked it can cause discomfort or disease. By applying pressure using your thumb knees elbows and feet you can open the Sen lines and allow the energy to flow freely. You also stretch the client with a series of stretches. Some people call it yoga for lazy people. The client is passive while you put them into yoga poses.

Ben will be teaching “Introduction to Thai Table Massage.  His website is http://www.benthaithaimassage.com/