Getting cutting edge continuing education from internationally recognized industry leaders, while enjoying the vacation of your dreams, has become a yearly success. Thanks to the sponsorship of Hygenics Performance Health, this yearly pain management seminar at sea has been able to duplicate even the best national convention format in our industry, including a banquet and awards ceremony, at less than half the cost of attending other conventions.

The greatest part about the entire experience is that the industry leaders such as school owners, spa directors, franchise owners, organization board members, and international guests leave their egos behind. They spend quality time together on group excursions, evening meals, and nightly shows to laugh, hug, and share success stories, personal stories, and family stories in a way that creates bonds that will last a lifetime. In this fast-paced world, health care providers forget to take care of themselves, and this healing retreat goes far beyond giving the 16-18 hours of continuing education that you attend most conventions for.
One highlight is honoring key industry people at our private cocktail party each year. This year after Paul St. John was given the Pioneer Award and Lynda Solien-Wolfe and Fran Waslaski were given Humanitarian Awards, the annual retreat host, James Waslaski, was surprised by being the recipient of the Performance Health Star Award. This award recognized his many achievements internationally, his success in hosting this annual retreat, and for teaching seminars and retreats throughout the world.

“These awards are big surprise to people, and its an honor for the your hard work and achievements,” Waslaski said.

Past presenters have included international industry leaders such as Dr. Tiffany Field, Aaron Mattes, Dr. Erik Dalton, George Kousaleos, Paul St. John, Tom Meyers, Bob King, Stuart Taws, Steve Capellini, Cliff Korn, and Lynda Solien-Wolfe. Most of these presenters have been inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame as pioneers and industry leaders

The final highlight of this annual retreat, besides always bringing internationally acclaimed educators onboard, is that The Center for Pain Management and sponsor Hygenics Performance Health use only the finest ships in the industry, moving from Carnival, to Royal Caribbean, to Celebrity Cruise Line to the Brand New Italian cruise line, MSC Luxury Cruises, that will be used for the 7 night January 23-30, 2010 retreat. Please know that this experience of a lifetime is limited to only 100 participants and sells out each year. If you are interested in the 2010 first class retreat, while space is available, please call 1800-643-5543 or go to This will be a life changing experience that you will never forget.