Akron, Ohio – August 24, 2009 – Performance Health, Inc. and Kinesio Taping Association are sponsoring 20 workshops designed to teach the basic principles of the Kinesio Taping Method, Prossage Heat and Biofreeze Pain Reliever, and to raise funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation.

“Our goal is to conduct a total of 20 workshops throughout the United States and to raise $40,000 for the Massage Therapy Foundation through this CE program,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Director of Education for Performance Health, Inc. “We are very pleased to be able to support the Foundation through this educational initiative. Their mission to promote research, community service and education in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork aligns well with our organization’s philosophy.”

Sponsored by Performance Health, Inc. and the Kinesio Taping Association, the six-hour Elevate Your Practice workshop demonstrates how soft tissue treatments can enhance the therapist’s therapeutic effectiveness. The course provides hands-on experience with taping and soft tissue techniques for treating arms, the neck and lower back. This method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction.

Performance Health, Inc. and the Kinesio Taping Association are underwriting the costs of this program so that 100% of the attendee’s $20 registration fee can be donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation. Attendees earn six NCBTMB CE’s through their participation. Two Elevate Your Practice workshops have been held and were attended by over 200 massage therapists and raised almost $5,000 for the Foundation.

“We are excited by the response we have had so far on this new program,” said John Jarvis, Director for the Kinesio Taping Association. “It’s truly a win-win program – valuable education for the therapist and substantial dollars for the Massage Therapy Foundation.”

The sessions are taught by sports massage therapists and Certified Kinesio Taping Instructors Pete Pfannerstill, Ph.D., LMT, NCTMB, CKTI and Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB, CKTI.

Eleven workshops have been scheduled as listed below. Performance Health, Inc. and Kinesio Taping Association have committed to funding a total of 20 workshops conducted before May 2010. There are seven opportunities still available. Contact Lynda Solien-Wolfe at lwolfe@phi.us to learn more about hosting or attending a workshop.

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Kansas
Class Date: October 17
Contact: Marla Hieger, 785-456-9954 roccreek@wamego.net

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Missouri
Class Date: October 18
Contact: Jeffi Combs, 816-721-3965 InHarmonyTM@comcast.net

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Minnesota
Class Date: October 24
Contact: Erin Hewitt, 612-875-1534 ehewitt@lifetimefitness.com

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Tennessee
Class Date: October 25
Contact: Maj-Lis Nash, 615-578-5518 majlis@comcast.net

Chapter/ Host: AMTA California
Class Date: November 2009
Contact: Jeff Forman, 408-718-2821 formanjeffrey@fhda.edu

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Massachusetts
Class Date: January 2010
Contact: Allissa Haines, 508-208-9484, www.allissahaines.com

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Maine
Class Date: Feb 2010
Contact: Michael Whiteley, 207-495-4056, specialneeds@roadrunner.com

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Illinois
Class Date: April 2010
Contact: Bobbe Bermann, 321-253-3312, bbermann@cortiva.com

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Michigan
Class Date: April 30, 2010
Contact: Jan Lang, 810-364-8884, jmlang01@aol.com

Chapter/ Host: AMTA New York

Chapter/ Host: AMTA Washington

“We could not have been more pleased with the success of the first two Elevate Your Practice workshops. The FSMTA, AMTA-FL and AMTA-NC, in partnership with Performance Health and Kinesio Taping, demonstrated their strong commitment to advancing the knowledge and skills of massage practitioners and to raising funds for our Foundation,” commented Diana Thompson, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation. “This is truly an innovative approach to skill development and raising funds for a meaningful cause.”

Performance Health, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of products for the therapy, rehabilitation, massage and wellness markets. Maker of market-leading Thera-Band and Biofreeze products, Performance Health, Inc. provides evidence-based protocols, education, turn-key dispensing and pain management solutions. www.biofreeze.com

Kinesio® drives the elastic therapeutic taping industry by offering Kinesio Tex Gold, a tape utilizing premium materials and over 35 years of research and development. Kinesio also differentiates itself from a growing number of imitation brands through a continuing commitment to customer service, intellectual support and education. www.kinesiotaping.com

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, public charity that advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.