2017 Congress Sponsors & Prizes

2017 Biennial Educational Congress Sponsors

Meet the world-class sponsors of the 2017 Educational Congress, hosted by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. These companies provide valuable support to the Congress through their connections with our members. They participate in discussions and share knowledge and perspective as part of our community.

Congress Sponsorships provide your company or association with the opportunity to interact with educators and decisions from around the country with a targeted marketing message and business development efforts.

Want to be a part of the conference? There’s still time to get involved!
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Media Sponsors

These Media Sponsors provide important support to the Alliance by providing print and electronic advertising space. To learn more about being a Media Sponsor visit https://www.afmte.org/about-corporate-sponsorship/

Gold Media Sponsor


Massage Today is the leading news source covering the massage therapy profession and is read by more massage therapists than any other publication. Massage Today appreciates the AFMTE’s mission of serving as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the entire education sector of the profession. Massage Today will continue to report on the AFMTE’s findings and actions as the massage therapy profession continues to evolve — with the educational sector leading the way. Make sure to visit Massage Today’s website and to follow Massage Today on Facebook for all the latest massage therapy news.

Ruby Media Sponsor


MASSAGE Magazine has been exploring touch therapies for over 25 years, developing a unique insight for the specific challenges and concerns massage therapists face on a daily basis. MASSAGE Magazine’s intimate knowledge of the industry, combined with years of active engagement with massage therapists have allowed us to develop a massage liability insurance program catered to the unique needs of touch therapists.

Massage Magazine Insurance Plus (MMIP) is a national insurance provider offering licensed massage therapists comprehensive liability insurance and practice support. To find out more visit: http://www.massagemagins.com

Platinum Sponsor

Universal Companies 2017 Educational Congress Platinum Sponsor
Universal Companies is the leading single-source supplier to over 25,000 clients in the spa industry, providing thousands of products to help professionals manage and grow their businesses. Universal Companies’ mission has always been to deliver innovative spa solutions to maximize our customers’ success. With 29 years of proven success, we can help you build your business and grow revenue.


“I had the privilege of representing Universal Companies as an exhibitor at the 2015 Educational Congress in Minneapolis. It was an incredible opportunity to observe the joint efforts of educational organizations in the massage and wellness communities to ensure the future of massage education. Just witnessing all of the educational groups represented on one panel was an awesome experience. And this informative congress balanced meetings, classes, and adequate time with the vendors to benefit everyone in attendance.

Registering for the next Educational Congress was a no-brainer. From the minute I left last year’s show, I knew that we would want to attend and be a sponsor in 2017. The congress is working toward goals common to both the Alliance and my company. It’s a natural choice for us to show support and strength by standing with the massage education community.”  

—Terry Russell – Director of Sales, Schools, Distributors, and Franchises, Universal Companies


Opening Reception Sponsor

massage-envy-logo Massage Envy is the pioneer and national leader of affordable massage and spa services. After over a million facials, 50 million massages and nearly a decade as the industry leader, Massage Envy holds true to its mission: To provide a pathway to wellness through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services.


Silver Sponsor

fsmtb-logo The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is an autonomous, not-for-profit organization comprised of state regulatory boards and agencies that regulate the massage therapy profession. The FSMTB works to enhance FSMTB programs, maintain and improve the quality of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), and provide support to Members in fulfilling their responsibility of protecting the public. Visit the FSMTB website for more information.


Continental Breakfast (Sapphire) Sponsor

elements-massage Elements Massage™ was founded by a massage therapist, Michele Merhib Maruniak, and was built by talented massage therapists providing personalized therapeutic massages to every client, every session. With a foundation of massage therapy, Elements Massage™ has always set itself apart by delivering a massage that is customized for the individual and above all, therapeutic.


Clipboard Sponsor

massage-heights-logo Massage Heights elevates the lives of the people we touch by caring for the mind, body and spirit through their relationships with guests, team members and franchise partners. It is Massaage Heights’ vision to build a family dedicated to the well-being of the people we serve by investing love and positive energy into everything they do. They are authentic in their commitment to be the massage brand of choice. For more information, visit Massage Heights’ website.


Lanyard Sponsor

Books of Discovery Books of Discovery is the publisher of the acclaimed Trail Guide to the Body. Our company specializes in user-friendly, reasonably-priced musculoskeletal and palpation educational tools for the bodywork fields. More than 1,700 bodywork schools have chosen Trail Guide to the Body products for their students. It is sold in 38 countries. Be sure to visit: http://www.booksofdiscovery.com


Coffee Break Sponsor

massage-warehouse Massage Warehouse’s mission is to directly help as many Massage Therapists as possible. By doing so, Massage Warehouse can indirectly help many people who are stressed, tight and in pain not only find relief, but recognize the measurable improvements a skilled Massage Therapist can provide.


Angel Sponsors

Financial Aid Services was first established in 1980 as a family run business by its founder and president, Al Gillis, in order to bridge the gap between career schools, colleges, universities and the U.S. Department of Education. oday FAS is recognized as one of the largest and oldest Financial Aid Services in the country with clients coast to coast including Puerto Rico. Some of FAS’ original clients are still with the FAS since its inception over 35 years ago. FAS supplies institutions with the latest technology in financial aid servicing, consulting and school management software in order to help institutions strengthen themselves financially, managerially and competitively.

naccas-logo The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) is an autonomous, independent accrediting commission constituted as a nonprofit Delaware corporation, with its main office located in Alexandria, Virginia. NACCAS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national agency for the institutional accreditation of post-secondary schools and departments of cosmetology arts and sciences, including specialized schools. It presently accredits approximately 1,300 institutions that serve over 120,000 students. These schools offer over thirty(30) courses and programs of study that fall under NACCAS’ scope of accreditation.

Wolters Kluwer is a global company that provides information, software, and services. The customers of Wolters Kluwer are legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare professionals.


Speaker Sponsors

abhes-logo Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) aims to enhance the quality of education and training and promote institutional and programmatic accountability through systematic and consistent program evaluation. The key to ABHES’ mission is to assure the quality of the programs it accredits, and assist in the improvement of the programs.


The AFMTE, Biofreeze & Bon Vital’ Educators of the Year Award Co-Sponsors

AFMTE Educator of the Year The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education recently published the first version of our Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers. We are excited to announce the Educators of the Year Award (1 for a teacher in a school setting and 1 for a continuing education provider). This award honors excellence in massage education and serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage education. The recipients were chosen based on their experience, teacher training taken, and how well they met the core competency standards. We are thrilled that Biofreeze and Bon Vital’ have sponsored this amazing award.
AFMTE_logo To find out more visit: https://www.afmte.org/
Performance Health/Biofreeze Pain Relieving products have been sold internationally for over 10 years. and Biofreeze can be found in more than 50 countries and in 26 different languages. Biofreeze is the original Cold Therapy product available in gel, roll-on and spray providing temporary pain relief for millions worldwide from everyday muscle and joint pain caused by arthritis and today’s active lifestyles.
Bon Vital Bon Vital’ Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a variety of healthcare products for the wellness industries, dedicated to bringing healthcare professionals superior quality and all natural & organic products. To find out more about our school program or product information visit: http://www.bonvital.com


Video Livestream Sponsor

AOBTA American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) aims to support Eastern philosophical approaches to health and well-being by promoting Asian Bodywork Therapy. AOBTA works to provide its members with education and networking opportunities and to support their personal and professional development and success.


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AOBTA American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) aims to support Eastern philosophical approaches to health and well-being by promoting Asian Bodywork Therapy. AOBTA works to provide its members with education and networking opportunities and to support their personal and professional development and success.
uii-logo Upledger Institute International (UII) is a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and for its unique outreach initiatives. Over 125,000 therapists in 110 countries have benefited from the training they’ve achieved.
lotus-education-institute Lotus Education Institute, located in Carbondale, Colorado, provides state-of-the art high quality hands on and online education for becoming a massage therapist and for anyone who wants to improve their teaching skills as a vocational instructor.


Tote Bag Schwag


Raffle Prizes

Thank you to the donors of the following raffle prizes, which will be raffled during the event! We currently have over $5,000 in raffle prizes!

  • Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy (total $1,200+)
      • Introduction to Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy  (15 HOURS) and T-shirt ($300.10)
      • Level I  Quick Fix Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy (28 HOURS)  and T-shirt  ($700.15)
      • Pain Erasure the Bonnie Prudden Way; Myotherapy: Bonnie Prudden’s Complete Guide to Pain free Living; Bonnie Prudden’s After Fifty Fitness Guide
      • Exer-Sex; Your Baby Can Swim; How to Keep Your Child Fit From Birth to Six;How to Keep Your Family Fit and Healthy
      • Bonnie Prudden Shepherd’s Crook; Bonnie Prudden set of 3 Bodos
  • Books of Discovery: Trail Guide to the Body’s Muscles of the Human Body Posters- Full Set (3 sets, $59.85 per set)
    •  Finely detailed muscle posters that list an activity of daily living (ADL) for each muscle. This 3-Poster set includes three views: anterior, posterior and lateral.
    • Quote from donor: “The leadership of the massage therapy profession rightfully belongs in the hands of the educators, the teachers who are entrusted to develop the next generation of massage therapists. If we’re to safeguard the science and art, the heart-centered and the evidence-informed practice of massage therapy, teachers need the support of an organization dedicated to the transmission of this content. Books of Discovery, celebrates our shared commitment to the Alliance with our many friends at the Educational Congress. It enriches and inspires everyone who participates.”
  • Curties-Overzet Publications: The Emergence of the Massage Therapy Profession in North America: A History in Archetypes by Pat Benjamin and Integrative Pain Management, Diana Thompson and Marissa Brooks, editors, ($64.95 each)
    • Benjamin’s book helps deepen your understanding and appreciation of massage therapy’s history and the forces that have shaped it, from its European heritage, through the spirit and circumstances of the New World, to its more recent global influences.
    • Integrative Pain Management provides an overview of pain mechanisms as currently understood, and presents a variety of approaches to pain management used across a wide range of complementary disciplines.
    • Quote from donor: “As publishers, we have participated over the years at the AFMTE Educational Congress because we believe in its work to support, strengthen and elevate education standards and opportunities for practitioners in the field of massage therapy and bodywork.”
  • Earthlite: Vortex Portable Massage Chair Package MSRP $299 (8 colors to choose from)
    • Using incredibly strong oval tube aluminum construction, Earthlite has created a stylish, compact and lightweight massage chair. Your Vortex™ portable massage chair will be a place of healing and energy – the perfect portable venue for massage therapists, sports therapists and more. Chair only weighs 15lbs!
  • George Kousaleos: 3 DVDs: CORE Myofascial Therapy – Full-Body Myofascial Spreading & Back Specific ($89 each)
  • Handspring Publishing: Chaitow: Palpation and Assessment in Manual Therapy ($49.99); Thompson and Brooks: Integrative Pain Management ($59.50); Smith and Ryan: Traumatic Scar Tissue Management ($59.50)
  • Human Kinetics: Clinical Guide to Positional Release Therapy; by Speicher ($62.71) and Postural Correction by Johnson ($36.00)
    • Postural Correction is a guide to determining muscular or fascial imbalance and whether that imbalance contributes to a patient’s or client’s pain or dysfunction.
    • Clinical Guide to Positional Release Therapy is an invaluable resource to learn, practice, and perfect positional release therapy to gently treat patients who have acute and chronic somatic dysfunction.
    • Quote from donor: “Human Kinetics prides itself on being an informational leader in physical activity and health. As we continue to grow and develop new educational products to promote health and well-being, we seek to form relationships with organizations that have missions similar to our own. We are proud to support the educational mission of the Alliance of Massage Therapy Education.”
  • MassagePrep: 2 Massage Prep Study Guides  $80 each
  • MASSAGE Magazine:
    • 2 Free Insurance Policies; subscriptions to MASSAGE Magazine; free Subscriptions to Online CEUs; $100 cash
  • Mother Earth Pillows: Large Triggerpoint Pillow; Sinus Pillow; Migraine Pillow; Body Wrap ($156)
    • Mother Earth Pillows is a golden flaxseed pillow that can be warmed in the microwave or chilled in the freezer. They mixed with our own herbal blends that help to relax and ease pain. We are located in St. Louis, MO and we are 100% natural and a USA made product.
    • Large Triggerpoint Pillow relieves discomfort from arthritis, computer strain, shoulder pain, tension and fibromyalgia. Drape over shoulders to relax tense neck and shoulder muscles.
    • Sinus Pillow: Warm to relieve congestion and sinus pressure. Cover eyes and all sinus regions. Migraine Pillow- Chill this heavier, longer pillow that reached from temple to temple. Place over eyes or forehead. Warm to apply to neck to relax muscles.
    • Body Wrap is a great tool for massage therapists. Helps to get deeper into the muscle while relieving pain. It can be used to go along the spine or on your chest. It has multiple uses.
  • Massage Warehouse: 3 Microplush Blankets ($38 each); 3 Aromatherapy fans ($31 each)
  • Nancy Dail: 2 DVDs, The Gift of Touch ($45 each)
  • NMT Midwest: DVD Bundle (Mystery of Pain, Table Lessons, Precision Kinematics) $90
  • Performance Health:
    • 1 set Therapearl Hot & Cold Therapy (Sports Pack, Eye Mask, Back Pack Face Mask, Neck Pack, Ankle/Wrist, Knee) ($120.00)
    • 4 Biofreeze Professional Starter Kit ($170 each)
    • 4 Bon Vital’ 36 oz Foot Balm ($50 each)
    • 4 Bon Vital’ Therapeutic Touch Lotion ($30 each)
    • 4 Roller Massagers ($35 each)
  • Pressure Positive: 6 Backnobber II $29.95
  • Sacro Wedgy: Starter Kit ($108)
  • Sohnen-Moe Associates: 5 copies of Business Mastery  ($34.95 each)
  • Soothing Touch: 3 Muscle Comfort Spa Gift Sets ($57.99 each)
    • This collection of products can cool or heat to help relieve sore muscles, aches and pains, Coupled with massage, it is an effective combination for topical pain relief.
    • Each set contains: 32 oz Peppermint Rosemary Bath Salts; 8 oz Muscle Comfort Bath, Body & Massage Oil; 4 oz Herbal Heat Massage Gel; 4 oz Herbal Ice Massage Gel; 1 oz Narayan Oil; information sale sheets; a re-usable backpack included
  • Upledger: 2 CST courses ($795 each)
  • Ruth Werner: Original Hand-dyed wall-sized Quilt   $300 (priceless)
  • Wolters Kluwer: 3 copies of Teaching Massage


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