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Inaugural Conference Review
June 25 - 27, 2004, Toledo, Ohio
The Inaugural International Association of Animal
Massage and Bodywork Educational Conference was presented to encourage
education, networking and professionalism in the fields of animal
massage and bodywork.
Our goal was to make this conference professional,
educational and entertaining for all of our attendees. We succeeded.
The Conference was held at the Clarion Hotel
Westgate, 3536 Secor
Rd., Toledo, OH.
Our speakers covered a wide variety of subjects and demonstrated
depth of knowledge, experience and purpose in our burgeoning organization.
- The conference proper started with
Barb Rennert, of the Red Cross teaching a certification course on Small
- Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis, from
Colorado, not only held the pre-conference
workshop, they also started off the conference with a great
discussion of small animal acupressure. Their lecture caught
the attention of the editors of our primary regional newspaper, The
Toledo Blade, who published an article about the conference on the front
page of the next day.
- Bryan Carlton Flournoy, mesmerized the audience
with his animal communication lecture, which was more of a streaming
C Rudinger gave the Keynote address, sharing his vision of
the organization and challenging those in attendance to work
together to grow
and develop the IAAMB.
- Marcia Holman showed us how we can use the
principle of Feng Shui in
our offices and homes.
- Cindy Blum traveled from Maryland to discuss
the use and philosophy of Bach Flower/ flower essences.
Lewis flew in from Minneapolis for
a day to share her experiences and insights as a Tellington®TTouch
- Patricia Whalen-Shaw discussed equine massage;
- Aimee St-Arnaud demonstrated how she and the Best
Friends Animal Society has used activism in helping animals
throughout the United States.
- Reiki energy was shared with speaker
- Business Coach, Linda Fayerweather showed us
how organization and strategic goal setting will help us grow our businesses.
- Teresa Mazzella, Angel Scent Aromatherapy, our
ambassador from CANADA, discussed the chemistry and science
that underpins aromatherapy. She also shared which essential oils are
beneficial and which we need to
watch out for.
- David Drake, DVM, balanced out a lot of the more
esoteric, touchy-feely energy work with very specific anatomical
descriptions of locations of acupuncture sites, how, why and
when treatment is performed.
- Jonathan Rudinger discussed the effects
and practices of massaging dogs in water.
- Erin Kelly, of Michigan,
shocked and amazed
those in attendance with her demonstration of EFT, E-tap.
- Beth Taylor,
from Illinois, discussed
animal nutrition and the benefits of using a raw, natural and organic diet
for our dogs and us.