A Note from Phil
President and Founder of Momentum98
Atlanta - 1998
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January 10, 1998
Hello. This is a little history of the advent
of Massage Tools in the United States, beginning in 1980.
I "accidentally" started selling Massage
Tools in 1980. I had gone to some kind of local show with a
of mine who happened to be a massage therapist. We ran across
these two men (no one got hurt, we just met them
at their booth) selling foot massagers at the show. They
convinced me to buy 24 foot massagers and try to sell them.
And my friend was supportive in this endeavor because she liked the
foot massager also.
Anyway, I had been pretty much exclusively selling a line of
nutritional products at that time.
And within one week, I sold 14 foot massagers to my nutritional
So next thing I knew, I bought 100 foot massagers, took them to a show,
and sold a lot of them.
Then I went out to a National Health Show, seeing what I could do to
sell more of these foot massagers,
and ran into Kent, the Sandal Man from Australia.
I traded Kent seven
foot massagers for two pair of Masseur Sandals.
I bought 50 pairs of Sandals a week later, and the rest is
history. I went to a show in Michigan, sold lots
of sandals, lots of foot massagers, and a few of my nutritional
products, which I still sell.
Foot Doctor -1st Massager sold by us!
Foot Doctor, by D.M.
Systems, Cincinnati, Ohio
So that's a little bit of my history.
I've been going to health shows since 1975, and since 1980 have been
mainly massage tools & assorted other unique holistic health
products. It's been fun. I really enjoy turning people
on to new ideas, new products, anything that can uplift them, and help
them to be a happier, and a free-er person.
I cherish freedom above all, an Inner kind of
freedom, one that does
not allow guilt, nor fear.
Of course, we have to toe the line in those areas... doing our
best listening to our inner connection with the life force.
But in general I have found that guilt ties us to the past, and
fear ties us to the future.
And I'm like the marionette that raves about having no strings,
I never dreamed, as a graduate student in Mathematics,
in a doctorate program at Ohio State, with an honors
degree in Mathematics at Indiana University, that I would eventually
quit graduate school (after 4 years), and start
selling at first, vitamins, and later
accessories, unique nutritional supplements and all the uplifting
holistic health products.
But, that's part of the
adventure of Life.
We start in one direction, and eventually, we get to where we need to
So whoever told Alice, (I think it was the
Cheshire Cat, but it might have been Humpty Dumpty),
when Alice was trying to find her way home,
that it didn't matter which way she went as long as she made the first steps,
eventually she would find
her way home.
So, like the fool who followed his folly, I have come to something
which I very much enjoy -
and that's basically communicating. So all these
and other products are just a ways to
communicate to you, that you can feel better, that what most people
accept as good health, simply isn't!
And when we discover there are whole other levels of healthy
states of mind, and freedom, it's truly incredible.
We have accepted getting tired in the middle of the day, etc,
etc., as normal.
Well, it doesn't have to be that way.
Somehow, some way we can feel better. And massage tools is one
for people to experience a relaxed, and then focused awareness of first
their body, and sometimes other things.
It's similar to what the scientists have been saying for years; we use
only about 10% of our brain. Well,
I am a Jiminy Cricket Fan too, and I believe in dreams coming true.
when you wish upon a star...
those things can happen. And look at the picture below.
Looks like my eyes are closed, but I'm looking down.
And right above my head is a beautiful blue star.
Phil Working at a show, selling Lalo stringed Massagers (in hand)
- & Phil sitting by a lake outside of New Orleans