Checking In

  Hurricane Sandy, which became “Super Storm Sandy,” is one of the most devastating natural disasters to strike the US, in particular because of its target—the Eastern seaboard of New Jersey and New York. The images and video of the storm’s effects are heart breaking. Like many of you, I have friends and/or family whose homes and property are damaged, but luckily that was the extent of their loss.   There is a commercial on MSNBC featuring journalist Martin Bashir that I find really pertinent to this tragedy. I am paraphrasing slightly, but he says, “When disaster strikes, Americans run toward the problem, not away.” We’ve seen this mantra lived out almost immediately after the storm struck, with an outpouring of support to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, and other relief organizations.   This week, we are personally calling every ABMP member—more than 500, and counting—in the affected areas to check in on them. Many of them fortunately emerged unscathed; others weren’t so fortunate. For those who lost everything, we are providing personal assistance through membership fee relief or additional help as they restart their practices. What we've learned so far is that many emerged unscathed, but the demand for services has been diminished greatly. Hopefully, this is only temporary.   We like to say, “ABMP Works for You.” We can’t undo all the damage of the storm, nor is it our place to solve every challenge that occurs—wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and drought affect thousands of Americans a year, and some of them are massage and bodywork professionals. It would be impossible to keep up with all of life’s twists and turns. But we pride ourselves on being there for our members, and now—just as we do every day—we’ll support you the best we can.  

Road to Boston: Week 3 Signs of progress, and more rest than planned: I traveled last week, and then got something—that’s the best I can describe it—that laid me up in bed for half a day Saturday and scratched 3 training days. You know you’re getting old when you feel sick, but can’t describe it. But back on the road Monday and Tuesday this week, and feeling no worse for wear. ABMP Director of Education Anne Williams gets the gold star of the week. She saw me in the lunchroom and convincingly stated, “you are looking great.” Gold star for Anne!       Prefer to receive more from Les in small doses? Follow him on Twitter — @abmp_les.  
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News

Agenda Confirms CAMTC Could Seek Fee Hike

CAMTC's meeting agenda confirms there may be a vote on a fee increase and discloses meeting location. Submit comments to the CAMTC as soon as possible.

Blog

Make Gratitude Part of Your Daily Life

Man Giving Thanks to Nature.

While this is the time of year that #gratitude starts trending, living a grateful life is not something to wrap up in a day, a week, a month . . . or a hashtag. We need to honor it all from an open heart.

Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Can Help with PTSD

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Benefits

ABMP’s Lymph Talk Series

Lymph Talk is a series of conversations ABMP Director of Professional Education Kristin Coverly had with practitioners who specialize in the manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) modality. These talks were recorded in conjunction with the October 25, 2022, free, online ABMP CE Summit on Lymph. Kristin says, “My hope is that these conversations increase the awareness of MLD and demonstrate how effective it can be with different populations so massage therapists and bodyworkers are inspired to learn more about this gentle, yet powerful modality!”

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—MLD: Basic Techniques for the Neck and Face

Gain an understanding of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) movements and the location of important lymphatic structures as you watch Nicola McGill’s dynamic demonstration of three MLD techniques and MLD sequences for the neck and face. Learn about this important modality that, when provided effectively, can support and enhance the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and eventually back to the cardiovascular system.

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—Introduction to Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic form of bodywork that enhances and supports the movement of fluid through the lymphatic system to support health and well-being. Developed by Danish therapists Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s, MLD is now practiced extensively by health and wellness practitioners and is used within the medical community to treat lymphedema and post-surgical and post-traumatic edema. Join Nicola McGill in this engaging course to learn the benefits, indications, and mechanics of this gentle, effective modality.

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