Do You Love Your Job?

I love my job. I’ve had two employers for my entire professional career (closing in on 20 years this fall), and have enjoyed working for both of them. When immersed in association management, it helps to believe in and like the members of the organization you serve. I worked for the Club Managers Association of America for 4½ years before finding my home with ABMP (one month shy of 15 years here). I can say without qualification that I truly enjoy being in the service of service. Who doesn’t like helping people? I love massage (so much that I went to massage school) and I love helping our members be successful. Many massage and bodywork professionals are in business for themselves, but every practitioner works for someone. That next client is your boss. If you don’t think that’s the case, try this: tell your next client to go home because you don’t feel like giving a massage. Then tell the one after that. Repeat this for two straight weeks. Then you will be able to say you truly have no boss, and no income (please don’t try this at home—and especially at work). I remember telling one of my staff that I viewed my job as an audition; my goal is to keep getting asked back. That’s exactly what massage and bodywork professionals do—you want encores. You audition your skills in an attempt to help your clients achieve a greater level of wellness and satisfaction in their lives. And if your business relies on others’ disposable income, you are competing with movies, restaurants, vacations, and lots of other diversions. So delivering excellence is really not optional. Being happy and comfortable in your environment makes you more productive; I have had the great fortune of working in environments that were supportive and conducive to creativity and opportunity, and valued the contributions of all members of the team. For a massage and bodywork professional, valuing your clients will make you a better therapist, and a more prosperous one. If you don’t love your clients, I’m sure someone else will.
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News

Gainful Employment Rules Compliance Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Education issued updates to the new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations for vocational programs published last fall. This web post addresses the updates to prepare school owners and educators ahead of the July 1, 2024, new GE rule effective date.

New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.

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ABMP CE Summit: Headaches

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Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.

Benefits

Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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