Halftime

Last week I asked, “How do you professionally fire a client?” I received not nearly as many comments as when I asked for your sales pitch. I think that’s a good thing—we’re more focused on getting new clients than getting rid of them. Here’s a short, but sweet one from Darcy: Thank you for allowing me to serve you. In the future, I will no longer be available to you. However, if I were that client I would certainly ask, “Why?” Perhaps we can complete Darcy’s phrase by answering that question. “I think I’ve helped you as best I can. I’d be happy to refer you to another therapist.” That should get your message across without being too blunt. So let’s move forward by looking back. As I write this, we are completing the first half of 2010. What do we have to show for it?
  • Comprehensive health care legislation passed (which has been talked about for 40 years, but never successfully scripted), which to date has engendered mistrust and pessimism, even before material impact could be felt, good or bad; its effect, if any, on massage and bodywork is unknown;
  • Significant education reform regarding higher education student aid (not saluted by the Career College Association); a boon for consumer and student-protection;
  • A colossal and tragic ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that could take decades to clean up;
  • The economy has acted like the car that needs the gas tank additive—fits and starts, too much knocking and pinging;
  • The LA Lakers won the NBA championship again (groan).
My wife regularly reads her horoscope in the daily paper, and proudly announces if she is having “a five-star day.” She also makes sure to tell me how many stars my day will merit. What about in your practice? How many stars has your massage and bodywork practice merited in 2010 so far?
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News

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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

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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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