Halfway through 2009, the pertinent question is: Hey, how you doing?

Well, we have arrived at the halfway mark of 2009. I’m a numbers guy, so I usually take stock in milestones (especially when running a race—I always like to know how I’m doing and when I’ll be done). When I think about the first half of 2009, I think about some successes we’ve had here at ABMP—more than an armful of awards for our top-notch communications and web teams, some quality work developing our BizFit initiative, among other highlights—along with some new opportunities we’re working on. Personally, I think about saying goodbye to my mom, how I could have run more, and how I plan to give and receive more massage in the second half of the year than I have in the first six months. What about you? Take a few minutes to look at your practice. Have you embraced the challenge of these trying economic times? What is your practice like compared to the first half of 2008? Busier? Not so much? Harder to maintain? Are your clients more stressed, less happy, not taking care of themselves as well as before? The staff here at ABMP will tell you that I sometimes sound like a broken record based on the subject matter. Here’s one they’ve heard before (and before and before…). I had a finance professor in grad school who was not exactly warm and fuzzy. An aura camera would have been handy, but I think I know what the result would have been anyway. He provided me with a saying as instructive (and occasionally depressing) as nearly any I have received in my life. He handed back a test one day and said, “If you don’t like the result, first take a look in the mirror. If you do that and still want to talk, come see me.” Ask yourself three questions about the health of your practice, circa June 30, 2009: 1)If my clients’ lives have changed this past year, what have I done to adapt to these changes? 2)What opportunities for learning have I embraced so far this year? 3)What new tools am I using to maintain a healthy practice? Only you can answer these three questions about your practice, but I will pass on a partial answer for #3. Massagetherapy.com, ABMP’s public education website, is a great tool for helping educate your clients. Tomorrow (July 1) ABMP members will get a copy of Massagetherapy.com’s monthly e-newsletter (provided we have an e-mail address on file for you). It’s a great resource to help your clients gain additional knowledge about the profession and your skills, and a ready-made marketing tool for you to keep in touch with your clients. Read it, and pass it on. Happy Birthday, America! Talk to you next week.

Trustpilot Reviews


Texas to Review Massage Rules—Submit Your Comments by May 30

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is reviewing the Massage Therapy Administrative Rules to determine whether they should be readopted, revised, or discontinued. You can submit comments on the rules or suggest changes by May 30, 2022.


Noriko Smith: Finding Life Through Oncology Massage

Noriko Smith, massage therapist and winner of ABMP's Massage is for EveryBody essay contest.

Noriko Smith was one of the winners of ABMP’s Massage is for EveryBody 2021 contest, and we wanted to share more of her story, which exemplifies the inclusive values of this campaign. Please join us in celebrating Noriko!


Read the May / June 2022 Issue of Massage & Bodywork Magazine

The May/June 2022 issue of ABMP's Massage & Bodywork magazine is available at www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com. ABMP members get a print subscription as part of membership, and the digital edition is available online and free to the profession.

In this issue, we explore pelvic tilt and spinal compensation, improving bodywork through breath, and how listening to your clients is a superpower. We also discuss SI joint dysfunction, overuse injuries, and much more!⁠

Cupping Canada Inc. and Mobile Massage Mastery GIVEAWAY: Value over $2,022!

Cupping Canada Inc. and Mobile Massage Mastery GIVEAWAY—value over $2,022!

3 lucky participants will win shared prizes:

• 16 CE live online Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping course from Cupping Canada & Cupping USA (NCBTMB approved & Canadian approvals) - valued at $405 CAD

• Online course starter kit, tie dye silicone drinking glass & silicone straw kit from Cupping Canada and Cupping USA - valued at $120 CAD

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course: Updating our Hands-On Approach

Learn about the properties of fascia and hands-on techniques for working with fascia in the leg. Join Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe for this engaging course that explores the composition and roles of fascia and collagen and demonstrates several myofascial hands-on techniques focused on the fascia in the leg and the sartorius, gracilis, semitendinosus, and pes anserinus muscles.

Please note: We have recently updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Learn more...