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.


Minnesota Introduces Licensing Bills for Massage and Asian Bodywork Therapies

Serve the best interest of your profession and the public while ensuring ongoing competence and high standards of practice. How? Support licensing efforts in Minnesota! Write a letter to your elected officials, sharing why licensure is an important and necessary step to advance the massage therapy industry.

ABMP Advocates to Protect the Autonomy of the Arizona Massage Board

ABMP submitted written commentary to the Arizona legislature regarding House BIll 2169, which would merge the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy with the Arizona Barbering and Cosmetology Board. We are opposed to this legislation and invite you to read our comments and write to your elected officials.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


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.

New CE Course: Stretching the Hip

Dr. Joe Muscolino displays a massage therapy technique.

The new ABMP CE course, “Stretching the Hip,” is available in the ABMP Education Center to view and earn 1.5 CE hours.


Podcast: Gainful Employment (and the 100% Rule)

Les Sweeney, president and CEO of ABMP, and Lance Hostetter, ABMP director of government relations, explain the 100% rule, the flaws within the rule, and the Interstate Massage Compact.

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