Just Ask


This morning, I sent an e-mail to my work colleagues, family, friends, hockey teammates, cousins, siblings, and anyone else I could find requesting their support in my fundraising efforts for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF). It made me think about how challenging it is to ask something of others—in this case, asking for their money. Many massage and bodywork professionals face the same challenge daily in developing their practices. I am generally an easy touch—I support a decent number of causes. This past year, I started to exercise a little more discipline in my charitable giving. My wife and I support a handful of charities, both local and national, that resonate with us. In addition, I am always willing to support causes friends and family are involved with. I have a few ABMP colleagues and college friends who support the National MS Society through their bike rides, and we support those. So in my mind, I felt comfortable asking my circle to support me in my Boston endeavor for the MTF. However, when you are ready to send that email, you always have that feeling of, “you know you’re asking people for money, right?” I put that twinge aside and hit send, and have been delighted and flattered at the level of support I’ve received since. I have such great people in my life, and I count them among my blessings. In my 18 years of service in the massage and bodywork profession, I would venture that making “the ask” is the biggest challenge the typical therapist faces. Many professionals simply aren’t comfortable asking for a new client’s business, or asking for a higher fee, or asking for a repeat booking. And that, my friends, is THE barrier to success for too many of us. Don’t be afraid to ask. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The worst thing that can happen is you’ll hear, “no,” or silence. That’s okay. Concentrate on the Yeses, and keep looking forward.   Road to Boston: Week 15 I am back on my schedule, although a few weeks behind on the distance. But my lungs are cooperating from being sick, and although my legs filed for divorce after day 2, we’ve patched things up. And, I still need your support. Click here to help me get to Boston!     Prefer to receive more from Les in small doses? Follow him on Twitter — @abmp_les.


Oregon Seeks Applicants for Grant Program Advisory Committee

The Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity (HOWTO) Grant Program is seeking people to serve on the HOWTO Grant Program Advisory Committee. If you are a motivated leader committed to advancing health equity, trauma-informed workspaces, and expanding the health-care workforce in Oregon, apply before December 15, 2022.

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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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