Moving Forward, Looking Back

If you spend any time online (or reading, or watching TV, or just being conscious), you have likely seen and read plenty about the end of the decade—whether it be the debate over whether it really has ended, or identifying the athlete of the decade, or a news story, or great lists like this one. I have no list (and thankfully no mug shot), but the turn of the calendar and the decade certainly provides good fodder. I took the opportunity to read through the turn-of-the-century editions of Massage & Bodywork (M&B), Massage Magazine (MM), and Massage Therapy Journal (MTJ). MM and MTJ each had articles about “the future of touch,” while M&B focused on a more-pragmatic issue of avoiding “Y2k” trouble. The late Robert Noah Calvert wrote an article in MM lauding “The Stars of the Century,” recognizing the leaders of the field in the 1900s (he included himself). An interesting part of the futuristic articles was looking at the names who were asked to comment; many are still the profession’s thought leaders. Most fascinating? The hairstyles (guilty as charged, Lynda and Diana). In a parallel but unrelated exercise, I used some time off over the holiday break to do some much-overdue purging of collected treasures/junk in the Sweeney household. It is an interesting self-examination to look through things from earlier in your life. Invariably, the overriding question becomes, “why do I still have this?” followed by “look at my hair in that picture.” Glad that wasn’t in Massage Magazine. Undertaking an exercise like this, followed up by seeing “Up in The Air” with George Clooney, gets you thinking about what’s in “my backpack.” How much do we really need? It’s a question I can always do a better job of reflecting on than acting on. Our colleague Marissa Macias posted a similar discussion on massageprofessionals.com; she does an excellent job of framing the issue as it relates to our professional lives. For me, the New Year brings excitement—a chance for ABMP to build on its successes, and learn from our challenges; another year of using our role to help advance the profession and its members; personally, the calendar seems to be turning ever more quickly, and spending time with my boys suddenly seems an increasingly elusive goal. What’s exciting is we never know what the calendar has in store for us. Tiger Woods was named athlete of the decade, the same week he was a national punch line. The future of massage will be determined day by day, session by session—not by me, or “leaders of the field,” but by you. Another year is upon us—what do you have in store for it?
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News

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

Make Gratitude Part of Your Daily Life

Man Giving Thanks to Nature.

While this is the time of year that #gratitude starts trending, living a grateful life is not something to wrap up in a day, a week, a month . . . or a hashtag. We need to honor it all from an open heart.

Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Can Help with PTSD

CranioSacral Therapy can help with PTSD.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on treatment modality that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

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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