It's been a busy week around here—our Facebook page has received a lot of comments regarding Massage Envy Spa and some complaints levied against them. Here's a statement we wanted to share:
Thank you to all the massage therapists and bodywork professionals who are expressing their concerns about complaints levied against against Massage Envy Spa. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is aware of these challenges and is closely monitoring their progression.We serve all our members—more than 80,000 strong—regardless of where they work or study or teach.It is easy to make blanket statements or generalizations based on singular incidents portrayed by television news, and social media is an obvious outlet for discontent. We focus on the fact that there are thousands of good massage therapists of high integrity in this country working in a variety of settings, while also remembering that there are some who do not bring honor to the profession. It is one reason why ABMP members are bound by a Code of Ethics and must agree to uphold it as a condition of membership.We will vigorously defend the right of our members, and all professionals, to work at an environment of their choosing, whether that is a spa, solo practice, chiropractic office, cruise ship, or franchise. We will also continue to advocate for the well-being and professional regard of massage and bodywork professionals in their chosen settings, and work to make sure those who dishonor our profession are appropriately identified and held accountable.We will continue to do our best to advocate that all employers of massage therapists—Massage Envy Spa included—provide quality conditions and services for practitioners and clients alike. We want every massage therapy client in the United States to feel appreciation for the value of every massage therapy session. That’s how demand grows for massage. ABMP is dedicated to empowering members to practice competently and ethically, and supporting individual practitioners in their pursuit of successful careers, wherever they choose to work.
The Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy proposed new rules as a necessary step to bring licensure protocols into effect. These proposed rules would primarily change the term “certificate holder” to “license holder,” and outline continuing education requirements for renewal once licensure is the law of the land, among other modifications.
Senate File 1074 and House File 1275 have been introduced in the Minnesota legislature and would require statewide licensure for massage therapists and Asian bodywork therapists. If you would like to support the bill, find out how you can send a short email to your legislators using our sample advocacy letter.
The January/February 2022 issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine is out now in print for ABMP members and available online at www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com.
In this issue we focus on your clients by exploring the long-term effects of COVID, working with autistic clients, and 3 successful keys to re-booking.
This issue includes the following feature articles:
ABMP members enhanced their skills and knowledge by taking advantage of the outstanding online education and CE that comes free with membership: the library of courses in the ABMP Education Center, the ABMP CE Socials events, and the ABMP CE Summit online conference.