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.
Senate Bill 37 alters the educational requirements for licensure or registration as a massage therapist, creating just one license: an LMT license that has an educational hour requirement of 750 hours.
House Bill No. 240 creates a provisional license for any graduate of a massage therapy school, allowing them to work while they wait for their licensure application to be approved. Senate Bill No. 286 allows educational hours above 500 to be taught either in person or via distance learning.
Senate Bill 227 amends the massage therapy scope of practice, definitions, fees, license qualifications, and misconduct. The bill also adds the following new sections: public roster, licensure by endorsement, and establishment licensure.
To help ABMP members stay safe in the digital world, we are running a short blog series on cybersecurity and how you can protect your personal information and your computer and digital devices from today’s bad actors. Here is the first installment on social engineering scams.
This month, to honor the LGBTQIA+ community, we want to take a moment to celebrate the diversity of our members along with their clients, as well as provide educational resources from our magazine, CE library, and podcasts.
The 42nd Annual EXCEL Awards were celebrated on June 22, 2022. SIIA’s EXCEL Awards is the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication.
ABMP was recognized for some of our top publications and educational offerings:
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!