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  These days, I am much more of a massage consumer than a massage provider. As a consumer, I know what I like (no cold bananas, remember?), and I regularly see a favorite therapist as well as occasional new practitioners. It’s always interesting getting a massage from a new practitioner (new to me, not brand-new). In my case—and I’m sure some of you face this dilemma as well—I always wonder if I should mention I am a therapist, or if I should mention my affiliation with ABMP.   I usually leave the therapist/ABMP info out and stick to my middle-aged, running, hockey-player, dad narrative. One reason: I wouldn’t want the therapist thinking, “Wow, the President of ABMP really needs to get more massage!”   Drawing this line also limits the possibility of getting in too deep of a conversation. I am a 10-minute guy; I am willing to spend up to 10 minutes having conversation at the beginning of my session, but then I shut down (sometimes by simply falling asleep). Even with my regular therapist, my pal Angie—I tune out after 10 minutes.   Do you have a quiet-time guideline as a therapist? What about as a client? Any good tips to share with other professionals on quieting clients, or keeping yourself quiet?   Road to Boston: Week 16 My return to training is going slow. Between my time off, tweaking my left calf (that dang soleus is a chronic challenge for me), and a bout of wintry Colorado weather (there are three settings: cold; windy; cold and windy), my mojo has not quite returned to pre-illness levels. And I am starting to be more cognizant of how quickly time is passing. February and March will determine how my April 15th will be spent.   Care to receive more from Les, but in smaller bites? Follow him on Twitter at @abmp_les.  
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Read the May / June 2022 Issue of Massage & Bodywork Magazine

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!⁠

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3 lucky participants will win shared prizes:

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2022 ABMP CE Summit Course: Updating our Hands-On Approach

Learn about the properties of fascia and hands-on techniques for working with fascia in the leg. Join Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe for this engaging course that explores the composition and roles of fascia and collagen and demonstrates several myofascial hands-on techniques focused on the fascia in the leg and the sartorius, gracilis, semitendinosus, and pes anserinus muscles.

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