Summertime Blues

      What was Eddie Cochran thinking when he wrote this song? Is summer a time for the blues? Summertime for me has always been about fun, and vacation. While I am now decidedly middle-aged, summer returns me to my youth—playing little league baseball, going to Lewes Beach, spending the day in the backyard with my friends reenacting last night’s Phillies’ game I listened to on the radio, and the inevitable chore list from my parents. A couple years ago after school ended, my youngest son asked, “Dad, are you on summer vacation?” No, Peter, those days have gone by, though we do typically take a vacation during the summer. Living in Colorado can’t be beat, but we are short an ocean, so usually we head to one coast or another. This year, a different kind of August adventure awaits—my firstborn heads to college. So instead it’s time for a road trip, hugs, parental advice, and tears. I hope these “dog days” afford you a brief respite from your chosen work to enjoy the sand, surf, mountains, friends, loved ones, laughter, and yes, a few tears. I’ll talk to you in a few weeks—as a college parent. Sometimes I wonder what I'm a gonna do But there ain't no cure for the summertime blues.     Prefer to receive more from Les in small doses? Follow him on Twitter — @abmp_les.
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News

Colorado Bill Requires Local Background Checks

Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 24-1371, requiring local government (counties, cities, or municipalities) to conduct periodic criminal background checks for massage establishment operators, owners, and employees.

Washington Massage Board Vacancies

The State Department of Health and the Washington Massage Board are seeking licensed massage therapists to fill professional member vacancies. Apply before the June 30 deadline.

Blog

Julie Plachta: Serving the Underserved

Woman massages a client who is lying facedown on a massage table.

As we get closer to celebrating Massage Is for EveryBody, July 14–20, 2024, we wanted to share more of Julie Plachta’s story, which exemplifies the inclusive values of this campaign.

Benefits

Podcast: THE INTERSTATE MASSAGE COMPACT

Skills and experience are transferable, but your state massage license is not. On this episode of The ABMP Podcast, ABMP President and CEO Les Sweeney is joined by Debra Persinger, Executive Director at FSMTB, to discuss the Interstate Massage Compact ( IMpact ), how it would affect practitioners, where it stands in regards to legislation, and how it would benefit consumers.

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