These Are the Good Times People

Those who on occasion read this blog know I love music. It’s a consistent theme in my life—primarily listening, but on occasion playing in a band with my friends The Traveling Pillsburys. One of my favorite bands is called the Presidents of the United States of America. Quirky, funny, and always entertaining, “The Presidents” never disappoint. My high-school age sons and I made a trip to Seattle in February to see the Presidents’ only show of the year (appropriately, on Presidents’ weekend). So much fun; the crowd ranged from 2-year-olds to folks in their 60s. Their last album was called “These are the Good Times People.” When asked about the title, one of the band members said it came from lead singer and guiding force Chris Ballew, who during various points of discomfort or frustration during the band’s tenure would remind the others, “Hey, these are the good times people.” These ARE the good times, people, in the massage and bodywork field—lots of discussions about what the future holds and which organizations are poised to make positive contributions. My answer to the latter question is: all of us. We all have the opportunity and obligation to make positive contributions. And I think we all will. We have different opinions on how to move forward, but the good news is we’re open and willing to work together to the benefit of our profession. Demand for massage and bodywork services is increasing; it’s a good time to be a qualified, motivated practitioner. Employers are in need for massage therapists! Acceptance of our work is at an all-time high. We key organizations are working together more closely than any other time during my 16+ years in the field. There are lots of things to wring our hands about—climate change, natural disasters, a slow-growing economy, the Stanley Cup playoffs. But we have lots to feel good about in our chosen profession. These are the good times, people.
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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

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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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