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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Louisiana Governor Signs Two Bills Impacting Massage Therapy Schools

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.

South Carolina Bill Changes Massage Therapy Act

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.

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In Celebration of Pride Month: Resources from ABMP

A multicolored Pride Flag representing the LGBTQIA+ community.

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. 

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ABMP Recognized for Top Publications

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:

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!⁠

Cupping Canada Inc. and Mobile Massage Mastery GIVEAWAY: Value over $2,022!

Cupping Canada Inc. and Mobile Massage Mastery GIVEAWAY—value over $2,022!

3 lucky participants will win shared prizes:

• 16 CE live online Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping course from Cupping Canada & Cupping USA (NCBTMB approved & Canadian approvals) - valued at $405 CAD

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