This is a bittersweet week for my wife and me. We say goodbye this week to our two oldest sons as they head to college—Number One heads back to Los Angeles for his sophomore year, and Number Two is off to Virginia to begin his college adventure. I read an article by columnist Michael Gershon in the Washington Post that both captured the process and reduced me to a puddle.
This week a former ABMP team member stopped by for a visit, and it was yet another reminder how change in our lives is constant. She arrived at our offices 11 years ago, a single mother in her early twenties; she visited us a successful woman in her mid-thirties with a couple kids and an impressive job. She grew up, and hopefully her experience with us helped her along the way. That she valued her time with us enough to come back to visit is a point of pride. I hope I can repeat those two sentences about my children.
Our adult life is like a train; there are starts and stops along the way, and people get on and off as we go. Our work environments are like that as well. Colleagues and clients move in and out of our professional experiences, and sometimes that can break our hearts, maybe even feel like a step back. Ultimately, as the song says, the train keeps a-rollin’, all night long.
Or like The Dude says at the end of The Big Lebowski, “Yeah man. Well, you know, the Dude abides.”
Here’s to appreciating the ride while it lasts.
The Florida Board of Massage Therapy (Board) has proposed a new massage therapy rule that amends the definitions section affecting massage therapy schools. ABMP has summarized the proposed rule for you below. If you would like to submit written comments to the Board in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed rules, email Danielle.Terrell@flhealth.gov by November 21, 2022.
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.
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!”
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.
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.