What's Important?

  Have you thought recently about what really matters in life? What are the important issues? How about in your practice? What factors are crucial to your success?   Do you focus on what you don’t have, or what you do have? Do you complain about how many clients you wish you had, or strategize about how to get more people into your practice?   About eighteen months ago, I wrote a post called “These Are the Good Times People.” One of my last sentences was, “But we have lots to feel good about in our chosen profession.”   As our Presidential election nears the finish line, we are being bombarded (at least in Colorado) by messages of impending doom and gloom should “the other guy” win. However, last time I checked whatever mess we are in was aided and abetted by both parties. So, we have two opinions circulating: we’re either doomed regardless, or we’ll be fine. I choose to believe the latter.   Same goes for the massage and bodywork profession: we are challenged by a volatile education environment and shaky economy, our teachers need to be better prepared for today’s students, and now Massage Envy—the nation’s largest employer of massage therapists—has been purchased by a company that owns Cinnabon. Saints preserve us!   People, it’s all good. Don't get all caught up on who owns who—the sun will still rise and set, at least for a while. Last time I checked, people still enjoy massage therapy and bodywork. All we need to do—all of us—is continue to provide the work, educate our clients about why it’s important, and encourage them to return to reap the benefits of regular therapy—no matter where you practice, that’s the recipe.   That’s what’s important.   Prefer to receive more from Les in small doses? Follow him on Twitter — @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!⁠

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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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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