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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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

CranioSacral Therapy can help with PTSD.

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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