COVID-19 Updates & Guidelines for the Massage Therapy Profession

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To move forward in this time of uncertainty, we have developed a breadth of resources for the massage therapy profession. In addition to financial relief information, answers to your FAQs, and state updates, we have created a very thorough, heartfelt review of the issues and challenges you will face when you resume your practice. From preparing your treatment room and office for return to practice, to before/during/after session interaction, to detailed sanitation guidelines, you will find a clear, specific Back-to-Practice Guide, when you are ready for it.  

Here at ABMP, we remain focused on supporting you during these unprecedented times. We are committed to you, and we are committed to getting through this together. If you are interested in becoming part of the ABMP family for additional resources, you can learn about membership at www.abmp.com/more.

State Updates Regarding COVID-19

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The latest updates, for massage professionals in each state including closures, reopening, regulations, and requirements.

Federal Financial Relief

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The CARES Act that passed Friday, March 27, provides many potential methods of assistance for our members. There are small business loans and payroll assistance loans, modifications to tax filing deadlines, and an expansion of unemployment benefits ...

Back to Practice Guide

Using COVID-19 best-practice recommendations, we’ve compiled this document of practice protocols, PPE guidance, and intake forms for practitioners who are choosing to move forward with reopening their businesses.

Read the Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Answers from a list of FAQs we’ve been receiving from our members, including questions about liability insurance coverage, state regulations, and financial assistance.

 

COVID-19 and Your Clients

Keep talking to your massage clients during your work shutdown by sending them Body Sense magazine.

Body Sense magazine has always been a great client communication tool for ABMP members, but it can be especially helpful today as practitioners look for new ways to stay connected to clients during the current health crisis. Keep talking to your clients, even while they’re not on your table!

 

Trustpilot Reviews

News

Texas to Review Massage Rules—Submit Your Comments by May 30

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is reviewing the Massage Therapy Administrative Rules to determine whether they should be readopted, revised, or discontinued. You can submit comments on the rules or suggest changes by May 30, 2022.

Blog

Take Extra Care

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Each time we experience a national tragedy, each time we share a collective pain, the treatment rooms of massage therapists and bodyworkers become even more of a sacred space. Remembering you may not know all that your client brings to the table is both essential and humbling.

Noriko Smith: Finding Life Through Oncology Massage

Noriko Smith, massage therapist and winner of ABMP's Massage is for EveryBody essay contest.

Noriko Smith was one of the winners of ABMP’s Massage is for EveryBody 2021 contest, and we wanted to share more of her story, which exemplifies the inclusive values of this campaign. Please join us in celebrating Noriko!

Benefits

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

• Online course starter kit, tie dye silicone drinking glass & silicone straw kit from Cupping Canada and Cupping USA - valued at $120 CAD

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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