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!

 

News

Oregon Proposes External Pelvic Floor Massage Rules

The Oregon State Board of Massage Therapists proposed new massage therapy rules that would allow licensees to perform external pelvic floor massage. Submit your comments in support of, or opposition to, the rules before October 31, 2022.

Maryland Implicit Bias Training Resources

Maryland massage therapists must complete implicit bias training by October 31, 2022, to fulfill their continuing education requirements. View a list of approved training resources.

Blog

Keeping Massage Fresh for Longtime Clients

As much as we want massage therapy to be a routine, we also want it to be an intentional choice every visit because of the client’s love of the service and our care to always meet the client’s (changing) needs.

Blood, Lymph Get Pumped Thanks to Massage

Massage therapy has become a wildly expansive net that has caught, and continues to catch, a slew of methods of bodywork. You can be an authority in all sorts of approaches, spanning from myofascial release to trigger point therapy to cupping to manual lymphatic drainage. And that’s a good thing! 

Benefits

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.

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—Lymphatic System: An Essential Guide to an Underrated System

Join us for a fascinating look at the underrated lymphatic system, with special emphasis on its structures and functions. Learn the vital role each of the system’s components plays, including lymphangions, nodes, trunks, ducts, and the glorious cisterna chyli. We’ll also look at various lymphatic-related pathologies, including lymphangitis, lymphoma, cardiovascular and traumatic edema, and lymphedema.

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