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

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

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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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