ABMP Membership Discount and Resources for Massage Instructors

We recognize the tremendous contribution that instructors make to the profession of massage every day and in appreciation ABMP offers a membership discount just for you! Massage therapy instructors, who currently teach students enrolled in an entry-level, state-approved massage or bodywork program, are eligible to receive a $24 discount off Professional, Certified, and Practitioner level membership. ABMP's liability insurance covers instructors in the classroom, their private practice, and in any CE classes they may teach.

Certified, Professional, or Practitioner level members have access to a variety of tools to enhance their massage businesses. Massage therapists or bodyworkers who are also instructors find that their membership with ABMP protects them from liability in the classroom, while providing access to resources that help them create positive learning experiences for students.

You can learn more about ABMP Certified, Professional, and Practitioner membership at www.abmp.com/practitioners. Your instructor discount will only be applied if you are affiliated with a school in ABMP's database—you can confirm this, or update your information, by calling our team at 800-458-2267.

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Protection from Liability in the Classroom

Many schools believe that their institutional blanket liability policy covers all administrators, instructors, and students in all situations. This may or may not be the case depending upon how the policy is written. It may only provide coverage if the school is named in a suit, but not if individual instructors or students are named. It may cover negligence, but not general liability. It may be limited to on-site activities and not cover internships or activities outside of school, or continuing education classes. It is important that you review the school's policy carefully to ensure that you are covered as an instructor. More than likely you should hold your own liability insurance.

Liability insurance like that provided to you as an ABMP Certified, Professional, or Practitioner member protects you in the event that you are named individually in a suit as a result of private practice, employment, teaching, or providing continuing education classes. Injuries inflicted by an instructor on a student account for the highest insurance payout on record at ABMP. Faulty equipment set up, inappropriate technique use, and failure to identify contraindications can all lead to serious injury.

Cornerstones: The ABMP Instructor Development Program and More CE

ABMP membership includes 200+ hours of free CE courses in the ABMP Education Center, including courses created especially for massage and bodywork schools and instructors. These are easy to find by filtering the course list to view courses tagged with the category "Teaching / Schools."

In addition, Cornerstones: The ABMP Instructor Development Program is accessible to all instructors in the ABMP Education Center. Designed for both the first-year teacher and the experienced instructor, Cornerstones is a new library of interactive CE courses combining the very best of ABMP's school resources with new research on how students most effectively retain information, bringing you immediate takeaways to improve your classroom and learner experiences. You can learn more at ABMP.com/cornerstones.

Resources for Your Classroom

The wide variety of resources online in ABMP's student, professional, and instructor sections provides a range of teaching tools for important classes like anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, business, massage theory and practice, and more.

One great idea is for instructors to use the website and email accounts that come with their Certified, Professional, or Practitioner membership as a way to communicate with students. From K-12 to college, instructors are finding that the Internet provides an effective means of staying in touch with today's students. For example, if a student misses a class she can download the homework assignment directly from the instructor's website and not fall behind. Lecture and demonstration notes can be posted to support student learning. A quiz or practical exchange reminder can ensure students remember classroom supplies or prepare for an exam. As the post-secondary student population continues to get younger, the use of online communication will increase, and schools will find that this is an effective method for reaching out to students.

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One-Hour Nature Walk Can Reduce Stress in Brain

In a recent study, researchers from the Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development found that an hour walk in Grunewald forest in Germany decreased stress in humans, while a walk for the same duration on a busy street in a shopping mall district in Berlin, Germany, did not reduce stress.

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Keeping Massage Fresh for Longtime Clients

Keeping Massage Fresh.

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

Blood and Lymph Get Pumped.

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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