Massage & Bodywork Article Submission

Massage & Bodywork is published six times per year for professional practitioners of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies, as well as for members of the general public with an interest in the field. Unsolicited submissions are accepted. We suggest potential writers study recent issues before sending queries or manuscripts. All manuscripts should be emailed to editor@abmp.com. Forward an attachment in Microsoft Word format or copy the proposed feature into the body of the email.

If accepted, Massage & Bodywork negotiates for North American rights and electronic rights. The editorial team reserves the right to edit or rewrite any article to make it suit the theme, style, or space limitations of a specific issue. Major alterations will be discussed with the author. It is always acceptable, even beneficial, to include photographs and/or illustrations with the submission. Authors are compensated on a case-by-case basis once submission is accepted.

Massage & Bodywork looks for interesting, tightly focused stories concerning a particular modality or technique of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies. The editorial staff welcomes the opportunity to review manuscripts that may be relevant to the field of massage and bodywork practices, in addition to selected pieces pertaining to complementary and alternative medicine. This would include the widely varying modalities of massage and bodywork, specific technique articles, and ancillary therapies. Pieces specific to anatomy, medical conditions, and contraindications are welcome. Research-related articles and accounts of formal and informal case studies are of interest.

Other articles of interest to Massage & Bodywork magazine include those relating to legalities/legislation, business or practice building, success stories, health care, insurance, and politics of the profession.

On a limited basis, articles about people who have had an impact on the fields of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies are welcome. The story should relate the person’s connection with the field, why their contribution is important, how their students or clients have been affected by their work, etc. Photographs of the person in action or posed photos may accompany the article.

Articles are not scheduled for a specific issue until they’re complete and accepted. We follow Chicago Manual of Style. Word count for articles: 1,500 to 3,500 words.

Because this is a bimonthly publication, it may be a matter of months before your article appears in print. The decision as to whether the article will be used is generally made within 45 days of receipt of a query. We assume no responsibility for material submitted. Neither Massage & Bodywork nor Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals assumes any responsibility for unsolicited materials.

We do not accept poetry or fiction.

Photo Requirements

Only high quality prints or high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) digital images will be accepted. All images should be accompanied by captions identifying each subject. Artwork supplied by someone other than the manuscript author should be clearly identified for credit, along with necessary releases. Images will not be returned after publication.

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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